Admissions- Admissions Requirements
The School of Medicine admits promising candidates with a diverse range of skills. Both civilian and uniformed service personnel (individuals who are currently on active duty) are eligible for admission. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Be citizens of the United States
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of matriculation but no older than 36 as of June 30th
(Applicants older than 36 years old may apply to the School of Medicine if they are recommended for a position by the admissions committee and approved by the dean.)
- Meet the requirements for holding a commission in the uniformed services
(Requirements for a military commission include medical standards of fitness. Each applicant's medical history is reviewed for information on illnesses, injuries, surgical procedures, congenital or familial diseases or other factors that could affect current or future physical status.)
- Students must undergo a security investigation prior to entering the school as a student
Although grades are not the only criterion used in decision making, the quality of an applicant's work at the pre-professional level is of major interest to the school, and the average GPA of our incoming class is a 3.54.
- Attained a baccalaureate degree as of June 15 of the year of planned matriculation from an accredited academic institution in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
- Complete the following course work:
- one academic year of organic chemistry including laboratory
- one academic year of general or inorganic chemistry including laboratory
- one semester of calculus
- one academic year of general physics including laboratory
- one academic year of biology including laboratory
- one academic year of English
Online courses, and CLEP are not acceptable to fulfill the prerequisites. AP and IB courses for which your undergraduate institution has given you credit are acceptable for Calculus, English, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physics. Additional, upper level Biology coursework should be taken if one has had AP or IB Biology. Biochemistry may be substituted for Inorganic Chemistry. See FAQ's for more information on course requirements.
Applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and provide scores from tests that have been taken within three years of desired matriculation. The fall MCAT is the latest testing date considered by the admissions committee for those students applying to the School of Medicine for admission the following summer. Applicants can not take the MCAT and enter the school in the same year. Arrangements must be made to have the ACTP furnish official reports. Applicants should not send personal MCAT score reports to the school. The ACTP designator code for USU is 821.
Although test scores are just one of the indicators the admissions office uses to evaluate applicants, the MCAT is important, and the average combined score of successful applicants is 31.