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VMCAS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the VMCAS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-January, applicants can apply starting in early May, and the cycle closes in mid-September. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), on the VMCAS Application Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between early March and mid-April, configurations are entered into the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and AAVMC review submitted configurations in April.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in early May.

Program Participation Requirements

AAVMC requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from AAVMC and VMCAS, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the VMCAS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the VMCAS application and VMCAS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to VMCAS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and AAVMC before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, AAVMC will approve it.

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Applicant Gateway, Configuration Portal, Letters by Liaison, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2023-2024 

The table below contains enhancements for VMCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Experiences

The instructions text was updated to better assist applicants. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

The following questions were added:

  • Additional Information
  • Education Interruption

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

The following questions were added:

  • Gender Identity
  • Pronouns
  • Legal/Preferred Name Phonetic Pronunciation 

Additionally, the Sex question was renamed to Legal Sex. It now asks What is your legal sex?

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Add Program

The instructions text was updated to better assist applicants. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Extended Profile

The Intended Term of Enrollment question now includes a new answer option: This is a test account and will not be submitted (Program faculty/staff, Advisors, Counselors, Educators, Parents, Other Influencers).

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Release Statement

The Code of Conduct and Final Reminders sections were updated. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Essay

The instructions text is updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Dashboard

A new notification banner is available for the application dashboard. CASs can share best tips and tricks with applicants as they complete their applications.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Email Templates

The PTE email templates were updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Letters by Liaison 

Evaluation Form

The Relationship and Likert Analysis questions were updated.

Additionally, the instructions text was updated to better assist recommenders. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2022-2023 

The table below contains enhancements for VMCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Fee Waivers

If an applicant is eligible for a fee waiver but the fee waiver fund is depleted, then applicants can be alerted that they qualified for the fee waiver even though they could not be awarded one.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Extended Profile

The Extended Profile section was enabled with the following questions:

  • Intended Term of Enrollment

  • Current Academic Status

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Release Statement 

The Application Release and Certification Statements text was updated. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Citizenship Information

The instructions text was updated to reflect that non-US resident applicants can edit the United States Citizenship Details and Residency Information questions after they submit their application.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

The following questions were added:

  • Background Information
  • Pell Eligibility

The following questions were removed:

  • Current Student Status
  • First Generation College Student
  • Misdemeanor & Felony Convictions

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

If an applicant selects Unlisted French Speaking Canadian or Other Foreign Institution, they must complete a new required field for the college’s country.

If you created exports to pull a college's country data, you must edit and select the new college country fields. Review the Country Field for Manually Entered Foreign Institutions release note for more information.

Additionally, the instructions text is updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Transcript Entry

The instructions text is updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Experiences

The instructions text is updated to better assist applicants.

Additionally, a Personal Pet animal type is now available for the Animal Experience and Veterinary Experience experience types. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Organization Details and Program Details

You can preview your programs in the application using the Preview feature and continue making edits as necessary.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Program Details

A Program Code program attribute is now available. 

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement. Available now

WebAdMIT

Clipboard

You can now add multiple applicants to your Clipboard by uploading a CSV file of their CAS IDs. Review the Using the Clipboard page for more information.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

PDF Manager

If you create a list that searches for applicants based on any field in the Designations field grouping (e.g., Designation, Application Status, etc.), you can now extract the full application PDFs that adhere to your list's criteria. For more information, see the PDF Manager page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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