Frequently Asked Questions
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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.
Additional information can be found in the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) guide published by the AAMC (subscription required).
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.
A. Yes, if visible on your transcripts.
A. The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) acknowledges that some undergraduate institutions converted entirely to pass/fail (P/F) grading during the initial pandemic period, while other institutions offered students the option to select either P/F or the typical grading system.
PSOM will continue to welcome applications from students from all institutions, regardless of the grading policy that was or is in place during your undergraduate or postbaccalaureate coursework. We have a holistic admissions process that prioritizes myriad attributes we value in our applicants beyond course grades alone.
Any PSOM applicant who was provided the option to continue with the typical grading system but elected P/F for courses that are prerequisites for medical school entrance will be required to provide a written explanation regarding the decision to elect P/F.
A. Three years from the application date, NOT the matriculation date.
A. You can submit your supplemental and fee payment prior to Perelman receiving your MCAT score. We recommend submitting all additional materials while awaiting your score.
A. The mean GPA of the 2022 Entering Class was 3.92 and the mean MCAT was a 521.7.
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.
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.
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.
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 Perelman.
A. The Perelman School of Medicine does not offer a visit program during the admissions cycle. Information Sessions for prospective students are offered during the summer. Our most recent sessions were recorded and are available here.
A. Applicants must select one program: MD or MD/PhD, and changes can occur until October 15. Applicants are not considered for admissions into both programs.
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.
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.
A. Yes, the Perelman School of Medicine welcomes applications from DACA and Undocumented Students. https://www.med.upenn.edu/admissions/pro spective-student-resources.html