Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
May I schedule an appointment with the Dean of Admissions for premedical counseling?
We strongly urge you to meet with your premedical advisor for counseling. Applicants are advised to apply to several medical schools and premedical advisors are the best source for guidance in applying to medical schools.
It is our policy that no member of the school, whether administration or faculty, shall counsel any applicant about his/her application during the time that it is under active consideration by the Admissions Committee. This policy insures complete fairness and equality to all applicants. Again, we emphasize the knowledge and experience that college premedical advisors have had with a variety of medical schools to which their students apply and urge students to continue consulting with them.
Do I meet the MA residency requirement?
To qualify as a Massachusetts resident, applicants must declare Massachusetts as their state of legal residence on their AMCAS application. They (or their parents if they are dependent) must have filed federal and state income tax forms that reflect their Massachusetts residency. Anyone who has not graduated from a Massachusetts high school is required to provide proof of continuous residency for a period of not less than five years immediately prior to enrollment. Please note: Attending a MA college does not establish residency. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or be permanent residents.
What is the UMMS deferral policy?
The UMMS discourages granting of deferrals except in cases of medical emergency or events of comparable significance.
Can I be accepted to Medical School while I am currently enrolled in a degree program?
Applicants enrolled in a degree granting program, are responsible for completing that program by the time they expect to matriculate at UMMS. The admissions committee considers withdrawal from a degree program for the purpose of matriculating to medical school as not acceptable behavior.
Can I substitute a course for the required courses?
If your premedical advisor states in writing that this is an equivalent course to a required course we would accept the substitution.
What if I do not have a premedical advisor available to me?
- As an alumnus/a you have access to the premedical advisor at your undergraduate school regardless of when you graduated.
- If you have been out of undergraduate school for more than four years, you must retake the required courses and you must have access to the pre med advisor where you are taking the courses. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have been involved in biomedical sciences after graduation.
- In the event that there is no premedical advisor available at your institution then you should request that a premedical committee be convened preferably consisting of members from the biology, chemistry and physics departments.
May I take my required courses at different schools?
We strongly recommend that you take them at the same institution and where a premedical advisor is available.
May I take my required courses during the summer?
It is preferable that required courses be taken during the regular academic year at a rigorous level at a four year college or university.
Do you accept foreign college graduates?
Applications are considered provided all prerequisite courses are taken at a U.S. or Canadian college or university. Applicants who have graduated from foreign colleges must complete a minimum of one year of study in the U.S. or Canada.
Are applications from older students considered?
The University provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants and students regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and veteran's status. The University adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.
May I arrange a tour of UMMS?
The Office of Admissions does not arrange tours except for applicants who have been invited for interview by the Admissions Committee. UMMS is a public institution and at all times patients rights and confidentiality are a priority. You are welcome to take a self guided tour.
May I contact UMMS to schedule an interview after I have submitted my application?
The decision to grant an interview is made by Admissions Committee members and the Office of Admissions will notify those applicants who are selected for an interview. Due to the large number of applications it is not possible to interview all applicants.
If my application is rejected may I seek counseling from the Dean of Admissions as to why I was rejected and how I can improve my application ?
We do not provide such counseling. We strongly recommend that first you yourself look for any weaknesses in your application and remedy them, i.e., improve GPA, MCATs, and fill in any experiential gaps. Secondly, confer with your premedical advisor.
If I am contemplating application to medical school, should I be a science major in undergraduate school?
UMMS encourages students to pursue a premedical education of considerable breadth including liberal arts and all students must complete the required coursework. No single program is recommended as the best or preferred plan of study.
Why do you have technical standards?
The technical standards reflect the key attributes that all applicants must possess in order to successfully complete the undergraduate medical education program and continue to perform competently in postgraduate medical training.
How can I find out more about applying to medical school?
Applications for admission must be made through the American College Application Service (AMCAS). Applicants should consult the AAMC Medical School Admissions Requirements publication. This provides general recommendations concerning preparation for the study of medicine as well as specific information about UMMS and other accredited U.S./Canadian medical schools.
What allowances do you make for disadvantaged students?
One of our missions is to make medical school education available to residents of Massachusetts who might otherwise not be able to access or afford private medical education.
What do you consider acceptable standards for MCAT's and GPA's?
Over a number of years, our entering students average MCAT score has been 10.5 (which is above the national average of 9) and average GPA's have been 3.6. We have no "automatic cut-offs". The Admissions Committee reviews all completed applications in their entirety and MCAT and GPA scores are only two of many factors considered by the Admissions Committee.
For how long are MCAT scores effective?
Selection of applicants for the medical school class entering in a given calendar year will be based, in part, on MCAT scores acquired during the previous three calendar years only. Selection of alternates may include consideration of MCAT scores acquired in the same calendar year.
What prerequisite courses are required before applying to UMMS?
- Biology or zoology with a lab-one year
- Inorganic chemistry with lab-one year
- Organic chemistry with lab-one year
- Physics with lab-one year
- English-one year college level English
For further details please refer to our requirements section.
For how long is pre-requisite coursework effective?
Required courses must have been completed within 6 years prior to application. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have been involved in biomedical sciences after graduation.