Dental Medicine in Downers Grove
Technical Standards for Admission
Application Process and Deadline
Interview / Selection Process
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.
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.
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.
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 2.75 (although 3.20 will generally be competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale. A minimum biology/chemistry/physics (BCP) science and cumulative GPA of 2.75 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.
|Courses||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||4||6|
|Physics with lab||8||12|
|English Composition / Technical Writing||6||9|
|All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science requirements.|
No grade lower than C will be accepted for any prerequisite course. A grade of C– will not be accepted.
*The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.
Students seeking admission to CDMI must submit the following documented evidence:
Note: The Canadian DAT can be substituted for the U.S. DAT. All sections of the Canadian DAT are required.
An international student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post-secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, 6 hours in non-remedial English composition, and 3 hours in speech/public speaking.
Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the U.S. or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:
International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
The Technical Standards set forth the nonacademic abilities considered essential for students to achieve the level of competence required by the faculty to obtain the academic degree awarded by the College.
The following abilities and expectations must be met by all students admitted to the College with reasonable accommodation. A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Dean, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in the College.
Prospective applicants should submit all of their required application materials as early as possible. The College of Dental Medicine - Illinois uses a two-step application process. Applicants must submit both a completed AADSAS application and an MWU supplemental application.
AADSAS Application: To initiate the application process, all applicants must apply online via the AADSAS centralized application service at https://portal.aadsasweb.org. The AADSAS application is typically available in June. Please refer to the AADSAS instructions for specific application requirements and procedures. The deadline for submission of the AADSAS application with all required application materials is January 1.
Applicants must arrange for scores from the DAT to be sent directly to AADSAS. Only official test scores earned within three years prior to matriculation and received directly from AADSAS are acceptable.
Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from academic sources and professionals to AADSAS. The Office of Admissions will only accept letters of recommendation received directly from AADSAS. Letters sent directly to the Office of Admissions will not be accepted. Please refer to the AADSAS application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation. The letters must be received by the Office of Admissions from AADSAS on or before March 1.
Supplemental Application: After receiving AADSAS applications from the application service, the Office of Admissions will email supplemental applications to all applicants who meet the minimum cumulative and BCP science GPA requirements of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS. Applicants must complete and submit their supplemental applications with the required information and their application fee to the Office of Admissions on or before March 1.
Completed Applications: All application materials, including the AADSAS application, official DAT scores (as reported to AADSAS), two letters of recommendation (as submitted to AADSAS), and supplemental application materials with the application fee must be received in the Office of Admission on or before March 1. Only completed applications received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline date will be reviewed for potential entrance into the program.
Please note: Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials and verifying the status of their applications on the University website. The Office of Admissions will send qualified applicants instructions for checking the status of the application materials online. Applicants are also responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address.
Office of Admissions
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630/515-7200 or 800/458-6253
After the Office of Admissions receives all of the required application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit interviews based on established criteria of the Admissions Committee. The Chair of the Admissions Committee, with the approval of the Dean, may also place a large number of students on an interview "wait list" pending possible interview openings toward the end of the interview cycle.
When an applicant accepts an invitation for an interview, he/she joins several other interviewees for a day on the CDMI campus. The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is utilized as the interview format. The MMI is a circuit of 6-8 timed independent interview stations. Each interview station is unique and chosen for its relevance for assessing a candidate's overall acceptability for admission into the program. MMI interviewers are selected from a volunteer group of basic scientists, administrators, and dental faculty. At the conclusion of the interviews, MMI score sheets for each applicant are processed and forwarded to the Admissions Committee. The committee may recommend to accept applicants for admission, to deny admission, or to place applicants on either the hold or alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of their status as soon as possible after the interviews, but not before December 1 of the year preceding matriculation, which is the date that all dental schools have agreed would be the first notification date.The interview process typically begins in the late summer prior to matriculation and ends in March or April of the matriculation year.
The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process, students must:
Applicants who fail to satisfy these matriculation requirements or who omit or falsify information required on official admission documents automatically forfeit their seat in the program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated timelines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding the forfeiture of their seat.
After receiving either denial or end-of-cycle letters, applicants may reapply for the next enrollment cycle. Before reapplying, however, applicants should seek the advice of an admissions counselor.
To initiate the reapplication process, applicants must submit their applications to AADSAS. Applications are then processed according to standard application procedures.
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois may elect to accept transfer students from other dental schools as long as these students remain in good academic standing and provide an acceptable reason(s) for seeking transfer. Typically, transfers are only granted to students desiring to transfer between the second and third years of the dental program.
To be considered for transfer, students must meet the College's general requirements for admission. Students must also observe the following transfer procedures: