Steps to Apply
General Information about Applying
To be considered for the University of Washington M.D. program, applicants must have United States citizenship or permanent residency (hold a green card). We do not consider foreign applicants without a green card. Permanent residence documentation is part of the application requirement to the UWSOM for all foreign applicants.
DACA status who reside in a WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) state and who are legally authorized and recognized by their respective state's residency office as a state resident for WWAMI educational purposes will be considered. 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.
Typically more than 95 percent of UW School of Medicine acceptances are applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho (WWAMI).
Non-WWAMI Applicants: Apart from applicants having the academic qualifications, successful 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.
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 20 weeks of their required clerkships outside of a 50-mile radius from Seattle, and regional or Spokane students spend 12 weeks within 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. Please review our
Expectations page to learn more.
The UWSOM does not prefer one undergraduate university over another. We do not suggest one degree over another as long as the student has satisfied the
Pre-medical course requirements and has maintained a rigorous and varied course load. The important thing is what the applicant gained from the undergraduate experience (including extracurricular activites) and the variety and level of course work pursued.
We strongly recommend that you apply to more than one medical school. 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.
We infrequently grant
Transfer and Advanced Standing
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, (WAMI) and there is a funded position open in the respective state's contract due to student attrition. Consideration of a transfer application must also take cognizance of LCME standards on availability of space and adequate educational sites.
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. A decision to accept a student in transfer will be made by the Executive Committee on Admissions, the appropriate WAMI Assistant Deans, and the Associate Dean for Curriculum in consultation with the appropriate course chairs.
Transfer applicants from these WAMI states will be accepted for entry only into the start of the UW School of Medicine's clinical curriculum and only if they are in good academic standing at an LCME accredited school. Offers of acceptance into the clinical curriculum are also contingent on passing USMLE Step 1. Because of potential curricular differences between the UW School of Medicine and the school from which the student is transferring, the accepted transferring student may be required to successfully complete additional coursework at the University of Washington School of Medicine prior to entering the clinical curriculum.
(Modified and approved by FCAA on 12-11-14)
Take the MCAT Exam
Applicants must submit scores from the 2016, 2017, or 2018
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), to be considered for admission to the entering class of 2019. 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. Applicants can also take the MCAT exam after submitting the AMCAS application, but the application will not be reviewed until an MCAT score is received. It is advisable for applicants to take the MCAT after they have completed all of their science prerequisites.
MCAT registration is available online >
Commercial MCAT Preparation: On our
Admissions Resources page, we list 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).
GPA / MCAT Table:
The table below illustrates the combination of overall undergraduate AMCAS GPA and MCAT scores of UW Medical School applicants (from the WWAMI states, including MSTP WWAMI) 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.
Academic standards grid showing a matrix of GPA and MCAT scores and the number of students accepted from each combinationacc = all those accepted. tot = total applied.
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, 2018. 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 screening is done of all applications.
non-WWAMI applicants, an additional review will follow to determine if the applicant meets the criteria for out-of-region candidates.
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.
Unlike many medical schools, the UWSOM does not send out secondary applications automatically, The admissions committee will screen applications to determine if a secondary application will be requested.
The completed application materials listed below must be in our Admissions Office by
December 1, 2018. Materials received after this date will
NOT be considered.
There is an optional section on the secondary application to apply to the
TRUST program. If you are interested in applying to the TRUST program, ALL application materials are due in the Admissions Office by
December 1, 2018.
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 deadline is posted on their website.
Updates to AMCAS and Secondary Applications
The UW School of Medicine does not accept activity updates to your application. Grade updates (i.e., official and unofficial transcripts) are permitted. Additional Letter of Recommendation and changes in Contact Information should be sent through AMCAS. If you are offered an interview, at that time you may discuss what you have been doing since submitting your application.
We expect applications to be correct and complete when submitted. If you feel your application will be substantially better after completing additional experiences, we recommend that you wait to apply.
The following are required in the Secondary Application:
An autobiographical statement which should include (250 word limit)
Please do not repeat what you wrote in your AMCAS Personal Comments (this will already be on file with our office). If you have already covered all of the above topics in your AMCAS application, use this space to let the Admissions Committee know who you are in addition to being someone who wants to be a physician.
- 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
- personal attributes that would make you a good physician
4 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 have you experienced and how have you overcome them?
- How have societal inequities in the U.S. affected you or patients you have worked with?
If you applied and were
not offered an interview.
Letters of recommendation Submit a premedical committee evaluation and up to 3 additional letters
Submit a minimum of three and up to six letters from writers who can speak to one or more of the following:
- Academic ability
- Commitment to service
- Leadership potential
- Clinical or Research experiences
- Interpersonal skills
- Interaction with patients
- Ability to function on a team, and/or potential as a physician
- Respect for others
- Communication skills
- Work ethic
The collection of letters should provide a balanced and well-rounded view of your candidacy for medicine. Letters of recommendation from people who know you well can give the committee a better understanding of who you are. Consider current employers, people at your volunteer or shadowing opportunities, teaching assistants, etc.
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 feeSubmit an electronic payment, check or money order - (cash 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, the
UWSOM Honor Code and the
UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct. These will be sent with the secondary application form.
State residency certificationCandidates from
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.
Washington residents may or may not be required to provide proof of legal residence, but should be
prepared to verify their state residency at any point in the application process. Specific instructions regarding this requirement are furnished with the secondary application materials. Residency is not determined by the UW School of Medicine.
Residency certification information
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) will be piloting the CASPer situational judgement test for the Fall 2019 application cycle.
Applicants are required to register for the CASPer test as part of completing our secondary application. Your secondary will be considered incomplete until you have a registered exam date for the CASPer test. In addition, the test must be completed prior to the interview.
The UWSOM will use the results of the assessment as information only in this pilot year to determine its utility in our current admissions process.
The CASPer Test must be taken prior to interviewing with us.Test results will NOT be used for admissions decisions.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. No exceptions will be made.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at
takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who took the test in previous years will be expected to re-take it.