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What is a Dental Hygienist?

A dental hygienist is a healthcare professional focusing on the practice dealing with the  proper care and maintenance of oral health.  Oral health is a term that includes the examination of teeth, gums, mouth, and surrounding craniofacial structures.  Individuals in this field are referred to as a hygienist or dental hygienists.

These professionals are responsible for cleaning the oral cavity as well as identifying any ailments or disease that may be present. Additionally, dental hygienists provide education in the proper care and treatment of one's mouth in order to continue cleanliness at home.

Career Summary

MEDIAN SALARY

$73,440

PERCENT ABOVE NATIONAL
INCOME AVERAGE

49.53%

TOTAL SECTOR EMPLOYMENT

204,990

Degree Median Salary vs Adjacent Degree Types

Source: BLS, US Census, and IPEDS

2021 Best Dental Hygienist Schools

The University of Southern California (USC) has two main campuses, both located in Los Angeles, CA.  USC's University Park campus is near downtown-metro Los Angeles, near the city's major museums.  The University Park campus is home to most of USC's professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School and the School of Dentistry.  USC's Health Sciences campus is northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is home to the School of Pharmacy, the Keck School of Medicine and three teaching hospitals.  Many other USC programs are conducted at different locations in the Southern California area.

USC is the oldest research university in the West and continues to be a leader in this area with an award-winning faculty and strong medical-health and science programs that have given rise to many new ideas and new technology over the years. USC receives top ranking and federal funding for its research activity.

USC attracts many international students and also offers many study abroad programs and internships.  The university encourages collaboration, interdisciplinary studies, public service and professional education.  Through its flexible programs like "Renaissance Ideal," "Thematic Option," and many interdisciplinary majors and minors, USC encourages entering students to create their own major/minor study programs to further interdisciplinary endeavors and new ideas.

One of the great attractions of USC for many students is its distinguished faculty.  The university boasts many renowned innovators and award-winners including members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2011, USC Professor and historian Dr. Kevin Starr was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

History

Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California opened its doors with 10 teachers and 53 students.   In 1885, USC established its College of Medicine, which was the first in Southern California.  In 1888, USC Trojans played their first football game.

Academics

The University of Southern California's academic calendar follows the semester format, with a fall, spring and summer semester.

The University of Southern California (USC) offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees as well as continuing and professional education.  USC also offers a Progressive Degree option to high-achieving undergraduates who wish to begin work on a master's degree while completing their requirements for a bachelor's degree.

USC offers hundreds of options for majors, minors and degree programs to undergraduates and graduates through many flexible study options.  Students can choose from several areas and departments to pursue a major or program of study including arts and humanities, social studies, natural sciences, engineering, computer quantitative, and technical sciences.

For students pursuing research, there are many research centers and institutes, as well as laboratories and research units to choose from at USC that include arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, engineering and technology.  Some key areas for research at USC include genomics, biomedical imaging, nanoscience, digital media and high-performance computing.

Colleges and Schools

The colleges and schools of the University of Southern California are located at its two primary campuses: University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus.  The colleges and schools of USC are:

  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • USC Leventhal School of Accounting
  • USC School of Architecture
  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication, Journalism
  • Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
  • USC Rossier School of Education
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering
  • USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • USC Davis School of Gerontology
  • USC Gould School of Law
  • Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • USC Thornton School of Music
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
  • USC School of Pharmacy
  • Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
  • USC School of Policy, Planning and Development
  • USC School of Social Work
  • USC School of Theatre

Student Life

USC is a large university and there are a host of student services available to help students navigate campus life. There are "Academic Services" that include online resources, academic support, libraries and computing.  Through "Campus Life" USC offers countless campus activities and programs, groups and organizations for students to become involved in.  Other student resources include Career Services, Financial Services, Student Health Services, International Students and New Students services, as well as the many programs and services offered through Student Affairs.  Intramural sports and spirit groups are a popular way to get involved in campus life and meet other students.

There are at least 12 residence halls on the USC campuses and many more USC-owned properties nearby that provide housing to students.  USC has three main restaurants on campus that have a selection of menu plans and are conveniently located near the residence halls.

Athletics

Athletics are an important part of the college experience at USC.  The USC Trojans teams compete in the following intercollegiate sports:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its two main campuses, USC runs programs at several locations throughout Southern California (Marina del Rey, Orange County, among others) as well as educational centers in Sacramento, California and Washington, D.C.

Community Life

USC is located in the heart of Los Angeles with many important museums close by and a host of recreational facilities and attractions in the area.  The USC Arts & Events Calendar offers an award-winning selection of art exhibits, public lectures, music, theatre, and film.  Additionally, there are many cultural events and activities in the Los Angeles area, as well as the many tourist attractions offered by Hollywood and the entertainment industry.

USC has many partnerships with organizations and groups in its surrounding neighborhoods and communities, offering students many opportunities to get involved in community programs, campaigns and initiatives that benefit local children, families and community members.

Acceptance Rate

11.42

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Originally established in Detroit in 1817, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is Michigan state's oldest public university. It serves as the main campus for the University of Michigan, with regional campuses located in Dearborn and Flint. There are over 9,000 faculty members in 200 departments across all campuses.

U of M in Ann Arbor spans over 600 acres in combined area and has four main sections known as the North campus, South campus, Medical campus, and Central campus. All four areas house thirteen undergraduate and eighteen graduate schools and colleges in total.

The University of Michigan is also recognized as one of the top public universities worldwide and holds one of the highest budgets among research universities in the country. Its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) alone has over 1,000 students and over 600 faculty members involved.

In direct collaboration with the U of M Medical School is the University of Michigan Health System consisting of three hospitals, 120 outpatient clinics, and several centers for medical research and learning. Its C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is known to be one of the best children's hospitals in the country.

Famous for its success in football and ice hockey, the U of M is represented by the Michigan Wolverines in intercollegiate athletic events. Sports activities are overseen by the Department of Recreational Sports. Other student organizations in the university include the Pops Orchestra, Men's Glee Club, and the Musical Society which is made up of the Choral Union and the University Orchestra.

Student housing within university grounds is the sixth largest in the country, providing room for over 12,000 students. The university is also home to a golf course, a number of museums, galleries, planetariums, the Nichols Arboretum, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Acceptance Rate

22.91

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill or "Carolina") is just one of 16 public universities in North Carolina.  It is located in the charming college town of Chapel Hill.  One of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the United States, "Carolina" ranks high for its academic quality, affordability, diversity, social engagement and international presence.

Consistently ranking among the top five or six U.S. universities for the quality of its research programs, research faculty at "Carolina" consistently attract strong funding for their work. Faculty garnered more than $800 million in research contracts and grant funding in 2010.

Many undergraduate and graduate programs at UNC-Chapel Hill receive high marks. Receiving particularly high marks are the school's city and regional planning programs, MBA, healthcare management and nursing programs, and its School of Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Education and School of Law.  UNC-Chapel Hill is also noted for its excellent creative arts programs, producing many great visual artists, actors, dancers, musicians and writers over the years.

History

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chartered the same year that George Washington was inaugurated as president (1789), and first opened its doors to students in 1795.  It was the nation's first public university, and also the only one to award degrees in the 18th century.

