Admissions Statistics

Below you will find the most recent statistics for application and admission to the PA program, along with 2 years of historical data and comparison to national statistics (where available).  These are provided as a general guideline for applicants to informally gauge the strength of their application.  

Due to occasional review and revision of admission policies and practices, no guarantee is implied or should be inferred regarding future application cycles. Further explanation of these numbers can be found below the tables.

 

Applicant Data

 

Cycle Ending in March...

   

Characteristic

2014

2015

2016

EVMS PA Program Average
(2014-2016)

National Average*
(2014)

Applications Received (completed CASPA)

1728

1868

1467 1688 --
Applications Reviewed by Committee 758 775 731 755 --
Interviews Offered 316 361 328 335 --
Interviews Conducted 157 169 170 165 --
Offers of Admissions 98 88 86 91 --
Class Size 85 80 80 81 47

*Data from the Physician Assistant Education Association Matriculant Student Survey, May 2015

-- Data unavailable or uncollected

 

Matriculant Data

 

Cycle Ending in March...

   

Characteristic

2014

2015

2016

EVMS PA Program Average
(2014-2016)

National Average*
(2014)

Gender

     Female

 

62 | 72.9%

 

64 | 80%

 

58 | 72.5% 

 

61 | 75%

 

72.9%

     Male

23 | 27.1%

16 | 20%

22 | 27.5%

20 | 25%

26.7%

 Race/Ethnicity (self-reported)

     White

 

60 | 70.6%

 

64 | 80%

 

68 | 85%

 

64 | 78%

 

82.4%

     Non-white

25 | 29.4%

16 | 20%

12 | 15%

17 | 22%

17.6%

Asian 11 1 0 4 8.1%
African American 7 9 8 8 3.1%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 0 0 0.7%
Hispanic 3 5 4 4 6.2%
Native American 0 3 0 1 0.6%
Other 2 2 0 1 1.4%
Age 29.3 28.3  27.9  28.5  26.3
Military Service 8 | 9.4% 4 | 5% 7 | 8.8% 6 | 7.4% 6.4%

Residence

     VA State     

 

44 | 51.8%

 

36 | 44%

 

38 | 47.5%

 

39 | 48%

 

--

Hampton Roads

30

33

32

32

-- 
     Out of State 41 | 48.2% 44 | 55% 42 | 52.5%  42 | 52% -- 

GPA

 

 

 

 

 

     Undergraduate

3.38

3.33

3.33

3.35

3.58
     Replacement 3.83 3.79 3.77 3.80 --
     Graduate 3.76 3.70 3.72 3.73 --
     Pre-requisite 3.84 3.82 3.82 3.83  -- 

HC Experience (mean | median)

4281 | 2134  3060 | 1471 3783 | 1685 3708 | 1763

3089 | 2458 

     Paid Clinical

5477 | 3152 5168 | 3280 5821 | 3749 5489 | 3394  --

     Peri-Clinical/Volunteer

2241 | 2134 980 | -- 1744 | -- 1655 | --  --
Applicants self-reporting Community Service Activity  -- 59 | 71.1% 58 | 72.9% 58.5 | 71.8%  44.4%

*Data from the Physician Assistant Education Association Matriculant Student Survey, May 2015

-- Data unavailable or uncollected

 

Interpreting the Statistics

Note that the table is not a list of selection or admissions criteria.  Not all the characteristics listed are admissions considerations and there are other characteristics not listed that are part of our admission review process.

The statistics provided are an average (unless otherwise indicated) for the cycles indicated.  Ranges are not included due to space restraints.

Applications: The number of applications received indicates the total number of unique applicants that have designated EVMS as a school to which they are applying.  Not all who designate EVMS complete the full application process and thus are not eligible for review.  The number of applications reviewed identifies the number of applicants with a full application file and met the minimum requirements to be reviewed and were competitive on the basis of their academic performance and clinical experience.

Interviews: qualified candidates are invited for a half-day interview. Due to the timing of our application and interview cycle, many qualified applicants are already committed to other programs. This is reflected in the higher number of interview offers compared to interviews conducted.  The difference between the number of seats offered and class size reflects individuals who declined/deferred their offer after interviewing with the program.

Residence: EVMS does not have a preference or directive to consider residency in the admissions process.

GPA Calculations: PA programs are notorious for having various methods of determining academic success, making comparison among GPA requirements or reporting challenging.  We require a qualifying GPA of at least a 3.0 with higher GPAs being more competitive.  There are three possible GPA that can qualify: overall undergraduate degree GPA (as calculated by CASPA), a complete graduate degree GPA (as calculated by CASPA), or a replacement GPA made up of a candidate’s most recent 40 semester credit hours that are verified on your transcript. This replacement GPA is a one-time calculation done at the time the application is processed.

In addition, we look at a pre-requisite GPA calculated from the candidate’s best performance in the 8 required pre-requisite courses. If multiple courses meet the minimum requirements (B- grade and 3 semester credits), only the best performance is utilized in the calculation.  Grades for associated labs are not included in the calculation and where (2-year vs 4-year institution) or how (online or in class) the course is taken is not a factor.

Healthcare Experience: we categorize experience as either clinical (working directly with patients) or peri-clinical (working in healthcare settings but not directly with patients).  Both volunteer and paid experience is rewarded but at slightly different scales.  Paid clinical experience is preferred but not absolutely required.  Further information is available in the Admissions Guidebook online.