Howard University College of Dentistry

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    Washington, DC
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    The Howard University College of Dentistry is a private, historically black college, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1881, Howard operates one of the oldest dental schools in the United States. Each year, 74 students are admitted. Graduates earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Tuition: $37,070
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • Matriculation Fee: $471.50 (annually)
    • Endowment Fee: $15 (annually)
    • Self-Help Fee: $5 (annually)
    • Technology Fee: $125
    • Disability Insurance Fee: $54
    • Liability Fee*: 
      • 2nd year: $30
      • 3rd year: $30
      • 4th year: $30
    • Books / Instruments*: 
      • 1st year: $11,192
      • 2nd year: $6,863
      • 3rd year: $4,426
      • 4th year: $1,644
    • Instrument Leasing*:
      • 2nd year: $900
      • 3rd year: $1,000
      • 4th year: $1,100
    • Dental Board Exam*:
      • 2nd year: $345
      • 4th year: $390
    • Association Fee*: $140 (annually)
    • Clinical Lab Fee*:
      • 1st year: $490
      • 2nd year: $400
      • 3rd year: $400
      • 4th year: $400
    • Laptop Fee*: $2,400
    • Licensing Exam Fee: $2,085

    Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $190,424



    • Interviews are by invitation only.
    • Invitations to interview are sent email, approximately three weeks prior to the desired interview date.
    • Interviews usually take place between late September through April, usually on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    • A typical interview day will include presentations detailing the HUCM history and mission, an overview of the curriculum, tours, financial aid seminar and lunch with students.
    • Interviewees will have at least one 30–45 minute interview with member of faculty.

    It is important to us that prospective students “get to know Howard.” Therefore, interviewees should anticipate spending most of the day on campus.


    Howard University College of Medicine provides students of high academic potential with a medical education of exceptional quality and prepares physicians and other health care professionals to serve the underserved. Particular focus is on the education of disadvantaged students for careers in medicine. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and habits of life-long learning and producing world leaders in medicine. Special attention is directed to teaching and research activities that address health care disparities.

    The College also seeks to improve the health of Americans and the global community through public health training programs and initiatives. Our mission also includes the discovery of new knowledge through research. Lastly, the College supports the education and training of postgraduate physicians, other health care providers, and graduate students in the biomedical sciences.