Academics

The UNC-Chapel Hill's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters and a summer session.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Friday Center for Continuing Education
  • General College
  • Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Graduate School
  • Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • School of Government
  • School of Information & Library Science
  • School of Journalism & Mass Communication
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Summer School

Student Life

Students at Carolina can get involved in the more than 600 student groups, clubs and organizations available that focus on politics, the arts, public service, recreation, academics, research, and much more. The university magazine and online blog, Blue & White, is one of many ways for Carolina students to connect. There are also numerous journals and other media outlets available on campus to help students keep up with the news or become involved.  Many cultural events and performances are available on campus year round.  Campus recreation includes fitness classes, intramural sports and many adventure trips.

Campus housing is available, along with numerous on-campus dining options.  Student health services are available, as are academic services, and many other resources that are accessible via MyUNC.

Traditions

The mascot of Carolina's "Tar Heels" is the ram. The white ram's antlers are traditionally painted light blue to represent the university's colors of white and light blue.

Athletics

UNC-Chapel Hill's athletic program produces some of the top college athletes in the country, and the Carolina "Tar Heels" men and women's teams compete in 28 sports.

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

Chapel Hill is situated in the rolling, wooded hills of North Carolina.  It is located three hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and equidistance from the Atlantic coast.  Chapel Hill is one of three points in The Research Triangle, an area that is noteworthy for being a top location to live, do business and conduct scientific research. The other two "points" in the "triangle" are the cities of Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina.  The area is considered by many publications to be one of the best places to live in America.

Acceptance Rate

22.63

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

New York University's main campus is located in Greenwich Village. It is a private, non-sectarian, research university and the largest non-profit institution of higher learning in the US. Study abroad facilities are located in a wide variety of countries around the globe. New sites are planned for Abu Dhabi in 2010 and Washington DC in 2012.

History

New York University was established on April 18, 1831 by bankers, merchants and traders in order to provide young men with a higher education. They were to be admitted on merit alone, with no focus on social status or birthright.

On April 12, 1831, the New York State Legislature gave the school its charter and it was incorporated as the University of the City of New York. The name was changed to New York University in 1896 by popular demand. The first students were welcomed in 1832 and attended classes in rented rooms of Clinton Hall.

Academics

New York University is ranked 22nd of the world's top universities by the Global University Ranking. It is made up of 16 colleges, institutions and schools. When the university was founded, the only school was the College of Arts and Science.

Undergraduate schools include:

  • Education of Human Development
  • Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  • School of Social Work
  • Stunhardt School of Culture
  • Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  • Stern School of Business
  • Tisch School of Arts

Postgraduate schools include:

  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • Institute of Study of the Ancient World
  • School of Law
  • Courant School of Mathematical Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science
  • Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

New York University is the only private university in the US with two medical schools, as it also awards the degrees for Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Campuses

New York State University's buildings are situated on approximately 229 acres between 14th Street in the north, Broadway on the east, Avenue of the Americas to the west and Houston Street to the south. Washington Square Park is the core of New York University's buildings and has been since 1970. The Washington Square Arch is the unofficial symbol of the University.

During the 1990s, New York University became a double square university when a second community was established around Union Square. Other campuses and facilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • New York University Medical Center
  • Belleview Hospital Center

Athletics

New York University's sports teams are known as the Violets. Their colors are violet and white. Dictated by geography and history, Columbia University are their rival. The University's team mascot is the bobcat. Most of New York University's sport teams participate in the University Athletic Association and the NCAA's Division III.

Student Life

The governing student body at New York University is the Student Senators Council. The University has more than 350 clubs and organizations for students on campus. These include fraternities, sororities, sports teams and those that focus on arts, culture and entertainment.

New York University first formed a Greek community in 1837. Greek  life at New York University is governed by four boards.

Community Life

New York is known as The City That Never Sleeps and there is much to see and do. Take in a festival, enjoy nightlife, enjoy a Broadway show or visit Rockefeller Center or Central Park.

There are an abundance of free venues, such as Central Park Stage, Brooklyn Museum, BB King Blues Club and Grill, Studio Museum of Harlem, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum. Be sure to check times for free admission and also check out other free venues. There's something for everyone in New York City.

Acceptance Rate

16.2

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

Ohio State University is the largest single campus university in the US. It is located in Columbus, Ohio and is a public research university.

History

Ohio State University was established as a land-grant university in 1870. At that time it was eligible for a grant in accordance with the 1862 Morrill Act and was named Ohio Agriculture and Mechanical College. It was built in a farming community north of the City of Columbus. The university welcomed twenty-four students when it opened its doors.

Governor Rutherford B. Hayes saw that the college had potential to become an institute of higher learning. With that in mind, he influenced the original board of directors and the college's location in that direction. The name of the school was changed to The Ohio State University in 1878.

Ohio State University accepted its first graduate students in 1880. The following year, Moritz College of Law was established. Eventually, the school included colleges of commerce and journalism as well as dentistry and medicine.

The school's development slowed during the 1870s because of hostility from Ohio's agricultural interests as well as competition from Ohio and Miami universities. These problems were finally resolved and Ohio State became Ohio's leading university in 1906. It became a member of the Association of American Universities in 1916.

Main Campus Academics

The Ohio State University is the leading research and teaching institution in Ohio and the US. It ranks second in industry sponsored research and seventh among public universities in research expenditures.

Renowned colleges include:

  • Moritz College of Law
  • Fisher College of Business
  • Glenn School of Public Affairs
  • College of Medicine and Public Health

Majors include:

  • Business Marketing
  • Engineering
  • Social Sciences

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Association of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student Life

More than 50,000 students attend Ohio State University's main campus, which creates a vibrant and diverse life on campus. Students from a number of cultures and all walks of life are in attendance. Because the campus is so close to Columbus' downtown, students have ample opportunities in employment, enrichment and entertainment.

Ohio State has over 60 active fraternities and sororities. Fraternities include:

  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Kappa Sigma

Sororities include:

  • Chi Omega
  • Alpha Sigma Upsilon
  • Kappa Delta
  • Delta Zelta

A longstanding tradition at Ohio State is the Ohio State University Marching Band-the largest percussion and all brass band in the world.

Ohio State University has several media outlets and managed publications, including its official yearbook, The Makio. Since 1881, the school has published a daily newspaper-The Lantern.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams of Ohio State University are the Buckeyes. The university's colors are Grey and Scarlett.

Men's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Pistol and Rifle
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Over the years some outstanding athletes have graduated from Ohio State. They include:

  • Jack Nicklaus - golf
  • Jesse Owens - 1936 Olympic gold medalist in track and field
  • Chic Harley - football
  • Jessica Davenport - basketball
  • Katie Smith - basketball

Seven Heisman Awards have been presented to Ohio State athletes including:

  • Eddie George - 1995
  • Archie Gunn - 1974 and 1975
  • Tony Smith - 2006

Hall of Fame Ohio State coaches include:

  • Fred Taylor - basketball
  • Woody Hayes - football
  • Paul Brown - football
  • Mike Peppe - swimming and diving
  • Larry Snider - track and field

Local Community

There are several points of interest on the main campus of Ohio State University.

  • Orton Geological Library
  • Ohio Stadium
  • The Oval
  • Mirror Lake

Off campus there is much to see and do.

Stone Laboratory

Stone Laboratory was created in a Sandusky fish hatchery by Professor David S. Kellicott. The first students attended in 1900. The Laboratory is now located on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. The deed was given to Ohio State in 1925 by the descendents of Jay Cooke and the facility was named for his father, Franz Theodore Stone, who was an astronomical researcher and mathematician. The first students were welcomed to Stone Laboratory in 1929.

Thurber House

Thurber House was the home of New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is now a living museum dedicated to his life. The house is furnished as it was during the time that James Thurber lived there with his family between 1913 and 1917. Be sure to visit the Centennial Reading Garden and Thurber Center. The Center is next door to Thurber House and the Reading Garden is set between the two.

