First Time Applicant

Note: The University of Minnesota Medical School is not currently accepting applications from international or transfer students on either the Duluth or Twin Cities campuses. The MSTP program will still accept applications from international students.

We know applying to medical school can be complex and overwhelming. With that in mind, our goal at the University of Minnesota Medical School is to help you through the admissions process.

In this section, you’ll find all the information you need to apply to the MD program on both our Twin Cities and Duluth campuses—including steps, timing, checklists, resources, and more.

Here’s how the medical school admissions process generally works:

1 Take the MCAT

Complete the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) no later than September 30 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 2018 will be January 2014 through September 30, 2017. 

Twin Cities

The Twin Cities campus requires a minimum score of 25 on the old exam or a 499 on the new exam to receive our supplemental application. If you have both a new and old MCAT score, one of the minimum threshold scores must be obtained to receive our supplemental application.

For any applicant who is applying in a later cycle with the old MCAT exam (prior to April 2015), we will accept this MCAT score through the 2018 application cycle. For more information, please refer to this published resource from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

2 Submit your medical school application via AMCAS

Submit your application via The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) between June 1 and November 15 of the year you wish to apply.

3 Choose your U of MN campus(es)

The U of M Medical School has two campuses: Twin Cities and Duluth. You can apply to one or both campuses. After completing your AMCAS application, you'll receive an email directing you to a website where you’ll select the Twin Cities Campus, Duluth campus, or both. Your choice will determine which supplemental application(s) you'll receive.

Because the Twin Cities and Duluth have different missions, the selection criteria is unique to each campus as well.

4 Submit your supplemental application(s)

After you make your campus selection, you’ll receive the University of Minnesota Medical School online supplemental application(s).

5 Interview on campus

Qualified applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview after a thorough review by our Admissions Committees.

6 Accept your offer

We make official offers to applicants accepted to the University of Minnesota Medical School throughout the application cycle (from Oct. 15 until our class is filled). You’ll need to accept your offer(s) within two weeks.

7 Select your medical school

You'll need to select which medical school you'll be attending by April 30.


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