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About the School of Dental Medicine

Learn about our school and profession

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is nationally-recognized for the quality of its educational programs, its interdisciplinary research and its excellent clinical care programs that contribute to the health and well being of many of Colorado’s most underserved citizens. 

Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, the School of Dental Medicine is located on the growing University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

As a vibrant member of the campus and local community, the School of Dental Medicine educates more than 400 students, receives about $5 million in external research funding and provides nearly 100,000 clinical visits both on the Anschutz Medical Campus and across the state of Colorado.

Initiatives to expand the reach of the school's educational and clinical programs are helping to bring healthier, brighter smiles to communities across Colorado and around the world. With our expansion comes new opportunities to connect with the school as a potential student, volunteer or other valued member of our community.

As you learn about our school and profession, we invite you to share our school's vision and contact us​ if you are interested in joining our community.

 Institutional Profile


Founded: 1973

First Graduating Class: 1977


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13065 E. 17th Avenue | Aurora, CO 80045


 Academic Programs

Programs at the SDM are highly competitive; over 300 individuals applied for the 40 positions in the International Student Program last year; 1450 individuals applied for the 80 positions in the DDS program; 150 applications were submitted for the 8 spots in the General Practice Residency and there were 225 applicants for the 15 new resident positions in the Orthodontic Residency program. These programs are focused on educating the next generation of dental practitioners to be competent and compassionate, so that they may effectively serve the state of Colorado and the nation.

​Doctor of Dental Surgery Programs

DDS Program

Advanced Standing International Student Program​

Graduate and Residency Programs 

General Practice Residency

Graduate Program - Orthodontics

Graduate Program - Periodontics



The School of Dental Medicine is fully accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), receiving the highest accreditation level, accredited with no reporting requirements, in January 2015. The ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation awarded this accreditation status based upon the results of a comprehensive site visit in late 2008 during which 14 site visitors completed a three-day extensive review of all programs which resulted in zero recommendations for change or improvement.​​​


 Research Highlights

The SDM’s collaborative research programs attract significant National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research funding. In 2019, the University of Colorado ranked 13th in funded research from NIDCR.


Additionally, SDM research creates partnerships with a number of the other institutions on the Anschutz Medical Campus, including the School of Medicine, the University of Colorado Cancer Center and The Children’s Hospital.​​


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