Short North

Just a few minutes from Ohio State University campus, is Short North, an urban neighborhood that offers a wide variety of activities that include art galleries, shopping and great restaurants. It is Columbus Ohio's most active playground. Be sure to take in a hockey game at Nationwide Arena or an event at Greater Columbus Convention Center.

German Village

German Village was established in 1841. Each year it celebrates German Village Octoberfest. Shop till you drop or visit a bar or coffee house. Enjoy bratwurst and jumbo cream puffs at Schmidt's Sausage Haus Restaurant. If you enjoy reading, be sure to visit The Book Loft, which was originally a pre-civil war general store and now is a thirty-two room book and music store.

Arena District

If you like to party and are looking for night life, visit the Arena District. Located close to Ohio State's main campus, it is Columbus' night life hotspot.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

If you love land and marine animals, you will love Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. See manatees, sharks, jellyfish, reptiles of all types, wolves, bald eagles. Omnivores, Herbivores and Carnivores from around the world can be seen here.

Whatever your tastes, there is something for you to enjoy in and around Columbus, home to Ohio State University.

Acceptance Rate

53.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Known as the largest college in the northwestern region of the United States, the University of Washington is comprised of three campuses, the largest being UW in Seattle. It was founded in 1861 and now belongs among the top universities in the world. UW is also recognized as a premier public research university, receiving one of the biggest amounts of federal funding for university research throughout the country. Over 4,000 faculty members oversee 18 schools and colleges, offering more than 250 graduate and undergraduate programs.

Contributing to the university's prominence is the UW School of Medicine, acknowledged to be the best in primary care education and medical research in the country. Faculty members are comprised by physicians from Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and numerous UW Neighborhood Clinics in the Seattle area. Since 1946, UW Medicine has constantly ranked among the country's top biomedical research facilities and has grown to accommodate a total of 30 academic departments and several graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Students at UW are entitled to many university services for healthcare, counseling, on and off campus housing, a U-PASS commuter services program, and a childcare program for student-parents. UW is also famous for its commitment to environmental stewardship, switching to the use of renewable sources of electricity within campus grounds. Several student organizations are at the helm of promoting sustainable living and advocating environmental causes such as UW Farm which oversees the local production of food and promoting organic farming inside the UW community.

Establishments within the UW campus include several galleries and exhibits such as the Burke Museum which stands as the state museum of natural history, the Henry Art Gallery featuring contemporary art, the Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, and the UW Botanic Gardens. The athletic complex, on the other hand, includes the Dempsey Indoor Track, Nordstrom Tennis Center, King County Aquatics Center, Bank of America Arena, and the Husky stadiums for football, baseball, and soccer.

Acceptance Rate

51.76

Student to Faculty Ratio

19:1

Overview Hillyard Technical Center is a two-year private, for-profit, vocational institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. It was founded in 1943 and is a part of the St. Joseph School District. The school's mission is to prepare students for success and lifelong learning, and it strives to meet the needs of the future with high quality and innovative educational programs. Hillyard Technical Center is a small school, with less than 200 students. Popular Programs Offered

  • Diagnostic medical sonography
  • Automotive technology
  • Dental hygiene
  • Practical nursing
  • Welding technology
  • Surgical technology
  • HVAC
  • Radiologic technology
  • Fire science
  • Engineering design and development
  • Computer aided drafting
Admissions Information Prospective students are required to complete an application packet, and submit any required documentation, such as high school transcripts or GED scores and professional references. Some programs require prerequisites, and students must complete those prior to the start of the program. Healthcare programs require students to undergo a physical examination. Hillyard Technical Center administers a pre-entrance assessment test called the TABE that is required for all applicants. The school also requires applicants to pass a criminal record check.

Acceptance Rate

53.85

Tuition

$12,630 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

4:1

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in St. Paul/Minneapolis and is a public research facility.

History

Though the University of Minnesota was founded on February 25, 1851, no students were welcomed within its halls until 1867. Enrolment was detained because of the American Civil War, as well as financial challenges. However, in 1867, John Sergent Pillbury, a University regent, state governor and senator, loaned the school a sizeable sum and used his political position to allow it to become the recipient of a Morrill Land Grant. The first president, William Watts Folwell was inaugurated on December 22, 1869. The First Bachelor Degree was awarded in 1873. In 1888, Doctor of Philosophy degrees were awarded.

The original Minneapolis campus was located on the Mississippi River, overlooking St. Anthony Falls. It was upgraded to a college from a preparatory school in 1869.

Minneapolis Campus

Today, the University's Minneapolis campus is located on both banks for the Mississippi River; the East Bank being the main campus. East Bank is divided into five areas. They are:

  • The Athletic Area
  • The Gateway Area
  • The Health Area
  • The Knoll Area
  • The Mall Area

The West Bank first saw major development during the 1960s. West Bank Art Center consists of:

  • The Barbara Barker Center for Dance
  • Ferguson Hall
  • Regis Center for Art
  • Ted Mann Concert Hall
  • Rarig Center

St. Paul Campus

The St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is located in the Falcon Heights Suburb. Social Sciences and the College of Food are located here. The Washington Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi allows students easy access between the East and West Banks. Gopher way tunnels allow students access to some buildings during inclement weather. The University has its own law enforcement in and around campus for student safety.

Academics

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is compromised of sixteen colleges and schools. Examples include:

  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Food, Agriculture and National Resource Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Dentistry
  • Law School
  • College of Education and Human Development

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranks as second largest for higher education in the Midwest and offers degrees in a large variety of fields.

Athletics

The intercollegiate teams at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are called the Golden Gophers. Goldy Gopher is the campus mascot. Teams include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

Student Life

There are a wide variety of academic, cultural, entertainment and professional opportunities at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. There are over 600 co-curricular, cultural and educational organizations from which students can choose. Examples include:

  • ACLU Law Student Group
  • Adaptive Sports Club
  • Agricultural Education Club
  • AHC Multicultural Society
  • Animal Science Graduate Club
  • Biological Science Research Club
  • Black Motivated Women
  • Cardiovascular Disease Interest Group
  • Champions for Christ
  • Disabled Student Cultural Center
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Club
  • Gophers Dairy Club

There are hundreds of others and also a wide variety of fraternities and sororities.

Local Community

There are a wide variety of art galleries and museums in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that offer free admission.  Meanwhile, other attractions in the Twin Cities metropolitan area offer free admission, as well.  Examples in the area include free attractions such as:

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minnesota State Capitol
  • TRACES Museum Center for History and Culture-donation requested
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Minnehaha Depot
  • Museum of Russian Art
  • Bell Museum of Natural History - free only on Sunday

Be sure to check out The Museum Adventure Pass, which is a free pass handed out by libraries in the Twin Cities area.

If you enjoy an adventure, be sure to visit Guthrie Theater. The building is beautiful, has glass floors and fascinating spaces. The Endless Bridge spans the spectacular Mississippi River.  From fly fishing to shopping, fun and nightlife hotspots, there is something for everyone in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Acceptance Rate

56.74

Student to Faculty Ratio

17:1

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus (Pitt) is situated on a 132-acre area located in the city of Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Pitt has hundreds of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of disciplines at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  It also offers professional degrees. Pitt is ranks as one of the top educational institutions in the nation for its academic and research programs.

