• Submit AADSAS Application beginning June 1. Preference is given to candidates who apply early.
  • Submit transcripts from each undergraduate school you attended.
  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is required for admissions.
    • DAT scores are automatically sent to AADSAS.
    • The national average is 18. Students accepted to Iowa have an academic average of 20.5 and a Perceptual Ability of 21.
    • DAT scores within 3 years of the application cycle are accepted.
    • It is recommended that you complete the DAT prior to submitting your AADSAS application.
    • Submitted AADSAS applications will not be reviewed until official DAT scores are received.
    • You must wait 90 days before retaking the DAT.
    • Visit the ADA DAT Guide for more information.
  • Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation:
    • Uploaded directly to AADSAS; letters are not accepted outside the AADSAS application.
    • Applicant designates in AADSAS who is writing the letters; AADSAS then contacts the writer with further instructions.
    • 3 letters required; 1 additional letter may be submitted; no more than 4 letters total.
    • Letters should be on letterhead, signed and dated.
    • Letters from an instructor, faculty member, dentist, academic advisor, or employer are typical. Information about applicant’s non-academic characteristics may be helpful as well.
  • Job Shadowing: There is no minimum requirement for hours. We like to see depth and breadth of shadowing experiences. The more practitioners you observe, the more exposure you will have to a variety of philosophies on running a business, patient interaction, specialty areas, etc.
  • We do not have a supplemental application. We do have institutional specific questions on the AADSAS application.
  • Completed AADSAS applications must be submitted to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) by October 1.

Once You Apply

  • An email from the College of Dentistry will be sent to you after we receive your AADSAS application.
  • Status updates on your application are by email only. No additional information will be available by phone.
  • Your application is reviewed by our Admissions Committee once all materials (application, DAT scores, letters of evaluation, official transcripts) are verified by AADSAS.
  • Applications that are incomplete will be cancelled after October 15.

Interviews

The Admissions Committee conducts a review of all application materials to determine if a candidate will be invited to interview.

  • If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email from the College of Dentistry. At this point, we require a processing fee of $60 for US Residents, $100 for International applicants.
  • Applicants invited to interview must schedule their interview within two weeks of receiving an interview invitation.
  • Interview dates are on a first come, first serve basis on dates scheduled throughout the fall application cycle.
  • Applicants who sign up for an interview date and do not show will have their application canceled immediately.
  • December 1 is the earliest date to receive an acceptance letter.
  • The College of Dentistry requires a $500 deposit to reserve a seat in the upcoming class.