Doctor of Dental Surgery

The WVU School of Dentistry, the state's only dental school, prepares students to provide high-quality, comprehensive oral health care.  A dental degree offers a variety of career options including private practice, teaching, research, and public health dentistry. 

In addition to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, specialty practice areas may be pursued by advanced training.  Oral health professionals are essential members of the health care team. The school offers enriching interprofessional learning opportunities with other Health Sciences Center health profession programs. 

Our students train using state-of the-art technology which includes but is not limited to electronic health record, digital radiography, dental simulation and an innovation center

Community service is integral to our mission.  Students participate in a plethora of local and global community outreach programs.

Prior to graduation students experience a community-based clinical rotation in rural West Virginia for at least six weeks.

More than 80% of the state’s dentists are graduates of our program. Many of the faculty and graduates are recognized leaders in dental education and organized dentistry.

Due to a large number of applications and limited class size, qualified West Virginia residents receive priority consideration, and outstanding nonresident applicants are also considered. Residency status is determined by the WVU Office of Admission in accordance to the Higher Education Policy Commission Rules and Policies, Series 25.  

The dental admissions committee utilizes a holistic selection process that takes into account cognitive and non-cognitive attributes in accordance with defined admission criteria.  Competition for admission has elevated the academic profile of admitted candidates to a rather high plateau. 

Nonresident applicants generally have earned a GPA of 3.75 or about and DAT scores of 19 or above. The School of Dentistry recognizes the importance of diversity in fulfilling its mission and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.




Office of Dental Admissions and Recruitment
POBox 9407
Morgantown, WV 26506-9407