Military Applicants

Are you an active duty member of the military, a reservist or a veteran thinking about applying to medical school?

We want to help you get a medical education.

The transition from the military to college life can be daunting and challenging. We are committed to building a community that actively supports veterans who are beginning, returning to, or advancing their pursuit of higher education.

Prospective students should contact us for more information

We waive the supplemental application fee for members of the military (active, veteran, reserve or National Guard).

Application Process

Can I apply while I’m deployed?

Yes. However, anyone under contractual obligation to the military, including active-duty service members, reservists, and national guardsmen, must request permission to apply to medical school. 

Can I complete prerequisite courses during deployment?

Contact the medical schools you are interested in attending to discuss your specific circumstances and learn more about their policies. Another helpful resource is the AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) Applicant Guide.

Can I take the MCAT® Exam during deployment?

Yes. The MCAT exam is offered in many countries outside of the United States. See the MCAT website for the list of countries and test centers where the exam is offered.

Where should I highlight my military experience on medical school applications?

If you are an active-duty member of the military, a reservist, or a veteran who is thinking of applying to medical school, there are resources and financial benefits to help you get a medical education.

Financial Support

Interested in a service career, or want to reduce your medical school debt by working in the military?

For future and current medical school students, the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers two-, three- and four-year military scholarships. The HPSP covers civilian medical school tuition, pays for fees, and provides a monthly living stipend. This scholarship is offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Doctors for Soldiers

Meet with your peers for guidance and advice about medical careers in the military.

Veteran Services at the University at Buffalo

Veteran Services helps student veterans transition into civilian life, as they learn more about balancing school with other life obligations. Please visit our website to learn more about support services as well as benefits.

Ian Marshall.
Ian Marshall, MD ’22

As a recipient of the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program, I have been able to attend medical school on a full scholarship and receive a living stipend each month. The opportunity to focus on becoming a great doctor without financial burden has been incredible and I am very excited for my career as an Army Orthopedic Surgeon.

Lauren Fuerst Judge.
Lauren Fuesrt Judge, MD ’22

The Health Professions Scholarship Program has not only allowed me to graduate from medical school debt-free, but also provided unique training opportunities, and serve in the world's best Air Force.

UC Davis, Emergency Medicine