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Guaranteed Admission Program

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Guaranteed Admission Program (Dentistry)

Virginia’s only School of Dentistry offers outstanding programs of preparation in the fields of dentistry (D.D.S.) and dental hygiene (B.S.). Challenging educational and experiential programs prepare individuals to be efficient providers of quality oral health care to the public, responsive to future changes in the profession, lifetime learners and focused on advancing knowledge in the field.

Honors pre-dental students may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program (Dentistry) at the end of your sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Dentistry without further competition.

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All guaranteed Admission students (Dentistry) MUST:

  • Graduate with University Honors.
  • Submit honors dossier by Oct. 1 for May graduation, April 1 for August graduation and Aug. 1 for December graduation.
  • Complete all prerequisites for admission to dental school.
  • Obtain advance permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs to take any required courses at an institution other than VCU or in summer session at VCU, including the summer between high school and college.
  • Meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs every semester for academic advising. Students who fail to receive advising prior to the beginning of honors registration will be placed on hold for registration until they secure such advising.
  • Attend all meetings of guaranteed admission students and meet with the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs upon request.
  • Complete the Dental Aptitude Test by Aug. 1 of the year prior to enrollment in dental school.
  • Complete an application from the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service and submit it by July 15 of the year prior to the year you plan to begin dental school.
  • Engage in professional behavior at all times. Any institutional or legal sanction will result in your dismissal from the Guaranteed Admission Program.
  • Monitor your VCU email daily during your entire undergraduate program, including summer sessions and breaks. If you will be, or anticipate being, without email access for more than seven consecutive days, you must notify the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs of an alternative means of communication and provide the date when you will again have email access.
  • Complete a minimum of 90 hours of approved health care-related experience during each of the four undergraduate years, between July 1 and June 30. Although health care research is highly valued, the only health care-related experience that is approved for this requirement must involve patient contact. Students may not earn health care-related hours under the supervision of professionals in their family. Keep track of your health care-related experiences. [PDF]
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours each semester in community service, non-health care related.
  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA in prerequisite science courses taken at VCU, including calculus, general biology with lab, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab, physics with lab and biochemistry. Transfer, AP/IB and repeat course grades are not used when calculating your GPA.
  • Complete the DAT with no component score below 17 by Aug. 1 of the year prior to enrollment in dental school.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA based on all work attempted at VCU at the end of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh semesters at VCU.
  • Complete the following core of courses:
  • At least one of the following:
  • Very occasionally, students majoring in disciplines other than biology may obtain permission from the director of Guaranteed Admission Programs to substitute a course for one of the five courses listed above. Permission must be obtained prior to enrolling in a substitute course.
  • Present a letter from the associate dean of student affairs at the end of your final semester stating that you have incurred no institutional sanctions.

Your student records are reviewed every semester to determine compliance with the requirements. Any student who fails to complete the requirements will be dismissed from the Guaranteed Admission Program (Dentistry).