Which is harder to obtain in-state residency: Vermont or West Virginia ?

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It seems that both states require a 12 month domicile period prior to the semester for which in-state status is sought, but UVM policies also states, "An in-state status applicant who applies for admission or registers for class within one year of first moving to the state shall have created a rebuttable presumption that residency in Vermont is for the purpose of attending UVM and/or acquiring in-state status for tuition purposes."

So if the applicant moves to Vermont towards the end of summer, then decides to apply the following cycle in june (the application is submitted slightly before the 12-month period), and matriculation would be nearly 2 years after moving and working in Vermont, you would still be suspected of moving there for tuition purposes.

In the case of the West Virginia's residency requirements (according to UWV, probably same thing for Marshall Edwards), there is no explicit statement of the presumption. It seems that you can still apply for reclassification to the admissions office before you submit the application even if you've lived there for slightly under a year. But there's no telling what decision the admissions could make.

Has anyone had experience with either state when applying to med school?
Additionally, should neither state school accept you, which state is looked upon more favorably, due to its underrepresentation?

How do OOS med schools that you apply to view your application if you put yourself as a resident of X state and get thrown in the OOS pile for that state school? Do OOS schools also question your residency for X state, and would you be considered a resident of the state you were previously?

Apologies for this long post. I'm not trying to pull one over the states, because I legitimately want to work and stay in these states, but everyone get so suspicious nowadays.


The MSAR profile for UVM clearly says “No” in response to in-state eligibility for non-residents.