The School of Dentistry is a participant in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The AADSAS application can be accessed on the ADEA website at the above link. Precise instructions are given on the website to guide applicants through the application process.
If you have specific questions regarding West Virginia University's application procedures and requirements, please call the Office of Dental Admissions at (304) 293-6646 or e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step One: Qualifications
Applicants must complete at least 3 years college course work in a U.S. or Canadian college or university. To be considered, applicants must provide documentation certifying completion of a minimum of 90 semester credit hours at the time of application.
- English Composition & Rhetoric-6 hours
- Biology or Zoology (with Lab)-8 hours
- Inorganic Chemistry (with Lab)-8 hours
- Organic Chemistry (with Lab)-8 hours
- Physics (with Lab)-8 hours
- Anatomy (Comparative or Human)-3 hours
- Biochemistry-3 hours
These are firm requirements regardless of undergraduate or graduate preparation.
Additional recommended course work:
- Cellular and Molecular Biology
- Embryology/Developmental Biology
Applicants must submit transcripts of all course work to AADSAS. The Admissions Committee has no specific "cut-off" grade-point averages. Competition at the undergraduate level has forced these numbers to a rather high plateau (3.5+). It is important to emphasize that the Committee will review transcripts with regard to consistency of performance, course loads, and the degree of difficulty of the curriculum.
Potential applicants are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and submit official scores by November 1st of the year prior to expected enrollment (example: DAT in September 2015, Enrollment August 2016). The DAT can be taken up to three times and all score reports are released to the school. To schedule the DAT and register for the DentPIN contact:
American Dental Association DAT Program
Department of Testing Services
In addition, dental shadowing, life experiences, communication skills, and letters of recommendation are assessed. Specific guidelines on letters of recommendation are available in the Dental Admissions Frequently Asked Questions section.
Step Two: Apply to the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
Applications must be submitted electronically via the AADSAS. Precise instructions are given on www.adea.org to guide applicants through the application process. From the opening screen, select Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).
The AADSAS application becomes available in June each year. The deadline for submission of the completed AADSAS application is November 1st. It is advantageous to submit your application as soon as possible. The committee begins admitting the class on December 1st.
Remember to check the requirements for each dental school to which you are applying as they vary from school to school.
Step Three: Interview
Applicants who are residents of West Virginia are usually granted an interview starting September 1st, although the Admissions Committee may elect not to interview an unrealistic applicant. Select non-resident applicants will also be invited for an interview, depending on their academic qualifications.
Members of the Admissions Committee, aided by the Dental Admissions office staff, participate in this effort. Applicants who are invited to interview participate in a group introduction, take part in a guided tour of the School, meet with dental students, complete a brief writing exercise, participate in an interactive question/answer session, and have a personal interview with two or more admissions committee members. In addition, a voluntary manual dexterity assessment is part of the interview schedule.
Step Four: Acceptance
Applicants are notified of admissions decisions starting December 1st and must complete specific pre-matriculation requirements such as immunizations, criminal background check, and official transcripts of all course work by the deadline specified in their admission letter.
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Step Five: Orientation
The new student orientation program is generally three days and occurs in the week immediately prior to the first day of classes.