Steps to Apply
General Information about Applying
Applicants must have United States citizenship or permanent residency to be considered for acceptance to the UW School of Medicine program. Applicants must meet the essential requirements and technical standards and complete the premedical course requirements. Applications from persons who have failed to meet minimum standards at this or another medical (M.D. or D.O.) or dental school will not be considered.
The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) prides itself on the depth and breadth of excellent clinical educational opportunities available throughout all of the five states that comprise our WWAMI medical education program. Students are expected to spend 24 weeks of their third-year required clerkships outside of a 50-mile radius from Seattle. Applicants will be made aware of this policy at the time of application to the UWSOM and, as part of the application process, will be asked to sign a statement demonstrating their understanding of this policy, exceptions to this policy are granted rarely.
Each school will have different application procedures, course requirements, and selection factors. As an applicant, it is important that you research each school that you are interested in. The Association of American Medical Colleges, Medical School Admission Requirements has the most authoritative guide to U.S. and Canadian Medical School requirements.
Typically more than 95 percent of UW School of Medicine acceptances are applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho (WWAMI).
Non-WWAMI Applicants: Applicants from outside the WWAMI region who come from either economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving underserved populations will be considered.
We infrequently grant deferrals, please read our policy regarding these.
Transfer Policy: The University of Washington School of Medicine does not accept applications from students who request to transfer from other medical schools unless the students are residents of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho, and there is a funded position open in the respective state’s contract due to student attrition. Transfer applicants from these states will be accepted only prior to the third year and only if they are in good academic standing at an LCME accredited school. Transfer applicants from these states will be considered based on the size of the equivalent entering class for each state and whether an opening is available in that cohort. If there is an opening in the cohort, a decision on whether or not to fill the position(s) will be made in consultation with the Assistant Deans in the state involved. Students accepted for transfer from these states are required to satisfy all University of Washington School of Medicine requirements including the Independent Investigative Inquiry. Because of potential curricular differences between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the school from which the student is transferring, students may be required to take additional coursework at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Offers of acceptance into the third year class will also be contingent on the applicant’s passing Step 1 of the USMLE. ^ TOP
Take the MCAT Exam
Applicants must submit scores from the 2012, 2013, or 2014 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This exam must be taken no later than September 30 of the year prior to possible matriculation. Many applicants take the exam during their junior year to allow themselves time to retake the exam if they are unsatisfied with their initial scores. However, applicants can take the MCAT exam after submitting the AMCAS application. It is advisable for applicants to take the MCAT after they have completed all of their science prerequisites.
Under exceptional circumstances, to be determined by the Dean of Admissions, the GRE taken in 2012, 2013, or 2014 may be considered during the admissions process. However, the applicant will be required to take the MCAT prior to matriculation.
MCAT registration is available online >
GPA / MCAT Table:
The table below illustrates the combination of undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores of students that were accepted (green) and not accepted (red) in the last academic year. Most applicants who were accepted with lower than average college GPAs had taken additional post graduate course work and performed well.
Acc = all those accepted. Tot = total applied.
Commercial MCAT Preparation:
Listed below are several MCAT preparation courses and services that may be beneficial as you prepare for the exam. (The UW School of Medicine does not endorse or have any financial interest in these).^ TOP
Submit the AMCAS Application
The University of Washington participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), a non-profit, centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at participating U.S. medical schools.
Applicants to the University of Washington School of Medicine may apply 3 times only.
The deadline for submitting a completed application to AMCAS is October 15, 2014. Late applications will not be considered
When AMCAS receives your application, a file is assembled, verified and forwarded to your designated medical schools.
When UW School of Medicine receives your file from AMCAS, an initial automated screening is done of all applications:
The WGPA (weighted GPA)* is added to the mean MCAT score then converted to a 4.0 scale so that the maximal CS (Combined score) = 8
(eg. WGPA = 2.4, mean MCAT = 9 then CS would be calculated as 2.4 + (9/3.75) = 4.8).
If this combined score is less than 5, the application is automatically screened out and the applicant will not be invited to complete a secondary application.
*WGPA = freshman GPAx1 + sophomore GPAx2 + junior GPA x 3 /6
For non-WWAMI applicants, an additional review will follow to determine if the applicant meets the criteria for out-of-region candidates.^ TOP
Submit the Secondary Application
A secondary application form will be sent to qualified applicants after the UW School of Medicine has received and reviewed the AMCAS application. The completed application materials listed below must be in our Admissions Office by December 1, 2014. Materials received after this date will NOT be considered.
Montana, Washington and Idaho residents will have an optional section on the secondary application to apply to the TRUST program. Applicants must read and agree to the policy regarding withdrawal from the TRUST program between acceptance and matriculation. If they are interested in applying to the TRUST program they will need to have ALL application materials in the Admissions Office by December 1, 2014.
Please Note: Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP (MD/PhD) applicants will need to initiate their supplementary application on the MSTP website. Applicants applying to BOTH the MD/PhD and the MD only program will need to submit two supplementary (secondary) applications (one to each program). The MSTP supplementary application submission deadline is January 2, 2015.
The following are required in the Secondary Application:
- An autobiographical statement which should include:
The Personal Comments section of the AMCAS application may be used to satisfy this requirement, or an additional autobiography may be submitted with your secondary materials. Your AMCAS personal statement will already be on file with our office.
- the origin and development of your motivation to be a physician
- your prior experiences in health care
- steps taken to explore a career in medicine
- your eventual goals as a physician
- and other issues of importance
- 3 additional short essays (250 word limit each)
For re-applicants: From your most recent application until now, how have you strengthened your application?
- How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician?
- What perspectives or experiences do you bring that would enrich the class?
- What obstacles to your goals have you experienced and how have you dealt with them?
- Letters of recommendation
Submit a premedical committee evaluation
Three letters from writers who can speak to one or more of the following: your academic ability, commitment to service, leadership potential, clinical or research experiences, interpersonal skills, ability to function on a team, and/or potential as a physician. The collection of letters should provide a balanced and well-rounded view of your candidacy for medicine.
We accept up to three additional letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation from current employers may be advantageous.All letters of recommendation should be submitted via the: AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation service.
Note: It is strongly encouraged that letters be printed on University, company, or personal letterhead and signed. Letters of recommendation that are missing letterhead and/or signature will be given less consideration.
Guidelines for writing letters of Recommendation
- A $35 application fee
(Submit check or money order only—cash and electronic payment will not be accepted, this fee is non-refundable). This will automatically be waived for those who have qualified for AMCAS fee waivers. Others seeking a waiver of this fee should submit their requests directly to the School of Medicine Office of Admissions.
- Online acknowledgment of having read, understood, and being able to meet – with or without reasonable accommodation – the Essential Requirements of Medical Education at the University of Washington School of Medicine: Admission, Retention, and Graduation Standards. Online acknowledgment of the clinical clerkship rotation policy and the UWSOM Honor Code. These will be sent with the secondary application form.
- State residency certification
Candidates from Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho will be required to submit residency certification from their respective state certifying officers. Be aware that each state has different deadlines for these materials, some as early as the beginning of October. Proof of legal residence for Washington residents may also be required. Specific instructions regarding this requirement are furnished with the secondary application materials. Residency is not determined by the UW School of Medicine.