The admissions committee will consider each of your composite and subsection scores to identify trends based on each attempt.
The Twin Cities campus requires a minimum MCAT score of 499 to receive our supplemental application.
The Duluth campus requires a minimum MCAT score of 498 to receive our supplemental application.
A commitment to improving the human condition
- Sustained and meaningful commitment to human service demonstrated through volunteer activities, scholarly pursuits, employment, academic endeavors, or other experiences
- Understanding of medicine
- Commitment to rural patient care (Duluth applicants)
- Substantial independent research experience(s) (MD/PhD applicants)
- Commitment to care of the underserved
- Commitment to community and global patient care
- Commitment to rural patient care (Twin Cities applicants)
- Honesty and integrity, particularly regarding instances of personal failings or mistakes (essential)
- Compassion, evident through evaluations, prior employment, or experience in other roles that require compassion (essential)
- Self-awareness, evident in a student’s knowledge of their own strengths, weaknesses, and when to ask for help (essential)
- Ethical behavior (essential)
Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Oral and written communication skills must be excellent, both to share knowledge and to convey empathy (essential)
- Teamwork skills require acknowledging other team members’ expertise, accurate self-assessment, assuming leadership when appropriate, and subsuming individual interests to the work of the team (essential)
- Cultural humility and inclusivity (essential)
- Leadership & diversity experiences (desired)
A dedication to lifelong learning
- Intellectual curiosity (essential)
- Demonstrated scientific aptitude—a fundamental appreciation of how the scientific method is applied to the discovery of medical knowledge and to medical practice (essential)
- Potential for academic success (essential)
- Psychological resilience as demonstrated through emotional stability, skills to cope with stress, an ability to deal with sacrifice and hardship, maturity, good judgment, and an ability to defer gratification (essential)
- Creativity (desired)
Because of the unique regional campus mission, in addition to the essential and desired qualities described on this page, all of our accepted candidates have this Essential Quality: A demonstrated commitment to practicing family medicine in rural Minnesota or practicing in a Native American community.