Application and Selection

Contact Information

For all Graduate Orthodontics Program Application inquiries, please e-mail Taryn Sanders-Sheats at

Applicants must apply through PASS, and must also register with the National Matching Service. Application packets are available from the ADEA PASS System May through August. The 2015 ADEA PASS application cycle opens May 21, 2014.

  • PASS Deadline: August 22, 2014
  • Program Deadline: September 2, 2014

Qualified applicants have a dental degree or are in the final year of dental school. They should have a GPA of 3.0 (“B”) or better. The Department requires pre-dental (undergraduate) and dental school transcripts, a personal statement, current and valid GRE test scores (valid for up to 5 years after test date), three PPI evaluations (via ETS). Official documentation of any reported exam scores, e.g., dental boards, are required only if the student plans on practicing in the United States. NBDE Part I scores are not required, but if submitted, they will be included in an applicant’s file. The Department also requires a criminal background check using the services of Certiphi® Screening Inc. The Department would initiate the request for a background check after an applicant becomes a final candidate who matches, is offered and officially accepts a position in our program.

  • GRE – Required as Part of Application Process
  • ADEA PASS PPI, Personal Potential Index Evaluation – Required as Part of Application Process

Selection is by Department faculty, who review the scholastic achievements, exam scores, statements, and recommendation letters of all applicants and identify those they feel are most likely to complete the program expeditiously and with the highest level of achievement. Twenty applicants will be invited for interviews in early October. The interview date will be Monday, October 20, 2014. The Matching Service establishes the final class of five students at the beginning of December.

Visiting Policy

The Department of Orthodontics discourages visits from potential candidates for its graduate program. Because we have a limited amount of time and space to accommodate these types of visits, we have concerns that often they may not be a good use of your time and money. We do have a practice of inviting all viable candidates for the program to visit the department and talk to faculty, staff and graduate students during the interview day. We limit our other activities during that time so that our primary focus can be the candidates. We hope that this policy does not discourage you from considering applying to our program.


To reactivate your application to the UW Graduate Program in Orthodontics, you will need to complete the entire application process again through PASS and register again with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. You need not supply any additional materials to the department in order to have your application resubmitted for the class entering in 2015. However, if you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation, or any other material to make your application more current, you are invited to do so.

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