Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

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    New York, NY
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is a private dental school located in New York City. In 2016, the school received 2,453 applications from a total national applicant pool of 11,780. Columbia enrolls 80 students every year, giving it a total 6.69% acceptance rate that same year.

    Known as one of the more prestigious and selective dental schools in the nation, Columbia prides itself on being academically rigorous. During the first 18 months, the dental program nearly mirrors the medical program at Columbia School of Medicine.

    Columbia also places a heavy emphasis on research. The school is known as a powerhouse in academic dentistry.

    Tuition and Fees

    • First Year Tuition: $72,378
    • Second Year Tuition: $70,000
    • Third Year Tuition: $70,000
    • Fourth Year Tuition: $67,840
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • Tech Fee : $2,078 / year
    • Instrument Fee: $3,752 / year
    • Student Health Service: $1,275 / year
    • Medical Insurance: $4,164 / year
    • Disability Insurance: $68 / year
    • Student Activity Fee: $260 / year
    • CUMC Network Fee: $390 / year
    • Document Fee: $105
    • Books & Supplies: $4,340
    • Exams: $3,000
    • Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $339,254.89


    All students applying to the College of Dental Medicine must have a Bachelor’s degree from a US accredited college or Canadian institution. Additional requirements include:

    Biology with Lab1 Year
    General Chemistry with Lab1 Year
    Organic Chemistry with Lab1 Year
    Biochemistry (no lab requirement)1 Semester
    Physics1 Year
    Mathematics6 Credits / 1 Year
    English / Humanities6 Credits / 1 Year

    We also strongly recommend that students have university-level credits in:

    • Sociology
    • History
    • Fine or industrial arts
    • One or more foreign languages

    The College of Dental Medicine accepts students with a wide variety of majors. Applicants who major in non-science fields are required to take all of the prerequisite courses; all applicants are encouraged to take upper-level science courses as time and interests permit.

    There is no minimum GPA requirement: however 3.0 and above is desirable.[/vc_wp_text]


    Columbia University reviews applications on a rolling basis starting in August. It is therefore encouraged to submit early in the application cycle.

    Interviews are scheduled on Fridays from September to February. Applicants will be notified of a pending interview through the AADSAS portal.

    Contact Information

    630 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (212) 305-3478
    Fax: (212) 305-1034

    Admissions and Student Affairs

    Dr. LAureen Zubiaurre Bitzer
    Associate Dean
    Phone: (212) 305-3478
    Email: laz1@columbia.edi

    Ms. Sandra Garcia
    Assistant Dean
    Phone: (212) 342-1697
    Email: sb64@columbia.edi

    Financial Aid

    Ms. Ellen Spilker
    Executive Director
    Phone: (212) 305-4100

    Office of Diversity Affairs

    Dr. Dennis Mitchell
    Senior Associate Dean
    Phone: (212) 342-3716


    50 Haven Avenue
    Bard Hall, 1st Floor
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (212) 304-7000

    International Students

    Ms. Marcia Stark
    Associate Director
    524 Riverside Drive
    New York, NY 10027
    Phone: (212) 854-3503