Admissions Policies

We seek to admit a diverse class of highly qualified individuals, of the highest integrity and ethical standards, who will become the next generation of competent physicians, medical educators and clinical investigators.

The mission of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo is “to advance health and wellness across the life span for the people of New York and the world through the education of tomorrow’s leaders in health care and biomedical sciences, innovative research and outstanding clinical care”.

The Jacobs School embraces diversity as a core value embodying inclusiveness, mutual respect for persons of all backgrounds, heritages, races, and ages. Our goal is to recruit a class that brings a wide variety of life experiences, personal interests and academic achievements. We believe that student diversity enriches the learning environment, advances student performance, and contributes to the health of the citizens of Western New York and beyond.

To achieve diversity in medical admissions the Jacobs School employs a holistic review process. Holistic review provides a means to tailor the individualized assessment of an applicant's capabilities through balanced consideration of life experiences, attributes, and academic metrics that when considered in combination, predict how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician.

Admissions Policies

Our admissions policies address the:

  • admissions process
  • admissions selection criteria
  • admissions procedures
  • processing of completed applications
  • admissions screening, interview and selection
  • special admissions programs
  • technical standards for admission, retention, and graduation of medical students with disabilities