Prospective Students

Admissions FAQ

Q:  Does Ohio State require GRE scores?

A:  Yes. Applications submitted without GRE scores will not be considered.

Q:  Do I need a valid state dental license to be considered a resident at Ohio State?

A:  Yes. Each resident, domestic and foreign, will need to apply for a Limited Resident's License. All residents who meet the eligibility criteria (graduates of US or Canadian Schools with DDS/DMD or equivalent foreign degree) can apply for a Limited Resident's License.

Q:  Can I do an externship?

A:  Yes, limited externship opportunities are available. Please contact Paul Budd, Academic Program Coordinator at or call 614-688-3146.

Q:  Do I need to take the Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)?

A: The ADAT is not required by the College for application or admission, but, where taken by an applicant, will be considered during the review of an applicant’s file for admission. For those applicants without quantitative evidence of academic performance (e.g., GPA and class rank), this is one method for the applicant to demonstrate their abilities in dentistry and related-academic skills and is strongly recommended.

International Applicants

Q:  I am a foreign applicant. I did not complete my DDS or DMD at a US dental school. Can I still apply?

A:  Yes, if you have an equivalent degree.

Q:  I am a foreign dental school graduate. Do I need to take the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE)?

A:  Foreign dental school graduates are required to take Part I of the NBDE prior to application.

Q:  Is there a minimum TOEFL score required?

A:  No minimum TOEFL score is required to apply.