Frequently asked questions

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International applicants

Does the University of Minnesota Medical School accept international students?
Beginning with the matriculating class of 2016 we will not be accepting international students. Until then, we do accept international students, but the competition for space is very high. On average, we receive over 300 applications from international students, but can only take two international students per application cycle. Also, all international students will be expected to assume total responsibility for financing their medical education. They should be prepared to present detailed financial plans of how they will provide the resources necessary to meet expenses, including tuition at the non-resident rate.

For more details, please review the policy on international students at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities.

How to Apply

Does the University of Minnesota Medical School have a supplemental application fee?
Yes. Applicants are required to include a non-refundable $75 processing fee with their supplemental application materials. However, the processing fee is waived for those applicants granted a fee waiver from AMCAS.

What are the oldest MCAT scores that can be considered?
MCAT scores must not be more than three (3) years old; three years to the year in which you apply.  For example, if you are applying in 2012, for the 2013 entering class, your MCAT score must be from 2009 or later.

I have multiple MCAT scores. Which one do you consider?
The Admissions Committee will consider each of your scores to identify any trends or even an average score based on each attempt.  Ultimately, your highest total MCAT score will be the one considered for your application and for reporting purposes.

When is the last time I can take the MCAT for the scores to be considered by the Admissions Committee for the current application cycle?
The application deadline is November 15, so only MCAT scores from the September session or earlier will receive consideration.

I understand that the Medical School no longer accepts AP credits for prerequisite courses. I received AP credit for both general chemistry and general biology. Do I need to retake those courses?
No, you are not expected to retake the general courses. In fact, you are encouraged to take organic chemistry or a more advanced level of biology.

Do applicants with science degrees from a particular university have an advantage?
Any four-year, undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is acceptable. No particular degree program or institution is given preference over another. Rigor of coursework and competitiveness of undergraduate institution, however, are taken into consideration by the Admissions Committee.

Can I take some of the prerequisites at a community college?
Yes, you can take some but not all of the prerequisites at a community college.  Some of the prerequisites call for upper level courses which can only be fulfilled at a four-year institution. 

If I apply to the University of Minnesota Medical School, does this cover both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses?
No. The application processes and selection criteria for the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses are independent of one another. Duluth medical students automatically transfer to the Twin Cities campus to complete clinical requirements after successfully completing the basic sciences and Step 1 of the USMLE.

What are my responsibilities as a medical school applicant?
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. Please review the information for MD-PhD Dual Degree Training on the AAMC website.

I have some questions concerning the AMCAS application. What should I do?
First, review the AMCAS FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs section, you should contact AMCAS directly at amcas@aamc.org or (202) 828-0600.

I've submitted my AMCAS application and want to begin soliciting letters of recommendation. How many letters are required?
The Admissions Committee requires either:

  1. Three (3) individual recommendations, submitted separately or collectively in a packet
  2. Evaluation materials/packet from a structured pre-medical committee

Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?
The members of the admissions committee prefer that applicants adhere to the required minimum (3). Occasionally, an applicant will want to submit a fourth or even a fifth letter of recommendation. While this is acceptable, submitting more letters will not necessarily make you more competitive in the selection process. You will want to be selective and add a letter only if the writer offers new insights into your candidacy.

I omitted information on my AMCAS application. Can I add this information now?
Once your application has been finalized with AMCAS, you cannot add information to it. The Office of Admissions cannot add or delete information on your AMCAS application either. You may send the information via email to have it included in your file but we cannot guarantee that the new information will be taken into consideration, due to the rolling admissions process that the Medical School uses.

I have been told that that I should apply to Medical School very early in the application cycle. Is this what you recommend?
It is good to apply early but better to apply when you are ready.  Since you cannot add information to your AMCAS application after it has been verified, if might be prudent to hold your application until all grades that you want to be considered are available, you have more volunteer experience, or until you feel that you have gotten the best score on the MCAT that you are capable of.

Does the Admissions Committee value letters of recommendation from specific people as opposed to others?
Recommendations should be requested from people who know you well and can evaluate your intellectual capacity, personal qualities, and performance. Letters do not need to be from specific academic faculty, though these can be particularly valuable to the Admissions Committee. Letters from employers and research/volunteer supervisors are also useful.

The Admissions Committee does not value letters from individuals writing in their capacity as friends or family acquaintances.

How much time do I have to submit letters of recommendation and to complete my supplemental application?

In order to expedite processing, we highly recommended that you submit all supplemental application materials, including letters of recommendation, within 30 days of receiving the invitation to complete the application. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to AMCAS: our office will not accept mailed or faxed letters of recommendation. The absolute deadline for receiving all application materials, including letters of recommendation, is January 15.  We will not accept any materials beyond that date.

Once all supplemental application materials are received, the Admissions Committee will review these materials, along with the applicant’s primary AMCAS application, on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle from August through March. Applicants will receive status updates periodically.

