UW School of Medicine Admissions is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the admissions process for the Fall 2021 entering class. The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) will delay application delivery to medical schools by two weeks. Any additional changes will be shared with applicants on our Admissions website and Facebook. Below are some common concerns we have received from applicants.
Online courses & P/F 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
The AAMC added three additional MCAT test dates. The test has also been shortened to 5.75 hours to accommodate additional administrations each day. The number of questions will remain the same as the standard test. For more details, please visit the MCAT website.
The UW School of Medicine does not have a preference for scores from the longer test or the shorter test. Our current deadline to take the MCAT is September 30, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept 2017 MCAT scores in addition to 2018, 2019, and 2020 MCAT scores for admissions consideration to the entering class of 2021.
The UW School of Medicine Admissions Committee is aware of the effect of the pandemic on all our applicants. We continue to be committed to holistic review. Rest assured that the Committee will consider the activities/metrics from this year within the context of this unprecedented world event.