Candidates must have satisfactorily completed three years of undergraduate work at an accredited college or university. Completion of the work for an undergraduate degree is recommended. Students without a degree must give evidence of exceptionally high scholastic achievement, intellectual capacity and motivation in order to gain admission.
Along with a good basic knowledge of the biological and physical sciences and mathematics, prospective students should have an appreciation of the social forces influencing human development and evidence of their interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Facility in oral and written communications is expected of all students and evidence of originality and imagination is desirable.
Minimum subject requirements are one year in each of the following:
- Mathematics of acceptable college level
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
Biology and chemistry courses must be accompanied by laboratory experience. Courses in statistics or computer science may fulfill the mathematics requirement. Biochemistry may fulfill the organic chemistry requirement.
Students majoring in non-science disciplines who meet these basic requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. They will be given full consideration by the Committee on Admissions. Strongly motivated students from underrepresented minority and educationally deprived backgrounds are actively sought and encouraged to apply. A pre-entrance summer program is available for students selected by the Committee on Admissions to enter the freshman class.
Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test. The oldest MCAT scores that will be considered from individuals applying for admission to the Class entering 2011, are those taken in 2008.
A letter of recommendation is required from the applicant's college premedical advisory committee. If there is no premedical advisory committee at the applicant's college, individual letters of recommendation are acceptable substitutes, with a minimum of one from a science faculty and one from a non-science faculty member. Letters of recommendation will only be accepted through AMCAS. Interviews with representatives of the Admissions Committee are another important factor in the admissions process.