Ohio State University College of Dentistry


The Ohio State University system was established in 1870; the Columbus campus was created in the same year. In 1925 the Ohio State University College of Dentistry moved to Columbus after its beginning as part of Ohio Medical University in 1890. Ohio Medical University joined the Starling Medical College in 1906 and became a component of Ohio State in 1914. The College of Dentistry is located in the Health Sciences Center, which also includes the College of Medicine and Biological Sciences and School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. This school is one of the largest public dental schools offered in the United Sates. This school represents all major dental specialties which gives it students plenty of options.


This is a four year traditional type school. Clinical experience begins after the first year and a half. The basic and clinical sciences are integrated during both coursework and practice sessions. Ten percent of the senior year must be devoted to electives. Off-campus clinical experience is available at hospitals and clinics. During the first year, the students will learn major basic sciences in the form of lectures, laboratory, and self-directed learning. The second year serves as a continuation of the previous year’s activities. The third year is based on clinical experience under faculty supervision. This is provided in the college, at hospitals, and at other sites. Finally, the fourth year is comprehensive dental care under private practice conditions as well as extramural rotations.

Unique Programs

The College of Dentistry offers DDS-PhD programs in all specialties.


The basic predental science courses and 1 year of English composition or literature are required. Recommended courses may be selected from psychology, speech, art, and drawing. A minimum of 20 documented hours of observation in a general dental office is required. Transfer and advanced standing: Students from other U.S. schools may be admitted with advanced standing. The application process can be done online through the school’s website. There are very specific deadlines that need to be given special attention to.

Additional School Information

The school is located in the Health Sciences Center on the main campus in a 5-story building. Dental clinics are also located in University and Children’s Hospitals and in Nisonger Center. City Health Department clinics, VA hospitals, and state institutions also offer facilities for student training.

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