The CU School of Dental
Medicine is committed to attracting highly qualified students from a variety of
educational backgrounds and life experiences. We use a holistic
review process when considering applicants, and look at a number of factors including
academic credentials, test scores, letters of recommendation and an
invitation only interview.
We encourage all interested individuals to apply by following the requirements below:
The following courses (semester hours or equivalent quarter hours) are required to apply to the School of Dental Medicine. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better from an accredited U.S. college or university at the conclusion of the spring term of the year accepted. No more than 60 semester hours are allowed from a community/junior college. High school advanced placement (AP) courses can be accepted for prerequisite course work, and will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Official documentation will be required to include AP scores. If you are an international student, please contact the admissions office directly.
- General Biology or General Zoology with Lab (8 semester hours)
- General Chemistry with Lab (8 semester hours)
- Organic Chemistry with Lab (8 semester hours)
- General Physics with Lab, Algebra or Calculus based (8 semester hours)
- Microbiology, Lab not required (3 semester hours)
- General Biochemistry, Lab not required (3 semester hours)
- English Composition (3 semester hours)
- 90 semester hours with at least 30 hours of upper division credit
Suggested Electives: Courses to consider include anatomy, cell
biology, histology, immunology, physiology, business management/finance,
psychology and communications. Courses
may be in a single area with a general background in many areas, or may
group together several related areas in the sciences or humanities.
Two letters from science instructors AND one letter from a non-science instructor, dentist you shadowed or employer
Applicants apply through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) application service. Applications may be filed beginning June 4 of the year preceding admission. The latest filing date is October 15. While a rolling admissions process is utilized, which may extend acceptances through March of the admission cycle year, early application is strongly encouraged as acceptances are offered as early as December 1. Only completed applications are reviewed. Please send the following directly to ADEA:
Pre-Dental Committee letter (must include two science instructors)
A $80.00 application fee is due with the application. A separate e-mail will be sent out with instructions on how to submit payment.
Supplemental application materials are required only upon request.
Dental Admission Test
Each applicant must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The computerized test can be taken at any time during the year, however, you are encouraged to complete the DAT by August 1. ADEA will obtain your official DAT scores directly from the testing center, and will import them directly into your application.
Dental Shadowing Requirements
A minimum of 50 hours of dental shadowing are required. Ideally, these hours will include time with a variety of general and specialty dental clinics.
Once the completed application has been reviewed by the Office of Admissions, the applicant may be invited to campus for a formal interview and tour of our school.
If you have any questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-724-7122 or DDSadmissioninquiries@ucdenver.edu.