Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Is ranking calculated? Other
Is honors status awarded? Yes


How is ranking assigned?

Students are ranked as standing in the top, middle or bottom third of the class.


How is honors status granted?

About 25% of a class typically achieves honors status in each course, depending on the course director’s decision as to the level of performance required for an “H.”


How is competency in a course determined?

Competency in a course is determined through assessment tools depending on the course content and the year of study. Assessment tools may include written exams, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case-based tests, case presentations, portfolio reviews and quarterly evaluations.


How is the language in Deans’ letters crafted?

The Dean of Students, Dr. Laureen Zubiaurre, writes the compilations for the Dean’s letter. Please consult her for additional information.


What else should program directors know?

The grading policy is Honors/Pass/Fail. Student standing (top, middle or bottom third of the class) is based on the ratio between Honors and Pass grades for the different courses. Honors grades are weighted proportionately to the size of the course and to the number of Honors grades awarded in the course. At the end of year 3, the vice dean and the associate dean for student affairs review total class performance based on hour-weighted grades (H, P, F) to divide the class into thirds, as reported in the Institution Evaluation.


For questions, please contact:

Letty Moss-Salentijn, Ph.D., D.D.S.
Vice Dean Academic Affairs
212-305-8334