Ostrow’s innovative learner-centered curriculum gives Doctor of Dental Surgery students comprehensive clinical training and thorough preparation in the latest techniques for advanced oral health care.

DDS students spend nearly two years in the Simulation Lab, refining their hand skills and gaining confidence. | NATE JENSEN
DDS students spend nearly two years in the Simulation Lab, refining their hand skills and gaining confidence.
NATE JENSEN

Admission Requirements

Here’s what we require of applicants:

 

Prerequisite coursework must be from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. No specific undergraduate major is required. We don’t accept accelerated programs in the sciences. 

 

Required prerequisites are:

 

  • General biology and lab (1 year)
  • General physics and lab (1 year)
  • Inorganic/general chemistry and lab (1 year)
  • Organic chemistry and lab (1 year)
  • English composition (1 year)
  • Philosophy, history or fine arts (1 year)

 

One year is equal to 2 semesters or 3 quarters and must reflect a minimum of 8-10 units/credits. All basic pre-dental required classes, with the exception of philosophy, history or fine srts requirement, must be sequential and represent a terminal course (i.e. 101a and 101b, or on a quarter system 101a,b,c).

 

English composition and philosophy/history/fine arts requirements are automatically waived if you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada prior to starting dental school.

 

Minimum of 60 semester units with a grade of C or better must be completed or in progress when you apply.

 

Coursework from a junior or community college is acceptable, though preference is given to applicants who have taken prerequisites at a four-year college or university. We strongly recommend that you take upper-division science courses (such as biochemistry, anatomy, histology, physiology) in addition to the required prerequisites.

 

Two letters of recommendation from lecture-based science professors in biology, chemistry or physics.

 

Letters must reflect your performance in the lecture component of class. A committee letter may be substituted if your undergraduate institution offers this service.


One letter of recommendation from a dentist.

Ostrow's Admissions Process

How to Apply

APPLICATION AVAILABLE
JUNE 1 (AADSAS)

APPLICATION DEADLINE
FEBRUARY 1 (AADSAS DEADLINE)

LINKS
DENTAL ADMISSIONS TEST (DAT)
ASSOCIATED AMERICAN DENTAL SCHOOLS APPLICATION SERVICE (AADSAS)
Online Payment Portal
Required Health documentation
Here’s how to apply to the DDS program:

1. Take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) no later than February 1 of the year in which you’re applying for acceptance.

Your test scores must be no more than three years old to be accepted. We recommend you take the DAT prior to submitting your application.

 

2. Complete your online application using the ADEA AADSAS program, which is available beginning June 1 each year.

Applications are evaluated as they are received from AADSAS.

 

3. Submit your processing fee of $85 through our Online Payment Portal

Canadian students pay a $145 fee.

 

4. Visit the USC campus for an interview — by invitation only.

DDS admissions interviews typically begin in October and continue through April.

 

5. Meet our health requirements.

View the required health documentation.

<em>Left:</em> USC DDS students mix dental stone to create dental models. <em>Right:</em> Periodontal osseous surgery exercise.  | NATE JENSEN
<em>Left:</em> USC DDS students mix dental stone to create dental models. <em>Right:</em> Periodontal osseous surgery exercise.  | NATE JENSEN
Left: USC DDS students mix dental stone to create dental models. Right: Periodontal osseous surgery exercise.
NATE JENSEN

Class Profile

DDS Class of 2026 Profile

 

144 members of Class of 2026

56% female/44% male

 

Ethnicity/race

Asian 48, Black 14, Hispanic 20, White 52, Mixed Race 5, Didn’t Report Ethnicity/Race 5

 

Degrees

Six hold a master’s degree, 1 has a PhD and all hold bachelor’s degrees

 

GPA

3.73 average total GPA

3.67 average science GPA

 

DAT

20.5 DAT academic average

20.2 DAT PAT average

20.2 DAT science average

 

AGE

Age range 19-36

 

20 US States

In addition to California, enrolling students come from 19 other U.S. states: Alabama, Arizona, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

 

51 majors

Most popular majors were biology, chemistry, health, psychology, biochemistry, dental hygiene, sociology, history, psychobiology, biomedical science and public health

 

72 undergraduate universities

Top feeder schools: UCLA (25), UC Irvine (11), USC (9) and UC San Diego (8)