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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine


DDS Class of 2019!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine DDS program!

We are excited for you to be a part of the CU community!

The information found on this website provides more information about required information/paperwork for DDS students and other important resources.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting us.   

If you are matriculating as a Resident or International Student, please direct your questions to the following:

 Contact Information

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
DDS Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion
Mail Stop F833
13065 E. 17th Avenue, Room 310
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-7122
Fax: (303) 724-7109
International Student Program (ISP)
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
International Student Program
Mail Stop F838
13065 E. 17th Avenue, Room 403
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-7060 or (303) 724-7175
General Practice Residency (GPR)
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
General Practice Residency Program (GPR)
Mail Stop F847
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-6996
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Orthodontics Program
Mail Stop F849
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-6990
Fax: (303) 724-7068
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Periodontics Program
Mail Stop F850
13065 E. 17th Avenue, Room 111
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-6243

 DDS Accepted Student requirements

Below you will find additional information about the acceptance process at the School of Dental Medicine.  You will be sent an acceptance packet with the documents that you need to complete and return.  Please be mindful of the due dates.  If the school does not receive these signed documents by the indicated date, it will be assumed that you no longer wish to enroll and another applicant will be offered the position.

Letter of Intent/Deposit

First, return the Letter of Intent included in your acceptance packet along with the tuition deposit.  This way, the Office of Dental Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion is aware of your intentions as soon as possible. 

Background Disclosure and Authorization

Complete the required Background Disclosure and Authorization, and return along with your Background Application fee, and Letter of Intent.  Please review the included information in your acceptance packet before submitting the Background Disclosure and Authorization form.

Official Transcripts

The Office of Dental Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion will need official transcripts from each institution sent to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at the conclusion of the Spring term.  Even if nothing has changed since you sent transcripts to ADEA during the application process, you still need to have final official transcripts sent directly to:

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Office of Dental Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion
ATTN: Barbara Swedensky
Mail Stop F833
13065 E. 17th Avenue, Room 310
Aurora, CO 80045 

Immunizations and CPR Certification

Included in your acceptance packet, is the “Student Immunization Certification” form that will need to be completed and signed by a health care provider or official.  We will need the original form returned to the Office of Dental Admissions, Student Life and Inclusion (or to prospective program).  Please read carefully (front and back), prior to completing the form.  All Immunizations need to be current and are due prior to matriculation.  Please check with the individual program for specific due dates.

You are also required to complete training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  The certification course must be for the BLS for Health Care Providers, through the American Heart Association (  Please provide a copy of your CPR card (front and back) to the ISP Office.     The CPR certification will need to be current and is due prior to matriculation.  Please check with the individual program for specific due dates.


All entering students accepted into degree programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (UCAMC), are required to submit to their Programs, proof of current immunizations (including pending immunizations in a series).  There are no exceptions for any students enrolled at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


 Financial Aid

For Federal Financial Aid assistance, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  The school code for University of Colorado SDM is 004508; the address will be listed as Lawrence Street, Denver.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office located in Education 2 North (3rd floor):

Phone: (303) 724-8039




 Laptop Computers (FAQs)


Q.  What configuration do you recommend for the computer?

A.  We recommend at least 4gb (8 Gb recommended) for RAM, 500gb HHD space and i3 processor.

Q.  What operating system should we have on our computer?

A.  You should have 10.8 (Mountain lion) or better.

Q.  If I buy MacBook Air, do I need to get the super drive with it, since it has no CD drive?

A.  Yes, as you will need it for loading software.

Q.  I am not sure what to buy? If you had to recommend what should I buy, MacBook, MacBook pro or MacBook Air?

A.  MacBook air with external drive as it is lightest option.

Q.  I have mac computer already. Do I need a new one?

A.  It is up to you. You have to keep in mind that you will need this computer for 4 yrs. We recommend  a computer with apple care warranty as it comes in handy when you have hardware issues.  We do not support any apple hardware issues.

Q.  When you say “4gb flash drive”, is this the 4gb memory on the Mac or are you talking about a regular USB 4gb flash drive that we can carry and put files in it?

A.  Yes, a separate USB 4gb flash drive for you to carry.

Q.  I don’t want to buy the apple care (warranty) for my computer.  Is that ok?

A.  We highly recommend that you buy 3 years apple care. We don’t support any hardware related issues here at SDM.


 Student Resources

 Aurora City Information

Welcome to Aurora!  We are fortunate to be surrounded daily by the natural splendor that is Colorado’s hallmark.  Alongside breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, you’ll discover beauty in Aurora’s backyard, as well, from the serenity of the prairie grasslands to the rolling hills and mature pines of the Black Forest’s northern strip.   Aurora is a premier travel and tourism destination for:
Sports: Aurora is one of the top sports towns in the country and is home to the Aurora Sports Park.
Healthcare: Aurora ranks in the top ten cities for healthcare and is anchored by the award-winning Anschutz Medical Campus.
Service Members: Aurora is home to the Buckley Air Force Base and all five branches of the military.
Diversity: The third largest city in Colorado, Aurora is a cultural destination and features more than 400 ethnic restaurants.
Recreation: Aurora is the eighth-safest city in America and is convenient to breweries, three reservoirs, 10 distinctive golf courses, national tournaments, thriving nightlife, shopping, cultural centers and more.
With all the latest information on where to eat, stay and play, Visit Aurora is your premier resource for Aurora travel and tourism:

