Deferred Admit Program in Dentistry

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Deferred Admit Program (DAP) is open to residents of the state of Iowa. Academically motivated students interested in pursuing a D.D.S. may be admitted to the DAP as early as the end of the first year of their undergraduate education.

Although an undergraduate degree is not required for admission, students admitted through DAP must complete the equivalent number of hours required for a degree at their institution prior to enrollment in the College of Dentistry. In 2009, nearly 99 percent of the college's first-year dentistry students had a bachelor's degree.

Students selected for the DAP must have and maintain a 3.6 overall grade point average and a 3.50 science grade point average. You may complete the DAP application any time after you complete a minimum of two full-time semesters at an accredited four-year institution. The DAP application deadline is November 1, at least two years prior to your anticipated enrollment. The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) must be taken by August prior to the year of your anticipated enrollment in the College of Dentistry, and scores on each section of the DAT must be at the national average (17) or above. The application for the DAP is available online at

At Cornell the essential minimum preparation consists of the following courses: BIO 141 and 142 (Foundations: Cellular Biology and Foundations: Organismal Biology), 205 (Cell and Molecular Biology); CHE 121 and 122 (Chemical Principles I and II) or 161 (Accelerated General Chemistry), 225, 326, and 327 (Organic Chemistry I, II, and Laboratory) 334 (Biochemistry); either PHY 141, 142, and 263 (Introductory Physics I, II, and Laboratory) or 161, 162, and 263 (General Physics I, II, and Laboratory); and STA 201 (Statistical Methods I). Other relevant courses are BIO 313 (Developmental Biology), 315 (Genetics), 326 (Microbiology), 327 (Immunology), 328 (Neurobiology), 329 and 330 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II). A well-rounded background in the social sciences; philosophy; psychology; history; foreign languages; business and accounting; and mathematics is also recommended. Program Advisor: Craig Tepper