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.
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.
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
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
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