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
June 1 Earliest date to submit AADSAS applications
Sept. 1 Priority Deadline
Jan. 1 Deadline to submit applications to VCU through AADSAS
Nov. 16 -
Feb. 2
Applicants may update their academic information with AADSAS
Dec. 1 Deadline to take or retake the DAT and have VCU consider the score during this cycle
April 1 End of interview cycle

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