Admission process

Application Process

  • Apply through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service(AADSAS). AADSAS, a service of the American Dental Education Association, is an online centralized application service for students.
  • Submit three (3) letters of Recommendation through AADSAS
    • Two letters from life science professors who have had the candidate as a student
    • One letter from a dentist practicing in the U.S. or Canada who knows the candidate's professional abilities through shadowing or volunteer work

Letters of recommendation and official transcripts should be sent directly to  AADSAS.

  • Pay our application fee of $80 directly to Virginia Commonwealth University, which is separate from that of AADSAS
    • Pay online to avoid any delays in the application process
    • Alternatively, submit a check by mail
      • You must include full legal name and AADSAS ID number if mailing items to our office

Please submit your AADSAS application before submitting your application fee.

Important dates for applicants
June 1 Earliest date to submit AADSAS applications
Sept. 1 Priority review deadline
Mid-November Beginning of the AADSAS Academic Update period
Dec. 1* Deadline to take or retake the DAT and have VCU consider the score during this cycle
Jan. 1 Application submission deadline
Mid-February Ending of the AADSAS Academic Update period
April 1 End of interview cycle

* The earliest DAT taken must be no more than three years prior to the Dec. 1 deadline

Important dates for accepted applicants
May 1 Deadline for submission of social security numbers for financial aid consideration
June 1 Deadline to release Certiphi criminal background check
July 1 Deadline for final bachelors degree transcripts showing degree conferral to arrive in our office


We highly recommend for students to check their “status” on the application tool bar or email inquiries to