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2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

There are about 34,367 students enrolled in Dental Hygiene in the USA.

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popularity

Average

Compared to national avg.

Diplomas received last year

6,686

Vs. National Avg.

-58%

popularity Rank

#124

cost

Very Affordable

Compared to national avg.

Median degree cost

$14K

Vs. National Avg.

-44%

cost Rank

#380

salary

Low Paying

Compared to national avg.

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

$35K

Vs. National Avg.

-13%

salary Rank

#372

professors

Not Very Good

Compared to national avg.

Professor Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-9%

professors Rank

#359

students

Not Very Diverse

Compared to national avg.

Diversity Rating

C+

Vs. National Avg.

-4%

students Rank

#333

SUMMARY

Studying Dental Hygiene is not only a valuable choice, but often a needed first step for undergrads trying to begin a career as a dental insurance officer , a dental office manager, or a dental hygienist. In fact, nationally, dental hygiene is a very rare degree ranking as the 129th most popular degree. Last year, there were 2,443 dental hygiene graduates. In-state tuition for dental hygiene at private colleges is, on average, 4.5 times more costly than their public equivalents.

With only 92 schools offering this degree you could have limited options as to the institutions you can choose from. If you are looking to surround yourself with other dental hygiene students, consider schools in California which have the most undergrads admitted to dental hygiene annually. Zooming out, the best region to major in dental hygiene is in the Southeast region with St Petersburg College, East Tennessee State University, and Old Dominion University best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection for the best conference to major in dental hygiene is the Big Sky Conference with Northern Arizona University, Weber State University, and Eastern Washington University representing the conference. That being said, our choice for the best school for dental hygiene is University of Southern California, and here you can find our comprehensive list for the best colleges.

The overall best school does not mean it is the 'best' school for you. There might be tons more factors to consider when selecting college. Features like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely sway one's choice on where to go to school. Here at authority.org, we've weighed the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are intrigued by which dental hygiene college is home to the top campus, the winner is New York University. If, for example, you are very interested in which college boasts the best campus, we have a whole list dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, government databases, student reviews, and more in order to evaluate every major in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our comprehensive list for the schools with the best student life&nbspand, from that list, our pick for the school with the best student life for dental hygiene is University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Curious why? Continue reading to find out more about Authority's top selections. Some of our decisions will probably surprise you.

If cost is a significant factor in your decisions, you might be cautious about University of Southern California. University of Southern California&nbspappears to be the most expensive college for dental hygiene, at least regarding out of state attendance. We have an entire list of the most expensive&nbspcolleges that could put the price tag of University of Southern California&nbspinto perspective. For more context, you may be interested to know that dental hygiene is the 249th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average cost of $27,000. To zoom out a little, the most costly state for dental hygiene in the country is Massachusetts with expenses at the main two colleges MCPHS University and Regis College of $33,600 and $42,650 respectively. Even more broadly, the most expensive region for dental hygiene is the New England region which is best demonstrated with University of New Haven with a cost of $39,000, University of New England with a cost of $37,390, and Regis College with a cost of $42,650.

Our cheapest region for dental hygiene is the Rocky Mountains region which is represented by Community College of Denver with a cost of $14,662, Dixie State University with a cost of $14,976, and Weber State University with a cost of $14,973. In better news, the most affordable university for dental hygiene is University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Our entire list of the most affordable colleges can be found here.

In-state students can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $8,500 for a degree in dental hygiene. That price balloons intensely to a median of $20,500 for an out-of-state public-school student. On that note, our selection for the university with the best value for dental hygiene: University of Southern California. Through this link you can find our comprehensive list for the schools we see as being the best value&nbspoverall. With that said, this discussion is predicated on the assumption that you are an out-of-state student. The value proposition changes when it comes to in-state tuition, as such, we are using out-of-state tuition as the baseline.

Earnings for dental hygiene students range widely, but two years after graduation graduates will typically earn around $77,200. While there can be much variation in earnings potential; top positions can make up to $119,300. Straight out of college, the lowest earning positions within the dental hygiene space make $49,000, which could be worse. The top earning graduates from dental hygiene studied at MCPHS University&nbspand if you want to find the schools with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The overall diversity of dental hygiene ranks near the bottom, arriving within only the 21st percentile of all majors. The school with the most composite diversity for dental hygiene is New York University&nbspand here you can find our general list for the colleges with the most diversity. The overall financial diversity of Dental Hygiene only ranks within the 43rd percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 32nd percentile. White collegians make up the largest share, 69%, of scholars studying dental hygiene. Additionally, 96% of scholars seeking a dental hygiene degree are women.

