Online Application

General Guidelines  |  Application Instructions   |  Notes and Reminders  | Check Application Status

Two dental hygiene students preparing instrumentsPlease read all instructions below before completing your online application. The online application is available November 1 until February 1. We suggest that you reserve about 30 minutes to complete this application.  You will create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and Password.  Your PIN and Password enables you to return to your application as many times as you wish before your final submission to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

You may also check the status and progress of your application online by logging back into SURFs from the ‘Check Application Status link above.  Make sure you use the same PIN and password each time you log-in.

All of your information is transmitted through a secure server and is kept fully confidential.  Your application information and supplemental materials are reviewed by the Dental Hygiene Admissions Committee for the following: completion of a prior bachelor degree or in progress of completion by end of spring semester prior to summer enrollment, completeness of application, completion of required prequisite courses, GPA of required science and non-science courses, overall GPA of required courses, overall academic record (including repeats, failures, withdrawals, etc.), written and verbal communication skills, professional demeanor, potential for and demonstration of leadership qualities, interest and knowledge of the dental hygiene profession, completion of pre-application shadowing experiences, and quality of personal statement and recommendation letters.

Candidates whose applications meet preliminary screening criteria will be invited to continue with the admissions process and will be invited for an interview with members of the Committee on Dental Hygiene Recruitment and Admissions.  A personal interview does not guarantee admissions.

General Guidelines

Before completing the online application, please review the Dual Degree BS/MS Clinical Dental Hygiene Leader admissions requirements and guidelines.

Note: at the end of the electronic application you must print out the signature page, enclose with your payment, transcripts, letters of recommendation, photo and application for in-state status.

Instructions for Applying online
  • Once you log into the online application following the instructions provided by the "First Time Applicants Click Here" link, you will first select an 'Application Term' and an 'Applicant Type' from the drop-down menus; the 'Applicant Type' is the program to which you are applying.
  • Follow the online instructions for completing the application in its entirety paying special attention the required items; be sure to complete each section of the application under the 'Application Checklist'
  • Select BS/MS CDHL Program
Final Notes and Reminders about the online Application

You may stop and save your work to continue at a later time while completing the online application.  Please note, however, your application will not be reviewed or considered until it is submitted successfully, and all supplemental materials and your $80 application fee are received. Before you click the ‘Submit’ button of your online application print each page for your records.


NOTE:  While you may check the status and progress of your application online by logging back into SURFs, you may not make further modifications (changes, additions, etc.) to it online once it has been electronically submitted.  Any corrected or additional information must be sent to the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Office of Admissions-CDHL Track by postal mail or email at  Please do not attempt to update your application by re-submitting it again.