Application Process

Phase I: AMCAS Application

All applicants to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine must complete an application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) to be considered for admission to the school. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

The AMCAS application portal opens in May. The deadline to submit the AMCAS application for admission to VTCSOM is December 1.

For more information, and to begin the application process, visit the AMCAS website. MCAT tests are required and should be taken no later than September in the year before anticipated entry.

Essay Questions

In addition to a request for additional personal information, our secondary application will include short responses to essay questions designed to explore the candidate’s prior experience in self-directed learning, independent study, research, inquiry, and leadership activities. In particular, the candidate will be encouraged to describe how any of these activities may enhance their contributions to society during a career in health care delivery.

Personal Recommendations

We participate in the AMCAS Letters Service.

If providing traditional letters of recommendation via AMCAS Letters Service, we require a minimum of three letters but recommend four to seven letters with at least one coming from a science or math faculty member. A letter from a professional in a medical field as well as a letter from a research mentor are strongly recommended. A pre-health advisor letter packet and/or committee letter packet may also be provided.

A Complete Application

The minimum criteria that constitutes a complete package in order to be considered for an interview invitation at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine includes the following:

  1. Completion of the AMCAS online application process with documented MCAT scores;
  2. Completion and receipt of a completed VTCSOM secondary application;
  3. Receipt of recommendations or evaluations via AMCAS Letters Service;
  4. AMCAS application listing personal experience in a number of the following areas: research experience, medical volunteering, campus/community service volunteering, leadership, and teamwork, plus evidence of a strong interest in medicine; and
  5. No felony convictions.

Once the application is completed, the application will again be reviewed and a decision will be made to:

  1. Invite the applicant for interview, or assign a tentative date for interview; or
  2. Hold the application for future consideration as the admissions process proceeds.

Phase II: Secondary Application

The decision to send a secondary application invitation to an applicant will reflect the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s commitment to attracting a diverse body of learners who will likely achieve academic success in the rigorous academic setting of medical school, while experiencing further growth in other important aspects of professionalism. 

Candidates need

  1. a current MCAT with a combined score of a 503 or above 
  2. a competitive undergraduate GPA 
  3. the ability to meet the VTCSOM Technical Standards for Medical School Admission, Promotion, and Graduation (with or without accommodation)

to be considered for a secondary application invitation.

MCAT tests considered for the 2019-2020 cycle will be those taken between April 1, 2017 - October 1, 2019.

Each application is reviewed before a decision is made on whether to invite a secondary application. Only the most academically qualified applicants who present records indicating that they would benefit most from the innovative medical curriculum at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will be invited to complete a secondary application. Applicants are required to submit a $70, non-refundable application fee along with their secondary application.

Students who are invited to submit an online secondary application will be notified by email, and provided a link to access the school’s secondary application.

The school seeks students who are interested in making contributions to greater society through a life-long career of inquiry, including the practice of evidence-based medicine, clinical and basic science research, and scholarship. Applicants who have experience in inquiry, research, scholarship, innovation, and leadership are encouraged to apply.

Phase III: Interview Day

Interviews will take place monthly on the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine campus, in Roanoke, Virginia, on seven Saturdays throughout the fall and winter months.

We typically hold seven interview days between August and February. Interview day activities will include a presentation on the curriculum, an overview and tour of facilities, an orientation to the interview process, and lunch, as well as the actual interviews. All interviewees should plan to be on campus from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.

Learn more about Interview Day.

Phase IV: The Acceptance Process

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

Some students not offered an initial acceptance will be notified that they have been placed in our active status pool. After April 30, the active status pool will convert to a wait list. An applicant may remain on the wait list up to student matriculation in August.

Once notified by mail of acceptance, students will have two weeks from the date of their acceptance letter to notify our Admissions Office of their decision. If an applicant accepts the offer of admission, a deposit of $100 will be required at that time. Additionally, each accepted applicant will be advised that matriculation is dependent upon the school’s Terms and Conditions of Acceptance.

Accepted students and parents looking to pay the class-reservation seat deposit should visit the Class Reservation Fee Portal.