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Requirements for Admission

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

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university, including all prerequisite courses. Consideration will be given to students with at least a GPA of 3.5 who have completed 90 credits (including all prerequisite courses) at an accredited college or university. As of June 2013, applicants holding a foreign Bachelor's degree from an accredited school outside of the U.S. or Canada will be eligible to apply for our 4-year DDS program; for those applicants, the TOEFL "iBT" test will be required. Only scores of 100 or above will be considered.

  2. The following minimum prerequisite course requirements must be met:

    English-6 credits (two years recommended)
    Biology-8 credits minimum
    Inorganic Chemistry-6 to 8 credits
    Organic Chemistry-6 to 8 credits
    Physics-6 to 8 credits
  3. Note: A credit hour is calculated as one hour of classroom or three hours of laboratory work each week for 15 weeks.

While a broad undergraduate education with a major in a chosen field is acceptable, certain courses beyond the minimum requirements are recommended. Undergraduate courses in the biological sciences are very helpful in laying a foundation for the dental curriculum. Courses such as comparative anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, histology, embryology, physiology, sociology, 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 to the dental program in the Fall semester of admission. Students with any incomplete and/or pending science requirements will be at a disadvantage when their applications are reviewed.

  1. Applicants to the four-year D.D.S. Program are required to take the Dental Admission Test as part of the application process.
  2. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.
  3. The applicant is asked to submit letters of recommendation either from a committee on professional recommendations or from at least two teachers, preferably science department chairpersons, who know the applicant personally.

Students with international credentials who are interested in being licensed to practice dentistry in the United States should consult the admission requirements for the Advanced Placement Program for Internationally Trained Dentists at .

Information regarding registration for pre-dental courses may be obtained from the pre-health advisor at the student's school, or NYU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 665 Broadway, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10012-2339 or

Due to curriculum initiatives, the 2013 incoming class will be the final year that the college will be offering admission to its Advanced Placement DDS program. Throughout the years, New York University College of Dentistry has maintained a program for internationally trained dentists that it is extremely proud of. For years 2014 and after, we encourage international dentists to consider applying to our regular 4-year program.

Pre-Matriculation Technical Standards for all NYUCD Programs

The applicant must possess the physical and behavioral abilities to:

  1. Effectively communicate to others.
  2. Perform oral and physical examinations on patients.
  3. Critically appraise data and utilize findings to reach appropriate decisions
  4. Perform delicate surgical procedures.
  5. Carry out the other functions generally expected of a practicing general dentist.

Application Procedure

Application is normally made through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005 or . Receipt of the AADSAS application will be acknowledged.

  1. The deadline for receipt of the AADSAS application is February 1st of the year in which admission is sought. Students are advised to apply well before the deadline.
  2. Those invited for an interview must also file a New York University College of Dentistry supplemental application at the time of interview.
  3. A filing fee of $80 USD must be sent directly to NYUCD at the time of application. This fee can be paid by check or money order and is not refundable. Checks should be made payable to New York University College of Dentistry. Applicants' AADSAS ID number should be included on the check.
  4. All applications for admission are subject to the terms and conditions of this Bulletin and other official correspondence that may occur between the University and the applicant prior to and after acceptance and matriculation.
  5. A parent or legal guardian must cosign all documents received from applicants who are under 18 years of age.
  6. The applicant must submit official college transcripts upon acceptance.
  7. It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep fully informed of the applicable University tuition and fee schedules and of the University's tuition refund policy.
  8. Information about the TOEFL (for applicants with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited school outside of the U.S. or Canada) is available on the Educational Testing Services web site at: Applicant's TOEFL scores must be submitted by February 1st in the year in which admission is sought. Scores older than 2 years will not be considered. TOEFL scores should be submitted directly to NYUCD. Our Institution code is 2597, Department 38.

BA/DDS Program

The New York University College of Arts and Science and other selected universities and colleges, in conjunction with the College of Dentistry of New York University, offer a seven-year option. The program is designed for strongly motivated high school graduates whose primary goal is dentistry; successful participation leads to the Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees.

The first three years are spent at the undergraduate institution and the remaining four at the College of Dentistry. The curriculum emphasizes behavioral and social sciences in order to meet the need for patient-oriented, broadly educated dental health professionals.

Candidates for the BA/DDS program are expected to have outstanding high school records and SAT scores reflecting strong aptitude for advanced study. Personal interviews conducted by faculty members at the undergraduate institution are required.

Once accepted, students must maintain an honors grade point average in the undergraduate institution, meet that college's requirements for the baccalaureate degree, and satisfy admissions requirements of the College of Dentistry. Students are expected to score competitively on the Dental Admission Test, taken in the third year. The Admissions Committee of the College of Dentistry will interview them before being formally notified of acceptance. A list of undergraduate institutions participating in the BA/DDS program is available from the Office of Admissions.

Applications for admission to the BA/DDS program at New York University are submitted through the Common Application. When completing the Common Application, applicants to the BA/DDS program should select the "joint degree" option. All other requirements and deadlines for traditional undergraduate admissions apply, and there are no additional requirements for BA/DDS candidates. For more information regarding undergraduate admissions requirements and deadlines, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer Students

Students enrolled in another U.S. or a Canadian dental school may be eligible for consideration as a transfer student. The candidate must present evidence that he or she is currently a student in good standing, without failures or conditions, and is eligible for honorable withdrawal from a recognized dental school; in addition, a letter of recommendation from the dean of the school must be submitted. Candidates are required to submit official transcripts of their dental school course work and a description of the curriculum at their school in addition to the same application packet as any other candidate for the D.D.S. Program. The Office of Academic Affairs reviews these applications and also makes the decision about admission. Transfer students are admitted to freshman or sophomore year. Under exceptional circumstances a student may be considered for transfer into the junior year. No transfer students are accepted for the senior year. Given the unusual content, sequence, and multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum, any student admitted to freshman year is not given partial credit for courses taken at other dental schools. A student admitted to sophomore year is given credit for freshman courses. However, such a student is required to attend the five-week Summer Orientation Program offered to Advanced Placement students in sophomore year, which starts late July. The College does not accept transfer students from non-ADA accredited schools. All transfer students must file an application for admission directly with the Office of Admissions, D.D.S. Program, New York University College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010-4086.


Incoming students who have submitted their deposits are cleared to be automatically registered in July. Acceptance of all rules and regulations of the College of Dentistry and New York University is assumed once the student is formally registered. New students attend an orientation program where they receive all necessary information (e.g., class schedules and instrument distribution).

All new and returning students will be notified of the exact days and provided with further information regarding the College's orientation programs via email correspondence from the Offices of Admissions and Student Affairs in the spring and summer. Tuition and fees for the Fall semester are due on August 8, 2013. Returning students who are in arrears will not be registered for the upcoming academic year.

Required Licensure Examinations

In order to obtain a license to practice dentistry, students must pass Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) and licensing examinations designated by each state.

Part I of the National Board covers anatomical sciences, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology, dental anatomy, and occlusion. Students in the four-year program are certified to take this examination after completing courses in these areas.

Part II is a comprehensive examination covering a range of clinical science subjects as well as behavioral sciences. This examination is taken during or after the fourth year. All students must pass Parts I and II of the NBDE to graduate.

The North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (NERB) has both written and clinical components. The examination, for students attending NYUCD, is taken during the senior year. After passing the NERB, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in any of the 25 states that accepts the NERB.

Updated 6/2013

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