FAQs: 4-Year DDS Program

NYU Dentistry receives over 3,000 applications annually.

The deadline is February 1st in the year admission is sought.

The mean Total GPA of admitted students is 3.5; the mean Science GPA is 3.4.

The mean score for the Academic Average, Total Science and Reading Comprehension sections are each 21. The mean score for Perceptual Ability is 20.

DAT test scores are valid for 3 years from the anticipated date of enrollment. If you are applying for admission in the Fall 2024 cycle, the DAT should be dated no earlier than 2021.

No. NYU Dentistry accepts application materials and updates, including retakes of the DAT, throughout the application cycle, until the application deadline of February 1, 2024. For applicants who are taking the Canadian DAT (CDAT), for the 2023-2024 application cycle, applicants should take the November CDAT. Interviews will be conducted from September through March.

NYU Dentistry generally requires a letter grade for our prerequisite courses. However, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses taken during Spring or Summer 2020. Letter grades are still recommended, if possible, especially in the sciences. Applications are reviewed holistically; having Pass/Fail courses during this challenging period will not necessarily impact your application negatively.

Transfer applications are considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants are emailed within 3-4 weeks to confirm receipt of applications.

You may check your status throughout the cycle on your NYU Applicant Status Portal. Please note that we do not post status updates on the AADSAS portal.

Given the number of applications we receive, we regret that we cannot offer specific feedback on applications.

Per ADEA AADSAS guidelines, decisions are made starting December 15th. Applicants interviewed after December 15th are admitted on a rolling basis.

DDS students participate in local community outreach throughout their four years at NYU, including educational presentations and oral screenings at local schools and childcare centers, health fairs, and providing care aboard the Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile care van, which travels throughout New York City daily to provide comprehensive care to underserved public school children, and also at local senior centers. 

Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in global and domestic outreach experiences each year. See what students had to say about their Spring 2023 outreach experiences in the Dominican Republic and Machias, Maine.

Further, our Global Health Care Leaders program provides a unique professional development experience for selected students seeking a special focus on leadership to enrich their dental student experience and their future careers. The Global Health Care Leaders program is sponsored by the NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management, which aims to develop the next generation of policy-oriented leaders for the dental and related health care professions by providing new leadership programming and courses. 

Students can participate in research starting in the spring semester of their first year. Learn more about student research at NYU Dentistry.