Secondary School Preparation
The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the quality of the preparatory work of each applicant.
An applicant should be a graduate of a regionally accredited secondary school and should present sixteen acceptable units of academic work, including four units in English, three units in Mathematics, two units in a lab science, two units in the social sciences and a minimum of five electives. An applicant who has not satisfied the distribution of college requirements, but has presented convincing evidence of the quality of his/her high school work, may be admitted provisionally.
Students are admitted for both the Fall and Spring terms. Should a student be unable to enter the University during the term for which admission is granted, the offer of acceptance will remain open for one calendar year. Students must notify the Office of Admissions if it is their intention to defer their enrollment.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Administered by the American College Testing Program. Scored on a scale of 200-800 for each part: verbal, math and writing. Score requirements vary depending on major.
The College Board
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
American College Testing (ACT)
Administered by the American College Testing Program. Scored on a scale of 1-33. Scores for English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning, and Composite. Score requirements vary depending on major.
American College Testing
P.O. Box 168
Iowa City, IA 52243
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Administered by Educational Testing Service.
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
All students who wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics are required to register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. For more information and a Clearinghouse registration form, please contact your high school guidance office.
Applicants are encouraged to call the Office of Admissions at (203) 576-4552 for assistance.
Entry level students are recommended, but not required, to observe a registered dental hygienist who is presently working in clinical practice for a minimum of four hours to increase awareness of and knowledge about the profession prior to applying to the Dental Hygiene Program. Candidates are also encouraged to view the American Dental Hygienists’ Association website to view Education and Career Paths.
High school students applying as freshmen must be attending a regionally accredited secondary school and completing four years of English, two years of Math, one year of College Prep Chemistry with a laboratory, one year of College Prep Biology with a laboratory and courses in social studies. An overall B is recommended (a GPA of 3.0 or higher). All freshmen applicants must also take the SAT or the ACT. Scores should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Most successful applicants have a composite SAT score of at least 900 (450 verbal, 450 math). Freshmen candidates will be given consideration to the Pre-Dental Hygiene program only.
Transfer applicants must have attempted 12 or more semester hours at a regionally accredited institution. Prerequisites for application to the Dental Hygiene program are listed below. These courses must be completed prior to entry to be considered for admission. All science courses must be taken within five (5) years of applying to the program. Successful completion of prerequisite coursework is an earned grade of C or better. A minimum combined GPA in prerequisite courses of 2.7 is required; overall GPA must be at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are encouraged to complete all science and general education courses prior to applying to the program.
Prerequisite Coursework: (Courses must be completed prior to entry into the program.)
- English Composition—3 credits (typically English 101)
- College level Chemistry w/lab—4 credits (Introduction to Chemistry recommended)
- Intermediate Algebra—3 credits
- Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab—4 credits
- Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab—4 credits
The following physical qualifications are required for participation in the entry level Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degree program at the UB Fones School of Dental Hygiene. These qualifications are essential for the preparation of the entry level AS and BS Degree in Dental Hygiene. Students at the School must be able to perform at a high level of competency in all phases of classroom, clinic, and laboratory activities as they will ultimately use the knowledge attained as dental hygienists.
The applicant and student must possess:
- Critical thinking ability sufficient for judgment during clinical activities.
- Communication abilities for effective interaction verbally and in written form with patients and other members of the health care team.
- Coordination and use of both upper and lower limbs as required for, among other skills, the performance of dental hygiene clinical procedures and emergency skills such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.
- Manual dexterity necessary for performance in the various clinical, dental laboratory, and basic science laboratories without posing a threat to her/himself, patients, or her/his fellow students’ safety and well-being.
- Hearing and visual abilities, appropriately assisted, acute enough to allow the individual recordation of patient histories, to provide routine safety instructions, and perform stethoscopic and other auscultatory examinations, and to read all forms of diagnostic imaging so that she/he can adequately interpret normal, abnormal, and pathologic changes.
- Freedom from communicable diseases sufficient for rendering safe and effective dental hygiene care.
- Ability to obtain a dental hygiene license as some states deny licenses for certain prior felony convictions.
Applicants with disabilities will neither be summarily denied admission, nor will higher scholastic requirements be demanded of them. All persons to be eligible for acceptance to the School must be capable of demonstrating upon request their ability to perform classroom, laboratory, and clinical assignments, including microscopic work, x-ray interpretation and techniques, or the equivalent, use basic computer program skills, pass written, oral, and practical examinations, and meet all of the requirements of the School as they evolve.
The University of Bridgeport requires that students who participate in course directed activities that include patient/client interactions, internships, practicums, and student teaching undergo a background report. The confidential background report is conducted by Verified Credentials or comparable agency at a cost of approximately $98.00. This fee is to be paid directly to Verified Credentials by the deposited student. Credentialing will be reviewed by the Dean prior to the start of the Clinical Program.
It is the responsibility of the applicant/student to assess compliance with these requirements. By submitting an application to the University of Bridgeport, Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the applicant is confirming his or her ability to meet qualifications for entrance into the Fones School of Dental Hygiene program.
“Dental professionals may be at risk for exposure to numerous workplace hazards. These hazards include but are not limited to the spectrum of bloodborne pathogens, pharmaceuticals and other chemical agents, human factors, ergonomic hazards, noise, vibration, and workplace violence.” Source: OSHA
It is the responsibility of Fones School of Dental Hygiene to be compliant with institutional policy and applicable regulations of local, state, and federal agencies including, but not limited to radiation hygiene and protection, ionizing radiation, hazardous materials, and bloodborne and infectious diseases. The Fones School documents guidelines consistent with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standards and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Clinical Program Policies and Procedures Manual and continuously monitors compliance in order to minimize risk to safety, health, and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and clients.
