Medical School Admissions

In view of the extraordinary challenges posed by the current pandemic to undergraduate institutions, to standardized testing procedures, and, most importantly, to our applicants and future medical students, and with ongoing commitment to our holistic review process for all applicants to the Jacobs School as a means to matriculating the most diverse and excellent medical school class possible, we have made the following time-limited changes to our admissions policies and practices.

Online Courses as Prerequisites

Our current admissions policy explicitly states that prerequisite courses should be completed in a classroom setting and that laboratory coursework must be completed in an actual – not virtual or online – setting.

The Jacobs School will accept online coursework from spring and summer 2020 semesters as well as give consideration to those in the 2020-21 academic year.

Pass/Fail Grades Temporarily Accepted

Our admissions committee prefers letter grades for prerequisite coursework.

According to AAMC, two-thirds of undergraduate schools adopted variations of a pass/fail grading system for the spring semester of 2020. Therefore, we will accept pass/fail grades without prejudice for this semester.

MCAT Scores

The MCAT is one of many pieces of information our Admissions Committee considers in our holistic screening process prior to offering an interview.

We are aware that canceled MCAT exams may have altered your plans. We encourage you to apply when all other elements of your application are complete, even if you have not taken the MCAT or have not received your scores.

Instead, we ask you to submit your SAT or ACT scores through the supplemental application, so that these standardized test scores may be part of the screening review in lieu of MCATs.

We will screen applications regardless of whether or not the MCAT score is submitted.

All applicants must take the MCAT, by the end of January 2021, and report their score to apply for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.

We may reserve making a decision regarding admission until the MCAT score is reported and assessed by the committee.