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Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree

How to Apply

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:

Prerequisite Requirements (course descriptions)

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. 

Application Requirements

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:

  • Completed AADSAS application - available online at American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
  • ​Official transcripts from all colleges, universities and professional schools you attended
  • ​Letters of recommendation: 
                ​​​​Two letters from science instructors AND one letter from a non-science instructor, dentist you shadowed or employer
                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

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