Pursue Your Passion

Whether in the dental clinic, classroom, lab, or community our faculty, students, and alumni define the strengths and uniqueness of Iowa in everything that they do. Iowa D.D.S. training provides rich experiences to ensure our graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to become competent, independent dentists ready for practice.  

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Educational Excellence

Since its inception, Iowa's graduating dental students have achieved a 100% pass rate on the American Dental Association licensure exam, the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INDBE).



DDS Program Highlights

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Early Clinical Experiences

Students begin clinical experiences in the D1 year and hone their clinical skill sets through an innovative clerkship and comprehensive care education model.


Rotational Curriculum

Our third-year curriculum consists of clerkships that offer experiences in 10 ADA dental specialties, each of which is incorporated into our dental curriculum and in advanced training programs.

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Dental Student Research Program

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics has the most accomplished student research program in the country.


Student Organizations

15 different student organizations provide members opportunities to learn and grow leadership skills to help you during and after dental school.

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170,000+ Patient Visits

As the only dental school in the State of Iowa and a nationally leading program in terms of clinical experience, the college plays a vital role in meeting the oral health needs of Iowans. 

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Dental Counseling and Wellness

Iowa has made student wellness a priority and has a variety of offerings to support students during their four years.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes and supports the diversity of our students, staff, faculty, and community through equitable access and intentional inclusion. The College has outlined a strategic plan to lead the College into the future in more innovative ways. 

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Career Services

We've created a centralized career services center to assist dental students, residents, graduates/alumni, and dental professionals in finding meaningful employment. 

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Faculty to Student Ratio


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The Life You Want

Living in Iowa means experiencing more of everything you want: more natural beauty, more vibrant communities and more arts and culture. Plus, having more time and resources allows you to pursue your passions. 



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As a national leader for low housing and childcare costs, your dollars will go farther.


With an average commute time of 20 minutes, less time on the road means more time for the things you enjoy most.


"Iowa Nice" is a real thing. Discover the fun adventures, great eats, and great finds at local shops, diners, and river trails.

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