The West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU SoM) is a connected community of students, teachers, practitioners and researchers who value health and wellness. We provide a culture of purpose, accountability, honesty and gratitude that prepares our learners to be resilient and confident as they care for people, conduct research and transform lives.
The Committee on Admissions (COA) must select students who provide evidence that they will fulfill the mission of the WVU SoM. Applicants must have strong experiences in patient care (including MD shadowing), roles as educator and leader, research and service to the state of West Virginia and beyond.
The COA practices holistic review of each applicant, including the incorporation of competency-based admissions. Although WVU SoM no longer requires specific coursework, all applicants must be able to provide evidence of a strong scientific fund of knowledge and strong social/interpersonal skills.
Required Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
Please review the required core competencies on the AAMC website through the link provided below.
Mastery of competencies can be demonstrated by a strong performance in the preferred courses (listed below) and on the MCAT. Other ways to provide evidence of competency is through specialized experiences which have developed the required knowledge base such as research, employment, military courses and self-study.
- Minimum of 90 credit hours PLUS three years of higher education post-high school (at the undergraduate or graduate level) from an accredited US or Canadian academic institution are required. It is preferred that at least 30 hours are in the courses listed below.
- An AMCAS calculated BCPM and Total GPA is required to apply.
- Preferred coursework in:
- Biological Sciences
- Organic Chemistry
- Engineering Sciences
- Laboratory experience
- Successful completion of these courses is the most common method in which applicants can demonstrate science competency.
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- All applicants are required to take the MCAT.
- Scores will be accepted from exams taken between September, 2017 and September, 2020.
- Applications will be put on hold until the most recent MCAT score is posted.
- The most recent MCAT total and sub-section scores are what is reported to the committee, while all scores are reviewed.
- To identify what scores may be competitive for regular decision, please refer to our Class Profile for more information.
- Early Decision applicants must have at least a MCAT total of 506. Please refer to the Early Decision Program page for more information.
Letters of Recommendation
- A committee letter provided by your undergraduate institution
- or a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation of your choice
- Letters of recommendation should be uploaded to your AMCAS application at least two weeks prior to your interview
All AMCAS verified applicants will have the opportunity to complete a secondary application. Applicants will be notified via email with instructions on how to submit the secondary application. Please refer to the Admissions Timeline for important deadlines for the secondary application.
Once we receive the completed secondary application, the applicant will then be placed on a roster to be holistically reviewed.
Strong interview skills will be one way for an applicant to provide evidence of interpersonal and communication competencies.
Applicants will be notified via email if offered an interview. As there are a limited number of interview slots, some applicants may be placed on a waitlist for interview and could potentially be invited for an interview if slots become available during the admissions cycle. Applicants are encouraged to continue to update their application as this may help increase chances of being offered an interview slot.
CASPer™ Test (Computer Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics)
All Applicants who receive a secondary application are encouraged to complete the CASPer™ evaluation to assist with our Admissions process. Your CASPer™ results will provide the Admissions Team with additional information about you as an applicant. It is permissible to sign up for a CASPer™ test date and complete the evaluation after your medical school application has been submitted. Please note that CASPer™ results will be available to our Team three weeks from your test date. Please be mindful that applicants will be invited for interviews with or without CASPer™ results, as testing for the 2021 cycle is optional. Please be aware that if an applicant has a CASPer™ score, it will be considered during waitlist pull decisions.
Our Admissions Team is unable to answer any informational calls, emails, or communications about CASPer™. Any queries should be directed to CASPer™ at https://takecasper.com/contact-us
More information is available at the following link: https://takecasper.com/aboutcasper/
Functional Technical Standards
In accordance with section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973 (PL 93-112) and following careful review of the 1979 report by a Special Advisory panel on Technical Standards of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and incorporating the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA PL 101-336) enacted by Congress in 1990, the West Virginia University School of Medicine has adopted minimal technical standards for the assessment of all applicants to the School of Medicine. Please see the Functional Technical Standards Policy here.
- Medical Students who have been dismissed or have been terminated by an allopathic or osteopathic school will not be considered for admittance.
- Individuals who have previously earned an allopathic or osteopathic medical degree, whether in this country or abroad, will not be considered for admittance.