UW School of Dentistry

Application and Selection

Contact Information

For all Graduate Orthodontics Program Application inquiries, please e-mail Taryn Sanders-Sheats at uwsmiles@uw.edu.

Due to the large number of applications received, we do not routinely notify individuals about the status of their applications. However, you are welcome to e-mail Ms. Sanders-Sheats to inquire about the receipt of your materials. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete by our deadline.

Admissions Information

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.

  • Department Program Deadline: September 1, 2015.
  • PASS/MATCH Deadline: Please refer to ADEA website.

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.

How to Apply

1. PASS Application
Application must be made to:
Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
Phone: 617.612.2065
PASS deadline: Please refer to the ADEA website for deadline

Request application materials from PASS. You will be given instructions for materials required. These materials will be processed and automatically forwarded to the UW Department of Orthodontics by PASS.

  • Dental School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluations
  • Current GRE Scores -valid up to 5 years after test date (self-enter)
  • TOEFL Scores -international applicants only (self-enter)

2. National Matching Program
Phone: 716.282.4013

Go to the National Matching Program website and follow instructions. You must also register with the National Matching Service.  Application packets are available from the ADEA PASS System May through August.

3. Materials sent directly to the UW Department of Orthodontics
Please request that the following official documents be sent directly from the parent institution to the Dept. of Orthodontics, at the following address:

University of Washington
School of Dentistry
Department of Orthodontics
Box 357446
1959 NE Pacific ST, D-569
Seattle, WA 98195-7446
Attn: Graduate Orthodontics Program Application

  • Pre-dental (undergraduate) transcript
  • Dental School transcript
  • GRE document (valid for up to 5 years after test date) For electronic submissions of GRE scores, the code for the University of Washington is 4854, the Major Field code is 0604
  • TOEFL document required for International applicants only –TOEFLiBT minimum score of 92 or 580 on paper exam

Additional information, such as National Board Exam scores, are not mandatory for the Orthodontics application process, but should be submitted if available, especially for students who attend US dental schools.

4. Review of Application
Complete applications will be reviewed by members of our selection committee in September. If you are selected as a candidate, you will be contacted by phone and/or e-mail to arrange for a personal interview which will occur in October.

5. Personal Interview
Personal interviews will occur in October. Approximately twenty-four applicants will be invited to visit the Department, where they will meet with faculty, students, and staff in a day-long process.

 6. Match
The Matching Service establishes the final class of five students, with results being announced at the beginning of December. For those 5 who match, an additional application must be made to:

UW Graduate School
Phone: 206.543.5900

Application to the UW Graduate School (and payment of the Graduate School $85 application fee), is only after the acceptance in the program. Every candidate who matches is required to attend our program, and we will pursue a criminal background check.

Additional Information

Visiting Policy

Throughout the year, we get many requests for unofficial visits from individuals interested in applying to our Graduate Orthodontic Program. Because we have a limited amount of time to assist with these requests, and because we wish to be as fair as possible to all potential candidates, we have a policy of discouraging these kinds of visits. We do officially invite viable candidates for a full-day visit during our interview day, which is conducted each year in the fall after reviewing the PASS applications.


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 incoming class entering in 2016. 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.