Admission Requirements

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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.

Uniformed Services University

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:

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 2016, 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 2016, 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 have reached their 36th birthday by 30 June 2017 will have to request an age waiver prior to an offer; these waivers are often given. At this time, it is not necessary to submit a waiver request. We will inform you at the appropriate time.

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).

Students must have 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 U.S. Territory. All academic prerequisites must be completed by June 1, 2017. 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. Waivers to this requirement will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Applicants must have completed the following course work:

  • One academic year of organic chemistry including laboratory

    • Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic
    • 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
  • One academic year of general or inorganic chemistry including laboratory (Biochemistry may be substituted for the second semester of organic chemistry)
    • The Admissions Committee will accept general chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and introductory chemistry
  • One semester of calculus or statistics
    • The Admissions Committee will accept business calculus, survey of calculus and introductory calculus. The committee will accept statistics courses from natural and social science fields
  • One academic year of general physics including laboratory
    • The Admissions Committee will accept introductory physics, calculus-based physics, algebra-based physics and mechanics, fluids and engineering
  • One academic year of biology including laboratory
    • Additional, upper level Biology coursework should be taken if one has had AP or IB Biology.
    • The Admissions Committee will accept general biology, human anatomy, human physiology (or anatomy and physiology combined), microbiology, zoology, animal biology and cell biology
    • The Committee will not accept botany, plant biology, environmental biology, prokaryotic biology, environmental science, ecology or geology
    • If you have taken a course which is not listed above, contact the Admissions Office via email for a personal response
  • 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 or CLEP will not be accepted for the prerequisites. This requirement cannot be waived and prerequisites MUST be taken in a classroom setting. 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’s worth 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. 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 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. If you do not have MCAT results to submit, you must take the exam during the months of June through September 2016 to be eligible. MCAT scores received before January 2014 are not accepted. Applicants cannot take the MCAT and enter the school in the same year. 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 508-509 or 31-32 (with a 10 in each subtest).

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.

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.