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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 2023. The AMCAS application deadline is now October 1 and the supplemental deadline is October 15.

ADMISSIONS EVENTS

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

Information Sessions

The University of Minnesota Medical School will be suspending Information Sessions until January 2023 as we highly anticipate the release of our updated curriculum. In the meantime, we encourage you to view the recorded Information Session below. Should you have any questions, please email us at meded@umn.edu.

Information Session Recording

Reapplicant Workshops

  • Dates to be announced.

Virtual Fairs

  • Dates to be announced.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

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

OR

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 meded@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 a 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 2023 will be January 2019 through August 27, 2022.

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. 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

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

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Our MD programs are not able to accept international students. However, we do accept applications from MN 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.

MCAT REQUIREMENT

Applicants must complete the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) no later than August 27 of the application year. The MCAT is valid for three years prior to the application year. The oldest MCAT considered for the entering class of 2023 will be January 2019 through August 27, 2022.

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.

PREREQUISITES

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.

GUIDELINES

  • 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 all prerequisites. Online courses display the same in your application and on your transcript as in person courses.

  • 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)

  • Biochemistry

  • Ethics

  • Genetics

  • Psychology

  • Pharmacology

  • Statistics

  • Foreign language

  • Independent learning courses

  • Seminar-type courses involving small group discussions

  • Social and behavioral sciences and humanities

SELECTION CRITERIA

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

  • Commitment to delivering compassionate and quality patient care

  • High degree of personal integrity

  • Skill in communicating with diverse groups

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 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.

DEADLINES

Application Cycle 2023 (Class of 2027)

MAY 2022

  • May 3: AMCAS cycle opens

  • May 31: Submission to AMCAS begins

JUNE 2022

  • June 23: AMCAS data transmission to medical schools begins

JULY 2022

  • July 8: Supplemental applications open and are available for submission

AUGUST 2022

  • August 27: Last accepted date for MCAT

SEPTEMBER 2022

  • MD interviews begin (through March 2023)

OCTOBER 2022

  • October 1: MD AMCAS application deadline

  • October 15: MD supplemental application deadline

  • October 17: AMCAS transcript deadline

NOVEMBER 2022

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

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

DECEMBER 2022

  • December 9: Post Interview Decision date 1 (Twin Cities)

FEBRUARY 2023

  • February 15: Post Interview Decision date 2 (Twin Cities)

  • February 19: “Plan to Enroll” becomes available for applicants to select in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) tool.

MARCH 2023

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

APRIL 2023

  • April 15: AMCAS applicant protocols ask applicants to narrow their acceptance offers to three in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) tool.

  • 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 2023

  • All prerequisites must be completed for matriculating students

AUGUST 2023

  • TBD: First Day of Orientation

  • August 19: White Coat Ceremony

  • TBD: First Day of Classes

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. 

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.

PRE-MED OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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