College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Downers Grove, IL Campus


College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) considers for admission those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary for development as exemplary dental professionals. To select these students, the College uses a rolling admissions process within a competitive admissions framework.

Admission Requirements
To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must possess a science and cumulative GPA over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. A minimum biology/chemistry/physics (BCP) science and cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS, is required to receive a supplemental application. A bachelor's degree must be completed before starting the program.

Prerequisite Courses:

Biology with lab

8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

General Chemistry with lab

8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

Organic Chemistry with lab

4 Semester/6 Quarter hours


3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


8 Semester/12 Quarter hours


3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

English Composition/Technical Writing

6 Semester/9 Quarter hours

In order to be considered for admissions, an applicant must show:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  2. Completion of the prerequisite coursework.
    • Grades of "C" or better (grades of "C-" are not acceptable)
    • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum cumulative and BCP science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS
  3. Competitive exam scores on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
    • Scores on the DAT must be submitted directly to AADSAS
    • Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, and Total Science sections
    • Only DAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than three years prior to matriculation are acceptable
  4. Two letters of recommendation.
    • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
    • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
    • Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
    • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly by the evaluators to AADSAS
  5. Demonstration of a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of healthcare and particularly dental medicine.
  6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  9. Agreement to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  10. Passing the Midwestern University fingerprinting and criminal background check.

Competitive Admissions
Within its competitive admissions framework, the College uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified, diverse group of candidates from an applicant pool that greatly exceeds the number of seats available. Applicants are evaluated on academic coursework, performance on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), their application (AADSAS) essays, letters of evaluation, and interviews. Demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment is preferred.

Rolling Admissions
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed and decisions to interview individual candidates are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Interviews are conducted and the selection process of each candidate for College admission is made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of their selection status as soon as possible after their interview date, but not prior to December 1 of the year preceding matriculation which is the earliest date the U.S. and Canadian dental schools have agreed to extend a position in the class.