Selection factors

Selection factors

VCU is a state-supported, public university and gives admissions preference to state residents. All candidates are evaluated by uniform criteria without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee has been given the duties and obligations of selecting each dental school class. The committee is committed to assembling a class that is representative of the diverse population of both the commonwealth of Virginia and the U.S. as a whole.

Selection factors

In evaluating applicants, the Admissions Committee considers academic abilities at the college or university level, satisfactory performance in the Dental Admissions Test and evidence of psychomotor skills to perform the necessary dexterity tasks that dentistry demands.

Candidates should become familiar with the essential requirements of our dental institution and profession as listed in our School of Dentistry Technical Standards PDF. Understand that these technical standards are not required for admission, but are intended for promotion and graduation of enrolled students. The committee looks for candidates who can demonstrate knowledge of dentistry and the dental profession obtained from observing and working in dental offices and laboratories and interacting with dental professionals.

The candidate must also exhibit a commitment to serve and help people. Involvement in service organizations at both the community and college level can serve as an example of this. The candidate also must exhibit the excellent interpersonal skills that are important in being a successful dentist. The committee looks for candidates who show the potential of being lifelong learners and who exhibit intellectual curiosity. Selection occurs on a rolling admission basis, and once the class is complete, an alternate list is created. Candidates are notified of decisions via the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service application portal, email or postal mail.

Upon acceptance

A letter of acceptance offers the candidate a position in the class for the session cited. The first acceptances are announced around Dec.1 of each year . Two non-refundable tuition deposits are required to reserve an accepted student's position and activate matriculation into the first-year class. Failure to reserve a position results in that position being offered to another candidate.

The act of matriculation also implies a willingness on the part of the student to comply with university rules and regulations, take an interest in maintaining the ideals of the institution and conduct him- or herself in a manner befitting a member of the dental profession.

Additionally, all accepted candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. An accepted candidate will be prompted through AADSAS to complete a background check through Certiphi, an applicant screening service provider company.