We hope you find the information on the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Admissions website helpful. Our goal is to select the most capable students to attend our school by using AAMC Holistic Review Project E-A-M Model of evaluating Experiences, Attributes and Metrics to determine how the applicant might contribute to VCU School of Medicine learning environment as well as to the medical profession as a future physician. VCU School of Medicine is seeking to enroll and graduate a class representing many dimensions of diversity.
Exposure to a variety of experiences, perspectives and interests prepares students to become competent physicians with a commitment for learning and a passion to serve others in all walks of life. If you have questions not addressed on the website we please contact us. We look forward to assisting you.
MD Admissions Journey
The Medschool admissions journey starts long before you actually submit your medical school application
As most prospective medical school applicants probably already know, the Medschool admissions journey starts long before you actually submit your medical school application. This section of our website outlines the various steps of which our medical school applicants should take prior to actually applying to our school.
First, we invite you to learn more about the history and mission of our school, VCU School of Medicine, by clicking the Go button on the Our Mission section below. Once you’ve read about our history and mission, hover over the next yellow folded section and visit the Aspiring Docs website. After reviewing the Aspiring Docs website, continue on to the next step in your MD Admissions journey by hovering over the green folded section and review the information provided on the Future Applicant page. Finally, after you’ve completed the previous steps in the MD Admissions Journey, hover over the last yellow folded section and begin the AMCAS medical school application on the AMCAS website.
Step 1. Our Mission
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, it is our mission to develop more effective health care practices to address the needs of the diverse populations we serve, and to provide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine and science.
Step 2. Aspiring Docs
Aspiring Docs provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine. Learn how to get medically related experience, prepare for the application process, and get inspired by personal stories from medical students, residents, and physicians.
Step 3. Future Applicant
The information and advice on this page will assist you with planning and preparation for medical school. Please visit the pages within our website to learn more about us and the application process. We also recommend you visit the AAMC’s Considering a Career in Medicine site to help you while preparing to apply to medical school. We strongly encourage students to meet with their premedical advisor as they prepare to apply to medical school. Premedical advisors are familiar with the admissions requirements of most medical schools.
Step 4. AMCAS Application
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the AAMC’s centralized medical school application processing service. This site has great resources to help you prepare for medical school, MCAT preparation, understanding the application process in addition to AMCAS video series for an overview the sections of the AMCAS application, and important dates and information.
The Office of Student Outreach Programs was created to enhance the mission of the VCU School of Medicine through recruitment, retention, and programming efforts targeting students from populations that include, but are not limited to:
- Racial/ethnic minority backgrounds
- First generation college students or consider themselves as disadvantaged
- Populations underrepresented in medicine
- Those from rural backgrounds
- Persons considered non-traditional students
Our services are available for medical students, current and future and undergraduate, post baccalaureate and non-traditional students with an interest in careers as physicians. Students will be encouraged through step by step guidance, support, mentoring, and advocacy.
Telephone and in-person appointments may be made by contacting the Student Outreach Office at 804-828-9630.
Pipeline and Outreach Special Programs
Pipeline and Outreach Special Programs
Project ACEe, a program sponsored by the School of Medicine, is designed to expose disadvantaged high school students to the medical profession by providing them with workshops and mentoring opportunities. Preference is given to students attending Richmond Public Schools, however, students from Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover county school systems are welcome to submit applications for consideration.
Project ACEe is a pipeline program that hopes to increase the number of disadvantaged health care practitioners who will practice in the state of Virginia.
Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium
The Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium is designed to provide pre-med and post-baccalaureate students interested in health careers the information necessary to become competitive professional school applicants.
The daylong symposium also provides additional insight into the clinical side of health careers by exposing students to basic clinical skills through hands-on demonstrations. Students will be able to choose three clinical sessions during the afternoon portion of the symposium. The symposium is held in the fall each year, usually in October. Students must be invited to apply.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
HBCU recruitment and advising visits are designed to build relationships with pre-medical advisors and students at historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina, by visiting campuses to talk with student groups or day-long individual counseling sessions.
Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)
SAEP is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program located on the VCU Health Campus in Richmond, Va. The primary focus of SAEP is to provide students with an academically rigorous experience that simulates the first year of health professional school. Students may choose a concentration from among four disciplines: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.
Health Sciences Academy (HSA)
Developed in 2008, the Health Sciences Academy (HSA) helps high school students make informed choices about the health professions they wish to pursue while providing resources to pursue their chosen careers. The program offers a health sciences exploration course that includes interactive lectures from health care workers, a mentoring program with VCU undergraduates and field trips to the Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses.
Student organization involvement can help students meet students of liked minds who have similar interests. Campus Organizations serves many purposes.See more on Faculty Affairs
National Association of Minority Medical Educators
NAMME is a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining productive relationships as well as action-oriented programs among national, state, and community stakeholders working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health
MD Admissions Contacts
Contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions
- Pre-requisite Questions:Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook [E-mail]
- Orientation Questions and Interview Rescheduling: Algenor Johnson [E-mail]
- Office of Student Outreach Programs, Campus Visits: Natalia O'Brien [E-mail]
- Supplemental & Matriculation Fee, Reimbursements & Proof of Enrollment Letter: Shenia Tyler [E-mail]
- Status Updates and Questions, Office of Student Outreach Programs, Open House: Dr. Donna Jackson [E-mail]
- Proof of Permanent Resident (GREEN CARD) Submissions: Gail Steele [E-mail]
- For general questions, please email one of our staff members below:
Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions
Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor
Dr. Keith D. Baker, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Shenia Tyler White
Admissions Program Coordinator
Donna H. Jackson
Assis Dean for Admissions, Dir of Student Outreach
Donna H. Jackson
Assis Dean for Admissions, Dir of Student Outreach
Office of Student Outreach Programs
Physical Address: 1201 E. Marshall St., Room 1-306Mailing Address: Box 980565 Richmond, VA 23298
Student Outreach Coordinator
You are at an exciting point in your life where you can choose many different career paths. Although the medical school application process is almost as challenging as medical school itself, there are a number of things you can do to prepare.
Get Exposure. A good way to get experience before medical school is to spend time shadowing physicians or volunteering in a setting that has close patient contact, such as an emergency room or nursing home. Volunteering is also a good way to learn your strengths and weaknesses, while still providing a service to others.
Work Hard. Take challenging courses that will show you have the perseverance needed to tackle the rigors of medical school.
Stay Focused. Don’t let anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine, if this is your true desire. Yes, medical school is expensive, but don’t let the cost prevent you from realizing your dream.
Below are the VCU School of Medicine MD Program Admissions Office of policies
Acceptance to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is contingent upon:
- Successful completion of all premedical coursework and degree(s) exactly as outlined in the application materials.
- Degrees and premedical courses must be completed by matriculation.
- Satisfactory results of a criminal background check.
- Satisfactory Dean’s certification from the college or university where the applicant received their highest degree.
The School of Medicine Office of Admissions must receive official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended. The degree(s) must be posted as shown on the AMCAS application prior to matriculation.
Acceptance by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Office of Admissions is contingent on the verification of a baccalaureate degree.
Applicants on the alternate list may be offered acceptance up until the first day of school. Applicants are accepted from the alternate list in the order that the Admissions Committee ranked them. Your rank is secure throughout the admissions process. Your rank is confidential and will not be released.
It is not possible to predict the number of alternate positions that will be available. Applicants may withdraw from the alternate list by notifying the School of Medicine Office of Admissions in writing.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine offers an Early Decision Program. All applications should be made through the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS). Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on August 1.
To protect the health of patients, students and the community, medical students are required to meet School of Medicine immunization requirements for health care workers at all times during their medical education. Information may be obtained by visiting University Student Health Services or contact them at 804-828- 8828.
Each year more qualified individuals apply to our school than we can accommodate. This results in a large number of applicants who will reapply to medical school. We recommend that applicants planning to reapply meet with their premedical advisor for recommendations on how to make their medical school application stronger. We recommend that applicants review the admissions requirements and make significant changes in more than one area.
