Prepare to Apply
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.
The University of Minnesota Medical School hosts information sessions, presentations, and workshops throughout the academic year.
Our upcoming information sessions are listed below. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom Video Conferencing and registration is not required.
- Wednesday, November 22, 2023; 11 AM - 12 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 3-4 pm (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, February 28, 2024; 3-4 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, March 27, 2024; 11 AM - 12 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, April 24, 2024; 11 AM - 12 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, May 22, 2024; 11 AM - 12 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
- Wednesday, June 26, 2024; 11 AM - 12 PM (CST) Join via Zoom
Unable to attend an Information Session? View Recording.
Health Professional School Expo
The 2024 Health Professional School Expo will take place in-person in the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall on Tuesday, March 26th from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. The Expo showcases health professional degree programs from around the country. Their admissions representatives will be available to meet with pre-health students from the University of Minnesota and beyond.
This event features health professional schools and colleges around the U.S., representing a variety of health degree programs, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, optometry, etc. The Expo is open for UMN students, as well as students at colleges and universities in the region. This event is sponsored by the Pre-Health Student Resource Center (PHSRC).
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, October 26, 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.
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. Check back later to see the schedule for the Spring 2024 classes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT US CITIZENS
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.
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.
PREREQUISITE COURSES (required)
RECOMMENDED COURSES (not required)
- 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
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 Core 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 2: AMCAS cycle opens
- May 30: Submission to AMCAS begins
- June 30: AMCAS data transmission to medical schools begins
- 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 19: “Plan to Enroll” becomes available for applicants to select in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) tool.
- All remaining decisions post interview will go out periodically through May.
- 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 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 OF 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. Medical students from South Dakota are able to apply for tuition reciprocity.
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).
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.
PROGRAMS & GROUPS
BA/MD Joint Admissions Scholars (BA/MD JAS) Program provides a unique opportunity for exceptional Minnesota residents from broadly diverse backgrounds to become physicians committed to meeting the healthcare needs of Minnesota's diverse communities.
Student National Medical Association Mentor Program (SNMA) supports minority pre-medical students by building relationships with current students.
Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is an undergraduate student organization that serves minority pre-medical students through informational programs, networking, and volunteering.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) strengthens the world’s medical care by supporting the spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by its member institutions.
AAMC Aspiring Docs program offers inspiration, information, and support to future students.
Cancer Disparities Summer Internship is a nine-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's underrepresented communities experience conducting cancer and/or health disparities research.
OFFICES & CENTERS
Center of Multicultural Affairs and Engagement (CMAE) at the University of Minnesota Medical School has a mission to create a welcoming environment for minority and underrepresented medical students.
Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School aims to positively impact American Indian and Alaska native health through education, research, and outreach.
Pre-Health Student Resource Center provides career exploration resources for prospective or current University of Minnesota students interested in medicine and other health fields.