The UVA School of Medicine is well-known for its dedication to research and improvements in primary care. Founded in 1819, it was the nation’s tenth medical school. With just over 600 M.D. students and 1,100 full- and part-time faculty members, the faculty-student ratio stands at 1.6 to 1. UVA places a great deal of importance on volunteerism, and med students are often involved in public service activities. There are seven service sites that students can take part in, including the Blue Ridge Poison Center and the Center on Health Disparities.

Aside from traditional MD degrees, UVA also offers PhD degrees in biomedical sciences (BIMS). This program involves coursework, laboratory research, research retreats, seminars, and other events to help them be better prepared for a clinical focus on diseases. Other PhD degrees include biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics; biomedical engineering; microbiology, immunology, and infectious diseases, molecular cell and developmental biology; and molecular medicine. Some students choose to participate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program or the Medical Science Training Program. These graduate degree programs allow students to choose from more than 70 specialties.

UVA’s curriculum focuses on NxGen, or the Next Generation Cells to Society Curriculum. Students take courses and participate in labs that blend basic and clinical sciences. Students are taught by integrating content around organ systems and must demonstrate mastery of the “12 UVA School of Medicine Competences Required of the Contemporary Physician.” This is how they prove they have the necessary clinical skills to practice medicine. Some of the most popular specialties at UVA are anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, and diagnostic radiology.

There are also many student organizations. The clubs vary greatly in topic, including the Anesthesiology Interest Group and the Christian Medical Association. The unique curriculum and hands-on training opportunities make UVA School of Medicine a great choice for many medical students.


Application Volume


UVA medical school MCAT and GPA

In-State v Out-of-State Applicants

In-State v Out-of-State Matriculants

Applicant to Matriculant Ratios

Additional Information

Total: 4,790
In State: 17.1%
Out of State: 82.9%

Total: 156
In State: 43.6%
Out of State: 56.4%

Average MCAT: 518.2

Average GPA (4.0 scale): 3.85

* Select applicant and matriculant data courtesy of AAMC.

Score Card

NIH Grants

Average Graduate Indebtedness

Additional Information

2019 NIH Awards: $146,322,503

Average MD Graduate Debt: $155,496

Student Body


Faculty Analysis

Additional Information

Matriculants: 156

Basic: 213
Clinical: 879
Total: 1,116

UVA School of Medicine accepts international applicants Accepts international students (provided they have completed at least 90 semester hours in the US, Canada or UK)

UVA medical school student gender ratio

Financial Aid

Additional Information

In State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $48,416
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $70,406

Out of State:
2019-2020 Tuition: $59,222
2019-2020 Estimated cost of attendance: $81,212

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University of Virginia School of Medicine

This page was last updated in December 2019.