The purpose of the Pre-Dental Academy is to provide 70 selected undergraduates a weekend long immersive experience under the mentorship of members of Iowa’s American Student Dental Association (IASDA). You are introduced to the field of dentistry and gain hands-on experience in the type of preclinical experiences encountered in dental school, attend presentations, and learn about the dental school admissions process.


  • Waxing activities
  • Fabricating casts and bleaching trays
  • Simulation clinic activities
  • Information session with Director of Dental Student Admissions
  • Question-and-answer lunch with current dental students, who will field questions ranging from “how to prepare to apply to dental school”, "what schools did you apply to”, to “what is it like to attend dental school”.
  • Tips for writing a personal statement
  • DAT prep 
  • Mock admissions interviews 
  • Presentations from renowned Iowa Dentistry faculty

Why Participate?

  • Gain a better understanding of dentistry and whether it is the right career choice for you.
  • Be better prepared for the first years of dental school.


Students enrolled in undergraduate studies

Program Dates

June 21 - 23, 2024



Financial Hardship

Applicants for whom payment of the fee presents a significant financial hardship may request a fee waiver via email to: iasda-summeracademy@uiowa.edu.

Application Deadline

March 31, 2024

Application Procedures

To apply submit the online application.

  • 2024 Predental Academy Application is closed.
  • 2025 Predental Academy Application opens March 1, 2025.

Participant Responsibility

  • Room

  • Board

  • Transportation

Please be advised that participation in the Pre-Dental Academy does not imply or guarantee acceptance in the DDS program at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.


Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA) iasda-summeracademy@uiowa.edu