Admissions Overview

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

We aim to identify candidates with clear evidence of leadership, scholarship, research, and motivation for a career in medicine. We are looking for individuals who are committed to serving the needs of others in society and whose accomplishments reveal a capacity for independent, critical thinking.

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 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 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 4,000 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 2019-2020 cycle will be those taken between March 31, 2017 - October 1, 2019.

 For more detailed information on how to apply, visit the Application Process page.