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 2018 incoming class:

2017 Applicants

For those of you who are considering applying to the 2018 incoming class, you may complete your AMCAS application and indicate that you want your data sent to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine beginning June 2017. You can submit your AMCAS application between June 2, 2017 and November 1, 2017.

Required Coursework

Vanderbilt announces a change in our course requirements.

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 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 250 applicants will be offered admissions for 96 positions.

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. Interviews are conducted only at Vanderbilt.

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 6,400 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 2017 entering class was 3.13-4.0 and the MCAT range was 70th-100th percentile.

MCAT

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will accept the old test scores for three years, as we transition to the new MCAT. For applicants who have an old and new test score, our committee has elected to apply the highest attempt. We have no minimum score on the MCAT, but predict that competitive applicants on the new MCAT will have percentile scores reflective of successful scores in the past.

The latest MCAT Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will accept are September 2017 scores from applicants applying to enter medical school in 2018. 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 mdadmissions@vanderbilt.edu. 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, he must notify AMCAS and VUSM.

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

For 2018 Admissions Season

  • MCAT required: Yes
  • Latest MCAT considered: September 2017
  • Oldest MCAT considered: January 2014

Letters of Evaluation

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will be receiving letters of evaluation through the AMCAS Letter Service for the incoming 2018 class. Learn more information about Letters of Evaluation in our Admission Requirements section.

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.