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Helpful Hints - VMCAS 2017

  • Read the application information and instructions carefully!

  • Apply early!

  • All VMCAS application materials (web application and evaluations are due on September 15, 2016 @ 12 Midnight Eastern Time.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials are submitted properly and by the appropriate deadline.

  • The Web application opens on May, 2016.

  • Complete the prerequisite courses required by the colleges. You can find a complete list of prerequisite HERE.

  • As of last year, many schools have discontinued external supplemental applications in favor of placing additional questions into the program materials section of VMCAS. Be sure to check with your school(s) to determine supplemental status.

  • Consult your pre-health advisor for assistance with your personal statement.

  • Remember-it is safer to complete and deliver your application early!

  • Review college descriptor pages to determine college-specific requirements.

  • Set up your VMCAS account immediately to obtain (and write down) your VMCAS ID.

  • Print your application before you submit for your records. You will not be able to print a copy of your application once the application officially closes.

  • Review your application for accuracy before submitting.

Completing the application

  • List all post secondary schools for all courses taken since high school.
  • List all courses attempted at any post secondary institution, regardless of whether you earned credits for those courses.
  • Do not list any course more than once ... unless you repeated that course.
  • You must assign a VMCAS course classification code to each course listed in your coursework section.

Electronic Evaluations (eLOR)

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that the evaluators receive the email "Evaluation Request" when completing electronic evaluations. Some spam blocking software may prevent our automated messages from reaching them.
  • If evaluators have trouble logging in, have them copy and paste the username and password directly from the "Evaluation Request" email into the login screen.
  • Evaluators can copy and paste their letters of recommendation into the specified field, or type their recommendation directly into the field when completing the eLOR.


  • Have your official transcript(s) sent directly to VMCAS by  September 15, 2016 @ 12 Midnight Eastern Time(see Transcript Verification Page for Mailing Information)
  • Request a personal copy of your transcript(s) to use as a reference
  • VMCAS fees are non-refundable.

Page Updated: 03/25/2016

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