MD Admissions

Application Procedure

Application to the Perelman School of Medicine is made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The deadline for the submission of the AMCAS application is October 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

All verified applicants to the Perelman School of Medicine also receive a supplemental application. The fee for that application is $100, except for applicants who are granted an AMCAS fee waiver (FAP). To complete the application process, applicants must also submit letters of recommendation and an MCAT score.

The School of Medicine encourages prospective students to apply early to allow maximum time for the AMCAS verification process and receipt of required letters of recommendation.

A complete application for admission includes:
  1. Verified AMCAS application
  2. Supplemental application
  3. Required letters of recommendation (see below)
  4. MCAT score
  5. Application fee

Complete applications must be submitted by November 15, 11:59 p.m. EST. Deadlines are strictly enforced in all phases of the process.

Letters of Recommendation

All letters of recommendation (either required or supplemental) must be submitted to AMCAS. Academic letters are essential and must be submitted from any institution in which the applicant is currently enrolled or from which he or she has completed a program or received a degree.

Letters of recommendation filing options:
  1. Composite or committee: Individual letter/letter packet from a pre-health advisor or career service office, with or without additional letters attached.
    - OR -
  2. A minimum of three (3) letters from faculty members who know the applicant well; at least one must come from a science faculty member with whom the applicant has taken courses.

All letters must be signed and on official stationery. The Perelman School of Medicine has no maximum for letters of recommendation, however applicants may only submit up to 10 letters through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application. Additional letters of recommendation or personal updates to the application can be added to to application at any time. The applicant can personally upload any updates directly into the application using the online status page. Applicants who have previously applied for admission to the School of Medicine must resubmit required letters of recommendation.

Note: Your letter requirement will NOT be complete until all letters submitted through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application have been received.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Each applicant must take the Medical College Admission Test within three years of applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. All candidates for admission in the fall of 2025 are required to have taken the MCAT between January 2021 and September 2024.


Interviews are granted by invitation only and occur between September and January. One-on-one interviews with faculty and students take place on select dates identified by the Office of Admissions. MD/PhD interviews are scheduled by graduate group in conjunction with medical school interviews. Only students who have been interviewed are considered for admission into the entering class. The School of Medicine has a single admission date in March for both programs. The Committee on Admissions uses a holistic review process in assessing applicants for interview and selection. Criteria include personal attributes, life experiences, overcoming obstacles and academic strength.

Applicants Attending Foreign Institutions

All applicants who receive degrees from foreign institutions are required to complete one year of course work in the sciences at a college or university in the United States before applying for admission. Non-residents of the United States are ineligible for federal or school financial aid programs.

Applicants applying from accredited Canadian institutions are exempt from the required additional year of science study and may apply directly.

Early Decision Program

Perelman has a small, selective Early Decision Program. Successful EDP candidates should meet the mean GPA and MCAT scores of the entering class.

Candidates who wish to be considered for EDP should consult with the Office of Admissions prior to June 1 of the cycle in which they wish to be considered; CV/Resume, undergraduate transcript, and MCAT score report must be provided for consideration. All approved EDP applications must be submitted to AMCAS by August 1 and must be complete with our office by August 16 (adjusted as the deadline cannot fall on Sunday, and must include: verified AMCAS application, supplemental application, fee payment, and letters of recommendation).

Transfer Admissions

There is no transfer admissions program at the School of Medicine.