Howard University | College of Dentistry
The Office of Student Affairs

New Student Information

By creating a professional, consistent, and welcoming environment, Howard University College of Dentistry - Office of Student Affairs, helps to foster the confidence and curiosity of our students while preparing them for their future. Each day is enriched with hands-on experiences, providing ample opportunities for students to improve their knowledge-base while developing essential academic skills.


Where do I live?

 We are available to assist incoming pre- and post-doctoral students in finding a place to live in Washington DC and the surrounding areas.

A list of housing options familiar to our current students is available for new students. 

Call us for more information (202)806-0235.


An Exceptional Learning Experience

Orientation week will aide in your transition into your first year of dental school. Our wonderful faculty and Orientation Ambassadors will guide you through the steps to take to become a successful dental student.  You will also be paired with a Peer Mentor to provide one on one support throughout your first year. If you haven’t already, please join the HUCD class of 2023 facebook page and start getting to know your classmates!

White Coat Ceremony

Welcoming You to the Profession!

The White Coat ceremony is a rite of passage for dental students. Celebrate with your family and classmates while being welcomed to the Howard family!  To participate, please submit  1. Full Name, 2. Names of guests (maximum 2 per student), and the white coat order form with payment information. All required information must be submitted by July 10th.  For those who are unable to attend the ceremony may watch a livestream broadcast. 

Class Schedule

D1 Class schedule

The First year of dental school is very challenging. Learning your schedule will help to keep you organized with planning and studying. Our dedicated faculty serve as facilitators in your courses, guiding students through academic exploration and individual learning. Peer Mentors are also assigned to each new students as a source of support.

Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentors (PM's) are a group of students in the College of Dentistry who assist OSA by helping D-1 students set and attain academic, clinical, career, personal and social goals by offering a perspective from peer's experience. 

Orientation Ambassadors

Orientation Ambassadors provide practical support to new students during Orientation Week activities. Orientation Ambassadors are students who are well-respected, academically successful leaders on campus. These students are chosen based upon their current and potential academic, interpersonal and leadership qualities. ​​Ambassadors will also undertake further opportunities to assist with student focused events throughout the year