DMDAS How to Apply

Document Checklist (IMPORTANT!)

Please use the following checklist (use your mouse to click on "checklist" and it will open in a separate page) for a description of the required materials that you will have to upload to your UIC application.  It is essential that you include all the names you have used in all the documents you submit.  This will help expedite matching many of the electronic documents for each applicant.   Each applicant at UIC will receive a UIN number (Unique Identification Number) and this is also essential when communicating with the Admissions staff. Please note that letters of recommendation are only accepted via CAAPID. UIC is unable to accept paper letters of recommendation.


Dates and Deadlines

The application cycle for the January 2016 (pending U of I Board of Trustees approval) entering class will begin on March 17, 2015. The deadline to submit the CAAPID application and UIC online application is July 1, 2015. If you submit your application by July 1, you will be allowed to upload your supplemental application documents after the deadline date.  

To apply to the UIC College of Dentistry you should first submit the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID).  Applicants must submit new checklist materials each year as UIC does not use previous cycle applicant credentials.  

It is highly recommended that you also review the ADEA CAAPID Directory for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for further guidance of the admissions process.

UIC Online Application

After you submit the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID), please submit the UIC Supplemental Application. When applying online, please select the DMDAS application.  

Uploading your Supplemental Materials

After you submit the UIC online application, you will receive 2 separate emails (this process may take up to 5 - 10 business days) indicating  when you can upload the required supplemental materials. Please review the electronic document criteria requirements. Please do not mail your documents, our office will not accept them.

Electronic Document Criteria
  • PDF format is required. The file size limit is 5MB.
  • To limit file size, scan in the lowest resolution that results in a legible document.
  • Documents comprised of multiple pages should be combined into a single PDF file.
  • The orientation of the text on the document should match the orientation of the document file, i.e. portrait/landscape.

Once uploaded, documents cannot be viewed or edited by applicants. Ensure that you are submitting the correct document for the specified checklist item.

If you do not have personal access to a scanner, many office service centers and public libraries may provide you access to one. Click this link to learn how you can save a document as a PDF file.

Status Updates

The status of applications will be tracked via the UIC CAAPID database. Once the Office of Admissions receives your CAAPID application we will send you a Receipt of Application e-mail.

After we receive and log all supplemental application materials and your application becomes complete you will receive an Application Complete e-mail. If the supplemental application materials are incomplete, our office will send you an e-mail indicating which documents you are missing.

Selection of Students

Since the College has a limited capacity, it must be selective in choosing students. The selection is based upon the applicant's credentials, letters of recommendation, and information obtained during the application process. A rolling admissions process is used with preference given to earlier applications. Admission to the College of Dentistry is competitive, and it should be recognized that not all candidates who apply will be admitted. The Office of Admissions will notify all applicants of a final admissions decision no later than November 2015.


Only those candidates deemed highly qualified will be invited for an on-campus interview in the months of May - August.  Interviews are mandatory and by invitation only. Selected students will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview, please check your spam and trash inboxes. The interview will be extended by the College's Admissions Office at the approval of the Admissions Committee. Candidates should NOT contact our office to request an interview.