Howard University College of Dentistry


In 1867 Howard University was established as the largest private, primarily African-American school. Fourteen years later, the College of Dentistry was established. It is the fifth oldest dental school in the United States. The Center for Health Sciences of the University includes colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health Sciences. The 89-acre campus is 5 minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.


4-year traditional. The goal of the curriculum is that graduates will be competent in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases and disorders. They also should be knowledgeable about the interrelationship of oral and systemic health. Clinical experience begins in the second year. Basic and clinical sciences are integrated. Special features of the curriculum involve a program for the chronically ill and aged that takes dental care to the home- and institution-bound patient.

Unique Programs

Many of the school’s activities are devoted to the education of minorities, the educationally disadvantaged, and women. This commitment involves a prematriculation and a postmatriculation academic program. Several community-based programs and patient services are offered by the college and other affiliated hospitals.


The basic predental courses and 1 year of English are required. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is also required. Recommended courses include biochemistry, human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. The GPA should be 3.0 and DAT score of 17 in each category. Out-of-state applicants may apply. Transfer and advance standing applicants are infrequent.


The college is housed in a 5-story complex containing classrooms, clinics, laboratories, offices, research facilities, a learning resources area, and convertible clinic-laboratories. Programs are also conducted at the university hospital, as well as other affiliated hospitals.

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