Prospective Students

How to Apply

  1. Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than August 1. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.
  2. All applications for the Graduate Orthodontics Program must be submitted through the American Dental Education Association Postdoctoral Application Support Service (ADEA PASS). ADEA PASS simplifies the application process by allowing you to complete one standardized application, rather than individual applications to each program. There is a fee for this service.

    Complete the ADEA PASS application at or contact:

    Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS)
    1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20036-2212
    Phone: 202-667-1887
    Fax: 202-667-4983

  3. All residency applicants are also required to register with the National Matching Service. The Match is used by applicants and programs to determine the final placement of applicants into positions after the application and evaluation process is completed. You can choose the option to register with the Match through the ADEA PASS application.

    More information at or contact:

    National Matching Services, Inc.
    595 Bay Street
    Suite 301, Box 29
    Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 2C2

  4. To be invited for an interview, applicants must be applying exclusively to programs participating in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. We feel that residency program participation in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program is fair and beneficial to applicants. Interviews will only be extended to applicants who indicate on the Match participation letter that they are applying only to match programs. Download the form, complete, sign and return to

Domestic (Non-foreign) Applicants

Domestic (non-foreign) applicants should submit the following SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION materials by email to

  1. 2x2 color photograph
  2. PLEASE NOTE: Upload your Dental School transcripts to the ADEA PASS. You DO NOT need to send them to Ohio State. (Change made 5-24-18)
  3. Match participation letter

International Applicants

International applicants must submit the following SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION materials by email to

  1. 2x2 color photograph
  2. ECE report
  3. Official National Board Dental Examination, Part 1 (NBDE 1) score reports
  4. Official TOEFL score reports (there is no minimum score required to apply)
  5. Official GRE score reports
  6. Diplomas
  7. Match participation letter

Note: The following applies to both Domestic and International Students

  • This year we require original GRE scores be submitted to the program. The Ohio State University institution code is 1592.
  • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (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.
  • While we ask for three (3) Professional Faculty Evaluations (letters of recommendation), we ask that at least one (preferably two) be from an orthodontic faculty member.
  • After reviewing the applications, the orthodontic division selection committee will invite 20-30 applicants for interviews. Five first-year resident positions are available each year, which begins mid-June. Applicants will be notified of the decision before February 15 of the program year.

Any questions regarding The Ohio State University College of Dentistry Graduate program may be addressed to:

Jessica Maloney
Program Coordinator
Office of Graduate Studies
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
305 W. 12th Ave
Columbus OH 43210