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What is the Admissions Process?

M.D. Admissions Process

Welcome to M.D. Admissions Process

Below is the process an applicant must complete in order to be accepted at the VCU School of Medicine.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine participates with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). To submit an application, visit AMCAS at www.aamc.org/students/amcas. The AMCAS application cycle is from June through December. VCU SOM will not review incomplete or unverified AMCAS applications. VCU SOM accepts Early Decision and regular MD applications. All applicants are required to submit valid Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores. Applicants can register for the MCAT by visiting AMCAS website at www.aamc.org.

Select applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application based on completed and verified AMCAS applications (including transcripts, MCAT score and letters of recommendation). The minimum required on the new MCAT is 503. The average MCAT is 508.  All applicants aren’t granted a supplemental application.

VCU SOM will complete a holistic review of your completed application materials to determine whether to invite you for an interview.  An applicant’s match to the VCU SOM mission is critical, and metrics alone do not show how well a candidate’s application will resonate with VCU SOM.

When we have received all of your application materials, the Admissions Review Committee will carefully evaluate your entire application. When this detailed evaluation is complete, one of three things will happen:

1. You will be invited to interview. 

2. Your application will be deemed unsuccessful and will receive no further consideration

3. Your application will be placed on Hold for Interview Decision

It is very common to hold applications for an interview decision, for comparison to the larger applicant pool that evolves over the year. This may significantly delay a decision to extend an invitation to interview or reject the application. If your application is on hold for an interview decision, our admissions process is structured so that seats remain available for those applicants who interview later in the year. All decisions made by the Review Committee are final. Your patience is appreciated as we give individual consideration to all applications during this time.

Early Decision applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by October 1. The first Regular MD acceptance notices will be released on October 16, 2016 in accordance with AAMC traffic rules. Offer dates are October 16, December 16, February 16 and March 16.

Admitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of acceptance. The matriculation deposit of $100 will go towards your tuition. If you decide to withdraw you will be entitled to a full refund if your withdrawal is received before or on April 30.