Application Process


Apply early

We encourage applicants to begin completing their AMCAS application in May in hopes they will be ready to submit it by June 1st.  It is always in your best interest to apply as early as possible even if you are waiting on one or more components of your application to be completed.  For example, you might be taking the MCAT in July, but all other parts of your application can be prepared and submitted.  

Supplemental application

Once you receive your supplemental application we strongly encourage you to submit it within two weeks of receipt, though the final deadline is November 15, 2019.  Your application will be forwarded to the committee only after it is fully completed.  A complete application is one where the primary AMCAS application has been verified, all letters of recommendation and a supplemental application have been submitted, and the $100 application fee has been paid or a fee waiver has been applied.

Decision timeline

Applicants will receive a decision six to eight weeks after their interview.  Candidates who are not initially invited to interview might be reviewed again later for interview consideration.  This means though you might apply in July, for example, we may review your application once and then wait to review it again later before making a final decision.  You might not hear of a final decision on whether you have received an interview or not for several months. 


The application processes and selection criteria for the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses are independent of one another. Each of the University of Minnesota Medical School campuses has its own supplemental application process, and each charges a non-refundable $100 application processing fee. Please note that applicants can apply to both MD programs but cannot also apply to the MD/PhD program.

When we receive your application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), we’ll send an email with instructions for selecting one or both campuses. You must complete this step before your application can be considered at either campus. 

If applying to both campuses, you must complete two online applications and pay two $100 application fees. However, the processing fee is waived by both campuses for those applicants eligible for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

Learn more about the Twin Cities campus review process.


In order to be considered for admission to the University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities or Duluth campus MD programs, all applicants must be one of the following at the time of submitting their application:

1.) A U.S. Citizen
2.) An individual with a permanent resident visa (green card) or other visa status that allows you to reside in the U.S. indefinitely. A student visa (or F1) visa is not acceptable documentation for meeting our residency requirements. If you believe you have a unique visa status that might qualify you to apply, please e-mail with your inquiry prior to attempting to apply.
  • The MSTP program is still accepting applications from international students. 
  • Minnesota residents with DACA status are eligible to apply. If you are not a MN resident and have DACA status, please e-mail us for further information at
For ALL applicants, you must:
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a college or university in your country of origin or from a university located in the continental United States or Canada
  • Complete all medical school prerequisite course requirements at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university by the time you matriculate
  • Have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the past 3 years
  • Be able to demonstrate both spoken and written English language proficiency


As an applicant to an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) institution, you assume certain responsibilities of familiarizing yourself with requirements, including necessary notifications, when it comes to the progression of the application cycle. Please review the information for Applicant Application and Acceptance Protocols. Please review this additional infomation if you are applying for the MD-PhD Dual Degree Training Program.

To be a legal resident, and eligible for in-state tuition, you must have resided and worked in Minnesota for one year without having been a student. Residency questions? Contact the Residency Classification Office in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 612-625-6330; 240 Williamson Hall.


Twin Cities: Check the status of your application on the supplemental application page.

Duluth: Check the status of your application on the supplemental application page.

After your interview

It typically takes up to eight weeks after the interview to receive a decision about your medical school application. The Office of Admissions will send committee decision letters on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle.


Please visit the entering students websites:

Twin Cities accepted students

Duluth accepted students


Twin Cities: You may request delayed matriculation. Generally deferrals are granted to students who present unique personal or professional opportunities. The deferral period is limited to one year, and you are restricted from applying to other medical schools. We will grant up to four deferments a year. Accepted applicants must submit a letter requesting a deferment by April 15th and we will notify all applicants by April 29th. Any applicant accepted after April 30th who requests a deferment will be considered if spots are available.

Duluth: If you are accepted and request a deferral before June 1, your request will be approved regardless of the reason. Requests made after June 1 may be approved at the discretion of the associate dean for admissions. The deferral period is limited to one year, and you are restricted from applying to other medical schools.


The Twin Cities and Duluth Offices of Admission do not provide pre-medical course advisement. Instead, the offices rely on the academic advisors at the undergraduate institutions to offer guidance in class selection and to help student prepare for application to medical school.

Twin Cities: If you have questions you feel cannot be answered by your premedical advisor or you do not have one please e-mail us at

If you are a University of Minnesota Twin Cities student or alum you may also contact the Pre-health Student Resources Center at the University of Minnesota, as they offer classes and workshops about the application process. If you are not affiliated with the University you can utilize certain classes and workshops for a small fee.

Duluth: If you have questions about specific courses and whether they would be acceptable toward prerequisites, you may contact the admissions office at or 218-726-8511.


The AMCAS application deadline is October 15th for the Regular MD program on the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses; November 15th is the deadline for the MSTP program. MCAT scores are valid for three years prior to the application year.

The Twin Cities campus requires a minimum MCAT score of 499 to receive our supplemental application. 

The admissions committee will consider each of your composite and subsection scores to identify trends based on each attempt.


Sources of recommendations

All letters must be available in your AMCAS application.  Recommendations should be requested from people who know you well and can evaluate you based on your demonstration of our Essential and Desired Qualities of an Ideal Medical Student. Example of letter writers can include a physician, your faculty, research or volunteer supervisor, employer or mentor.  The admissions committee does not value letters from individuals writing in their capacity as family members, friends or family acquaintances.

