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DDS Program

The professional Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is awarded by the College of Dentistry.

Admission Requirements 

Completion of at least 90 semester hours of study (three academic years) at an accredited college or university is required. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree or are pursuing a combined degree in which they will earn a bachelor's degree during their first year in dentistry.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Procedures 

  • Take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) by August of the year preceding the year for which you seek admission (by August 2011 for admission in 2012, for example).
  • File an application with the American Dental Education Association's Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) beginning June 1 of the year preceding the year for which you seek admission.
    • Simultaneously send at least three (and no more than four) letters of recommendation and your official transcripts from each institution attended to the American Dental Education Association.
    • Completed AADSAS applications must be on file by October 1. Apply as early as possible, even before you take the DAT.
  • If your AADSAS application is approved, you will be asked to complete a final application to the UI College of Dentistry and arrange a personal interview.
  • Admitted candidates will begin to be notified December 1.
  • Applicants accepted before February 1 must submit an advance payment of $500 within one month after notification of their acceptance. Students admitted after February 1 must submit the advance payment within two weeks after their notification of acceptance. This payment is not refundable, but is credited toward tuition and fees for those who enroll.

Contact Information 

Office for Student Affairs
College of Dentistry
The University of Iowa
311 Dental Science Building N.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1010

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396