Apply to DDS Parent Page: Academic Programs id: 31521 Active Page: Applyid:31522

Application Deadline

September 30, 2023 - Non Residents
September 30, 2023 - Oklahoma Resident

*Verification of transcripts can take up to 2-3 weeks. It's advisable to submit your application by the first week of September 2023.


John Slish
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
College of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Student Affairs 
Phone (405) 271-8001 ext. 57627

Heidi Martin
Student Program Coordinator 
College of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Student Affairs 
Phone (405) 271-3530 


Preparing to Apply (D.D.S.)

The training that leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is a combination of didactic (theoretical) and applied coursework together with a progressive experience in patient treatment in a clinical environment. The four-year DDS program is widely known as one of the top leaders in pre-clinical and clinical education.

Application Timeline

Mid May – ADEA AADSAS application opens

Early June – Able to submit AADSAS application

August – Interview invitations begin going out

September 30 – Application deadline

September – November – Interviews Conducted

December 15 – Acceptances communicated

Admissions Requirements


  • A minimum of 90 semester hours of course work from any accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 75 semester hours of course work prior to application.
  • All eligible applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 and a minimum DAT score of 16. However, these scores are not considered competitive.
  • Recommended 2.5 math and science GPA for all college level work attempted. 
  • Applicants who have completed their bachelor’s degree more than two years before expected dental school attendance are advised to pursue academic activities or employment in the oral health field.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

  • Competitive scores for entering students have averaged between 19-21 in recent years.
  • Highest score is accepted
  • Exam score is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam

Subjective Criteria 

  • Hours should reflect more than 2 offices and a variety of specialties and dental environments
  • Minimum of 100 hours of dental shadowing
  • Minimum of 100 hours of community service
  • Demonstrates quality communication and problem-solving skills, time management, personal character, and motivation



  • All labs must be taken in person. We will accept an online Physics Lab up through the 2025 entrance cycle (class of 2029). Beginning with the 2026 entrance cycle (class of 2030) all labs are required to be taken in person.

  • Use this chart for information regarding specific prerequisite requirements. OU and OSU course listings are for guidance only, use these lists to help choose appropriate courses at your institution.



Application Materials

Step 1: Submit to AADSAS:

The following items are submitted to AADSAS according to their instructions:

  • AADSAS Dental School Application - The 2023 AADSAS Dental School Application is available beginning June 1, 2023.
  • Official Transcript(s) - Official transcripts from each college or university attended showing all coursework attempted and completed.
  • Letters of Recommendation (All letters must be on letterhead)
  1. A letter from a dentist.
  2. A recommendation uploaded directly from your institution's Pre-professional Advisory Committee is preferred. In lieu of a committee recommendation, two letters of recommendation from science instructors are acceptable.
  3. *It's advisable to submit your application by the first week of September 2023. You do not need to wait on your letters of recommendation or DAT exam to upload prior to submitting your application. Transcript(s) need time to upload and be verified.
  4. Application deadline is September 30, 2023.
Step 2: Submit to OU College of Dentistry:

*If you have any updates to observation hours or changes in your contact information, please email Heidi Martin in our Admissions office.

International Students:

Any persons (applicants) born outside the U.S., this may include U.S. Territories and/or where English is considered a second language, may be required to provide additional information with their application:

  • Acceptable TOEFL scores are required of all applicants from countries where English is the second language. This requirement pertains to any person born outside the United States and includes Permanent Residents of the U.S. (green card holders) and Naturalized U.S. Citizens. The applicant may request a waiver through the OUHSC application. The College of Dentistry may waive TOEFL scores if the applicant provides evidence of a diploma from an English-speaking high school or a bachelors degree from a U.S. institution. An official score report must be received by OUHSC Admissions and Records directly from Educational Testing Service.

The minimum test scores for applicants to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program are as follows:

Paper Based TOEFL: 587

Computer Based TOEFL: 240

Internet Based TOEFL: 88

  • Transcript Evaluations by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

All applicants with foreign credentials are required to submit official documents to ECE for a course-by-course evaluation.

More information regarding International admission is available at OUHSC Admissions and then clicking on "Prospective Students." 


The OU College of Dentistry is one of approximately 65 programs in the United States and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on the Institutions of Higher Education, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.