The university also offers online learning options through "Pitt Online." Students can earn a degree or certificate from Pitt's School of Education Online, School of Nursing Online, University Center for Social & Urban Research Online, and the Katz Graduate School of Business Online.

History

The University of Pittsburgh was founded in 1787 as "the Pittsburgh Academy," a private school situated in a log cabin near the city's three rivers. The University of Pittsburgh became a state university in 1966.

The University of Pittsburgh, or "Pitt", has had many "firsts" throughout its history.  In 1893, William Hunter Dammond became the first African American to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh when he completed his degree in civil engineering.  Dammond went on to become a notable engineer, professor, inventor and contributor to the railroad industry.

In 1898, the first two women students ever admitted to Pitt graduated with bachelor's degrees.  They were sisters Margaret and Stella Stein, and graduated first in their class.

In 1975, Pitt embarked on its first sustainable design and construction project by installing its first campus-wide energy management system. The latest "green" designs are being implemented in Pitt's newest buildings, and the university's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation focuses on designing sustainable neighborhoods.

In 1984, Pitt surgeons performed the first double transplant operation in the world.  The surgeons were Thomas Starzl and Henry Bahnson.

Academics

The academic calendar of the University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer "terms."  In the summer there are three shorter terms to choose from: 4-week, 6-week, and 12-week.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

The University of Pittsburgh has 15 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Schools and Colleges:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Dental Medicine
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Information Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public and International Affairs
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

University Centers:

  • International Studies (UCIS)
  • Learning Research and Development (LRDC)
  • Philosophy of Science

Student Life

The University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus offers both on and off-campus housing.  There are also many different dining options and services on campus.

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) lists more than 400 student organizations and clubs available on Pitt's campus. SORC is also a resource for the many student services available to Pitt students.  One of the many activities that Pitt students can get involved in is the annual "Pitt Make a Difference Day," which offers students a chance to participate in hundreds of community service projects throughout the Pittsburgh area.

There are other volunteer opportunities available, as well as leadership and government groups to get involved in. The "Greek Life" is thriving at Pitt, with more than 39 active fraternities and sororities available.

Athletics

The Pittsburgh "Panthers" athletics teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Pittsburgh campus, the University of Pittsburgh has regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown, and Titusville.

Community Life

Pitt considers the city its campus, though its large campus is a virtual city unto itself. The city's industrial past is apparent in its resourceful and vibrant culture, with many distinctive neighborhoods and affordable living options. Pittsburgh has many entertainment and cultural venues for recreation and leisure activities.  There is a world-class symphony, notable art, classic architecture, dance and musical performances, excellent restaurants and a busy nightlife.

Acceptance Rate

56.65

Student to Faculty Ratio

14:1

Rutgers University is the state university of New Jersey.  It is considered one of the top research universities in the nation with a history of scientific innovation. Based on its faculty's productivity, such as number of books published, grants awarded and cited articles, Rutgers is ranked quite high among other U.S. universities. It is ranked second in mathematics education, third in Italian Language and Literature, third in Women's and Gender Studies, and fifth in Global Affairs and Atmospheric Science.

Rutgers provides degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels, as well as continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers offers a variety of educational program options from elementary school students to state policymakers.  Many working professionals or busy parents can benefit from the flexibility offered by Rutgers' online courses, satellite campuses, certificate programs, professional education and lifelong learning programs.

History

Rutgers University is the nation's eighth oldest institution of higher learning and has a very rich history of innovation and leadership.  Rutgers boasts many renowned alumni that include award-winning scientists, authors, astronauts, actors, military officers, members of U.S. Congress, athletes and a vice president of the United States.

Rutgers was chartered nearly 245 years ago as Queen's College, a Dutch Reformed college created to train church clergy and also provide general education.  In 1825, Queen's College was renamed Rutgers College in honor of Colonel Henry Rutgers, a hero of the revolutionary war.

Academics

At Rutgers University, students and lifelong learners can choose from diverse degree and study programs at campuses in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden.  Students can fulfill major requirements toward a degree or elect to learn about a subject of interest.  Classes are available during the days or evenings, depending on the program and location.

Rutgers University's academic calendar follows the semester system, with a fall and spring semester as well as a summer session.

Colleges / Schools

There are 27 schools and colleges on three campuses at Rutgers University, offering comprehensive degree programs at all levels as well as professional and continuing studies.

New Brunswick Campus:

School of Arts and Sciences

School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Communication and Information

School of Engineering

School of Management and Labor Relations

School of Social Work

College of Nursing

Graduate School - New Brunswick

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Graduate School of Education

Newark Campus:

Newark College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Newark

College of Nursing

Graduate School - Newark

Rutgers Business School - Newark and New Brunswick

School of Criminal Justice

School of Law - Newark

School of Public Affairs and Administration

Camden Campus:

Camden College of Arts and Sciences

University College - Camden

School of Business - Camden

Graduate School - Camden

School of Law - Camden

Student Life

Rutgers University holds an annual "Fall Involvement Fair" on its Voorhees Mall where students can learn about all the clubs and activities available to them at the university.  So numerous are the student organizations and clubs at Rutgers that they are broken down into categories: academic, cultural, media/publications, performing arts, and social and political act

Students new to campus can join one of many orientation programs to learn about the university, college life and all the activities available.  There are six different student centers at Rutgers-New Brunswick, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a climbing well, roller hockey rink and sports facilities. 

Fraternities and Sororities

Greek life is a longstanding tradition at Rutgers University, where the first Greek letter fraternities, Delta Phi and Zeta Psi were founded in 1845. Fraternities at that time were considered subversive and forbidden by the faculty, so they continued as secret societies.

Today the fraternities and sororities at Rutgers are out in the open and there is a thriving Greek community with more than 70 fraternities and sororities on its campuses.

There are "traditional" fraternities and sororities as well as those that are historically African-American, Latino/a, Asian-interest and more.  Different chapters hold annual events that range from formal dances to social mixers and barbecues.

Traditions

There are many traditional school songs at Rutgers, dating back to 1873.  "The Rutgers History Lesson" provides an overview of the rich history of the university, as well as its Dutch heritage and participation in the American Revolutionary War.

The 1947 screen musical, "High Button Shoes," was set in New Brunswick, New Jersey and featured the school's song titled "Nobody Ever Died for Dear Old Rutgers."

"On the Banks of the Old Raritan" the Rutgers Alma Mater was created in 1847 and was first performed by the Rutgers Glee Club.

When cheering on a Rutgers athletics team, the fans in the stands will shout the traditional Rutgers cheer of "RU, rah, rah!"

Athletics

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights boast a winning football team that is the only NCAA Division I football team in the Greater New Jersey/New York area.  The football team also scores well in its academic progress.  There are many strong collegiate sports at Rutgers including women's basketball, men's baseball, soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and volleyball, among others.

In addition to its many varsity athletics, Rutgers offers numerous intramural sports leagues throughout the year.  More information on all Rutgers athletics can be found at Scarletknights.com.

Satellite Campuses

Rutgers University is made up of three campuses: Rutgers-New Brunswick, Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden.  The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is actually made up of five campuses: Busch Campus, George H. Cook Campus, College Avenue Campus and Douglass Campus.

Community Life

The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University has ivy covered buildings and the wide, open lawns of a historical university that dates back to 1766. The Rutgers-New Brunswick campus is situated in a lively urban area that has many art galleries, theatres and cafes, as well as nearby hiking trails, a golf course and the Rutgers Stadium.

