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SIU School of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine

SIU School of Dental Medicine Programs

Application Process

The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine 2019 Application Cycle is now open. Our 2019 application cycle began on June 5, 2018. Our 2019 application cycle will close on December 3, 2018.

The School participates in the American Association of Dental School Application Service (AADSAS). The 2019 AADSAS Application Cycle began on June 5, 2018.

  1. You may complete the application electronically via the web or download and print the AADSAS application at

    The formal application consists of the material processed through AADSAS and a required $20 application fee, payable to Southern Illinois University. The application fee is to be submitted directly to the School at the same time that the applicant returns the completed application form to AADSAS.

    The application fee is neither refundable nor applicable toward tuition. It is a standard processing charge resulting from the detailed evaluation procedures required in the consideration of applications.
  2. In addition, you must complete two supplemental application documents. Without this information, processing, review and admission to the program can not be completed. Printable PDF versions of our supplemental materials for the 2019 application cycle are available through the following links:

  3. The required $20 application fee, payable to Southern Illinois University, and the two supplemental application documents should be addressed to:

    Office of Admissions

    Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
    2800 College Avenue, Building 273
    Alton, IL 62002

    Please note that we are unable to accept the application fee or the supplemental application documents online.

For any application inquiries, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions via e-mail or by phone:

Further Details


Applications for admission to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine may be submitted between June 5th of the year preceding matriculation and the following December 3. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY AADSAS NO LATER THAN December 3 in order for applicants to be considered for admission to the following year's class. Early application is to the individual's advantage and is strongly encouraged by the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

Dental Admission Test

All applicants must take this test; no exceptions are made. The test must be taken within three years before matriculation. Please note that since 2006, DAT examinees will be limited to three opportunities to participate in the testing program. Application inquiries related to the DAT should be made to the SIU School of Dental Medicine Office of Admissions.

Selection Factors

Each applicant is evaluated in terms of their composite scholastic record, calculation of the required science courses' credit point average, quality of preprofessional education, performance on the Dental Admission Test, recommendations, and other elements as determined by the school.


According to an agreement between dental schools that is stated in the American Association of Dental School Admission Service, December 1st is the earliest date an applicant may be notified of acceptance to a dental school, including the SIU School of Dental Medicine. Each applicant will receive prompt notification after final action has been taken pertinent to the application.

Advance Deposit

Each applicant accepted for admission into the School of Dental Medicine is required to submit a nonrefundable $300 deposit which is applied toward the first tuition and fees assessment. Checks, made payable to SIU, should be mailed to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Voluntary Academic Status Modification – Advance Placement

Any student who has had previous education in any course listed in the curriculum may request advanced placement. The request, stating reasons and qualifications, is to be submitted in writing to the Instructor of Record at least 30 days before the initiation of the appropriate semester. The Instructor of Record shall notify SPAC (Student and Progress and Awards Committee) and the Dean of his/her decision regarding the petition. SPAC shall then make a recommendation regarding class standing to the Dean. The Dean shall notify the applicant in writing of his/her decision. Any related requirements or limitations recommended by the department or SPAC, including proficiency examinations, shall be included in the notification.

Proficiency Examination

Students must petition the Instructor of Record directly to request a proficiency examination. The Instructor of Record shall determine whether a proficiency examination will be granted. If a student passes a proficiency examination administered by the Instructor of Record for the requested course, credits and grade points shall be granted according to the grade achieved, as follows:

If a student receives a grade of A, B, or C on a proficiency examination, the record will show the name of the course, the hours of credit granted, and the grade earned. A notation indicating that credit was granted by proficiency examination will be included in the record. The grade earned will be computed in the cumulative grade point average.

If a student receives a grade of D or F on a proficiency examination, no grade is given, no credit is received and the record will show nothing regarding the proficiency examination. However, the proficiency examination grade shall be filed in the student’s folder for reference purposes. No re-examination shall be allowed.

Policy on Diversity

SIU School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to serve a diverse community that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. Our goal is to foster tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members, while encouraging each individual to reach his or her potential.

SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The SIUE Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at The report contains campus safety and security information, crime statistics, fire safety policies, and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, titled the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” and the Higher Education Opportunity Act also known as the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know.” For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained, with a 24-hour notice, from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228, (618) 650‑2536.

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