Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

This Program will be VIRTUAL in 2021. 


Eligibility requirements

Any current college juniors, seniors, graduates and post-baccalaureate students who are preparing to apply to a dentistry, medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy health professional school or program. 

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, and have completed three years of college coursework, including organic chemistry I and II, (note; organic chemistry not required for physical therapy track). All applicants must have U.S. citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

Program description

SAEP is a six-week summer program that simulates the first-year of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy professional school instruction. Participants take academically intensive instruction in each of their chosen tracks in addition to non-credit core-coursework in virtual anatomy (head and neck), pharmacology and physiology. SAEP participants attend learning skills and test-taking workshops, mock interviews, professionalism seminars, current health care topics, coaching and community service activities in an interprofessional framework. At the conclusion of the program, participants receive an assessment of their readiness to attend professional school.

A modest stipend is provided to participants. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.


May 25 - July 2, 2021



**Location subject to health guidances from VCU's Office of the President.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines necessitated a virtual implementation of SAEP in 2020 rather than the traditional on-site/residential model. As a result, we are proud to share that the program was successfully facilitated online for 56 participants last summer. Therefore, we will continue following the healthcare guidelines mandated by VCU in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia as we plan ahead for SAEP 2021. Regardless of the program's format, we are working diligently to ensure that SAEP 2021 participants will also have a valuable and transformative experience during the upcoming summer as well.Please continue to monitor our website for updates regarding the residential component of SAEP 2021 and in the meantime, we look forward to reviewing your application! 

Contact information

VCU Pipeline Team at (804) 827-0982 or

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