Admission Requirements

A Diverse Campus

USU encourages and welcomes diversity among its student body.

This diversity includes diversity of experience, geographic origin, gender, race, ethnicity, and much more. We emphasize collaboration and peer-to-peer teaching and learning. For this to work, all of our students need to bring something different to the table, and we take pride in finding unique students who will take this method to heart.


Admission 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.

What You Need to Know

US Citizenship

Due to commissioning requirements all USUHS students must be US citizens by their matriculation date. This requirement cannot be waived for any reason.

If you are able to gain citizenship prior to 1 November before the matriculating year, you may continue with the application. However, you must submit the following information to the Admissions Office immediately: the place of your hearing, the petition #, and the date of your hearing. If you are not able to gain citizenship by 1 November, then your file will be deactivated. U.S. citizenship is required for commissioning purposes and cannot be waived for any reason.

Age Requirements

Due to commissioning standards, all students must be at least 18 years old at the time of matriculation, but no older than 36 as of June 30 in the year of matriculation.

Applicants who are older than 36 by 30 June in the year of matriculation will require an age waiver prior to receiving an offer for admission. These waivers are evaluated by each of the uniformed services on a case by case basis. No age waiver request is required at the time of initial application, and our admissions team will assist applicants with this process when needed.

Academic Requirements

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 (cumulative and in the sciences). The lowest cumulative GPA accepted is 3.0 (Undergraduate, Graduate or Postbaccalaureate Undergraduate).

Students must have attained a baccalaureate degree as of June 1 of the year of planned matriculation from an accredited academic institution in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico or another U.S. Territory. All academic prerequisites must be completed by June 1 of the year of matriculation. If you have not listed all of your prerequisites on your AMCAS application, please email a statement to your Admissions Counselor informing the Admissions Committee of any additional classes you will be taking, as well as when and where you are taking the class, the name of the class, and number of credit hours.
Applicants must have completed the following course work:

  • One academic year of biology and one acadmic year of biology laboratory
    • Additional, upper level Biology coursework should be taken if one has had AP or IB Biology.
    • The Admissions Committee will accept introduction to biology, general biology, human anatomy, human physiology (or anatomy and physiology combined), microbiology, zoology, animal biology and cell biology.
    • The Committee will not accept biochemistry, botany, plant biology, environmental biology, prokaryotic biology, environmental science, ecology or geology.
    • If you have taken a course which is not listed above, please contact the Admissions Office directly so that we can evaluate your specific situation.
  • One academic year of general or inorganic chemistry and one acadmic year of general or inorganic chemistry laboratory 
    • The Admissions Committee will accept general chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and introductory chemistry.
  • One academic year of organic chemistry and one acadmic year of organic chemistry laboratory
    • Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic. Biochemistry lab not required if using Biochemistry for second semester of this prerequisite.
    • The Admissions Committee will accept general organic chemistry, introductory organic chemistry, structures and reactions and chemical structural analysis.
    • Please consult your school's course catalog to make sure that your particular course is organic chemistry course.
  • One academic year of general physics and one acadmic year of physics laboratory
    • The Admissions Committee will accept introductory physics, calculus-based physics, algebra-based physics and mechanics, fluids and engineering.
    • The Committee will not accept engineering courses unless the fall under Physics.
  • One semester of calculus or statistics
    • The Admissions Committee will accept business calculus, survey of calculus and introductory calculus.
    • Statistics courses associated with other science disciplines such as statistical Biology or the statistics of Physics may be considered for credit on a case by case basis if these courses are primarily math focused as noted in the course description and syllabus.
  • One academic year of English, foreign language, writing intensive humanities, social science, or psychology courses. Any combination of two semesters or three quarters of classes is acceptable for this requirement.

You must receive a letter grade of "C" or higher for the courses to meet the prerequisite requirement. CLEP courses are not accepted for the prerequisites. This requirement cannot be waived. AP or IB courses for which your undergraduate institution has given you credit are acceptable for Calculus, Statistics, Inorganic Chemistry, and Physics. AP or IB courses for which you have been given credit are also acceptable for the requirement to have one year of credits in English, the Foreign Languages, Psychology, or the Humanities. 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. Courses may be taken in a classroom setting or online through a U.S. accredited university or college. Please see our FAQ's for more information on course requirements.

Test Requirements

Applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and provide scores from tests that have been taken within three years of matriculation; however, the last MCAT testing date available in the fall preceding the year of matriculation is the latest testing date that the admissions committee will consider for applicants without prior test scores. Arrangements must be made to have the American Medical College Application Service (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 MCAT for matriculants is 509. MCAT scores below 496 will not be accepted.


Commissioning Requirements

Meet the requirements for holding a commission in the uniformed services:

  • Applicants must be physically qualified by not having any pre-existing conditions that would prevent them from performing the duties of a military doctor
  • Applicants must be morally qualified by passing a security investigation if they are accepted

Information is available in the commissioning FAQ.

USU Commissioning

Letter of Approval (Current Military Only)

You should contact your service liaison as soon as possible (see Notice to Military Applicants). You may submit your application without a final letter of approval. However, the Admissions Committee will not make a final decision on your application without this letter.

LOA Example