As a medical school dedicated since its inception to the healthcare needs of eastern Virginia, EVMS shows preference to applicants from the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially legal residents of Hampton Roads. For an applicant to be considered as an in-state Virginia resident for tuition purposes, the applicant must have legally domiciled in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a least one year prior to matriculation and must fulfill other requirements to confirm Virginia residency.

Applications from out-of-state students who have strong academic credentials and the personal traits valued by EVMS are also encouraged to apply. Applicants from rural or other underserved regions and those who have been disadvantaged or underrepresented for economic, racial, or social reasons, and who possess the motivation and aptitude required for the study of medicine, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in a degree-seeking graduate program must fulfill the degree requirements for that program prior to matriculating at EVMS.

Applicants must have taken the MCAT and completed a minimum of 100 semester hours, including the below-required prerequisite courses, at an accredited university in the United States or Canada.

Prerequisite courses

  • Biology (with labs) 1 year
  • General chemistry (with labs) 1 year
  • Organic chemistry (with labs) 1 year
  • Physics (with labs) 1 year

(Biochemistry is highly recommended)

Applicants must have a passing grade in all required courses. They can be in the form of a numerical, letter, or pass/fail grade. Credits earned through advanced placement programs or CLEP are acceptable. Applicants may enhance their chances of acceptance by taking graduate coursework in the natural sciences. In recent years, students matriculating at EVMS have had a mean GPA of 3.50 and a mean MCAT of 512.


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is a computer-based exam that is offered multiple times throughout the year and must be taken by the prospective student before the application can be processed.

In light of the recent MCAT test date cancellations, EVMS will extend the MCAT deadline an additional year for the 2021-2022 application cycle. We will now accept test scores taken from 2018 through 2021.

We have provided this courtesy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AAMC is monitoring and assessing the rapid challenges that impact students; if there are any other changes, updates will be provided as needed.

The MCAT tests academic competencies in the natural sciences, reasoning and analysis skills, and concepts from psychology, sociology, and biology that provide the foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health, according to the AAMC. An applicant may wish to take the MCAT more than once to ensure the best possible performance. If an applicant intends to take the MCAT for the first time in the fall, a review of his or her application will not take place until the score has been received. Information and registration may be accessed online.

International students

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. will be considered for admission into the MD program at Eastern Virginia Medical School.