Twin Cities Application Review Process

It may be several months from the time you apply to medical school before you hear back about a final decision. You can learn more about the Twin Cities campus review process in the sections below.

Primary Application

The first step in the application process is the completion of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) common application, which consists of your complete academic record, biographic information, personal statement, experiences, and letters of recommendation. You will designate the University of Minnesota Medical School as a recipient of your application. The AMCAS application cycle opens on May 1st, and you can begin to submit your application on June 1st. The primary application deadline to the University of Minnesota Medical School MD program on both the Twin Cities and the Duluth campuses, as well as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is October 15.

Please note: with the exception of the AMCAS application, all three programs (Twin Cities MD, Duluth MD, and the MSTP) have their own admissions offices that coordinate their respective admissions programs. Each program also has its own supplemental application, supplemental application fee, and interview program. 

If an applicant does not fulfill the requirements of the MSTP program, there is no transfer of the application to the regular MD program on the Twin Cities or Duluth campuses. All three programs are independent of one another.

Campus Selection

The University of Minnesota has two campuses, but both are parts of one medical school. Once your application has been verified by AMCAS, you will receive an automatic email message instructing you to select the campus you wish to apply: Twin Cities or Duluth. You may apply to both campuses, but keep in mind the focused mission of the Duluth MD program is to train family medicine physicians for rural Minnesota and physicians to serve American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

The following steps are applicable to the Twin Cities MD review process only. Candidates applying to the Twin Cities MD program are evaluated within a competency based admissions framework. The Admissions Committee seeks to find evidence, in each candidate's application, of various competencies. These competencies are a combination of the Essential and Desired Qualities of an Ideal Medical Student and the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

First Pre-Screening

In order to be invited to complete the supplemental application, your application will be reviewed for the following criteria:

  1. A minimum MCAT score of 499.
  2. Residency Status - Applicants must be US citizens, hold a permanent resident visa, or be a Minnesota resident with DACA designation. 
  3. All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited US or Canadian institution before matriculating into the class.

Supplemental Application

The supplemental application is an institution-specific application consisting of questions that are important to the UMN Medical School community.

It is strongly recommended that applicants complete the supplemental application within two weeks of receiving the invitation. The final submission deadline is November 15th.

All completed supplemental applications are reviewed for interview consideration from the months of July through February.

View supplemental questions.


During the second pre screen each application is evaluated for evidence of three competencies: academic readiness, sociocultural humility, and service orientation.

During this phase, there are two outcomes:

  1. Your application will be forwarded for further review for an interview.
  2. Your application will not be considered further.

Review for Interview

During this phase of the review process each application is evaluated for evidence of four competencies, written communication, scholarly inquiry, resiliency and adaptability, and reliability and dependability

During this phase, there are two outcomes:

  1. Your application will receive an invitation for an on-campus interview.

  2. Your application will not be considered for an interview.


Based on the recommendation of the first reviewers, candidates will be invited to campus for an interview between September and February.

The University of Minnesota Medical School Twin Cities Campus will host a 1-day virtual interview program via Zoom for Cycle 2022. The experience will include the Multiple Mini Interview Program (MMI) which includes up to 8 stations to take place in Zoom breakout rooms. Candidates are also encouraged to attend our Admissions Speaker Series event(s) via Zoom where you will have the opportunity to experience time with our staff, faculty, and community.

Second Review

Following your interview, your application will undergo three to four additional independent reviews by members of the Admissions Committee. The reviewers will consider comments from the second pre screen, first review and interview in addition to all of your other application materials including the academic profile, experiences, and letters of recommendation.

Admissions Committee Vote

The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty, community physicians, students and residents. 

The Admissions Committee meets bimonthly beginning in September and concluding in April. The Admissions Committee will review the recommendations of the second reviewers and discuss applicants as needed. The Admissions Committee will vote on each applicant and render the following decisions: accept, waitlist, or deny.

Admissions Executive Committee (AEC) Vote

The AEC is the final approval body for recommendations made by the TC MD, Duluth MD and MSTP admissions committees. Once the AEC approves the recommendations by the aforementioned admissions programs, candidates will receive a decision on their application.

Final Decisions

There are three final decisions post interview: Accept, Waitlist, and Deny. All decisions will be sent to the email address indicated in your AMCAS application. All decisions made by the Admissions Executive Committee are final.

Accept - Acceptances are offered beginning October 15th and until the class is full, usually through January. Once the class is full, new acceptances will not be made until after April 30th. By April 30th, applicants with multiple acceptances must confirm their intent to matriculate to one school giving up all other acceptance offers.

Please communicate your intent to withdraw your acceptance via email to as soon as you have made your decision. Please note, once you have decided to withdraw your acceptance offer, it cannot be reinstated.

Waitlist If an applicant is placed on the waitlist, beginning in April, one of three things will happen:

  1. You will be accepted off of the waitlist.

  2. You will be placed on the ranked alternate list for possible admission later. You will receive notification via email of your position on the ranked list.

  3. You will be released from the waitlist and will not receive further consideration.

Deny - Candidates who are denied after interview will not receive further consideration.


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