Our medical students are accomplished, graduating with an excellent education, high national board scores, and prestigious post-graduate training opportunities. Our goal is to make the admission process as clear as possible, to help students successfully complete their applications.

Please note that our application deadlines have changed for cycle 2024. The AMCAS application deadline is now October 1 and the supplemental deadline is October 30.

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The University of Minnesota Medical School hosts information sessions, presentations, and workshops throughout the academic year.

Information Sessions

Our upcoming information sessions are listed below. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom Video Conferencing and registration is not required. 

Shadowing Class Lectures

Interested in shadowing a current medical school class? The Office of Admissions will be offering a select number of seats across a select number of in-person classes for prospective students and/or applicants to shadow a current medical school class! These seats will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to sign up for Spring 2024 Class Lectures!

UMN Pre-Health Resources Center's Health Careers Fair

The Health Careers Fair is an annual event hosted by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center that brings together many important resources and opportunities for University of Minnesota pre-health students. Students can find more information and see highlights from past Career Fairs. The 2024 Career Health Fair will be held Wednesday, October 9th, 2024 at Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Pre-Health Conference at UC Davis

Please save the date for the 2024 Pre-Health Conference: Saturday, November 2, 2024!

UMN Graduate School Diversity Office Graduate Programs Fair

This is a great opportunity for junior and senior students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree to learn more about the graduate programs offered at the Twin Cities, Duluth and St. Cloud campuses. Check back later to see when the 2024 Graduate Program Fair will be held.


In order to be considered for admission to the University of Minnesota Medical School MD programs, all applicants must fall under 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 them to reside in the U.S. indefinitely. A student visa (or F1) is not acceptable documentation for meeting our residency requirements. If you have questions, please email medadmis@umn.edu.

Additionally, ALL applicants must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a college or university in their country of origin or from an accredited college or university located in the continental U.S. or Canada.
  • Complete all medical school prerequisite course requirements at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university by July 1 of the year they matriculate.
  • Submit the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) within the past 3 years 
    • A minimum MCAT score of 495 is required to receive a supplemental application.
    • The oldest MCAT considered for the entering class of 2024 will be January 2020 through August 26, 2023.

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. 


The University of Minnesota Medical School does not accept transfer students in any year.


Our MD programs are not able to accept international students. However, we do accept applications from Minnesota residents who currently have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. If this applies to you, then the application process is the same as a U.S. resident. 

The MSTP (MD/PhD) program is able to accept international students with other visas. They can be contacted at mdphd@umn.edu.  

For residency program information, please review our Visiting International Students webpage.


Applicants must complete the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT is valid for three years prior to the application year. The oldest MCAT considered for the entering class of 2024 will be January 2020 through August 26, 2023.

A minimum MCAT score of 495 is required to receive a supplemental application for the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.

The Admissions Committee will consider each composite and subsection scores to identify trends based on each attempt.


Applicants must complete seven prerequisite courses at an accredited U.S.-based or Canadian college or university by July 1 of the year they matriculate.

The University of Minnesota Medical School does not provide individual transcript evaluations. Applicants should consult their academic advisor or pre-health advisor to determine whether their coursework satisfies the requirements.


  • Prerequisite courses require a letter grade, although there is not a minimum grade requirement.
    • S/NS (Pass/Fail) grades will be accepted for courses taken in the Spring and Summer of 2020, including prerequisites.
    • Please keep in mind the AMCAS calculated CUM and BCPM GPAs do not account for S/NS grades. We conduct a holistic review of all applications and the academic profile is reviewed in terms of courses taken, grade trends, and final outcomes.
  • Some prerequisites from an accredited community college will be accepted. Please note the following:
    • All upper-level courses must be completed at an accredited four year college or university in the U.S. or Canada.
    • No particular degree program or institution is given preference over another. Rigor of coursework and competitiveness of the undergraduate institution, however, are taken into consideration.
  • Online courses are accepted for most prerequisites with the exception of any lab courses. Lab courses must be taken in-person.
  • Upper-level courses are typically those with a course number that begins with a 3 (300 or 3000) or higher.
    • Some undergraduate institutions consider 200-level courses as upper division or have unique numbering systems and we will accept equivalent courses in such cases.
  • Prerequisites cannot be fulfilled with Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits.
    • If you received AP, CLEP or IB credit for courses such as general chemistry or biology, you will still need 1 semester of chemistry and biology with labs. This can be an advanced chemistry, organic chemistry, or any advanced biology course. Do not retake coursework for which you already received AP/CLEP/IB credit.