 Denver City Information

Located on high, rolling plains at the base of the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of America’s youngest cities – and one of the fastest growing. In the 1990s, the metro area grew by more than a thousand people a week, climbing to a population of nearly 3 million.
Interesting facts about what makes Denver unique
Denver receives 300 days of annual sunshine. Located east of a major mountain range, Denver has a mild, dry and sunny climate with more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach. In winter, Denver is dryer than Phoenix with an average daily high of 45 degrees in February. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played as many as 30 days in January. Denver receives only 14 inches of precipitation a year – about the same as Los Angeles.
Denver’s arts and cultural scene is thriving.
In its Old West days, Denver had a performance of Macbeth before it had a school or a hospital. That performance took place in a saloon. Today, Metro Denver collects more for the arts on a per capita basis than any other city. The seven county Denver metro areas has a self-imposed 10th of a cent sales tax for the arts that raises more than $40 million a year, which is distributed to 300 arts organizations and facilities.
The city’s cultural renaissance can be found in places like the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Covering four square blocks, the complex is the second largest in the country, with 10 theatres seating more than 10,000 people for opera, symphony, ballet, Tony Award-winning theatre and touring Broadway shows. The $92-million Ellie Caulkins Opera House is recognized as one of the finest acoustical venues in the world and Denver voters recently approved a $90 million refurbishing of Boettcher Concert Hall.
Denver has currently added art museums including the Denver Art Museum’s astonishing new Hamilton Building, designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind, and the new Museum of Contemporary Art designed by David Adjaye. This is his first building in the United States.
Denver is near the mountains, not in them.
Denver is located on high rolling plains, 12 miles east of the “foothills,” a series of gentle mountains that climb to 11,000 feet. Just beyond is the “Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,” a series of formidable snowcapped peaks that rise to 14,000 feet. Denver might not be in the mountains, but the mountains still dominate the city. The picturesque mountain panorama from Denver is 140 miles long. There are 200 visible named peaks including 32 that soar to 13,000 feet and above. State law prohibits building any structure that would block the view from the Colorado State Capitol. Penetrating the mountains west of Denver required building the highest auto tunnel in the world (Eisenhower Tunnel) and the sixth longest railroad tunnel in the country (Moffat Tunnel).
Denver is a city of many colors and cultures. Denver grew by 30 percent in the 1990s – an average of 1,000 new residents a week, every week for 10 years. In this period, the Hispanic population in Colorado increased by 73 percent. Today, 32 percent of the City of Denver is of Hispanic and Latino descent and 11 percent are African American. Denver’s diversity is celebrated at numerous festivals and events including the nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration and the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally, referred to the locals as a “marade”. Denver has a population of 594,740, while there are 2.7 million people in the metro area.
Denver’s history is short, but colorful.
In 1858, there was not a single person living in the Denver metro area except for some migrating camps of Arapaho and Cheyenne Native Americans. Just 30 years later, Colorado was a state with a population of almost 200,000. It was a Gold Rush that caused this boom and in a 30 to 40 year period Denver saw some of the wildest events in the “Wild West.” This fascinating period is brought to life at museums, old gold mining towns and in hundreds of elegant Victorian buildings. LoDo, a 26 square block historic district, has the largest concentration of Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings in the country. Today, LoDo is home to 90 brewpubs, jazz cafes, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs.
Denver loves its sports.
Denver is one of only two cities (Philadelphia is the other) to have seven professional sports teams: NFL Denver Broncos; NBA Denver Nuggets; NHL Colorado Avalanche; MLB Colorado Rockies; MLS Colorado Rapids; MLL Colorado Outlaws; and NLL Colorado Mammoth. The Colorado Rockies have 11 Major League Baseball attendance records, while the Denver Broncos have sold out every game for more than 20 years. Denver also hosts one of the world’s largest rodeos – the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. Denver is the only city to build three new sports stadiums in the 1990s: 50,000-seat Coors Field; 75,000-seat INVESCO Field at Mile High and 20,000-seat Pepsi Center.
Denver brews more beer than any other city.
The first building in Denver was a saloon, so it’s natural that Denver would become a great beer town. Coors Brewery is the world’s largest. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest in the nation, with more than 1,900 different beers. The Wynkoop Brewing Company is one of the largest brewpubs in the country. On an average day, Denver brews more than 80 different beers. Why is Denver the “Napa Valley of Beer”? Well, just as the water tumbling down from the Scottish Highlands has made Scotland a renowned center for whiskey, the great taste of Rocky Mountain spring water provides a key basic ingredient for the city’s booming beer brewing industry.
Denver - The Mile High City, really is exactly one mile high.
By an amazing stroke of good luck, the 13th step on the west side of the State Capitol Building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high. In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go 10 percent farther. So do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a punch than at sea level. The sun feels warmer, because you are closer to it and there is 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must.
The Mile High City is also extremely dry, so it is a good idea to drink more water than usual. With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado.
Denver has the 10th largest downtown in the United States.
Unlike some Western cities, Denver has a definitive, exciting and walkable downtown – the 10th largest in the nation. Within just a one mile radius, there are three sports stadiums, the country’s second largest performing arts complex, an assortment of art and history museums, a mint producing 10 billion coins a year, a river offering whitewater rafting, the country’s only downtown amusement park, a new world-class aquarium, more than 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 300 restaurants, brewpubs and music clubs.
Denver has the largest city park system in the country.
Denver has more than 200 parks within the city and 14,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, including spectacular Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The city has its own buffalo herd located in the mountains with a panoramic view. Other mountain parks include Echo Lake, at the base of the Mount Evans highway – the highest road in North America and Buffalo Bill’s Grave on top of Lookout Mountain. Denver plants more than 200,000 flowers in 26 formal flower gardens every spring. There are more than 800 miles of off-street bike paths, 90 golf courses and one of the nation’s largest urban trail systems. Due to all of these recreational opportunities, a federal study found that Denver has the thinnest residents of any major U.S. city.
For more information, please visit our Visitor Information Center on 16th Street and California which has hundreds of free brochures and maps, or visit our Web site:
Welcome to the Mile High City!