Doctor of Dental SurgeryApplication Deadline: November 1, 2019
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) 293-1680 or e-mail your questions to email@example.com.
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 coursework:
- 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.
Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
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 2017, Enrollment August 2018). Scores are only valid three years from test date. 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
Letters of Recommendation
Science and non science majors
- Pre-Health Professions Committee (if available)
Science majors should obtain the following recommendation letters:
- A letter should be obtained from each of the required sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
For non-science majors:
- Recommendation from 2 instructors within the major
- Additional letter from one of the required sciences
- Observation or employment in a series of diverse dental settings
- Participation in pre-dental organizations
- Community Service
- Manual dexterity
- Life experiences
- Other (such as leadership or military service)
Additional information is available on the Dental Admissions Frequently Asked Questions section.
2 Apply to the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
Applications must be submitted electronically via the AADSAS. Precise instructions are given on the American Dental Education Association website 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.
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.
The new student orientation program is generally three days and occurs in the week immediately prior to the first day of classes.
Need Help Applying?
If you have specific questions regarding our application procedures and requirements, please call the Office of Dental Admissions at (304) 293-1680 or e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.