Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

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 residential 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.

Participants are required to provide their own transportation to and from the program; those coming from a distance greater than 200 miles may apply for a partial travel reimbursement.  Housing is free and a modest stipend is also provided to participants. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.


May 21 - June 28, 2019


VCU Health Campus. 

Contact information

VCU Pipeline Team at (804) 827-0982 or