Selection Criteria

In addition to being academically qualified, you must demonstrate other skills and knowledge needed by health care professionals:

  • Commitment to delivering compassionate and quality patient care
  • A high degree of personal integrity
  • Skill in communicating with diverse groups

Qualifications are assessed through the following means:

  • Recommendation letters
  • Scope and nature of post-secondary experiences
  • Breadth of undergraduate education
  • Responses to the supplemental application
  • On-site interview.

Preference is given to medical school applicants from Minnesota or to those with a high potential to practice medicine in Minnesota.

Read details about the essential and desired qualities of an ideal University of Minnesota Medical School applicant. We also encourage you to read up on the Essential Capacities for Matriculation, Promotion, and Graduation and the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

And now that you’ve learned about all that’s necessary to get into medical school, to learn more about the training and development you will experience as a medical student at the University of Minnesota, check out the medical school curriculum and medical school class schedules.


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