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WVU School of Medicine named one of the most competitive nationally by U.S. News

In a recent U.S. News report, the West Virginia University School of Medicine has been recognized for its competitive nature and standards, being named to the top 10 lowest acceptance rates in the country for the M.D. program.

The 2.8% rate of acceptance puts the program among the Mayo Clinic, Stanford University and Brown University. Last admissions cycle, more than 5,000 potential students, both domestic and international, applied for 112 seats.

While the admissions team gives strongest preference to students from West Virginia with strong ties to the state, the admissions team reports the vast majority of all applicants have outstanding academic records and several hundreds of hours of experiences involving patient care, education, leadership, research and service.

“It’s an incredible task that requires a dedicated team and Committee on Admissions membership who are well-versed in the mission of our school and the admissions process that adheres to all LCME standards and AAMC protocols,” said Linda Nield, M.D., assistant dean of admissions and professor in the school.

The Committee on Admissions receives training on unbiased selection processes and holistic application review.

“We’re proud to be recognized as one of the more competitive schools in the country when it comes to admissions – it reaffirms the fact that we are offering a program that’s committed to excellence, both in terms of education and overall student experience,” Nield added.

For more information about the WVU School of Medicine M.D. Program, visit