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Admission Process

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service. All application materials may be obtained through AMCAS. As you are getting ready to start applying we recommend you review and reference the AMCAS Application Guide throughout the cycle.

Here are some guidelines for applying to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for the 2025 incoming class:

2024 - 2025 Applicants

For those of you who are considering applying to the 2025 incoming class, you may complete your AMCAS application and indicate that you want your data sent to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine beginning late May 2024. You can submit your AMCAS application between May 31, 2024, and November 1, 2024.

Required Coursework

Vanderbilt does not have any specific prerequisite course requirements for applicants; we have course recommendations instead. This allows us to accept Pass/Fail grades without an issue. While we prefer that applicants take in-person lab and lecture courses when possible, we understand that it is not always feasible due to time, financial constraints, and/or global pandemics.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed in two stages. First, a group of specially trained screeners who represent the diversity of our community review the material provided from AMCAS. Each application receives multiple independent evaluations. This enables us to do a holistic review of the competitive strength of the applicant's credentials. We take into consideration the following factors:

  • Academic accomplishment
  • Motivation
  • Personal qualities
  • Leadership skills
  • Educational background

After this first screening, the most competitive applicants are offered an opportunity to submit a Vanderbilt-specific secondary application and are under consideration to be invited for a virtual interview. We anticipate that secondary invitations will be sent out starting mid-July 2024. Approximately two-thirds of the applicants will be offered the secondary application. We will interview approximately 600 applicants; approximately 260 applicants will be offered admission for 96 positions.

Secondary Application Essay Prompts

To allow applicants more time to reflect when completing our secondary application, we are publishing our secondary application essay prompts in advance. Please note that the MSTP program may have additional essay prompts for you to respond to.

  • Please reflect on the upbringing, background, and experiences in your life that have shaped who you are as a person and will help define the person you want to be in the future. In other words, what makes you who you are? (800 words)
  • Tell us about a time when you interacted with someone who is different than you. What did you learn? What would you do differently? (600 words)
  • Everyone needs help at various times in their lives. Describe a time you asked for help and what you gained from that experience that has influenced your approach to asking for help. (600 words)
  • Optional: If you have completed your undergraduate education, please comment on what you have done or have been doing since graduation. (200 words)
  • Optional: Why are you interested in Vanderbilt University School of Medicine? (200 words)

Selection Factors

The Committee for Admissions seeks applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership qualities, with broad extracurricular experience. Experience in research and evidence of a concern for others are positive factors for selection.

The applicant's essay, letters of recommendation, activities, and interviews are also important factors in the Committee's evaluation.

The members of the committee represent a cross section of the school - full time basic science faculty, clinical faculty, and students.

Because the number of applicants is far greater (approximately 6,200 applications on average are received for the MD program) than the number of positions offered, admission is highly selective. The School does not require a minimum GPA or minimum MCAT score, but intense competition tends to eliminate applicants with low GPA's and/or MCAT scores. The GPA range for the 2024 entering class was 3.5-4.0 and the MCAT range was 74th-100th percentile.


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine requires the final MCAT score to be officially received from the AAMC before the candidate's file will be reviewed for secondary application consideration. Vanderbilt will accept the old test scores for three years. For applicants who have more than one test score, our committee has elected to consider the super scored MCAT - taking the highest score from each section to create the highest possible composite score. We have no minimum score requirement for the MCAT.

The latest MCAT Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will accept are September 2024 scores from applicants applying to enter medical school in 2025. Applicants who change their dates for the MCAT must submit their changes to AMCAS and notify the Office of Enrollment Services at VUSM of the change in their MCAT decision date. Email this information to Applications are processed strictly according to what is submitted by the applicant on the AMCAS application. If an applicant makes any changes from what was originally submitted on the AMCAS application, they must notify AMCAS and VUSM.

Unless an applicant enters a "next MCAT date" in their AMCAS application when taking an additional MCAT, we will not consider the MCAT scores after AMCAS submission, nor will we reconsider our initial screening decision.

For the 2024-2025 Admissions Cycle

  • MCAT required: Yes
  • Latest MCAT considered: September 2024
  • Oldest MCAT considered: January 2021

Letters of Evaluation

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will be receiving letters of evaluation through the AMCAS Letter Service for the incoming 2025 class. Learn more information about Letters of Evaluation in our Admission Requirements section. For details about submitting letters please review the information provided by AMCAS.

Application Fee

The secondary application fee for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is $95. It is non-refundable and must be returned with the secondary application. This secondary fee will be waived if an applicant has a FAP (Fee Assistance Program) voucher through the AAMC.

Application Updates

We are happy to receive updates to your application and add them to your application file for review and consideration by our admissions committee once AMCAS has verified your application. Please submit your updates through the application portal. We ask that you limit your updates to those that are significant and relevant to your application.