Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Option
Although the current application deadline is December 1, the selection process begins in November, which therefore gives early applicants a decided advantage. Electronic applications to dental school are available through the American Dental Education Association Web site, www.adea.org.
Applicants must also take the Dental Admission Test (DAT), which they may do before submitting the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application to IUSD, but IUSD will not grant an invitation for an interview until the school receives an applicant’s DAT scores. The DAT can be taken nearly any day of the year at Prometric Candidate Contact Centers throughout the country. Students should take this test only after completing the required chemistry and biology courses. Applicants may request an interpretation of test results from the IUSD Student Records and Admissions Office. Details concerning the DAT may be obtained by writing the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; or by visiting www.ada.org.
Applicants will be invited to the school for a personal interview based upon the status of their application and their academic achievement. Criteria for admission include, but are not limited to, overall grade point average, science grade point average, DAT scores, interviews, recommendations, hours of college credit, degrees received, motivation, exploration of dentistry, manual and artistic skills, character, personality, ethics, and health. Applications from all underrepresented groups are encouraged. Selections are made on an individual basis upon appraisal of the applicant’s established record and potential for development.