Admissions- Admissions Requirements
The School of Medicine admits promising candidates with a diverse range of skills and backgrounds. 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 recommended for a position, they will need an age waiver to matriculate.
- 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 3.6.
- Attained a baccalaureate degree as of June 15 of the year of planned matriculation from an accredited academic institution in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or another American Territory. All coursework must be completed by June 1st. Waivers to this requirement will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Complete the following course work:
- one academic year of organic chemistry including laboratory
- one academic year of general or inorganic chemistry including laboratory. Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic chemistry.
- one semester of calculus or statistics
- one academic year of general physics including laboratory
- one academic year of biology including laboratory
- one academic year of writing intensive humanities, social science, language or psychology courses. Any combination of two semesters or three quarters' worth of classes is acceptable for this requirement
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 any of the courses listed above. If you have received credit for coursework through the AP or IB systems, we strongly recommend that you take upper level coursework in the sciences and humanities to demonstrate your ability to thrive in rigorous, advanced college courses. Please see our 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 AMCAS furnish official reports. Applicants should not send personal MCAT score reports to the school. The AMCAS 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.