How to Apply for the Dental Hygiene Program

We are pleased that you are interested in applying to our program! This page provides information on the online application and deadlines. It is recommended to apply and submit transcripts after you have received Fall Term grades, if applicable. 

Timeline for entry in August 2023

Fall 2022 Applications open (September/October)
Jan-Feb 2023 Fill out FAFSA
Feb TBD Virtual Information Night, click here for more information
March 1, 2023  Applications Due (choose Option #1 or #2 from below)
April 2023 Mandatory Interview Day (invite only)
May 2023 Final Admission Decisions
August 2023 Classes start

There are two ways to apply to the School of Dental Hygiene Studies. Students may apply through the Pacific University Dental Hygiene Online Application or through the Dental Hygiene Central Application Service (DHCAS). The DHCAS allows students to easily apply to multiple Dental Hygiene programs (such as Portland Community College). There is no preference for which application a student uses. Students only need to apply to the Dental Hygiene program and do not need to fill out a separate application to Pacific University.

Applications will open in Fall 2022 for entry in Fall 2023. Please check back in September or October. 

Option #1 - Dental Hygiene Central Application Service (DHCAS) 
The Dental Hygiene Central Application Service (DHCAS) allows you to apply to multiple Dental Hygiene programs. There may be other programs you are considering that use DHCAS such as Portland Community College. The fee to apply to one school is $50 and $35 for each additional school after. The benefit is you only need to submit one set of transcripts to DHCAS instead of to multiple institutions. If you apply using DHCAS, please send transcripts and other documents to them and not to Pacific University. You can find information here or you are welcome to email or call us. The application is due on March 1, 2023.

Option #2 - Pacific University Dental Hygiene Online Application 
The fee for this application is $50 and students may request a fee waiver at the time of submission through the application. Please create your account and thoroughly fill out the application before submitting. We recommend applying in January/February after Fall Term grades are available on your transcripts if applicable. We are not on rolling admissions so there is no preference to apply any earlier than January. The application is due on March 1, 2023. 

Mailing Address

Transcripts and other supporting documentation should be sent to the following address if you are using Option #2. Please note that if you are applying through DHCAS all documentation needs to be sent to them and not to Pacific University. 

Graduate and Professional Admissions
Pacific University
190 SE 8th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Make sure your full name is on all documents in order for us to match to your file.


Contact Us

Leah Baldwin | Associate Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7224 |