Application Process for the D.D.S. Program
- File an AADSAS Application
- Submit Official Transcript from each undergrad school you attended to AADSAS.
- Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation. Please submit through AADSAS. Deadline is October 1
- Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is required for admissions
- Supplemental Application
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) and requires prospective students to file AADSAS applications. The application must be filed electronically at: http://www.adea.org.
- You may submit your application to ADEA beginning June 1 of the year preceding the year for which you are seeking admission.
- Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution you have completed courses must accompany your completed AADSAS application.
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the central application service via their instructions.
Completed AADSAS applications must be on file with the American Dental Education Association ( ADEA) by October 1. If you provide a credit card number for payment, your electronic AADSAS application will be processed immediately. Otherwise, AADSAS applications require approximately two to three weeks for processing prior to being forwarded to dental schools for review. Apply as early as possible - even before you take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Letters of evaluation are required of all applicants. Letters from an instructor, faculty member, dentist or physician, academic adviser, or employer would be appropriate. Information about non-academic characteristics of a student is most useful as academic information is already in the application. All letters should be submitted through the central application service, AADSAS. Their preference is that letters are submitted electronically. Once an applicant designates from whom they are requesting letters, AADSAS will contact the writer with further instructions. We request three letters, however candidates may submit up to four through the central application service.
Completion of the DAT, which is sponsored by the Council on Dental Edcuation of the American Dental Association, is a requirement for admission. Plan to complete the DAT no later than August of the year preceding the year for which you are seeking admission.
The application is available online at: http://www.ada.org or the Dental Admission Testing Program, 211 East Chicago Ave., Sixth Floor, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, (800-232-2162).
Deferred Admit Program (DAP)
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Deferred Admit Program (DAP) is open to residents of the state of Iowa. Academically motivated students interested in pursuing a DDS may be admitted to the DAP as early as the end of the first year of their undergraduate education.
While an undergraduate degree is not required for admission, students admitted through DAP must complete the equivalent number of hours required for a degree at their institution prior to enrollment in the College of Dentistry.
Students selected for the DAP must have and maintain a 3.60 overall GPA and a 3.50 science GPA. The DAP application deadline is October 1, at least two years prior to your anticipated enrollment. The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) must be taken by August prior to the year of anticipated enrollment in the College of Dentistry, and scores on the individual sections of the DAT must be at the national average (17) or above.
The application for the DAP is available online at http://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/academics/dds-deferred-admit-program-dap
Following completion of the AADSAS application, no additional application fee should be sent to The University of Iowa until it is requested. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to complete a supplemental application for the University of Iowa Office of Admissions for which there is an application fee of $60.
The Admissions Committee conducts an initial review of all materials submitted through the central application service, AADSAS. This is to determine whether a candidate will be invited to interview and complete Iowa’s supplemental application. An on-site interview is required of all applicants under serious consideration for admission. Interviews are conducted on specific dates scheduled throughout the fall of an application cycle (typically September – November).
For more information, contact the College of Dentistry Office for Student Affairs at (319) 335-7157.