There are many residential communities and living options on the Rutgers campuses.  A women-only residential hall is offered on Douglass Campus.  Other options include a science and engineering hall that also offers skills development programs.  There is a house for adult students who are either returning to college or entering college more than five years after finishing high school.

Acceptance Rate

61.22

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

Texas A & M University is an international island university located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is surrounded by natural wetlands, which provide a perfect laboratory for environmental and marine sciences.

History

The Agricultural and Mechanical College was established as a land-grant college in 1871. It was the first public institution of higher learning in Texas. Students were first welcomed here in 1876.

Enrolment at Texas A & M University was restricted to men who were interested in receiving military training for the better part of its first century of operation. A requirement was to participate in the Corps of Cadets. A limited number of women were allowed to attend during this time but they were the daughters of facility and could not receive a degree. In 1918, during WWI, the senior class was called by the military to fight in France. Over 20,000 combat troops, many of them officers, were mustered out of Texas A & M during WWII.

Shortly after WWII, Texas A & M University upgraded from a college to a university. The name was changed to Texas A & M University after the war ended. At this time it became co-educational and integrated.

Near the end of the 20th Century, Texas A & M University gained recognition for its research. Designation of space grant university and sea grant university were specified at that time. In 1997, George Bush Presidential Library was established.

Academics

Students have ample opportunity to pursue career choices at Texas A & M University. The degree programs offered are ranked in the top ten nationally.

Colleges

  • College of Architecture
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Department of General Academic Programs
  • Mays Business College
  • Dwight Look College of Engineering
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Science
  • College of Geosciences
  • College of Liberal Art
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Research at Texas A & M extends around the world. The University is renowned for world-class research facilities and a student and faculty body that is highly motivated. Texas A & M University offers more than 130 graduate programs.

Student Life

Texas A & M Student Services will allow students to have access to a supportive environment both on and off campus. Students will be learn how to hone leadership skills, to embrace diversity, be active in the campus community and assist them in realizing their educational goals successfully. There are a wide variety of fraternities and sororities on campus.

Athletics

Texas A & M University athletic teams are known as the "Islanders." The school has a physician's examination room, staff offices and state of the art equipment. Teams include:

  • Men's basketball
  • Women's basketball
  • Baseball
  • Women's golf
  • Softball
  • Cross country
  • Men's track and field
  • Women's track and field
  • Men's tennis
  • Women's tennis
  • Volleyball

Community

Corpus Christi is located on the Gulf of Mexico and is sheltered behind beautiful barrier islands. The shoreline runs for miles and is the perfect spot for sunbathers. It's also a popular haven for bird watchers. The area consists of 133,000 acres of undeveloped barrier reefs and is a treasured jewel of nature. There are a multitude of shops, restaurants and clubs along Chaparral, Shoreline and Water Streets.

The promenade and seawall offer stunning views and bikers, skaters and walkers can be found enjoying the moderate climate and scenery. Historical and cultural venues are numerous.

Be sure to take in the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and the Art Museum of South Texas. If you enjoy sea life, be sure to drop by the Texas State Aquarium. The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens are beautiful year 'round for those who enjoy strolling along pathways and viewing stunning blooms.

Corpus Christi comes to life after sunset. Bars and pubs are plentiful. A favorite spot for seafood lovers is Pelican's Landing Restaurant, located on Mustang Island.

Whether you enjoy spectacular views, gorgeous sunsets, shopping, nightlife or nature, there's something for everyone in Corpus Christi.

Acceptance Rate

57.79

Student to Faculty Ratio

N.A

Howard University is a nonprofit private historically black institution located in Washington, District Of Columbia. Many historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were founded after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Howard University has a yearly student enrollment of over 10,000.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Public Administration And Social Services
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then reviewed by the admissions committee. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores within the range of 1410 - 1720 for the SAT exam and in a range of 20 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Howard University. Approximately 50 percent of all applicant were accepted at Howard University, with 31 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at howard.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $22,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's net price calculator to understand their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Housing may be available for students who wish to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $13,000 each year. Howard University may provide financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of grants and loans.

Athletic programs are available at Howard University through the NCAA, allowing students to compete in intercollegiate sports. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

For a complete list of areas of study, programs, enrollment information, admissions information, and more, please take a look at the school's website at http://www.howard.edu.

Acceptance Rate

36.08

Student to Faculty Ratio

10:1

Acceptance Rate

61.58

Tuition

$15,955 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

41:1

Plaza College operates as a 4-year career school dedicated to providing a sound education for students located in and around Jackson Heights. Over 810 students have received a degree in the last few years according to annual released graduation information with a graduation rate of around 67%. Plaza College offers several programs to choose from. The more popular programs are shown below:

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Business Administration
  • Bookkeeping
  • Healthcare Administration

To support students and graduates, Plaza College may provide student services including:

  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance

The last reported accreditation for Plaza College was done by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To read more and get consumer disclosures, you can visit plazacollege.edu.

Acceptance Rate

29.94

Student to Faculty Ratio

28:1

Creighton University, located in Omaha, Nebraska, was founded in 1878 through a $100,000 donation by Mary Lucretia Leighton on behalf of herself and her late husband Edward Leighton to found a college or university. The school was founded with a Jesuit foundation, and operates today with Jesuit Catholic principles as its guiding ideal. The university was maintained and grew under the supervision of Edward Creighton's younger brother John, whose work with the institution allowed him to become a Knight of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo XII in 1895. The school is one of 22 Jesuit institutions operating in the United States, and as a Jesuit institution it is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the positive development of its students so that they may become competent, conscientious, and compassionate.

Academics

Creighton University offers a large number of majors and minors, allowing students to pursue academic and career interests that suit them best. These programs result in a bachelor's degree and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Graduate programs are also available, requiring students who wish to enter them to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree. The graduate program has over 20 programs of study.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Applicants to Creighton University are admitted based on their academic performance, standardized test scores, the courses taken in high school, their extracurricular activities, personal statement and high school counselor evaluation. Admissions officers will weigh the various pieces of information and make a decision regarding acceptance and enrollment. Once the decision is final the student will be notified and, if accepted, additional information will be sent to assist in the enrollment process.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility and awards. Students may be asked to provide additional information and documentation by the school in order to obtain a better understanding of the students needs, and to properly disburse awards.

Athletics

The Creighton University Bluejays participate in a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Missouri Valley Conference. Athletics allow students another method for obtaining success, and provides students a healthy forum to entertain one's competitive nature. Additionally students will develop skills such as discipline, teamwork and good health habits, which are beneficial in one's academic and professional life. Interested students should contact the school's athletic department to obtain tryout dates and start times.

Athletic programs at Creighton University:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Crew (Women Only)
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Acceptance Rate

73.71

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

University of the Pacific, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Stockton, CA, it resides in an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at UOP exceeds 6,700 yearly.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs University of the Pacific offers:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Education

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, school records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions committee. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to UOP. Scores within the range of 23 to 29 on the ACT or 1550 to 1948 on the SAT are recommended to increase your chances for getting accepted. This school accepts roughly 40% of applicants yearly. Of those admitted, around 12% of students registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at pacific.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $40,000 per year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and therefore students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a better idea of their personalized cost estimate of attendance. Students attending this school may qualify for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for UOP is the "Tigers", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through oversight by the NCAA. Athletic programs available may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Students who would like to get more about University of the Pacific can visit their website at http://www.pacific.edu.

Acceptance Rate

65.61

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Lewis University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Romeoville, Illinois, it resides in a suburban setting for students to study in. The school's Roman Catholic affiliation is one of its defining characteristics and plays an important role within the school's curriculum. Approximately 6,100 students are enrolled annually at Lewis University.

