Application deadlines and procedures
AADSAS application service
The Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) is a centralized
application service for students who wish to apply to dental school. Candidates
may apply to participating dental schools nationwide through this service, saving
time and effort by eliminating the need to complete multiple applications. Since
AADSAS is essentially an information clearinghouse, it has no influence on a school’s
appraisal or selection of candidates. The service also does not have any information
about the criteria used by dental schools to select candidates for admissions.
Students must apply through AADSAS and complete their application electronically
via the Web
AADSAS enters information into a database and distributes that information in a
standardized application form to each school selected. A candidate will receive
a confirmation copy of his or her application for review and correction, if necessary.
Candidates and potential candidates may visit the website at www.adea.org
answers to frequently asked questions about the AADSAS application process.
The VCU School of Dentistry participates in AADSAS and abides by all the rules and
regulations they recommend. All candidates, including re-applicants and D.5 students,
are required to submit credentials through this service.
The earliest date for applications being accepted by AADSAS is June 1. Applications
for VCU must be submitted to the AADSAS offices by Nov. 1 to be considered for the
following year. However, it is highly recommended that applications be submitted
to AADSAS as early as possible as the process is time intensive. Our school requires
that candidates apply to AADSAS electronically via the Web
AADSAS processing takes four to eight weeks after your application, transcripts
and payment are received. An applicant may update their information after the Nov. 1
deadline. If applicants wish to retake the DAT, they must do so prior to Dec. 15.
An applicants photo and application fee must be post marked by Jan. 7 for consideration.
All applicants are required to send a non-refundable check or money order payable
to the VCU School of Dentistry in the amount of $80 along with a passport photograph.
You must include your full legal name and AADSAS ID number with
your check and passport photograph. Send all of the information to the following address:
Office of Admissions
School of Dentistry
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Make checks/money orders payable to VCU School of Dentistry. Please note the VCU
application fee is a separate fee from that of AADSAS.
Please note that if you are reapplying through AADSAS you need to submit an entirely
new application, including DAT scores and letters of evaluation. No data from the
previous application cycle is carried over to the new application cycle.
A minimum of three letters of evaluation are needed to complete the application.
At least two of these are to be from science professors and the third must come
from a dentist practicing in the United States or Canada who knows the candidate’s professional abilities
through direct observation via shadowing or volunteer work. AADSAS accepts and processes
a maximum of four individual letters of evaluation or one pre-dental committee report/letter
plus one additional letter of evaluation. AADSAS has created this option for applicants
whose pre-dental committee report does not include a letter that may be required
by a particular dental school, e.g., from a practicing dentist.
Letters of evaluation and official transcripts should also be sent directly to the
AADSAS office at the following address:
1400 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Once the candidate’s application is received in our office from AADSAS, it
then is reviewed and a decision is made on whether or not an interview will be granted.
We highly discourage applicants calling our office to find out the status of
their application. Check the “Status”
button on the application tool bar or email inquiries to
email@example.com. Applicants will receive an email if any piece of their application
is missing or if we require additional information.