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 for 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, 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.
All applicants are required to send a non-refundable application fee for the amount of $80. Please note the VCU application fee is a separate fee from that of AADSAS. We suggest that applicants pay online so the processing of their application is not delayed. If an applicant is not able to pay online they may mail a check or money order made payable to VCU School of Dentistry to the following address. You must include your full legal name and AADSAS ID number with any mailings sent to our office.
Office of Admissions
School of Dentistry
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Please submit your AADSAS application before submitting your application fee.
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 life science professors who have taught the candidate 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 will be reviewed and a decision will be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will receive an email if any piece of their application is missing or if we require additional information.