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Admission Requirements

All students applying to the New York University College of Dentistry must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university, including all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses may be satisfied through Post-bac study. Consideration will also be given to students with a GPA of 3.5 who have completed 90 credits (including all prerequisite courses) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.

    Applicants holding a foreign Bachelor's degree in a profession from an accredited school also are eligible to apply. Please note that all prerequisite courses must be within the past ten years and completed at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.

  2. The minimum prerequisite course requirements must be met. *Please see the table below.

    While a broad undergraduate education with a major in any chosen field is acceptable, certain courses beyond the minimum requirements are recommended. Undergraduate courses in the biological sciences are especially helpful in laying a foundation for the dental curriculum. Courses such as comparative anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, histology, embryology, physiology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and mathematics are of considerable value in preparation for a dental education at NYU College of Dentistry. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the Fall.

  3. Applicants are required to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) as part of the application process. Information about the DAT is available on the ADA web site at: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test

    Applicants' DAT scores must be submitted by February 1st in the year admission is sought. Please note that the DAT test must have been taken within 3 years of the year in which admission is sought. Scores older than 3 years will not be considered.

  4. Application Process: Applications must be submitted online through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), available at: https://portal.aadsasweb.org/. The deadline for receipt of the AADSAS application is February 1st in the year admission is sought.

    Responsibility for completing the application rests with the applicant. Applications that are incomplete cannot be acted upon.

  5. Letters of Evaluation are required. Applicants must arrange for the submission of (1) one Committee Evaluation letter or three (3) individual letters of evaluation, two of which must be from science faculty members.

  6. A minimum of 100 hours of shadowing is recommended.

  7. Supplemental Application Fee: A non-refundable application processing fee of $80 (USD) is required to complete the application to NYU College of Dentistry. This payment can be made online at: https://www.nyu.edu/dental/events/aadsas/ or by check and/or money order made payable to "NYU College of Dentistry." Please include your AADSAS ID number in the memo and mail your non-refundable payment to the address below:

    NYU College of Dentistry
    Office of Admissions
    433 First Avenue, Suite 125
    New York, NY 10010

    For Canadian and other non-US based applicants, non-refundable application processing fee of $80 (USD) is payable online at: https://www.nyu.edu/dental/events/aadsas/ or you may review specific guidelines on our website:
    http://dental.nyu.edu/academicprograms/dds-program/application-process.html.

  8. For applicants who have a foreign Bachelor's degree from an accredited school outside of the U.S. or Canada, the TOEFL "iBT" test is required, as well as a course by course evaluation from ECE.

    Information about the TOEFL is available on the Educational Testing Services website at: https://www.ets.org/toefl. Applicants TOEFL scores must be submitted by February 1st in the year in which admission is sought. Scores older than two years will not be considered. Only scores of 100 or above will be considered for the TOEFL "iBT."

    Information about Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is available at: https://www.ece.org/ECE.htm

  9. All applicants are required to submit official transcripts for all colleges attended upon acceptance. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited school outside of the U.S. or Canada are required to submit a transcript evaluation from ECE at the time of application.

*Minimum Prerequisite Course Requirements

Course Credits Comments
English 6-8 semester hours English departmental courses with a writing component are preferred.
Biology 8 semester hours Please see below for additional course recommendations.
Physics 6-8 semester hours N/A
Inorganic/General Chemistry 6-8 semester hours N/A
Organic Chemistry 6-8 semester hours N/A

The prerequisite science requirements must be met with a minimum of two lecture courses in a semester-based system or three lecture courses in a quarter-based system. Please note, this credit minimum does not include lab sections. 

* Credits are by semester hour. A semester hour is calculated as one hour of classroom work or two hours of laboratory work each week for fifteen weeks.


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