Students may select from several areas of study, including:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Education
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the admissions office. Most common scores among students accepted to this school are within the range of 20 to 25 on the ACT, or 1330 to 1650 for the SAT exam. This school has an admissions rate of 62 percent of which only 25 percent decided to attend. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $27,000 for the year. Tuition prices may change for any number of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's tuition calculator to understand their costs. The price of on-campus housing is around $6,400 annually. Students at Lewis University may qualify for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Lewis University "Flyers" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available sports offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division II)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division II)
  • Golf (NCAA Division II)

Students can take a look at the school's http://www.lewisu.edu to view additional information.

Acceptance Rate

63.9

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa), the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System, has much to offer. It boasts excellent and unique research opportunities in Hawaii, high-ranking academic programs, a diverse and multicultural community, and a beautiful setting in an exotic landscape. Located in the Manoa Valley outside of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the university is situated on 320 acres.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa has nine colleges and schools, offering bachelor's degrees in 92 fields, master's degrees in 84 fields, and doctoral degrees in 51 fields. The university also offers professional degrees in three fields.  

UH Manoa is a land, sea and space grant research institution, and ranks in the top 30 public universities for federal research funding in engineering and science. It is known for its pioneering research in oceanography, Pacific Islands and Asian Area studies, linguistics, astronomy, cancer and genetics. Several of UH Manoa's professors are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Institute of Medicine.

U.S. News & World Report has awarded high rankings to UH Manoa's medicine programs and law school, among honors for many of its other academic programs.

History

In 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa was founded as a land grant college of agriculture and mechanical arts.  The college was named "College of Hawai'i" in 1912, when it moved its campus from Honolulu to the Manoa Valley. The school was renamed the "University of Hawai'i" in 1920.

The university continued to expand its curricula over the years, adding several new colleges and schools through the 1930s. As of December 1941, World War II had arrived, and classes were suspended for two months. WWII affected many UH students of Japanese ancestry, leading to the formation of volunteer student groups.

The University of Hawaii continued to expand after the war, and in 1972, changed its name to "University of Hawaii at Manoa" to distinguish it from the other campuses in the University of Hawaii System.

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Hawaii at Manoa follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is divided into two shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Language, Linguistics & Literature
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
  • Outreach College
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing & Dental Hygiene
  • School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
  • School of Pacific & Asian Studies
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Travel Industry Management

Student Life

More than 200 student clubs and organizations are available for involvement at University of Hawaii at Manoa, including teams for seven different intramural sports.

In addition to student groups, there are many extracurricular activities and events available on and off campus, covering recreational, cultural, religious, health, fitness and educational interests. Recitals, concerts, cookouts and seasonal celebrations round out the activities calendar at UH Manoa.

On campus housing options are available, and there are many options for on campus dining.

Internships are available on and off campus, as well as paid employment opportunities and study abroad programs. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Life & Development office for more information about the range of groups, events and activities that are available for participation.

Some of the many excellent student services at UH Manoa include health and wellness services, a fitness center, parent and family resources and orientations, campus safety and security, counseling, a career center, first-year student programs, international student services, and many more.

Traditions

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is home to the "Rainbow Warriors." The athletic teams are nicknamed the UH "Warriors" or the UH Manoa "Rainbow Warriors. The traditional colors for UH Manoa are dark green and white, with black as an accent color.

Athletics

The UH Manoa "Rainbow Warriors" athletic teams compete in 20 men's and women's intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

 The UH Manoa Athletic Division also runs several athletic camps and a cheerleading clinic.

Satellite Campuses

There is one primary campus for the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu.

Community Life

The largest city in the state of Hawaii, Honolulu is home to the State Capitol. This "sheltered harbor" is the major center for the Hawaiian Islands, and is considered one of America's safest cities. Honolulu has a royal palace, tropical climate, lush landscape, and a friendly, "aloha" community. Honolulu and the surrounding areas, including the Manoa Valley, offer many things to see and do. Some local landmarks and sights include the Aloha Stadium, many State Parks, Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Blaisdell Center, Hawaii International Film Festival, the opera, theater, many art museums, and more.

Acceptance Rate

58.47

Student to Faculty Ratio

12:1

University of Detroit Mercy is a nonprofit private institution located in Detroit, Michigan and provides a large number of program options for students. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Detroit Mercy has a yearly student enrollment of around 5,500.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

To be considered for admissions, applicants may be asked to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit school records, which are then reviewed by the admissions office. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1390 to 1870 for the SAT exam and in a range of 22 to 27 on the ACT is typical among students admitted to University of Detroit Mercy. 63% of applicants are admitted to this school, of which 26% choose to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at udmercy.edu.

Tuition is approximately $36,000 per year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should check the school's tuition calculator to see the personalize cost of attendance. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is approximately $6,000. Students at this school may be eligible for aid which is usually loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Detroit Mercy Titans participate in several athletic programs, overseen by the NCAA. Sports available may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Fencing (NCAA Division I-AAA)

Students who would like to get more about Detroit Mercy may visit their website at http://www.udmercy.edu.

Acceptance Rate

77.49

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Fox College is an institution of higher learning that combines general education and professional education in applied programs that prepare motivated students for success in specialized careers.

For over 75 years, Fox College has helped graduates Finish First. We know that your time, your money, and your future are important to you. That's why Fox College's programs are designed to get you the quality training you need QUICKLY and AFFORDABLY.  Our programs are designed to be completed by full-time students in 10-18 months, depending on the program and diploma or degree option that you choose.

Fox College offers a combination of applied associate degrees and diplomas in 8 different program areas. Each program's curriculum has been designed by faculty and industry professionals to emphasize what employers need in their new hires.

Fox College offers programs in:

  • Business
  • Design and Technology
  • Health Care

Acceptance Rate

61.84

Student to Faculty Ratio

11:1

Regis College is a nonprofit private institution located in Weston, MA and provides a large number of degree programs for students. The Roman Catholic affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and mission that defines the school. Regis College has a yearly student enrollment of about a thousand.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Regis College offers:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Psychology

Students applying for admission are generally required to submit an application, transcripts, standardized test scores and any requested application essays, which will then be reviewed by the admissions staff. Most common exam scores among applicants admitted to Regis College are between 15 to 21 for the ACT exam, or 1240 to 1550 on the SAT exam. Approximately 80% of all applicant were accepted at this school, with 17% of those admitted choosing to attend. More information regarding admissions can be found at regiscollege.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is around $35,000, but may change per year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Student housing is available for students and costs about $7,200 for the year. Regis College may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who are eligible as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Regis College Pride participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)

Students can visit the Regis College website to see a complete list of academic programs offered, admissions information, and more.

Acceptance Rate

79.26

Student to Faculty Ratio

9:1

About Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science, located in Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1823, and is a private institution. The school was founded by fourteen pharmacists and holds the distinction of being the oldest higher education institution in the city, and the second oldest school of pharmacy in the United States. T

MCPHS received degree granting ability in allied health through a charter change in 1979. Since then the school has added two campuses, located in Worcester, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, as well as the addition of the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists which operates the school's dental hygiene program.
Academics Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science offers a variety of programs with a specific focus in the sciences. Undergraduate level programs combine lower and upper division courses, electives and general education requirements to create a curriculum that results in a bachelor's degree.

