Ohio State University Dentistry

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Website: http://www.dent.osu.edu/
Phone: 614-292-3361

Admissions e-mail: dentistryadmissions@osu.edu

Program Information

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • 4 years in length

Descriptions can be found here

Admission statistics: Class of 2020

  • Applications received: 1044
  • Entering class size: 110

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Admission Requirements

Course and Degree Requirements

  • Degree: Bachelor’s degree (any major) from an accredited university is preferred, although a minimum of 60 semester hours is necessary prior to applying. Degrees with a focus on biology or chemistry are very beneficial.
  • Required Courses (A minimum grade of “B” is required. If a “C” is obtained, an upper level course in the same discipline must be taken and obtain a minimum of “B”.)
    • Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • Freshman English and Advanced Composition (6 credits)
    • General Biology or Zoology (6 credits)
    • Human Anatomy (Gross Anatomy or Comparative Anatomy) (3 credits)
    • Inorganic Chemistry (6 credits)
    • Organic Chemistry (6 credits)
    • Physics I (3 credits)
      • Inorganic, Organic Chemistry and Physics courses require a lab component only if it is required by your University to take a lab component
      • Physics II is NOT required
    • Microbiology (3 credits)
    • Physiology (3 credits)
    • Note: Candidates doing a combined Anatomy/Physiology course must complete 6 credits in the combined course to fulfill the Anatomy and Physiology requirements.
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  • At least 2/3 of the required courses must be successfully completed before the application deadline.

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  • Minimum Overall GPA: Grade “B”
  • Minimum Science GPA: Grade “B”
  • Average GPA scores of accepted students in 2013:
    • Overall GPA: 3.65
    • Science GPA 3.4

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  • Minimum Perceptual Ability: 13
  • Average scores for 2013:
    • Academic Average: 20.30
    • Total Science: 20.05
    • Perceptual Ability: 20.59
  • DAT must have been written within 2 years of the application deadline.
  • DAT must not be taken more than 3 times. Otherwise, the candidate must apply for special permission to the DAT again.
  • Only the most recent DAT scores are taken into account if the test was written more than once.
    • The University observes any improvements from previous DAT scores however.
  • Canadian DAT scores are accepted, but the American DAT is preferred.

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Supporting Documents

  • American Dental Education Association - Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) application form (online)
  • The Ohio State University Supplemental Application (online)
    • This application can be completed once the candidate has been given notice from the University by e-mail.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (part of the AADSAS application). One must be from a college science professor and the other from a person who knows your personal qualities very well.
    • The letters must be sent electronically with the AADSAS application.
  • Transcripts from any institution attended since high school must be sent to the AADSAS. Candidates accepted into the DDS program must send final official transcripts to the College of Dentistry Admissions Office.
  • DAT Score Report must be faxed to the University.
  • Office observation report (see below under Other Requirements for information)
  • Non-Academic Experiences (Community service) form (see below under Other Requirements for information)

For more information about the application click here

Other Requirements

  • The candidate must have received the following required immunizations by the deadlines marked on the acceptance letter:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Chickenpox Titer
    • TDAP (Adult Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis)
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
    • PPD Test (Intradermal Tuberculosis Test)
  • A minimum of 20 hours of observation in a private dental practise in the U.S or Canada. Applicants must submit an Office observation report.
    • The observation cannot be done with a relative or at a teaching institution.
  • Community service is required. Although there is no minimum amount of hours necessary, a significant amount of hours is important. Most activities should be focused on dealing with those in need.
  • International students from non-English countries must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain the following minimum scores:
    • 577 (paper-based test)
    • 233 (computed-based test)
    • 79 (Internet-based test)

For more information on immunization requirements, click here
For more information on the observation requirements, click here
For more information on community service requirements, click here
For more information for international students, click here

Additional Requirements for Transfer Applicants

Pre-doctoral applicants at another U.S. or Canadian school that wish to transfer to Ohio State University with advanced standing may apply as transfer applicants.

  • Requirements:
    • Letter from the applicant explaining why they want to transfer
    • Official transcripts of all pre-dental and dental school coursework.
    • Official copy of Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores.
    • Official copy of the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 1 scores
    • Two letters of recommendation (or more) from dental school faculty members of the original school.
    • Letter from the applicant’s school Dean
    • Course outlines from the applicant’s dental school.

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  • 3 interview events each admission cycle, bringing in 72 applicants for each event
  • Multiple Mini-Interviews – Our current interview format allows you to meet with seven members of the College of Dentistry Community, including faculty and D3 & D4 students. During the interview you will discuss a range of topics and each member you meet with will contribute to your final interview score.
  • Student Panel – This closed door session is attended only by our current students and you, our interviewees. This is your opportunity to ask our students about life at OSU and in Postle Hall. We encourage you to ask questions and see for yourself what life as a dental student is like.
  • Tour the OSU Campus and Postle Hall – Tour guides will provide you within an insiders prospective on life at OSU and in Postle Hall. You will hear firsthand from your future classmates what it is like to be a student here at OSU.
  • Student Services Panel--meet members of our student services team, including Student Affair, Registrar, and Financial Aid. During this interactive session you will learn about the numerous services available to students at OSU.|
  • Friends and Family Panel--Friends and family are invited to join you for the welcome and continental breakfast and then they are off on their own to explore Columbus. At the end of the day they are invited to return to Postle Hall and attend our "Friends and Family" Panel. This panel consist of a spouse, parent, and current student from the CoD. Your guest will hear from our panelist on what is like to have a loved one in dental school.

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Timeline of 2013

  • June 3, 3 – AADSAS Application cycle opens
  • September
    • 1– AADSAS Application deadline for out of state applicants
    • 15 – AADSAS Application deadline for out of state applicants
    • 14– INTERVIEW EVENT #1
  • October 5: Interview event 2
  • Nov. 2: Interview 3
  • December 2: Offers and Acceptance

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Tuition 2013-2014

  • First year tuition (Ohio resident) - $ 30,436
  • First year tuition (Non-Ohio resident) - $ 65,446
  • Books, supplies & insurance: $ 6,276
  • Living expenses (housing, meals, etc.): $ 15,876
  • Application fee (U.S. or permanent citizens): $ 60.00
  • Application fee (International students): $ 70.00