Quillen College of Medicine is a state-supported institution. Preference for admission is given to U.S. citizens or those who possess a U.S. Permanent Resident Visa and permanently reside in Tennessee. Applications from residents of Tennessee, TBR defined border counties and applicants from our contiguous Appalachian area are welcomed. Additionally, the college gives preference to active duty military personnel and honorably discharged veterans of U.S. military service.
Military Personnel & Veteran Information
The Quillen College of Medicine's Admissions Committee evaluates the "whole person" when considering applicants. A good grade point average and a competitive MCAT score are not all you need to get an acceptance offer from Quillen. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement, scores earned on the MCAT, letters of recommendation (when requested), pertinent extracurricular research and work experience, evidence of non-scholastic accomplishment, and clinically related experience demonstrating motivation for the study and practice of medicine. Experience should be varied as well as extensive. Applicants should also consider carefully what is included in the personal comments section of the application. This is where each applicant has the opportunity to stand out by expressing what "special qualifications" they possess and what makes them different from the many other applicants applying for a class position at Quillen.
Quillen will also favorably consider two groups of out-of-state applicants for admissions. Applicants whose domicile is within a 250 mile radius of Quillen and out-of-state applicants who graduate from a four year college or university located in the state of Tennessee within the preceding three years. Of particular interest are those applicants giving strong evidence of their commitment to a career in primary care and/or rural medicine. Please note, applicants accepted from these groups will be classified as out-of-state and will be charged tuition at the in-state rate plus 30%.
From these groups, preference is given to applicants who have received at least a baccalaureate level degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria are strongly discouraged from applying here.
Border county students from the following counties, who meet the in-state tuition fee waiver requirements as a graduate or undergraduate student, shall be considered as Tennesseans for admissions and tuition fee payment purposes at the Quillen College of Medicine. The fee waiver is applicable to the Quillen College of Medicine only for students who received the Tennessee in-state fee as undergraduates or graduates and earned a degree from ETSU.
Applicants who meet these requirements must notify our office at time of application.
North Carolina Counties
- Bristol City
Border County Tuition Rate Requirements
ETSU & Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Residency Guidelines
Residency status for admissions and fee payment purposes is determined at the time of application in accordance with governing regulations. However, information for the two new groups of applicants noted above will not be found on the TBR webpage. View the buttons below to learn more about TBR guidelines and residency appeal procedures.
View TBR Guidelines View Residency Appeal Information
The Quillen College of Medicine Admissions Committee has total authority with everything to do with admissions. They determine and approve all policies, processes, procedures and decisions related to the selection of medical students for Quillen. There are no outside influences!