Once offered a position at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, accepted students are expected to begin their studies the following August. Exceptional circumstances may constitute grounds for deferral of matriculation. Petition for deferment must be made in writing to the Associate Dean for Admissions no less than 60 days prior to the beginning of class orientation. The Associate Dean for Admissions may require the submission of additional information and documentation not included in the original request before making a determination.
Deferment may be granted for the period of one academic year. All decisions by the Associate Dean for Admissions are final.
The School of Medicine requires a criminal background check prior to matriculation. The purpose of this policy is to protect property and to help ensure a safe environment for patients, employees, visitors, and the general public. Background checks will be performed only after the applicant has accepted an offer of admission to the School of Medicine. All offers of acceptance are contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check.
Information may be obtained by visiting the AAMC-Facilitated Background Check Service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the questions below to display the answers to our FAQs.
A successful applicant typically demonstrates a passion for medicine through community service and clinical experience along with a stellar academic profile. Personal characteristics consistent with the college's values are also assessed via activity descriptions, application essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews.
Simply put, we use a holistic review process because, while grades and scores are important, personal characteristics and experience are very telling in regards to being a fit at VCU SOM.
More information is available via this link.
While academics is only a portion of what we consider, there are general figures typically expected of competitive applicants. We use a holistic review process to evaluate full application. The average GPA is 3.7 and average MCAT 511.
In addition to GPA and MCAT scores, the college evaluates a number of nonacademic factors.
For additional information, please visit our SELECTION FACTORS page.
Prerequisite requirements are minimums that must be fulfilled prior to matriculation at VCU SOM. Please find detailed information in the prerequisite requirements portion of the ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS page.
Yes, but all prerequisites must be completed before matriculation.
Office of Admissions is pleased to assist applicants planning to reapply to SOM in developing a strategy for becoming a more competitive applicant. While we cannot give you any specifics as to why your application was unsuccessful, there are steps you can take to carefully review and evaluate your application.
We do not accept transfer students at this time.
Oldest MCAT accepted is 3 years or last to the year of matriculation. For example applying in 2019 for 2020 start of medical school, MCAT must be taken no earlier than Jan 2017.
ONLY at the request of the Admissions Committee. Otherwise, please DO NOT submit additional materials or updates. We believe that the AMCAS application you initially submitted is representative of your academic abilities and activities. Unsolicited materials will be discarded.
Yes, we do. The deadline for the AMCAS application is August 1st.
Yes. International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship (four year) Program (I2CRP) and HOMBRE (Dominican Republic and Honduras), Guatemala, Peru, Zimbabwe, Reach for Ghana, and exchange programs in Italy and Spain.
We do not offer individualized tours. However, you can tour the campus on your own.
Ask a Student
Welcome Class of 2022! Congratulations, your hard work and perseverance have paid off
Before submitting an email, please see Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.
Please send an email message for a current student if you have questions or want specific information about the student experience at VCU's School of Medicine. If you have submitted a question and have not yet received an answer, please submit it again. Due to technical difficulties, your message may not have been delivered.
This email inbox is managed by the student Tour Guides from the School of Medicine. Questions will either be answered immediately by the student or will be forwarded to the appropriate person for a response. Please be aware that there may be a delay in response to your question if it is detailed or requires input from someone who is difficult to contact.
To help provide a more complete response to your question please include the following information: current year in school (major and school name), planned date to sit for the MCAT, and extracurricular activities.
This self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information about the VCU School of Medicine.
This self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information regarding the VCU School of Medicine. View the Self-Guided Tour PDF for a printable version. Although this tour is similar to the one given to medical school interviewees, you may want to include or exclude certain things. A map of the MCV campus is included in this guide to help you visualize an overall layout of the campus.
Visit http://www.maps.vcu.edu/mcv/ for an online version of the MCV campus map.
To learn more about the VCU School of Medicine campus, visit https://medschool.vcu.edu/about.