University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Medical Student Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How may I obtain a supplemental application?

Answer: Once we have received notification from AMCAS that your application is complete, verified and you have designated UVM College of Medicine, the admissions office will email you information on how to access our supplemental application electronically.

Question: Does the University of Vermont College of Medicine accept applications from international students?

Answer: The University of Vermont College of Medicine will only accept applications from U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents. This restriction is indicated on the AMCAS application. Please do not submit an application if you are not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Question: Does the UVM College of Medicine participate in the Early Decision Program?

Answer: Yes. The Early Decision Program allows highly qualified applicants to apply initially only to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The deadline for EDP is August 1.

Question: How do I find out my application status?

Answer: Our application process is entirely web-based so you are able to access up-to-date information regarding your application and status via the Online Applicant Center. We encourage applicants to check on their status through the Online Applicant Center, as the site contains the most current information regarding your file.

Question: How do I change my name/address on my application?

Answer: It is your responsibility to update AMCAS with changes in your address and telephone number. We will only accept changes in this information through AMCAS. The Office of Admissions uses Return Service for all of our correspondence through regular mail. Thus forwarding your mail via the postal service without notifying AMCAS will not be sufficient to ensure you will receive mail from us.

Question: How does the Admissions Office communicate with applicants?

Answer: The Admissions office corresponds with its applicants primarily via the Online Applicant Center and electronic mail (email). It is the applicant's responsibility to provide a valid email address on their AMCAS application. It is suggested that applicants set up an email account specifically for correspondence regarding medical school applications. This email should be set up in such a way that mail from the College of Medicine admissions office is not blocked by spam filters.

Question: How will I know if I am accepted?

Answer: The Committee on Admissions reviews applications several times per year. You will be notified of your application status via the Online Applicant Center after your file is reviewed by the committee.

Question: Will you let me know when my file is complete?

Answer: It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials required to complete your application reach our office before the deadline. You may check your status online anytime after completing your supplemental application. Applications which are not completed by our deadline will not be processed.

Question: My school only required 1 semester of lab with my required science courses. Is this okay?

Answer: If the lab was the equivalent of 2 credit hours then this meets our requirement.

Question: Will you tell me how I can improve my application?

Answer: Because of the high volume of applications we receive, the admissions staff does not give advice, or make assessments on the eligibility of applicants who call or come to our office. Applicants should consult the University of Vermont College of Medicine Admissions brochure or visit our website, www.med.uvm.edu/admissions, for answers to questions regarding our requirements. Academic or premedical advisors are also good sources of information on requirements for admission to medical school.

Question: How can I speak with an admissions counselor?

Answer: The admissions office does not counsel or give advice to our applicants. We encourage you to speak with your premedical advisor regarding your application to medical school.

Question:How many letters of recommendation can I submit?

Answer: Note Regarding Submission of Letters of Recommendation

The UVM College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service. We will accept Letters of Recommendation ONLY through this process.

Please consult the AMCAS Letters page for additional details.

The UVM College of Medicine cannnot accept Letters of Recommendation sent directly to the medical school. Any letters we receive will not be accepted, will not be placed in your application file nor will they be retained in any other form.

If your college has a pre-professional advisory committee you must submit a letter from this committee or explain in writing why you cannot submit a committee letter. If your school does not have such a committee we require two letters from science professors with whom you have taken classes for a grade and one additional letter from another non-science professor. In addition you may submit one additional letter from persons who know you and can detail your qualifications to attend medical school. Please do not send more than four letters of recommendation.

Question: Can my (family members) get information about my application status?

Answer: We can release information on the status of your application to you and also your advisor if you indicate Yes regarding Advisor Information Release on your AMCAS application. If you wish to have us communicate with another individual about your application, you must inform us in writing (not e-mail).

Question: What is the average GPA of your entering students? What are you looking for in MCAT scores?

Answer: For the most recent incoming class the average GPA is 3.7 and the average MCAT sub-test scores are 10's on each section.

Question: Do you accept transfer students?

Answer: Because of UVM's very low attrition rate and the unique features of its integrated curriculum, transfer spaces are very rare.

Question: What is considered to be the most appropriate attire for an applicant to wear on interview day at UVM COM?

Answer: Most applicants interviewing for medical school choose to wear business attire, such as a business suit.

Question: When do you begin interviewing and on what days?

Answer: Our interview season begins in September and continues through April. Our interview days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and by invitation only.

Question: How do your students perform on the USMLE?

Answer: Our students consistently perform at or above the national average on Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE in terms of the first-time pass rate and mean score.

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