Student Services FAQ

Applications are available exclusively online from the Faculty if Dentistry website at: https://www.dentistry.utoronto.ca/how-to-apply/application-page

The deadline to apply to the dental program is December 1st each year. We don’t have rolling admissions.

No we don’t require applicants to the dental program to have a university degree to apply. However, it is mandatory to complete a minimum of three full years of university to apply.  We don’t accept college level courses or diplomas.

A minimum current grade point average of 3.00 (4.00 scale) is required to apply to the Doctor of Dental Surgery Program (DDS). However, a grade point average of 3.0 (i.e. B) at the time of application does not guarantee selection. It should be noted that the 180 applicants invited for an interview had a GPA of at least 3.85. It is recommended that applicants follow a program of study that will provide them with an educational background in keeping with their own interests and possible career opportunities should they note be accepted in the Dentistry Program.

In conjunction with completing three years if university, applicants must have completed at least two full year courses (or equivalent) in Life Sciences, which are biology based courses; one full course (or two half year courses) in general biochemistry. This course should cover protein chemistry and the chemistry of other biomolecules, cellular metabolism and molecular biology; one full course (or two half year courses) in general mammalian (human or animal) physiology. This course should cover the following systems: musculoskeletal system; haemostasis mechanisms; haematopoietic system; nervous system; immune system; cardiovascular system; renal physiology; neurophysiology; endocrinology and gastrointestinal physiology; one full year course (or equivalent) in Humanities or Social Sciences.

We accept 96 students each year into the DDS program.

No we don’t give preference to Ontario residents and encourage applicants from all provinces and territories to apply.

The dentistry online applications opens in early July each year. Applicants can apply in the beginning of their third year of university studies.

We receive over 500 applications each year for admission into the dental program.

Yes, all university courses are included in the calculation of your cumulative GPA including summer courses, graduate courses and online university courses. However, pass/fail and credit/no credit university courses are not included in the calculation of your GPA.

Yes, it is mandatory to write either the Canadian or American DAT exam prior to applying to the dentistry program. The DAT exam must be taken before the December 1st application deadline each year and test scores are only valid for two years. Only the Academic Average (AA) and Perceptual Ability (PAT) sections of the DAT are looked at in the admissions process. Applicants are not required to complete the Manual Dexterity (MDT) portion of the DAT exam. If the DAT exam is taken more than once we will use your highest set of DAT scores in the admissions process.

Yes we accept international students into the DDS program. International applicants must complete all the same admission requirements as domestic students including completing three years of university studies and writing either the Canadian or American DAT exam. As well, international students must complete one of the recognized English proficiency tests listed on our website prior the application deadline if English is not their first language.     

We use the OMSAS scale when calculating cumulative GPA for applicants. The GPA conversion table can be found on our website at: https://www.dentistry.utoronto.ca/how-to-apply/application-page. All university courses are included in the calculation of your cumulative GPA including summer courses, graduate courses and online university courses. If you have completed four years of university or more we will drop your one lowest year only when calculating your GPA provided it is not your most recently completed year. We consider one academic year to be all the courses taken from September to the end of August.

The tuition fees for the dentistry program are approximately $45 000.00 per year for domestic students and $ 90 000.00 per year for international students. These tuition fees includes both academic, non-academic and dental instrument fees. The dental program is four years in length.