  • Biochemistry
  • Ethics
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Statistics
  • Foreign language
  • Independent learning courses
  • Seminar-type courses involving small group discussions
  • Social and behavioral sciences and humanities


In addition to being academically qualified, applicants must present evidence of several other competencies necessary for health care professionals:

  • Serving and leading with compassion and integrity
  • Commitment to serving a diverse patient population
  • Commitment to working in an interprofessional team based environment

Qualifications are assessed through the following means:

  • Letters of evaluation
  • Scope and nature of post-secondary experiences
  • Breadth of undergraduate education
  • Responses to the supplemental application
  • Interview

The Twin Cities and Duluth MD programs conduct a holistic review of applications within a competency based evaluation framework. These competencies are a combination of the University of Minnesota Medical School Competencies for Entering Medical Students and the AAMC Premed Competencies for Entering Medical Students.

As the University of Minnesota is a land-grant institution, preference is given to applicants from Minnesota or to those with a high desire to practice medicine in Minnesota.


Application Cycle 2024 (Class of 2028)

MAY 2023

  • May 2: AMCAS cycle opens
  • May 30: Submission to AMCAS begins

JUNE 2023

  • June 30: AMCAS data transmission to medical schools begins

JULY 2023

  • July 24: Campus preference selection begins
  • July 27: Supplemental applications open and are available for submission


  • August 26: Last accepted date for MCAT


  • MD interviews begin (through March 2024)


  • October 1: MD AMCAS application deadline
  • October 16: MD AMCAS transcript deadline
  • October 30: MD supplemental application deadline


  • November 1: MSTP (MD/PhD) AMCAS application deadline
  • November 15: MSTP (MD/PhD) supplemental application deadline


  • December 8: Post Interview Decision date 1


  • February 16: Post Interview Decision date 2
  • February 20: “Plan to Enroll” becomes available for applicants to select in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) tool.

MARCH 2024

  • All remaining decisions post interview will go out periodically through May.

APRIL 2024

  • April 15: MD deferment request deadline
  • April 30: “Commit to Enroll” becomes available to applicants in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) tool.

JULY 2024

  • July 1: All prerequisites must be completed for matriculating students
  • July 1: Final deadline to select “Commit to Enroll” to confirm matriculation to the University of Minnesota Medical School


Cost is an important factor when considering which school to attend. The University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to keeping our tuition and fees as affordable as possible. Upon entering our Medical School, tuition will be fixed for four years.

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.

For residency questions, please review the Residency and Reciprocity Handbook or contact the Residency Classification Office at otr@umn.edu.

Funding Your Education

Financial aid is offered to help you meet educational expenses and may consist of loans, scholarships, or work-study. Assistance is based on your financial need, your enrollment status, and the amount of aid available.

To apply and determine the amount of aid or loans you are able to receive, submit an online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Our Medical School Financial Aid Office is available to assist you with the financing of your medical education at msfao@umn.edu.

Please note that the Office of Admissions does award a small pool of recruitment scholarships that range from non-resident tuition waiver scholarships, full-tuition scholarships, half-tuition scholarships, and donor scholarships. These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis beginning in January through June.


Along with coursework, the real-world experiences gained as a high school student and undergraduate are heavily considered as part of a University of Minnesota Medical School application. 

The Medical School does not provide pre-medical advising services. Instead, we rely on the academic advisors at undergraduate institutions to offer guidance in class selection and to help students prepare for application to medical school.

These resources will help students prepare and improve their admission prospects.