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Application Process for the D.D.S. Program

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:

  • 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.

Recommendations to Candidates

For optimal consideration, submit your entire application (AADSAS application, DAT scores, letters of evaluation, official transcripts) in early June.
Applications that are incomplete (missing DAT scores, less than 3 letters of evaluation, or transcripts) after November 1st will be cancelled.

Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation

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.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

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: or the Dental Admission Testing Program, 211 East Chicago Ave., Sixth Floor, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, (800-232-2162).

Supplemental Application

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).

Failure to Attend Your Interview
Applicants who sign up for an interview date and do not show will have their application canceled immediately.
Guest Policy
Guests are welcome to wait in the College of Dentistry lobby for the duration of the interview program. 

For more information, contact the College of Dentistry Office for Student Affairs at (319) 335-7157.

Annual Campus Security Report

The combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the UI Department of Public Safety’s website at  If you would like to receive a paper copy of this report, you may contact the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety at 808 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA 52242, or by calling (319) 335-5022.  The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. It also contains information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UI; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  This information is required by federal law.