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FAQs

The range of MCAT scores for accepted applicants in recent years ranges from the 77th percentile to 100th percentile. The range of GPA for accepted applicants in recent years ranges from approximately 3.2 to 4.0. The Vanderbilt MSTP does not have any minimum cutoffs for GPA or MCAT. All applications are evaluated holistically.

The MCAT is REQUIRED for admission to the MSTP. The GRE is not considered in the evaluation process.

Yes, but not at the same time. Applicants can be evaluated by only one committee at a time. If a student is offered admission to the MD program, he or she may request to be considered for the MSTP at that time. Alternatively, if a student is not interviewed by the MSTP, he or she may request consideration by the MD only program prior to November 15, 2019. Once an applicant is interviewed by the MSTP, he or she can no longer be considered for the MD only program.

Yes, tuition for medical school and graduate school is covered by the program. In addition, students receive an annual stipend of $31,500 (2019-2020), health insurance, fees, and a moving bonus upon matriculation into the program. All students will receive the same financial support.

Yes, international students may apply to the Vanderbilt MSTP. The most competitive international applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree in the US. The MD admissions office has more information available on their website. All matriculating Vanderbilt MSTP students will students will receive the  same financial support.

Yes, however, the letters from your research advisors and course instructors are the most valuable. Additional letters do not provide a significant advantage to you in the admissions process.

No, the MSTP Leadership Team selects applicants to interview after reviewing the secondary application and the letters of recommendation.

The Vanderbilt MSTP begins orientation in mid June. A summer lab rotation will be completed before beginning medical school orientation in mid July.