Admissions Overview

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is dedicated to providing an exceptional medical education to applicants who are prepared to benefit from our specialized curriculum and instruction. Our primary objective is to produce physician thought leaders through an educational experience grounded in inquiry, research, and discovery.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine aims to identify candidates with clear evidence of leadership, scholarship, research, and motivation for a career in medicine. The medical school is looking for individuals who are committed to serving the needs of members of society and whose accomplishments reveal originality and a capacity for independent, critical thinking. Applicants should demonstrate broad educational and personal experiences that include the humanities, social science, and social services.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine offers a four-year allopathic (M.D.) degree, and admits both Virginia state residents and out-of-state residents. However, only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents will be considered. We do not accept transfer students.

Applicants to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine receive a holistic review, based on a number of factors, including:

  • Strong academic achievement (MCAT/GPA);

  • Strong letters of recommendation;

  • Evidence of exposure to, and passion for, a medical career (such as through hospital volunteering, physician shadowing, working as a scribe, working as an emergency medical technician, or other volunteer/paid clinical experiences);

  • Research experience or the strong aptitude to perform independent research; and

  • Volunteer work in campus/community service, teamwork, and leadership.

The committee also gives special consideration to applicants who come from economically disadvantaged families or from medically underserved areas of the country.

Professional attributes expected of medical students and physicians include: altruism, accountability, responsibility, excellence, duty, honesty, integrity, and respect for others.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process and sends out acceptance notifications in late fall and early winter.


Applicant Consideration

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is highly selective. Before you consider submitting your American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application, we strongly encourage you to go to our Class Statistics page and review our class mean GPA, mean MCAT, and MCAT range to have a better idea of the typical qualifications of the students we accept. The school receives more than 4,500 AMCAS applications each year for 42 class seats. Candidates need a current MCAT with a combined score of a 503 or above and a competitive undergraduate GPA to be considered for a secondary application invitation. MCAT tests considered for the 2017-2018 cycle will be those taken between April 1, 2015 - October 1, 2017.

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS online application process, and applications verified by AMCAS will be the first step in the medical school applicant screening process. MCAT tests are required and should be taken no later than September in the year prior to anticipated entry. Reviews of each application will be made before making a decision about whether or not to invite an applicant to interview. Following a secondary application will be an interview process and additional background checks. For more detailed information on how to apply, visit the Application Process page.

Timeline/Deadlines

May - AMCAS applications open
June - AMCAS applications may be submitted
July - First secondary application invitations sent
August - First round of interviews
December 1 - Deadline to file AMCAS applications
January 1 - Deadline for secondary application submissions
March 15 - By AMCAS regulations, Virginia Tech Carilion issues 42 acceptances
April 30 - By AMCAS regulations, applicants may hold only one acceptance
July/August - Matriculation and orientation


Contact Us

Office of Admissions
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540-526-2560
Fax: 540-982-3805
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Disclosure Statement:

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is in a process to integrate into Virginia Tech as its ninth college, effective July 1, 2018. Students who will graduate after July 1, 2018, will be part of the transition. This includes the current Classes of 2019 and 2020 and those applying to be part of the Class of 2021. All students applying to be part of the Class of 2022 and beyond will apply to be part of the fully integrated Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine at Virginia Tech. Current and prospective students with questions about the integration can contact Beth Pline, VT-VTCSOM Transition Project Manager at erpline@carilionclinic.org or 540-581-0347.