Questions on Fones School of Dental Hygiene and the University of Bridgeport policies may be answered through website pages or contacting the respective department.
Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Industrial Design
A portfolio review is encouraged, but not required, of candidates for the design programs. The portfolio plays a role in assessing the abilities of the student. The student applicant may personally submit a portfolio to the school at an interview, or send the portfolio, slides or Macintosh-compatible CD through the mail with return and contact information included. Applicants should call the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at (203) 576-4222 or (203) 576-4034 to schedule an appointment or to make arrangements to submit the portfolio by mail. The University of Bridgeport participates in regional portfolio days sponsored by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and portfolio reviews may be completed at the NASAD program.
A portfolio review is optional for candidates for the Fashion Merchandising program. The student applicant may personally submit a portfolio to the school, or send the portfolio, slides or CD via mail. Please send the portfolio with return mailing and contact information to the Admissions office.
Students who are interested in Music (Performance, Music Education) should contact Jeffrey Johnson, the director of the Music Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to set up an audition.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree:
RN to BSN Hybrid Completion Program
- Diploma or associate degree earned at a state board of nursing approved program with national nursing accreditation
- Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the state of residence
- Malpractice insurance
- Minimum grade of “C” in all science and nursing courses in the basic nursing program
- Minimum grade of “C” in all general education and prerequisite courses
- Two letters of reference from professional sources
- Copy of current resume/curriculum vitae
- Overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Standardized Tests—College Level Equivalent Proficiency (CLEP)
UB accepts up to thirty (30) credit hours from the credit recommendations of the College Board’s College Level Equivalent Proficiency (CLEP) exam program. Undergraduate students may earn up to 30 semester hours of credit (one year’s studies) by demonstrating subject area competence through standardized testing. CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy the minimum University 30-hour residency requirement. CLEP credit is not included in the student’s credit hours earned at the University of Bridgeport and is not computed in the student’s quality point ratio at the University. CLEP credit is not considered in the total number of UB hours used to determine eligibility for graduation honors. Information on subject matter and testing procedure is available at the School of Continuing & Professional Studies or at the College Board.
Nationally Recognized Evaluations for Credit Recommendations
UB accepts evaluations of non-university sponsored instruction as part of a student applicant’s transfer evaluation. UB accepts evaluations of non-university sponsored instruction from the following nationally recognized institutions:
- American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service: ACE CREDIT recommends academic credit for formal courses or examinations offered by various organizations, from businesses and unions to the government and military.
- ACE CREDIT includes evaluations on military credits, DSST exams, ALEKS Exams (McGraw-Hill) and many more non-university organizations.
- The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the ACTFL Writing Proficiency (WPT), the ACTFL Reading Proficiency Test (RPT), the ACTFL Listening Proficiency Test (LTP) and the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Computer Test (OPIc) are recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).
- National College Credit Recommendation Service (formerly National PONSI), under the auspices of the State University of New York, Board of Regents, evaluates training and education programs offered outside of the traditional college classroom setting and recommends them for college credit equivalencies. National CCRS coordinates teams of college faculty evaluators and subject matter experts to conduct extensive reviews of education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools.
Students applying for admission to the University should include these evaluations with their application and follow the same procedures as a transfer student. The equivalent credit will be assessed in conjunction with the academic program and other earned transfer credits. [See Transfer Student Requirements]
Individualized Written or Oral Tests Designed and Administered by Qualified Faculty
On rare occasions, UB provides course credit for successful completion of a final exam (ENGL 101) and for demonstrated oral language skills in a foreign language. These individualized exams are arranged through the relevant academic department.
Credit for Life Work Experience Program (CLWEP)
Some students acquire mastery over course subject matter through prior work or training experience. UB values the university-level knowledge that student’s may have acquired outside the traditional university classroom.
In the CLWEP portfolio assessment, students demonstrate that what they already know is equivalent to what they would have learned in an equivalent college course. A student may have acquired this knowledge through past work, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences. A portfolio enables the student to identify and articulate this knowledge, and potentially earn credit for it.
Students learn the process of identifying areas of course-equivalent learning and portfolio development skills through the CLWEP guidelines and assessment plan that can be acquired through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies.
CLWEP credit may not be used to satisfy the minimum University 30-hour residency requirement. CLWEP credit is included in the student’s semester hours earned at the University and also in the total number of UB hours used to determine eligibility for graduation honors. However, such credit is not computed in the student’s quality point ratio at the University.
Are you graduating soon? Are you interested in applying for work authorization in the U.S. after you complete your degree? If so, please join us at one of our OPT Information Sessions to learn more about your eligibility, how to apply for OPT, and how to find a job!
Presented by International Student Services and the Center for Career Development.
The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.
This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).
Join us for an informative presentation about paying for college. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with their financial aid counselor regarding their financial aid packages.
The Office of Admissions hosts weekday campus tours at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. For students and families that are unable to join us during the week, the Office of Admissions has scheduled Saturday morning campus tours at 11:00am.
To register, click on the date on which you plan to tour UB:
Join us for our open house for undergraduate transfer students!
This event will include:
- an admissions presentation
- fee-waived application workshop
- on-the-spot transfer credit evaluation
- faculty “meet-and-greet”
- campus tour