How will I know if the Office of Admissions has received all of my supplemental application materials?
The online portion of the supplemental application includes a status page that tracks each applicant's supplemental materials. The status page will indicate what materials are missing from your supplemental application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their status page and to contact the Office of Admissions (medadmis@umn.edu), 612-625-7977) to address any issues with their supplemental application.

If I am asked to complete the University of Minnesota Medical School supplemental application, am I guaranteed an interview?
No. Once all required application materials are compiled, the entire file is reviewed by the admissions committee. Upon review, select applicants will be invited to interview with both a medical school faculty member and current medical student. Please note that the profile of students invited to interview is quite strong. The middle 50% of applicants invited to interview had GPAs that ranged from 3.29 to 3.92 and MCAT scores that ranged from 29 to 37. While there were applicants invited to interview with lower GPAs and MCATs, these students had either significant medical and non-medical experiences or outstanding graduate-level grades, or a combination of both. In addition, 73% of the successful applicants were involved in community service or volunteer work, 75% in research, and 82% in medically-related work.

I haven't heard anything from the Office of Admissions for quite some time. What should I do?
You may check on the status of your application by contacting the Office of Admissions directly at meded@umn.edu or 612-625-7977.

Early Decision application

What are the advantages of applying to the Early Decision Program?
Because you are only allowed to apply to one medical school, you will be notified by October 1. No more stress or waiting to know your status. If you are not accepted, your application will be released and you can forward it to other schools for consideration.

Is there a higher standard for selection of candidates for the Early Decision Program?
No, because students who apply for EDP will be evaluated the same way any other candidate would be. This program is designed for students who know they are competitive and are sure that the University of Minnesota is their top choice for admission. For this reason, we recommend that if you are applying to the Early Decision Program, you have a profile that is similar to, or above our average profile for matriculating students. For example, the class of 2012 had an average GPA of 3.72 and the average MCAT was 32.5.  EDP applicants should present a similar academic profile as well as a substantial range of sustained clinical and human service experiences. 

Accepted for admission

Are requests for delayed matriculation granted?
Yes, but only under extremely compelling circumstances. The admissions committee at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities discourages delayed admission for accepted applicants and is highly selective in approving such requests.

If I am offered a spot in the incoming class, is there anything required of me before I can matriculate?
Yes. By July 1, you must complete all prerequisites and submit official transcripts from all the schools you attended. Also, accepted applicants must fulfill the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center's immunization requirements.

I received supplemental applications from other schools but nothing from the University of Minnesota Medical School-Twin Cities. Is there a problem?
All primary applications are screened against the criteria listed above only after the primary application has been verified by AMCAS. In addition, re-applicants and international citizens must meet certain requirements before they are given access to our supplemental application. View the requirements on the Re-application Policy page and the International Students page.

Also, if an applicant indicates on their primary AMCAS application that they're retaking the MCAT at a future date, we will wait to screen this applicant until the scores are verified and released to our office.

Applicants who do not meet the selection criteria or the reapplication/international policies will not be invited to complete the supplemental application. 

Interview

After my interview, how long will it take to receive a decision from the admissions committee?
It typically takes 6-8 weeks after the interview to receive a decision about your medical school application.  The Office of Admissions will send committee decision letters on a rolling basis throughout the application cycle.

Re-applicant

What is the Medical School’s reapplication policy?
Applicants who apply to the University of Minnesota twice (regardless of the number of years apart) and are not admitted must wait one full year between the second and third application before reapplying for a third and final time. Applicants should use the intervening year to focus on ways of significantly improving their application before reapplying. Significant improvements might include one or more of the following: new MCAT scores; the addition of a few upper-level science courses along with excellent grades; or an increase in the amount of clinical and/or medical experiences (among other possibilities). It is also important to obtain new letters of recommendation. For some individuals, this improvement may occur in only one year, but for most it takes at least two years of effort to improve on whatever issues were initially present.

Feedback

Does the University of Minnesota Medical School provide applicant feedback?
The University of Minnesota Medical School does not provide individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants. Applicants who are reapplying may find this PowerPoint on understanding the application and evaluation process helpful.

Miscellaneous

Can I speak with a Medical School Admissions Counselor about the classes I have taken and how they compare to the prerequisite class requirements or about applying to the Medical School?
The Office of Admissions does not provide pre-medical advisement. We rely on the academic advisors at the undergraduate institutions to offer guidance in class selection and to help students prepare for medical school. However, you should feel free to submit specific questions about the admissions process or the requirements for admissions to meded@umn.edu.
If you are unable to utilize this resource, or have questions about applying to medical school, you should contact the Health Careers Center here at the University of Minnesota. They offer classes and workshops about the medical school application process.  Another option for non-traditional applicants is the Advising and Career Services Office in the College of Continuing Education.

What are the requirements to be considered a legal resident of Minnesota?
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. Residency questions? Contact the Residency Classification Office in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, (612) 625-6330; 240 Williamson Hall.

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