University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

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Description of Program

International Student Program Website

Welcome to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, ISP Program at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.  With more than 80,000 patient visits per year and over 300 students and residents, the School of Dental Medicine is an active member of the clinical and educational Anschutz Medical Campus community - a community that you are invited to join.

The International Student Program offers qualified graduates of foreign dental programs the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Graduates of this two-year accredited DDS program may take any state or regional board, and thus are eligible for licensure and practice within the United States.

The program consists of didactic courses supported by some on-line resources, pre-clinical simulated courses provided within the School of Dental Medicine and clinical courses involving direct patient care in the School’s clinic and community- based urban and rural health clinics.

A note regarding the Executive Order on Immigration:

At this time, the University of Colorado has decided to extend our application deadline. With the technical difficulties that we have been facing with our new system, we know that many of you are worried about completing your application on-time. We are extending the ADEA CAAPID deadline until February 24. Please make every effort to apply to ADEA CAAPID as soon as possible and submit the items that you have available to submit even if you do not have every item completed. It is important to also remember that you need to submit your TOEFL score directly to ADEA CAAPID at B451. If that score is not available in ADEA CAAPID by the 24th, your application will not proceed.

We have also extended our supplemental application deadline until March 1. Please note that this extension is ONLY for supplemental applications and not ADEA CAAPID. You can continue to send in letters, fees, and upload into the portal through 5pm Mountain Time on March 1.

Many of you might be hesitant to continue applying for programs based on the travel ban and the new administrations potential polices. Please know that the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine has not changed our policies and we will continue to accept those who hold visas and who will need to change to an F1 visa. That being said, we do understand that visa processing times might take longer and this could affect one's ability to get a legal visa to study in-time. We do require that you have a legal visa to study when you start the program. I also wanted to include the words from our Chancellor regarding the travel ban and how the University of Colorado plans to respond.

From the Chancellor:

UC Denver Chancellor Letter

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to reading your application! 

Marci Colb
Manager, International Student Program

Contact Information

Application Processing Questions:

University of Colorado
School of Dental Medicine
13065 E 17th   Ave. Suites 403
Mail Stop F838
Aurora, CO 80045

Admission Questions:

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: February 24, 2017
Start Date: January 1, 2018
Class Size: 40
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to apply to program

In order to apply, you must meet the requirements below. You should not apply if you have not completed any of the below items:

  1. 94 or higher on TOEFL (no exceptions are made for this requirement including for citizens or those who did schooling in an English speaking country).
  2. Dental Degree – you must have a notarized copy of your dental degree. Provisional degrees, letters of completion, or transcripts will not suffice. No exceptions are made for possession of a dental degree.
  3. Pass of NBDE Part 1

Documents you will need to submit

Complete instructions are found on the website  Do not rely on information here for application as the website provides detailed information on how to submit the documents below:

  1. CAAPID Application (Including ECE (the University does not accept WES), Personal Statement, and Official TOEFL Score)
  2. Resume
  3. Letters of Recommendation
  4. Letters of Recommendation Waivers
  5. Official NBDE Sore Report
  6. Notarized Dental Degree
  7. Application Fee
  8. Board of Regents Questionnaire

Instructions for Applying to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

For complete instructions on how to apply to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, please visit our website at Please make sure to scroll all the way through this website and click on the yellow arrows as there is important information found ender each of those steps.  Do not contact the International Student Program until you have visited the website and click on “How to Apply” and read the application instructions thoroughly.

Webinar - How to Apply to the University of Colorado

To learn more about applying to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, ISP program, please join us for a webinar. During the webinar, you will learn about what the University looks at within the application, and the component parts of the application. You will also have an opportunity to get common questions answered and ask your own questions. 

Please visit: to see dates and register for a webinar.

Visit the University of Colorado

Please make plans to visit us to learn more about our school and the ISP program, tour our campus, observe a class, ask questions about the application process, and learn about life as a student and in Denver.

Please visit to see if there are visit spots available.  Please note that it is not possible to accommodate individual visits with faculty. 

The visit will run from 8am-1pm. Lunch will be provided. Spots can be reserved on a first come, first served basis up to 15 people.