Admissions Process

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service. All application materials may be obtained through AMCAS. Here are some guidelines for applying to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine for the 2015 First Year Class:

Required Coursework

To apply to VUSM, all required coursework should be completed by the end of the Fall semester 2014. We do not accept AP credit, pass/fail credit or CLEP credit for any required coursework. We will accept higher level coursework with a grade.

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 three 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 send a secondary Vanderbilt-specific application and to come to campus for a personal interview. Approximately one-third of the applicants will be offered the secondary application. We will interview approximately 450 applicants; approximately 200 applicants will be offered admissions for 88 positions.

Letters of Recommendation

You will submit letters of recommendation with your primary AMCAS application. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will receive letters of recommendation through the AMCAS Letter Service. If your undergraduate campus offers a premedical committee, Vanderbilt requires a letter of recommendation from that committee. Letter packets are also accepted. In the absence of such a committee at your school, three recommendations are required:

  • Two from science professors (biology, chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, etc.)
  • One other of your own choosing

Applicants are individually responsible for ensuring receipt by AMCAS. Please designate Vanderbilt School of Medicine as one of the institutions assigned to receive your letters when you submit your primary AMCAS application. *Note that failure to send to AMCAS will delay application.

Application Fee

The secondary application fee for Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is $85. 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.