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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. 


Alternate List

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.


Early Decision Program

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. 


Health Insurance Coverage 

Health insurance coverage is a national law in the United States. Click here for more information https://students.vcu.edu/health/health-insurance/


Proof of Immunizations

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.


Criminal Background Check

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.