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Admissions Overview

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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is dedicated to providing an exceptional medical education via an innovative curriculum. 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 (MD) degree.  We admit 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 of their entire record including:

  • Strong academic achievement 
  • Evidence of exposure to, and passion for, a medical career (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
  • Volunteer work in campus/community service
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Narratives included in a personal statement or short essay prompts
  • Strong letters of recommendation

The committee also gives special consideration to applicants who are first-generation college students, come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, or are from medically underserved areas.

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

We use a rolling admissions process and send out acceptance notifications in late fall and early winter.

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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 visit our Class Statistics page and review our advice and tips on applying to medical school.

The school receives well over 5,000 AMCAS applications each year for under 55 class seats. Candidates need a current MCAT with a combined score of a 504 or above and a competitive undergraduate GPA to be considered for a secondary application invitation. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.7 who have an extremely competitive portfolio of experiences may qualify for a secondary application with an MCAT score of 501-503 achieved within three attempts. MCAT tests considered for the 2024-2025 cycle will be those taken between January 2021 and October 1, 2024.

For detailed information on the phases of the application cycle, visit the Application Process.