Duluth: Letters are used by the Admissions Committee to assess a candidate’s academic capabilities and potential to become a family medicine physician in rural Minnesota or to provide healthcare to American Indian communities. For students applying to Duluth, an ideal mix of letters might be one from a science faculty person, one from a work/volunteer experiences supervisor, and one from a rural family medicine physician. Please note that we do not specifically require letters from any type of person and not every accepted student has this mix of letters.

Number of letters

The Twin Cities and Duluth admissions committees require either:

  • Three individual recommendations
  • Evaluation materials/packet from a structured university or college Pre-Medical Committee

Occasionally, an applicant will want to submit a fourth or even a fifth letter of recommendation. While this is acceptable, submitting more letters will not necessarily make you more competitive in the selection process. Be selective and add a letter only if the writer offers new insights into your candidacy.

Your letter writers should not only discuss your academic potential, but they should also discuss what they know about you outside the classroom. This can include your character, work ethic, interests, and additional aspects of your personality. Remember, the letters should speak about you personally and not just at a peripheral level. These are the type of letters that help the Admissions Office get to know you. If you ask someone to write a letter of recommendation who may not know you very well, this will not have the same effect as obtaining a glowing letter of recommendation from an individual who knows you very well.


How do I know if the Office of Admissions received all of my supplemental application materials?

Twin Cities: The online portion of the supplemental application includes a status page that tracks each applicant’s supplemental materials. The status page will indicate what materials are missing from your supplemental application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor their status page and to contact the Office of Admissions (, 612-625-7977) to address any issues with their supplemental application.

Duluth: You can check the supplemental application site to track the status of your supplemental materials, including if you have submitted the online application or paid the application fee. You are always welcome to contact the Duluth Admissions Office (, 218-726-8511) to check the status of your application.

If I’m asked to complete a University of Minnesota Medical School supplemental application, am I guaranteed an interview?

Twin Cities: No. Once all required application materials are compiled, the entire file is reviewed by the admissions committee. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to interview with two members of our interview committee. The committee includes medical school faculty, staff, students, and community physicians/staff.

The profile of students invited to interview is quite strong. The middle 50 percent of applicants invited to interview had GPAs that ranged from 3.29 to 3.92 and MCAT scores that ranged from 29 to 37 on the old exam and a 498 to 519 on the new exam. All interviewed candidates exhibited characteristics of our Essential and Desired Qualities of an ideal medical student.

Duluth: No. When we have all required application materials, the admissions committee will review your application and decide whether to invite you for one-on-one interviews with two members of our admissions committee. The committee includes medical school faculty, staff, and community representatives.

The average total MCAT score was 505 and the average BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPA was 3.65 for candidates invited to interview this year. Every candidate invited to interview had a significant demonstrated commitment to serve either rural Minnesota or a Native American community and a strong potential to select family medicine as a specialty.

I received supplemental applications from other schools, but nothing from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Is there a problem?

The University of Minnesota Medical School is implementing a new application processing system during the 2019-2020 application cycle. Invitations to complete supplemental applications may be delayed.

Twin Cities: All primary applications, which have been verified by AMCAS, are screened for the following: a minimum MCAT score of 25 on the old exam or a score of 499 on the new exam, US citizen or permanent resident status, reapplicant status, and status of prerequisites. After this review supplementals are offered to applicants; this could take up to 3 weeks after we have received your verified application from AMCAS.  

If an applicant indicates on their primary AMCAS application that they are retaking the MCAT at a future date, we will wait to screen this applicant until the scores are verified and released to our office.

Duluth: If your application has completed the AMCAS verification process, you can expect to receive information about the Duluth supplemental application within 3 business days.  We send the supplemental application to all applicants who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents and who meet the re-application policy requirements. We do not screen out applicants based solely on GPA and MCAT scores; however, it is not likely that an applicant with a BCPM GPA below 3.2 or an MCAT total score below 499 will be invited for interviews.

If you have indicated on the AMCAS application that you plan to take an additional MCAT, you can complete the supplemental application and we will hold it until your MCAT scores are available. 

You are welcome to contact the Admissions Office at or 218-726-8511 to check the status of your application.


AMCAS Application: Once your application has been verified by AMCAS, you cannot add or delete information from it, nor can the Office of Admissions. You have the opportunity to provide updated information when you complete the supplemental application. If you have further questions regarding your AMCAS application, review the AMCAS FAQ. If your question is not addressed in that section, you may contact AMCAS at directly at or 202-828-0600.

SECONDARY APPLICATION: Once you have submitted your secondary application, you cannot add or delete information from it.

Twin Cities: If you are invited to interview, you have the opportunity to bring a letter of update to be added to your application file. After your interview day, no letters of update will be accepted.

Duluth: If you are invited to interview, you may discuss updates to your application with your interviewers. No letters of update are accepted.


University of Minnesota Medical School is not accepting transfer students in any year.


Twin Cities Admissions
Phone: 612-625-7977 
Fax: 612-625-8228

420 Delaware St. SE
Mayo Memorial Building, Rm. B639
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Duluth Admissions
Phone: 218-726-8511 
Fax: 218-726-7057

1035 University Drive, 180 Med
Duluth, MN 55812