The Decision


Decisions on applications are made at EXCOM meetings, which occur between October and March. At these meetings some applicants are accepted, some are "continuing consideration", and some are rejected. Applicants may be "continuing consideration" because the Executive Committee member representing them was not able to make a particular meeting, or because the committee wanted to see additional applications before making a final decision. Those applicants may be discussed at a subsequent meeting or may continue to be considered until the final EXCOM meetings in March.

Being “continuing consideration” is not the same as being on the alternate list. Acceptances or rejections can occur at any time for the “continuing consideration” group up until the final Executive Committee meeting for the applicant’s state.

Letters of acceptance or rejection are emailed out after each EXCOM meeting. Applicants who are continuing consideration will be notified at the time they are put into that status and then again monthly to let them know they are still being considered. We will keep you informed of your status and contact you as soon as there is an action on your application.

Sometime between March 10 and March 31, the Executive Committee meets for two to three days to make final decisions on those Washington and out-of-region applicants who are still “under consideration”. Final acceptances and rejections are made, and the Washington/out-of-region alternate list is constructed at this time.

Spokane, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho final decisions are made on the day after interviews are completed for that region or state.

All final decisions are sent by email, so be sure to manage your email account carefully.


The UW School of Medicine does not have an early decision program. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis starting in late October. Every attempt will be made to notify applicants of final determinations by the end of March. As students withdraw, additional students are accepted from the ranked (in the case of Montana, unranked) alternate lists established for each state. Applicants are informed of their acceptance by email and are instructed to access a website where they are given instructions.

You may find our Acceptance Statistics helpful.

Re-Applying to the Program

Admissions Forums are held in May

Disappointed applicants are invited to attend the Admissions Forums led by Dr. Carol Teitz, Associate Dean of Admissions, to learn how to strengthen their candidacy for re-application. We recommend viewing the past recorded Admissions Forums videos if you did not attend. The sessions are open to re-applicants and prospective applicants.

Please note that applicants can apply no more than three times.


A one-year matriculation deferral of accepted candidates is infrequently granted and only for compelling educational or health reasons.

Deferral Policy: Matriculation deferrals will be considered for educational and medical reasons only. All requests for deferral must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than June 1 of the matriculation year. A decision on whether or not to grant the deferral will be made by the Associate Dean for Admissions in consultation with the appropriate regional deans and other deans’ office officials. Deferred applicants will sign a contract that obligates the applicant to enter the UWSOM the following year and in which the applicant agrees not to apply to any other medical school. Deferrals are limited to one year except under extraordinary circumstances.