Admissions Requirements

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Important Changes for the 2020 Admission Cycle, which opens on May 30th, 2019: Please read the requirements carefully, as there are changes in the Early Decision requirements, acceptable dates for MCAT have changed and ineligibility notes have been added.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. 
  • MCAT scores will be accepted from exams taken between September, 2016 and September, 2019.
  • There is no required minimum MCAT score to apply for Regular Decision. To identify what scores may be competitive, 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.

Credit Hour and Course Requirements

  • Minimum of 90 Credit Hours PLUS Three years of higher education post-high school (at the undergraduate or graduate level) in an accredited US or Canadian Institution. 
  • All pre-requisites must be completed at an accredited US or Canadian Institution.
  • One gap year which would include meaningful mission-based experiences could potentially be substituted for up to one year of higher education.
  • Biology or Zoology: 6 hours
  • General Chemistry: 6 hours
  • Organic Chemistry: 6 hours
    Substitute with 3 Hours Organic Chemistry and 3 Hours Biochemistry
  • Physics: 6 hours
  • Lab Courses: 6 hours
    Lab Courses must be in Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Inorganic or Organic Chemistry

Recommended Premedical Coursework

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology

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

Secondary Application

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.

Once we receive an applicants completed secondary application, the applicant will then be placed on a roster to be reviewed.

Interview Invite

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 2020 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

More information is available at the following link:

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.

Ineligible Applicants

  • 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.