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)

 

English Composition and Philosophy/History/Fine Arts requirements are automatically waived if you have a Bachelor’s degree 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 2023 Profile

 

144 members of Class of 2023

54% female/46% male

 

Ethnicity/race

Asian 41, Black 12, Hispanic 20, White 58, Mixed Race 11 (2 didn’t report)

 

Degrees

45 hold a master’s degree; all hold bachelor’s degrees

 

GPA

3.59 average total GPA

3.51 average science GPA

 

DAT

20 DAT academic average

20 DAT PAT average

20 DAT science average

 

AGE

24 average age; age range 20-36

 

21 US States

In addition to California, enrolling students come from 21 U.S. states: Arizona (2), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (2), Missouri (1), Nevada (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (1), New York (5), North Carolina (1), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (4), Utah (1), Virginia (2).

 

57 majors

Most popular were biology, dental hygiene, psychology, public health, biochemistry, health, sociology, chemistry, physiology, psychobiology, neuroscience, nutrition and microbiology

 

69 undergraduate universities

Top feeder schools: UCLA and USC