DDS Program


You will see, when you leave, that you are so ahead of the game in terms of clinical experience.

Mark Makiling, DDS '15, discusses how the breadth and depth of clinical experience at NYU Dentistry prepares our students for any clinical challenge — and how his service ethic influenced his career path.



We "think big" at NYU Dentistry.

The NYU College of Dentistry is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the United States, educating nearly 10 percent of our nation's dentists. Since our founding in 1865, NYU Dentistry has been preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders, pioneering research in all areas of oral/dental medicine, advancing the latest treatments, and applying breakthrough methods of care, all while serving our diverse community of patients in New York City and around the world.

Exceptional education. Vast opportunities. Unparalleled clinical experience.

Students in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree program are immersed in an integrated education that combines an in-depth and extensive clinical practice experience with rigorous course work in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences and the social issues related to the general health and well-being of the public. This integration fosters students' understanding of dentistry and its relationship to overall health.


Our 14 group practices — each with about 27 students per class year — allow students to experience smaller-group learning and mentoring while still having access to the vast resources of a large university.



The school has a real commitment to making smaller groups out of each class. … And that’s such an important thing, in the first year, to help students to really feel seen and to help them feel that they’re part of a community of learners here.

Elena Cunningham, PhD, discusses the interplay of her research with primate cognition and her teaching methods, as she aims to find the most efficient and least stressful ways for NYU Dentistry students to learn.



Students work side-by-side with world-renowned educators, clinicians, and researchers, and have many opportunities to pursue research interests. The College’s sophisticated, state-of-the-art clinical facilities are all housed on nine floors within NYU Dentistry, and students are assigned to Group Practices in the D1 year, with integration into the clinical setting beginning early in the D1 year. This unique program is characterized by clinical rotations in the comprehensive care clinics (D1) and the specialty clinics (D2) and culminates in students gaining "initial patient care privileges" at the end of the D2 year. This program is designed to reinforce the integration between the foundational and clinical sciences, and to enhance the "doctoring" skills that are essential to a smooth transition into assuming the responsibilities inherent in being a healthcare provider.


With 300,000 patient visits each year, plus community outreach rotations built into the curriculum, our students gain competence and confidence in all aspects of the clinical practice of dentistry within the 4-year curriculum.


Support. Guidance. Mentorship.

Each DDS student is supported by a comprehensive network of students, faculty, and staff who provide one-on-one guidance for their professional development. Each Group Practice cohort has their own Student Success Network consisting of a designated Academic Advisor, Faculty Mentor, Peer Assessment Facilitator, and Group Practice Director, as well as a group of dental student Peer Mentors and Peer Tutors who work closely with students and each other to promote and support student success.

Curricular highlights:

  • Unlike some dental schools who do not have their own resident basic science faculty, NYU Dentistry offers a strong curriculum in the basic sciences tailored specifically to the needs of future dentists by members of the Department of Molecular Pathobiology in close collaboration with the clinical dentistry departments. This diverse group of dentists, physicians, and researchers ensure an innovative and unparalleled curriculum characterized by incorporating plastinated human specimens, a personalized learning platform, virtual reality, and digital dentistry, including robotics, into courses throughout the program.
  • D3 and D4 students choose from a large selection of honors and elective courses, ranging from Dental Care for Survivors of Torture, to Honors in Special Patient Care, to Precision Medicine: Salivary Diagnostics and Genomics, among many others.
  • NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities, opened in 2019, provides students with additional, extraordinary clinical experience for treating patients with special needs.
  • NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care, opened in 2020, will provide advanced dental students with a new "high-efficiency" model of dental education in Downtown Brooklyn.
  • Metro Community Health Center at NYU Dentistry, opened in 2021, is a federally qualified health center located on the first floor of the NYU Dental Center that provides students with a unique interprofessional education opportunity focusing on the medical management of the dental patients.
  • NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management, launched in 2021, is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary think tank that focuses on oral health policy and management and will house the NYU Dentistry Leadership Education and Development Initiative, which will provide leadership opportunities for students that include the NYU Dentistry Student Leadership Institute, the NYU Dentistry William J. Gies Leadership Society (Gies Society), and the NYU Dentistry Leadership Forum.


Our campus, in the city that never sleeps.

NYU College of Dentistry's campus spans three buildings along First Avenue in Manhattan — from East 24th Street to East 26th Street — in the heart of the NYU health sciences corridor. The clinical treatment areas of the NYU Dental Center are in the connected Schwartz and Weissman buildings, at 345 E. 24th Street and 421 First Avenue, respectively. The NYU Interprofessional Building at 433 First Avenue houses the NYU Dentistry Student Services suite, the Learning Commons, the Departments of Biomaterials and of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, several classrooms, and casual gathering spaces. The NYU Meyers College of Nursing and the NYU Tandon Bioengineering Institute are also housed in the Interprofessional Building.

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Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. All applications completed by our deadline (February 1, 2022) will be fully reviewed and given equal consideration for an interview.


NYU Dentistry usually requires a letter grade for prerequisite courses. However, we can accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses taken during the Spring or Summer 2020 academic terms. Letter grades are still recommended, if possible, especially in the sciences. Applications are reviewed holistically; having Pass/Fail courses during this period will not necessarily impact your application negatively. Online courses may also be accepted, but all prerequisite coursework must still be completed at a regionally-accredited school in the U.S. or accredited school in Canada.

Official DAT scores are still required to complete and review your application. You will not be at a disadvantage if your scores are submitted later in the cycle, as long as they are submitted before the application deadline.


Experience Requirements

We still recommend at least 100 hours of dental shadowing if possible, but we will take individual circumstances into account. You will have the opportunity to explain any COVID-related interruptions to your academics or experiences on the AADSAS application.



Please feel free to contact NYU Dentistry’s Admissions Office at or schedule a Virtual Visit with an Admissions representative if you have any questions or concerns. We will communicate with applicants via email if there are any further changes to our admissions process during the application cycle.