UWSOM Admissions is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the admissions process for the Fall 2021 entering class.
Online Courses and Pass/Fail Grading
Many colleges and universities have switched to online instruction. Our prerequisite policy has always accommodated online coursework and P/F courses. This means that:
- Online coursework from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted towards fulfilling prerequisites.
- Pass/Fail courses will also be accepted towards fulfilling prerequisites.
MCAT Test in 2020
For those who have not yet taken the MCAT exam, the test will be optional for the remainder of 2020 for the UWSOM MD and MD/PhD programs. This will only be for the Fall 2021 application cycle. We will consider and accept applicants without MCAT scores. If you have a MCAT score, or pending MCAT score, it will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
If you choose to take the MCAT this year, the current deadline to take the MCAT is September 30, 2020.
Students accepted without a MCAT score will not be required to take the MCAT before matriculation.
Secondary Application Fee Waiver
COVID-19 has financially impacted many applicants and their families due to loss of income and/or medical expenses. For the Fall 2021 application cycle, the $35 secondary application fee will be automatically waived for all MD applicants.
Interviews for the Fall 2021 Application Cycle
The UWSOM will have a virtual interview season for the Fall 2021 application cycle. All applicants interviewing for the MD program can expect a video interview. The decision was made with the safety of our applicants in mind and to ensure consistency and equity in the interview process. Virtual opportunities will be made available during the season to learn more about our curriculum and the UWSOM community.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
An applicant is more than their MCAT score – it is only one piece of many pieces in the broader applicant experience. The Admissions Committee uses holistic review to assess your candidacy based on the information shared in the application. Your score, or lack of score, will be considered in the context of other parts of your application including lived and acquired experiences, community service, and grades. For complete details about what the UWSOM looks for, please see our Admissions Resources page.
The ability to take, or retake, the MCAT in light of the current obstacles created by the pandemic will not be held against the applicant.
The decision to change the MCAT policy was made with consideration that many applicants have already taken the MCAT and want to include their MCAT score to supplement their application.
We are trying to balance the needs of many during this difficult time, and recognize that applicants have different preferences. Our admissions system is directly linked to AMCAS’s system, and does not have the flexibility to include or omit MCAT scores on an individual basis.
The UWSOM does not require shadowing. Virtual shadowing is acceptable clinical experience.