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Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)

Application procedures

The School of Dentistry participates in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). All applicants are required to submit credentials through this service. Re-applicants must also reapply through the application service. Application forms can be obtained from AADSAS, 1400 K St. N.W., Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005 (e-mail to or call (202) 289-7204, predental advisers in colleges and universities, and the Office of Admissions, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298-0566.

Application to the School of Dentistry can be made through AADSAS on or after May 15 and must be received by AADSAS no later than Nov. 1 of the year preceding intended matriculation.

AADSAS compiles academic records and other pertinent information and forwards these with the application to the School of Dentistry. Qualified applicants are then requested to submit supplemental information, such as the VCU supplemental application. The application fee is $70.

Applicants will be notified of decisions according to guidelines established by the American Association of Dental Schools. The first acceptances are sent out on Dec. 1, and a $500 deposit (credited to tuition) is required by Jan. 15. After Feb. 1, the deposit must be received within two weeks following notification of acceptance. A second deposit of $300 credited to tuition is due on May 1. Both deposits are nonrefundable.

A letter of acceptance offers the candidate a position in the class entering for the session cited. Receipt by the Office of Admissions of the initial $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit within the prescribed period reserves the position in the class. Failure to reserve a position results in that position being offered to another candidate. A second $300 nonrefundable tuition deposit initiates active administrative processing of matriculation into the first-year class. Failure to send this deposit results in loss of position, and the position is then 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, to take an interest in maintaining the ideals of the institution and to conduct himself/herself in a manner befitting a member of the dental profession.

For more information please visit the School of Dentistry Web site at


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