The median ranking of dental hygiene professors is 4 stars, which is surprisingly the median score for every major; this is a fine. If you are interested in the most popular dental hygiene instructor nationally, look no further than Mary Godfrey at Grand Rapids Community College. This might be surprising, but the top rated dental hygiene instructors from student rankings are found at Pensacola State College. If we including data beyond simply rankings we find that the college possessing comprehensively the best professors for dental hygiene is New York University. You can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest instructors in the country.

Finally, the most difficult college to get into for dental hygiene is University of Southern California. While we are unsure why you would be interested, we do have a comprehensive page for the hardest colleges to get into. With that said, we hope you understand that considering college with a lens only shaped by superlatives can cause issues. We at Authority encourage you to explore our more nuanced pages on different universities and peruse a couple of our background pages on important things to consider as your school search continues.

Top 25 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

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A+

Rating

#1 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC | www.unc.edu/

25%

Acceptance

32,160

Students

#69

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#2 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Texas A & M University-College Station

College Station, TX | https://www.tamu.edu/

63%

Acceptance

73,308

Students

#123

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#3 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI | https://umich.edu/

26%

Acceptance

49,530

Students

#33

Ranking

$52K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#4 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

New York University

New York, NY | www.nyu.edu/

21%

Acceptance

58,361

Students

#23

Ranking

$55K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#5 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA | www.usc.edu/

16%

Acceptance

52,376

Students

#28

Ranking

$60K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#6 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN | https://twin-cities.umn.edu/

70%

Acceptance

63,760

Students

#159

Ranking

$33K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#7 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ | https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/

67%

Acceptance

56,178

Students

#152

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#8 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA | www.washington.edu/

56%

Acceptance

56,554

Students

#108

Ranking

$39K

Tuition

A

Rating

#9 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Ohio State University-Main Campus

Columbus, OH | www.osu.edu/

68%

Acceptance

66,017

Students

#194

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

B

Rating

#10 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY | www.uwyo.edu/

94%

Acceptance

13,616

Students

#869

Ranking

$20K

Tuition

A+

Rating

#11 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, PA | www.pitt.edu/

64%

Acceptance

35,563

Students

#155

Ranking

$34K

Tuition

A

Rating

#12 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Creighton University

Omaha, NE | https://www.creighton.edu/

64%

Acceptance

10,225

Students

#207

Ranking

$43K

Tuition

B

Rating

#13 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY | www.louisville.edu/

65%

Acceptance

25,451

Students

#826

Ranking

$29K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#14 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Mississippi

University, MS | www.olemiss.edu/

88%

Acceptance

24,309

Students

#725

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

B

Rating

#15 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

O C Collins Career Center

Chesapeake, OH | www.collins-cc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

477

Students

#934

Ranking

$0

Tuition

B+

Rating

#16 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas City, MO | https://www.umkc.edu/

63%

Acceptance

18,894

Students

#692

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

B

Rating

#17 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV | www.wvu.edu/

84%

Acceptance

30,045

Students

#895

Ranking

$25K

Tuition

D

Rating

#18 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Fox Valley Technical College

Appleton, WI | https://www.fvtc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

18,341

Students

#1872

Ranking

$7K

Tuition

C+

Rating

#19 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN | www.iupui.edu/

79%

Acceptance

33,900

Students

#1271

Ranking

$32K

Tuition

D−

Rating

#20 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, CA | https://foothill.edu/

0%

Acceptance

29,967

Students

#2170

Ranking

$10K

Tuition

D

Rating

#21 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, WA | https://www.btc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

3,206

Students

#1874

Ranking

$5K

Tuition

F

Rating

#22 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Waukesha County Technical College

Pewaukee, WI | https://www.wctc.edu/

0%

Acceptance

10,641

Students

#2412

Ranking

$7K

Tuition

A

Rating

#23 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA | www.pacific.edu/

71%

Acceptance

6,840

Students

#284

Ranking

$51K

Tuition

F

Rating

#24 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Pasadena City College

Pasadena, CA | pasadena.edu/

0%

Acceptance

37,129

Students

#3074

Ranking

$7K

Tuition

B+

Rating

#25 2023 Best Colleges for Dental Hygiene

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA | https://www.vcu.edu/

91%

Acceptance

32,628

Students

#606

Ranking

$36K

Tuition

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