DDS Program Admission Requirements

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

1. Bachelor's Degree

We strongly recommend applicants to the DDS program have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. However, applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree, but who have a GPA of 3.5 and have completed 90 or more credits at the time of matriculation will be considered. Applicants with a foreign bachelor’s degree must complete 60 credits in an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university for consideration.

All applicants must complete their prerequisite courses at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.

2. Prerequisite Course Requirements

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past ten years at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university with a minimum “C” grade. Prerequisite courses may be satisfied through postbaccalaureate study. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation in dental school.

We require a minimum of two semesters or three quarters each of:

  • Biology with lab
  • Inorganic/General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • English/Writing-Intensive

Please note: English as a Second Language (ESL) courses may not be used toward fulfillment of the English/Writing-Intensive prerequisite. 

3. Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Applicants are required to take the DAT. Applicants’ DAT scores must be submitted by February 1st in the year admission is sought.

Please note that the DAT must have been taken within 3 years of the year in which admission is sought.  

4. Letters of Evaluation

Applicants must arrange for the submission of one committee evaluation letter or three individual letters of evaluation, two of which must be from science faculty members.

5. Shadowing

A minimum of 100 hours of dental shadowing is recommended.

6. International (Non-U.S./Canadian) Applicants

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a school outside of the U.S. or Canada are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores by February 1st in the year in which admission is sought. The ECE evaluation must verify equivalency to a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution and we require a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT. TOEFL scores older than two years will not be considered.

7. AADSAS Application

Applications must be submitted online through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The deadline for receipt of the AADSAS application is February 1st in the year admission is sought. All applications must be verified by AADSAS for consideration. Responsibility for completing the application rests with the applicant.  Applications that are incomplete cannot be acted upon.

8. Virtual Interview

Each applicant to NYU Dentistry must complete an asynchronous video interview via Kira Talent. Following submission of all required materials and the application fee, applicants will receive information on how to register for and complete the virtual interview. 

9. In-person DDS Candidate Days

Following completion of the asynchronous video interview, final candidates will receive an invitation to register for and attend an in-person DDS Candidate Day.

Candidates selected to move forward to this final stage of the admissions process will be contacted with additional details and registration information.



For additional information about our program, please visit our FAQs page.







While this is not an NYU Dentistry Admissions requirement, licensure in New York State requires completion of an approved, clinically-based dental residency program of minimally one year in duration. Requirements for licensure may vary in other states. For more information on obtaining licensure in New York State, please visit the NYSED.