Medical College Admission Test (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. Our percentile score range for the incoming class of 2017 was 70th-100th percentile.

The Medical College Admission Test is given under the auspices of the Association of American Medical Colleges and is required of applicants to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The MCAT is given multiple times during the year. Because the examination score is used by medical schools in the selection of applicants, candidates should take the test in the spring prior to the time application is submitted, if possible. Results of the September examination are acceptable, but will delay review of the application until after October. However, it is best to take the MCAT when you are most prepared. January 2014 MCAT's are acceptable for the 2018 application year.

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