Holistic Review

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.

MD Program Demographics



(1,129 VA residents, 6,869 nonresidents)



(TBD VA residents, TBD nonresidents)


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Average age of students



Number of students over the age of 25

MD Admissions Requirements

Below are the requirements an applicant must meet in order to be accepted at the VCU School of Medicine.

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MD Admissions Process

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

Step One: AMCAS Application

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.

Step Two: Supplemental Application

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 supplemental application should be submitted within 60 days of supplemental granted notification by 6 pm.

The minimum required on the new MCAT is 503. The average MCAT is 512.  All applicants aren’t granted a supplemental application.

Step Three: Screening

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.

Step Four: Interview

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.

Step Five: Admission Offer

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 in accordance with AAMC traffic rules. Offer dates are October 16, December 16, February 1 and March 1.

Step Six: Acceptance and Deposit

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.

MD Admissions Timeline

Applicants should apply and complete application requirements early to guarantee consideration for admission.

Early May AMCAS applications available at www.aamc.org/students/amcas
Early June AMCAS applications may be submitted
July - December Select applicants invited to submit supplemental application materials
August - March Select applicants invited for interviews
September Last acceptable MCAT score, up to three years prior to application
November 1 All primary applications are due to AMCAS
October 16 Offer Date
Within 2 weeks of acceptance

Admitted students are asked to accept the offer within two weeks of admission. A $100 matriculation fee will be required to hold your slot (refundable until April 30).

December 16 Offer Date

No supplemental materials will be accepted after January 30. Submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (VCU SOM Code - 003735)

April 30 Deadline for non-refundable tuition deposit. Students may hold only one acceptance (AAMC Guidelines)
February 1 Offer Date
March 1 Offer Date
Early August White Coat Ceremony, Orientation, and Classes Begin

Future Applicant Overview

The information and advice below 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.

Resources for College Students

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High School Students Resources

Resources for high school students thinking about applying

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