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Graduate Orthodontics Program

How to Apply

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Graduate Orthodontics Program accepts 15 residents each year from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. We use a holistic review process when considering applicants by reviewing a number of factors with an emphasis on academic achievement, service, research, class rank and an invitation only interview.

The ideal applicant would exhibit the following attributes:
  • ​Dental school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • GRE scores (top quartile)
  • Class rank (top 30%)
  • Research experience is highly desirable
  • Record of service activities
  • Excellent letters of recommendation (A strong recommendation from the applicant’s department of orthodontics is preferable)
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) - While not required, applicants may submit their ADAT score to supplement their application

Prerequisite Requirements

  • ​Graduate from an ADA accredited dental school in the United States or Canada with a DDS or DMD degree
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I. Applicant must pass the NBDE Part II before enrollment into the program 

Application Requirements

All applications are due on or before August 14, 2020.​

​To apply, please apply using one of the following methods:

  1. ​PASS Application
Applicants may apply by submitting a portion of the application requirements via the web-based application, Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). The PASS application includes:
  • Personal essay
  • Academic Performance Evaluation Form
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • National Board Dental Examination scores

​The remaining items must be submitted to the address below to complete your application:


CU Orthodontics Application

Applicants may apply by submitting all the following required items directly to the CU Orthodontics program at the address below:

  • Completed application - includes the following forms:
         Personal essay
         Academic Performance Evaluation Form
         Three (3) letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • National Board Dental Examination scores
  • Official GRE scores (Institutional code: 7209)
  • $75 application fee payable to “CU Orthodontics”
  • Small photo (passport size)  

Mailing Address:
     Graduate Orthodontics Program Application
     University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
     13065 East 17th Avenue
     Mail Stop F849
     Aurora, CO 80045      

Nondiscrimination Policy

The CU School of Dental Medicine Graduate Program in Orthodontics does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. Individuals of all ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply for admission. ​ 

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