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Application Process

The Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine 2016 Application Cycle is now closed. Our 2017 application cycle will begin on June 1, 2016.

The SIU School of Dental Medicine participates in the American Dental Education Association's American Association of Dental School Application Service (ADEA AADSAS). The 2016 Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine Application Cycle began on June 1, 2015 and ended on January 15, 2016. The 2017 ADEA AADSAS and the SIU School of Dental Medicine application cycles will launch on June 1, 2016.

Please do not submit any materials to ADEA AADSAS or the SIU School of Dental Medicine prior to June 1, 2016.

For more information about the 2017 AADSAS Application Cycle, please visit ADEA's AADSAS webpages at the following link:

ADEA's AADSAS Applicant Information

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

P: 618-474-7170
E: sdmapps@siue.edu

Further Details


Applications for admission to the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine may be submitted between June 1st of the year preceding matriculation and the following January 15th.  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY AADSAS NO LATER THAN January 15th 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

It is mandatory for all applicants to participate in this test. There are no exceptions permitted. The test must be taken within three years prior to actual 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.

Advanced Deposit

Each applicant accepted for admission into the School of Dental Medicine is required to submit a nonrefundable $300 deposit which is applied towards 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 thirty (30) days prior to 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 http://www.siue.edu/securityreport/.  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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