Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions of our office. If you do not see the answer to your question here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Does the Perelman School of Medicine have prerequisite courses?
A. No specific courses are required; however, competency in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics must be demonstrated. Please coordinate with your pre-health advisor for undergraduate requirements.
Q. Are courses taken at a community college accepted?
A. College classes taken in high school and transferred into your four-year institution must appear on your transcript. Students must complete higher level study in the sciences with labs. Please coordinate with your pre-health advisor to establish competency.
Q. Are Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits accepted?
A. Yes, if visible on your transcripts.
Q. What is the earliest MCAT accepted?
A. Three years from the application date, NOT the matriculation date.
Q. Will Perelman accept the old MCAT exam?
A. Yes, both old and new MCAT exams are accepted. This is the final year the old exam will be accepted.
Q. Can I submit my supplemental even if I am awaiting my MCAT score?
A. You can submit your supplemental and fee payment prior to Perelman receiving your MCAT score. Your application will be held until the receipt of the score. We recommend submitting all additional materials so that when the score is received, your application will go complete and enter the queue for screening.
Q. Is there a minimum GPA/MCAT score?
A. The range of the 2015 class was GPA: 3.31-4.00 MCAT 31-43.
Q. What are the application deadlines?
A. The primary AMCAS application must be submitted by October 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT. The secondary application and supporting materials must be received by November 15, 11:59 p.m. EST.
Q. I received my degree outside of the United States or Canada; can I apply?
A. If you received a bachelor's degree outside the United States or Canada, you must complete a full-time year of science (biology, chemistry and physics) coursework before applying.
Q. Does Perelman accept international students?
A. Yes, the admissions standards are the same for all students. However, no federal financial aid can be given and four years of medical school tuition must be shown in an escrow account.
Q. Does Perelman have an Early Decision Program (EDP)?
A. Yes, but very limited in scope. Students must meet the average GPA and MCAT, provide a CV and have valid reasons for matriculating into Penn.
Q. When can I visit?
A. The Perelman School of Medicine hosts information sessions in May, June, and July of each year. Once dates are available, they will be posted on the home page of this site. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done from the home page.
Q. Can I be considered for both MD and MD/PhD?
A. Applicants must select one program: MD or MD/PhD, and changes can occur until November 1. Applicants are not considered for admissions into both programs.
Q. Can I apply MD/Grad? How do I apply for a master's degree?
A. Yes, you can select a master's program during your primary AMCAS application; although it is not required. Students apply for a master's degree after matriculation into medical school, traditionally around the second year.
Q. I have been out of school for some time. Are there alternatives to the letter of recommendation requirement for non-traditional applicants?
A. No, applicants must provide academic references, including one from a science discipline. If necessary, applicants may have to re-enroll in science coursework to refresh knowledge and obtain a letter.