Master and doctoral programs have separate requirements for admission, and each requires a lower level degree to have already been earned in order to be considered. The school's graduate programs in pharmacy and physician studies are ranked among the best in the United States.
Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid MCPHS requires all applicants to supply a completed application, standardized test scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation from math or science teachers or guidance counselors. The supplied material will be reviewed and a decision rendered. Once completed, the student will be notified, and if admitted, will be supplied the information necessary to prepare for enrollment.

Application to graduate level and above programs have their own process and requirements. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships awarded based on need as determined by the applicants information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Acceptance Rate

85.33

Student to Faculty Ratio

16:1

UNE is a nonprofit private university that has a large selection of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Biddeford, Maine, in a predominantly urban area. Enrollment at UNE is nearly 5,200 annually. Areas of study available at UNE include but are not limited to:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Public Administration And Social Services
The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, student records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions officials. A SAT or ACT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores between 960 to 1160 on the SAT and between 21 to 26 for the ACT exam is typical among students accepted to University of New England. UNE has an admissions rate of 82% of which only 21% chose to attend.  For additional information about admissions, simply complete the form on this page or call UNE to learn more. The cost of tuition is nearly $34,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to use the school's price of attendance calculator to better estimate their personal tuition costs. Some students at University of New England may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans. The University of New England Nor'Easters participate in a number of athletic programs, within the NCAA organization. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Ice Hockey (NCAA Division III)

Acceptance Rate

84.39

Student to Faculty Ratio

13:1

Farmingdale State College, a public institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Farmingdale, NY, the campus offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at Farmingdale State College exceeds six thousand per year.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, student records, and standardized test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions staff. Most students admitted to Farmingdale State College score in-between 1360 - 1610 on the SAT exam. This school has an admissions rate of about 41% of which only 42% chose to enroll.

The tuition at this school varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay approximately $7,100 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 for the year. Housing may be available for students that want to live on-campus at an estimated cost of $7,100 annually. Students enrolled at this school may qualify for aid which is typically grants and loans.

This school has a variety of athletic programs overseen by the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Golf (NCAA Division III)
  • Lacrosse (NCAA Division III)

Students may visit the Farmingdale State College website to obtain a complete list of academic programs offered, student services, and more.

Acceptance Rate

54.89

Student to Faculty Ratio

20:1

Acceptance Rate

90.96

Tuition

$35,469 / year

Student to Faculty Ratio

25:1

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

The dental hygiene profession is an integral part of any dental office or dentistry business.  Dental hygienists are customer-facing and engage directly with patients on a daily basis.  They identify issues and remediate problems before they become larger health care issues.  Common types of services a dental hygienist performs consulting and dental solutions that can include:

  • Interacting Directly with Patients & Dentists
  • Removing Tartar
  • Performing Dental X-Rays
  • Teaching Proper Oral Hygiene
  • Utilizing a Variety of Dental Instruments
  • Working with Dental Technicians & Dental Assistants
  • Recommending a Gum Graft
  • Identifying Dental Abscess
  • Communicating with a Dental Laboratory
  • Analyzing Tooth Decay
  • Utilizing Dental Floss
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Analyzing Candidates for Tooth Planing
  • Consulting with Patients
  • Removing Plaque
  • Assessing a Tooth Cavity & Tooth Caries
  • Teeth Whitening

Hygienists will utilize a variety of tools and equipment to perform their jobs day-over-day.  As an example, a teeth cleaning procedure can include instruments such as scalers, dental lasers, and dental floss.

Likewise, a teeth cleaning procedure can range from a deep, intensive cleanings to more topical cleanings from patient to patient.  The intensity and frequency of cleanings depend on the regiment required to properly maintain a patient’s teeth & overall oral wellness.

Stages of Patient Care in Quality Dental Hygiene

The team at Kerr Dental believe there are eight discrete stages of patient care for a dental hygienist.  Best practices culled over the course of several years helps to reveal what students need to know.  In a typical dental practice, the daily workflow for dental hygiene professionals include the following eight elements:

  1. Room Preparation
  2. Health Screening
  3. X-Rays: Intra-Oral and Extra-Oral
  4. Perio Charting and Probing
  5. Polishing and Cleaning
  6. Treatment and Patient Planning
  7. Room Disinfection
  8. Instrument Reprocessing

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Best Dental Hygienist Schools

A professional hygienist must first attend an accredited dental college as a requirement to become a licensed dental practitioner. The majority of states require a dental hygienist major to pass a state mandated examination before working with the public. The best dental hygiene school programs can be found at vocational schools, community colleges, specialty dental schools, 4-year colleges, state universities, and through online learning college programs.

Community College A community college is often associated with being a 2-year school geared towards providing students with an associate degree; however, many accredited community colleges in the United States have recently begun to add bachelor of science degree tracks for in-demand professions. In addition, you may find an increase in onsite learning opportunities along with online degree programs.

In terms of dental hygiene education, students enrolled in a community college will likely discover a broad-based curriculum supporting the ever-evolving needs of dental professionals. Electives at a community college may include sociology, creative writing, public speaking, or economics. As such, dental hygiene students will be provided exposure to various general education courses to help think and process differently.

Vocational School & Technical College A trade school, technical college, and vocational school are higher education institutions that targets skill development making work-readiness a top priority. Most vocational schools and technical college programs result in dental hygiene students earning a certificate after completing the requisite coursework. Upon certificate completion, a dental hygiene student will often work in a dental clinic or a dental office.

Dental Hygiene School Another option is for students to consider a degree track in dental hygiene found within an accredited dental school. Attending a school of dentistry will generally provide students with more science-heavy courses than a community college. Dental schools will often provide health care curriculum along with research credit and operations coursework to help prepare students for career mobility after graduation.

Four-Year College or State University A 4-Year college or university may offer bachelor of science in dental hygiene degrees on campus or online off campus. Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees require students to have successfully earned credits for all lower level courses prior to degree completion.

A four-year private college, liberal arts college, or state university can offer high quality degrees in dental hygiene. Four-year universities can offer hands-on learning opportunities and in-depth curriculum to help students prepare for long-term careers in the dental field. While most 4-year programs require exposure to a variety of general education courses, the research and case studies in a dental hygiene education for a well-rounded graduate.

Dental Hygienists Educational Requirements

Individuals interested in studying at a dental hygiene school will typically go on to earn a certificate or associates degree after earning a high school diploma. Undergraduate degrees like an associate's degree will take students between one and two years to complete. Most dental offices and dental practices will require a high school diploma plus an associate's degree or higher as a minimum job requirement.

Bachelor's degrees and master's degrees are less commonly required by dental offices. Rather, a graduate degree or bachelor's degree online can be required for research positions, teaching positions, or for employment in certain programs or public schools. Curriculum in the dental hygiene learning domain often include courses such as:

Which Dental Hygiene School is Right for Me?

While determining which dental hygiene school is right for you is a very personal choice. However, there are a few essential keys to getting matched to the best dental school for you after factoring in qualifications for admission, tuition, financial aid, and net price to attend.

The critical factors for any student looking to enroll in a college program for dental hygiene include: program quality, accreditation, curriculum, program breadth, and timing.

Accreditation If your goal is to select a long-term career in dental hygiene, it is highly recommended to align yourself with an accredited higher education institution. Accredited colleges are best prepared to properly equip students for their state licensing exam and subsequent work in the dental field.

Look for schools to have a CODA affiliation to help ensure the best academic experience for your time and investment. CODA stands for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Colleges earning a CODA affiliation provide students with the highest probability of gainful employment in the dental field after graduation.

