Dental Hygiene – Application Instructions for Transfer Students

Welcome to the UNC-CH Dental Hygiene Program application website, which provides information on applying to the following pre-licensure dental hygiene program:

Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the University’s requirements for admission prior to being considered for admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.  Students enter the Dental Hygiene program after completing prerequisite courses.  Click here for a list of prerequisites.  Successful completion of the prerequisite courses listed under the major does not guarantee admission to the program.


Submit the Common Application, the Common Application Supplement, application fee, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and Shadowing Documentation Form by February 15.

Application Instructions

To apply for admission, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Common Application to create an account. Add the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to your list of colleges as you begin your application online. Apply as an undergraduate transfer student to a professional program with dental hygiene as your intended major. You may also select a second major if you are interested in being considered for admission into the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Submit the Common Application, the Common Application supplement, and application fee.
  • Upload the essays requested in your Common Application supplement.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended  to:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Jackson Hall, Campus Box 2200
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-2200

  • Arrange to have three letters of recommendation written on your behalf sent to  Two of your recommendations should be academic.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 hours of dental hygiene “shadowing.”  Consider visiting private practice dental offices, visiting community dental clinics, or volunteering at dental health events (for example, MOM clinics). The Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee wants to make sure candidates understand the responsibilities  and challenges a dental hygienist experiences on a daily basis.   Complete and upload the Dental Hygiene Shadowing Documentation Form to record the location, date, number of hours, and supervisor for each experience.
  • Complete and upload the Dental Hygiene Pre-Requisite Form.

Additional Information

School of Dentistry
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Should you have any questions about the application process or program, please contact:
3220 First Dental Building, Campus Box 7450
UNC-CH School of Dentistry
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7450
Telephone: (919) 537-3459

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Views from the 2012 Carolina Kick Off, a camp for first year students sponsored by the Campus Y