VCU Honors College

Guaranteed Admission Program

Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine)

The Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine) offers honors premedical students an opportunity to apply to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) at the end of your sophomore year at VCU. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Medicine without further competition.

This guarantee of admission is contingent upon completing a set of requirements for the track, as well as completion of an honors degree. A combined MCAT score of 502 is also required to maintain the guarantee.

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Who is eligible?

All premedical students entering VCU as freshmen are eligible for the Preferred Applicant Track. Students who are not admitted to The Honors College prior to entering VCU must meet the requirements for admission to The Honors College and be accepted prior to the end of the second year of undergraduate studies.

Are transfer students eligible?

Although we are certainly delighted to have strong premedical students transfer to VCU to complete their premedical training, the Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine) is open only to students who enter VCU as freshmen. Transfer students are not eligible.

What course work am I required to take?

Preferred applicants must complete all of the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program. Guaranteed students take a core of rigorous courses designed to prepare them for success in their medical training. Careful advising within The Honors College helps students complete necessary course work and complete all of the requirements of the guarantee.

Are there any requirements for the program?

Students accepted into the Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine) must successfully satisfy the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine). Note that a corroborative, combined MCAT score of 502, obtained in a single sitting, with no score below seven, is also required.

What do I need to do to apply?

An application for admission to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program (Medicine) will be available during the spring semester of your sophomore year. This application, along with two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a practicing physician, must be submitted to the Honors College by the deadline date.

In order to apply, a student must meet all of the criteria of the Guaranteed Admission Program, be in good standing in the Honors College and have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: ENGL 295/UNIV 112 and HONR 200/UNIV 200, MATH 200 and 201 (first and second semester of calculus), CHEM 101-102 and labs, BIOL 151-152 and labs, CHEM 301 and lab (first semester of organic chemistry), and PHYS 207. Courses must be completed at VCU during either the fall or spring semesters or by AP/IB/dual-enrollment credit in high school. Any exception to this requires the written approval of the director of the Guaranteed Admission Programs.

What happens after my application is submitted?

Application packets will be reviewed by members of the Selection Committee for the Guaranteed Admission Program. As many as 30 candidates may be invited for an interview with a representative of the Selection Committee during the summer following your sophomore year. Of these 30, no more than 15 will be selected for the Guaranteed Admission Program.

If I get an offer, what do I have to do then?

You will complete the requirements for the Guaranteed Admission Program. In addition, you will take the MCAT and obtain a combined score of 502 in a single sitting. If you do this, you will be able to enter the VCU School of Medicine without any further competition.

Can I go to medical school a year early?

The Preferred Applicant Track is an eight-year program — four years of undergraduate study and four years of study at the School of Medicine. If you wish to apply for an earlier date of admission, you must go through the standard admission process.

What if I don't get an offer?

You will still have the benefit of an excellent premedical education. Further, all applicants who are not offered admission in this process will be given an opportunity to meet with a member of the School of Medicine’s Admissions Office to review your credentials and gain concrete suggestions on what you can do to be more competitive in the standard admission process.

What about SAT scores?

No minimum SAT score is required for this track. However, you should be aware that you will be expected to achieve well academically in a challenging curriculum. We are aware that SAT scores alone will not guarantee academic success. Therefore, for this program we are choosing to focus on your demonstrated achievement, as opposed to your test scores.

What do I have to major in?

Students are free to choose any of the undergraduate majors offered by VCU. All can accommodate the prerequisite course work for medical school and offer excellent premedical preparation, although very structured majors may require summer school to complete the prerequisites. Your four years as an undergraduate should be a time of wonderful challenge, exciting discovery and the joy of learning — all experiences that are best achieved if you choose a major you are passionate about. Your Honors College advisor will work closely with you to help you accomplish your learning goals.

Who do I contact for more information?

Carrie G. Connolly, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Honors College
P.O. Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
Phone: (804) 828-1803
Email: cgconnolly@vcu.edu