Curriculum The curricular design will vary from university to university with CODA accredited schools adhering to a base set of courses. In addition to the accreditation, seek out programs that have a rich clinical experience for students. Schools that have on-site dental offices or community partnerships with private dental practices are a positive sign you will have solid clinical exposure during your time in school.

Program Emphasis As you may expect, not all dental hygiene schools are created equal. Aside from the school type, you should apply to programs that offers the career path you are most interested in pursuing. More specifically, if you intend to perform research in the dental field after graduation make sure to align yourself with an accredited program that emphasizes dental research.

Timing If your ultimate goal is to move from school directly into the workforce on an abbreviated schedule, you may wish to seek out colleges that offer accelerated dental hygiene programs. An accelerated program will provide students with a short, intense program which is contrasted with a longer, broad-based curriculum found in a four-year college, university, or school of dentistry.

How to Become a Dental Hygienist

College-bound students interested in learning how long it takes to become a dental hygienist will find detailed steps below. It is worth noting that online degree completion requirements for CODA accredited higher education institutions will generally have similar requirements for incoming students. To earn a dental hygienist degree, you will need to take the time to thoroughly understand the following dental school factors and components.

  • Experience From academic experience to work experience, colleges will likely require more experience with higher-level degree paths. More specifically, the work experience and classroom requirements for a bachelors degree program will be greater than the criteria for a certificate program in dental hygiene.
  • School Most students will have already completed a set of general education courses prior to applying to a dental hygiene program at an accredited institution. For example, a student applying to a masters degree program in dental hygiene will have already completed the requisite coursework for a bachelors degree program.
  • DAT The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is required by most dental programs. The DAT is an examination administered by CODA. The CODA organization curated the DAT to help higher education providers determine an applicants probability for success.
  • Letters of Recommendation Receiving letters of recommendation from current and previous teachers and managers is a must for most admissions officers. A letter of recommendation speaks to your character, work ethic, and competencies. A recommendation is taken into account in conjunction with your interview and application to help create a holistic profile of each applicant.
  • Application The details provided on your dental hygiene college application will include personal information, socioeconomic information, and a personal statement. Be prepared to invest time to create a quality application along with a financial investment to send your application to the schools admissions office.
  • Transcripts Your transcripts are the final piece of the puzzle in this guide. Transcripts are the non-opinionated, data-driven piece of the overall application. How you performed in previous classes may be an indication of your future success so establish good work habits early to maximize your options later in life.
  • Licensure - Licensing requirements will vary from state to state. However, research assembled by the ADHA reveal four common expectations. Common steps include:
    • Completing a dental hygiene degree program from a CODA institution
    • Passing a written National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
    • Successfully passing state and/or regional dental board examinations
    • Completing all requisite continuing education to maintain licensure

Top Dental Hygiene Degrees

The three primary buckets of dental hygiene degree levels include an online degree, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree.  Students may elect to search for a fast track degree and complete an accelerated dental hygiene certificate program instead of the degrees listed below.

Keep in mind that the timing, cost, program breadth, focus, and curriculum will vary from program to program so perform your research early.  If you are looking to advance your career in the dental field, the degree programs below may be worth further consideration.

Dental Hygienist Associate's Degree

An Associate's of Science (AS) in dental hygiene is a two-year college degree program geared to provide students with the essentials.  The associate's degree is often designed to be a focused program with few general education courses.

A cross-section of classes may include: dental materials, dental anatomy, dental radiology, chair-side assisting, and human anatomy & physiology.  For CODA accredited schools, students should expect to apply to entry-level dental hygiene jobs upon graduation.

Dental Hygienist Bachelor’s Degree

The bachelor’s degree track is an advanced degree program lasting 4 years.  A bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene will be conferred as a Bachelor's of Science (BS).  The BS degree will include an array of general education courses along with core dental classes.

The core classes are career-focused and geared towards specific areas within the dental field which may include: dental practice management, dental hygiene research, dental law & business ethics, periodontics, pharmacology, and advanced clinical research.  Bachelor’s degrees are often a requirement for students looking to work in a managerial or supervisory capacity after graduation.

Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene (MSDH)

While not a mainstream degree track, a master’s degree in dental hygiene is a two-year program after successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.  These high-level courses in healthcare and dentistry are often couched in deep research, industry best practices, public health-based for dental practitioners and future teachers.  Courses you may see in the MSDH program are: leadership, teaching dental hygiene, grant writing, community health advocacy, epidemiology, and health research topics.

Online Dental Hygienist Schools

The best online dental hygiene programs have been growing at a rapid rate in the last decade.  From certificate programs through doctoral online degree programs, an online delivery method continues to gain popularity from students and academics.  An accredited online degree program offered via an accredited online school may be right for you if your schedule, learning style, and work ethic support the distance learning model.

Dental Hygienist Job Requirements

Dental hygienists are typically employed in dental offices and work alongside dentists and dental assistants. They provide care and treatment for patients during routine cleanings. Hygienists must wear protective gear when working on patients or clients, and when working may have to spend extensive amounts of time on their feet.

Many dental hygienists work part time, coming in for specific appointments instead of a full day-long shift. Meanwhile, some hygienists may work at multiple dental offices in order to maximize earnings. Employment for specialized programs or for research will be more competitive and difficult than those typically available at a dental office.

Dental Hygienist Job Outlook

Job growth is expected to increase rapidly over the next decade. According to recent studies performed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and ONet, there will be approximately 20,000 new job openings for dental hygienists in the coming decade. With an employment change of over 40,000 professionals expected, the dental hygiene field is expected to grow at a rate of 15-20% a year during this current reporting period.

Contributing factors to this rapid growth include access to healthcare, oral health awareness, and cultural norms of oral health. These factors are intensified with a growing body of research linking oral health to overall health.

Data and technology will help continue to bring oral health into the spotlight and increase awareness. For example, data collected by the Mayo Clinic reveals research that indicates that oral health can contribute to the following diseases: diabetes, endocarditis, HIV, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, and osteoporosis. The net result is a solid growth forecast for dental hygiene professionals for the foreseeable future.

Dental Hygienist Salary

Dental hygienists median pay is $74,070 annually. The top ten percent earned an average $101,330 while the bottom 25% average $61,230 per year. These figures can be elevated based upon experience, city demographics, education levels, geographic location, organization type, and hours worked. Over 95% of hygienists work directly for a dentist with a small fraction working for outpatient care facilities, medical centers, hospitals, and physician offices.

States employing the most hygienists include: California, Texas, New York, and Florida. Meanwhile, the top paying states are Alaska, California, and Washington averaging $98,000 per year between these three states. Individuals interested in dental hygiene services may also consider careers in dentistry, dental assisting, or dental laboratory technology.

For further research, consider visiting the following resource articles to learn more about the dental hygiene career path and associated college programs. From the latest employment statistics to career FAQs to career options, we have the resources to help you make the most of your career.

Resources in Dental Hygiene

If you are looking for additional information on a future in the dentistry field, read our comprehensive dental career guide.  It includes a variety of relevant topics such as job duties, common treatments, educational requirements, on-the-job training, typical hours, center duties, and dental assisting specialties.  Additionally, you can find specific job information for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental lab technicians in our guide.

Top Ranked Dental Hygiene Associations

National associations may be worth investigating for new students and current hygienists.  To help expedite your search, we have included a list of the top three national associations in the dental field that support learning and networking for hygienists:

  1. American Dental Association (ADA)
  2. American Dental Hygienist's Association (ADHA)
  3. National Dental Hygienist's Association (NDHA)

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