School of Dentistry

DMD Program Selection

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Selection of OHSU Dental Students

Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated scholastic ability in both required and elective courses. Quality, quantity and rigor of courses taken per academic term are also considered. Performance on the DAT is considered in addition to the applicant personal statement. Letters of evaluation are screened for personal qualities and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the profession of dentistry. Demonstration of leadership, community service and experience in the field are highly valued as well as extracurricular activities, employment history and research experience.

Selected applicants will be invited to visit the campus and interview with members of the admissions committee, as well as have the opportunity to meet with current students. Applicants are evaluated using established criteria without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

In Oregon, as in other states, instruction fees at publicly supported four-year colleges and universities are higher for nonresident students than for resident students. Currently, nonresident students are assessed instruction fees that approximate the full cost of instruction. The current policy used in determining residency seeks to ensure that only Oregon residents are assessed the resident fee. The School of Dentistry recognizes that its primary obligation is to provide an opportunity in dental education for residents of Oregon. Selection, as far as residency is concerned, is based on the following order of priorities:

  • Oregon residency
  • Residency in the western states participating in the program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) : Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming
  • Residency in the remaining states
  • Canadians, and current F-1 visa holders from all other countries

Your purpose for establishing residency in Oregon should not be primarily for educational reasons.  Generally, you should reside and be employed in the state of Oregon at least one year prior to matriculation.  If you are enrolled in classes in the state of Oregon, you should not be enrolled in more than eight (8) semester or quarter hours.  The comprehensive document Student Residency for Tuition Purposes is available on the University Registrar's Office website.  Any applicant in the process of establishing Oregon residency during the application cycle will not be considered an Oregon resident for the purpose of admission and/or tuition assessment until we have been able to confirm that Oregon residency requirements, according to OHSU's Residency Policy, have been satisfied.

Non-discrimination Policy

OHSU provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and patient care related activities or in any other aspect of OHSU's operation. Retaliation for reporting discrimination is prohibited. To make an inquiry or report an incident of discrimination, contact OHSU's Office of Civil Rights Investigations and Compliance (OCIC) at 503-494-5148,

Title IX Notice of Non-discrimination

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") protects individuals from discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex or gender in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal aid. OHSU, as a recipient of federal funds, complies with Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 by prohibiting sex and gender discrimination and harassment, which includes sexual misconduct and sexual violence, in education programs, activities, employment, and admissions. Inquiries about Title IX compliance or sex/gender discrimination and harassment may be directed to the OHSU Title IX Coordinator at   Inquiries may also be directed to the U.S. Department of Education, Western Region Office for Civil Rights at 206-607-1600,