Prospective Students

How to Apply

Understanding the Application Process

We begin taking applications for the next entering class beginning on June 4, 2019. You must have all application materials completed and submitted to us by September 15, 2019 to be considered for admission.


  • AADSAS application deadline is September 15, 2019
  • Supplemental application deadline is September 22, 2019.

Interview Details

Our admissions interview process is conducted from early September to mid-November. The offers for interviews go out one month prior to the interview date. Please keep this in mind when submitting you application materials. It is important that you submit your materials well-before the September 15 deadline.

The deadline is the date that we need to have completed application from AADSAS. A completed application means that your application has been verified by AADSAS and sent to Ohio State by the stated deadline. You need to allow adequate time for them to process all of your application materials. This processing time can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the volume of AADSAS applications. 

2019 Interview Offer Dates & Interview Event Dates (please note these dates are subject to change and should only be used to gain an understanding of our interview invite process)

  • Interview #1 Invite: August 30, 2019
  • Interview #1 Event: September 28, 2019
  • Interview #2 Invite: September 20, 2019
  • Interview #2 Event: October 19, 2019
  • Interview #3 Invite: October 4, 2019
  • Interview #3 Event: November 2, 2019
  • Interview #4 Invite: October 18, 2019
  • Interview #4 Event: November 16, 2019

How to apply:

  • Complete at least 9 of the 13 prerequisite courses. We do not accept prerequisite courses more than 10 years old at the time of application. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of class.

  • Complete at least 60 semester (90 quarter) hours at an accredited institution.

  • Complete the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application (the earlier the better!), including your recommendation letters, official transcripts and required observation hours. (Your DAT scores will automatically be reported to AADSAS.) The application deadline is September 15, 2019; after this date the AADSAS application to Ohio State will no longer be available.

  • Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).

    • Your DAT scores will be imported to AADSAS directly from the ADA Testing Service Center. You may submit the other parts of the application prior to taking the DAT; however, the DAT must be taken before your application can be considered complete.

    • The DAT can be taken at any time through independent testing sites, and your DAT scores can be updated at any time. We do not accept DAT scores that are more than two years old at the time you apply.

    • More information on the DAT, including registration and preparation, can be found online at the ADA DAT.

    • Note: We do not accept the Canadian DAT.

  • Submit two recommendation letters directly to AADSAS. One letter must be from a college science professor (we will accept letters from a teacher's assistant if you attended a large university with large science classes). The other letter can come from someone who knows you well. We will accept and consider additional letters. Do not include personal letters of recommendation from family members or friends. If the letter is a committee letter, we will accept it if one of the members of the committee teaches in the area of science.

  • Submit all official transcripts to AADSAS. Include all transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you received credit toward your bachelor's and/or graduate degree.

  • Complete your required 40 hours of dental experience and report them to AADSAS. Prior to applying, every candidate must complete a minimum of 40 hours of dental experience. However, the average number of hours for students that are admitted is about 120. It is important to diversify your experiences (typically 120 hours is completed with 5 or 6 practitioners). Dental experience can be either paid or unpaid work in a dental field where you observed patient care (i.e., shadowing), interacted with practitioners, or had responsibility for patient care. 

Be sure you have completed your dental experience hours prior to submitting your application. If you have not completed the minimum 40 hours, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be considered for an interview.

  • List your non-academic experiences on your AADSAS application. These are a very important part of your profile. To be a good fit for dentistry, you need to have outside interests, other than academics. Please report your experiences in any of these categories:

    • Volunteer experience

    • Community service

    • Research activities

    • Leadership experience

    • Sports

    • Co- and extra-curricular activities

    • Work experience

    • Military experience

    • Teaching experience

  • Once we have received your verified/completed AADSAS application, you will receive an email from Ohio State's Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions with the link to the supplemental application if you meet our admissions minimums. The supplemental application will be released in late June or early July. 

  • Ohio State processes and reviews applications on an ongoing basis. If your application is incomplete, the review of your application will be delayed. We will notify you when your application is complete or if you are missing materials.

  • Although we will review all complete application files, you must meet the minimum academic requirements to receive the supplemental application and be considered for an interview.

    • Minimum GPA & DAT Requirements

      • Total GPA Minimum: 3.0

      • Science GPA Minimum: 3.0

      • DAT AA Minimum: 17

      • DAT PAT Minimum: 17

      • DAT TS Minimum: 17

    • ‚ÄčMinimum GPA Exceptions: Candidates that do not meet the minimum GPA requirements but have a completed an advanced degree with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or have a minimum GPA of a 3.5 in their last 45 hours of coursework may be considered for an interview.