Prospective applicants should submit all of their required application materials as early as possible. Typically 75% of all admissions offers will be made by the end of December of the year prior to matriculation. 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.
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 6-12 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.