Where may I find information about the application process, policies, and procedures?

The Guide to Application provides answers to most admissions-related questions.

Do you provide tours or information sessions to prospective applicants or groups?

Information sessions will be held on campus, at the conclusion of interview season in the spring and summer for prospective applicants to learn about the admissions process to- and curriculum of- the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Please click here for more information.

Due to the volume of requests received - and to ensure equity in the admissions process - the Office of Admissions generally does not provide tours or personalized application counseling to prospective or current applicants during interview season.  Applicants who are invited to interview will be offered a comprehensive overview of our program during their visit, including a campus tour and time with an admissions staff member and current students.  All other visitors during normal business hours are provided with a printed Self-Guided Tour Map of the School of Medicine's campus.  For visitors to campus outside of normal business hours, please refer to the mobile-friendly Self-Guided Tour Map.

Do you offer advanced standing or transfer seats?

Georgetown University School of Medicine does not offer advanced standing or transfer seats. 

Do you consider international applicants for admission?  Do you consider Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants?

Applications are considered without regard to residency, citizenship, or visa status; all applicants must meet the same criteria.  Please visit the Guide to Application for more information.

Do you provide application feedback to applicants who are not admitted?

The Committee on Admissions makes its decisions in strict confidentiality, so we are unable to provide you with individual feedback.  The Committee on Admissions emphasizes five major areas without assigning weight to a particular section, detailed in the Guide to Application.  Re-applicants are encouraged to review these areas, keeping in mind that re-applications are reviewed in their entirety with a focus on new information.

How are re-applicants reviewed for admission?

The files of applicants to the Regular M.D. Program whose applications were reviewed by the Committee on Admissions in a previous application cycle are reviewed in their entirety with a focus on new information.

What are your pre-requisites?

Please see the Guide to Application for a complete list of our prerequisites.

Can I substitute biochemistry for a second semester of organic chemistry?

Yes, a biochemistry class (without lab) will satisfy our requirement for a second semester of organic chemistry with lab.  Starting in the Fall 2019 application cycle, all applicants will be required to complete at least one semester of biochemistry (which may still be used to substitute a second semester of organic chemistry with lab).

What is the oldest/latest MCAT score you accept?  If I have taken the MCAT multiple times, which do you consider?

For the 2017 entering class, we will accept MCAT administrations offered in 2014, 2015, or 2016 - regardless of format - with September 2016 being the latest month considered.  For the 2018 entering class, we will accept MCAT administrations offered in 2015, 2016, or 2017 - regardless of format - with September 2017 being the latest month considered.  No other scores are eligible and - regardless of reason - no exceptions will be made.  We consider only the most recent MCAT scores.

Can I submit my application before I take the MCAT?

Yes, your application will be held pending receipt of your scores as long as you have indicated a forthcoming test date in your AMCAS application.  As long as all other application materials have been received, you will receive an application completion confirmation email once your latest scores are received.

Can I have my application re-reviewed once new scores arrive?

No.  The committee will review each application only once.  If you plan on taking the MCAT after submitting your application, you must indicate the exam date in your AMCAS Application; this information will be automatically relayed to your Secondary Application. 

Should I send you my updated transcript?

Please, do not send us any transcripts unless we specifically ask you to submit them.  Transcripts will not be added to your file, even if newer grades are available.  We will only consider transcripts included in your AMCAS application.  If you would like to update the Committee with recent grades, please transcribe them into a post-submission update submitted through the Secondary Application.  International applicants who studied outside of the United States or Canada should submit an official transcript evaluation - demonstrating degree equivalency - from an organization such as World Education Service (WES).  This should be submitted after you receive a Secondary Application invitation.

How long after my application is complete should I expect a response?

Turn-around time is generally eight to ten weeks and may vary at different stages in the application cycle.  Please be assured that every application is individually reviewed prior to committee decision.

How should I submit my letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation must be submitted through AMCAS.  We will not upload letters of recommendation received in any other format.

Will you accept fee waivers for your secondary application fee?

 Yes.  If your AMCAS fee waiver appears on your verified AMCAS application, we will grant a waiver of the secondary application fee.

Do you accept "in the area" requests for interview coordination with other medical schools in the area?

Applicants invited to interview are permitted to reschedule their appointments only once, allowing for "in the area" date requests falling outside of the ranges offered in the interview calendar.  We will not honor requests to expedite application review for applicants who have not yet received a decision from Georgetown.

Do you consider deferral requests from accepted students?

The Committee on Admissions considers requests for one (1) or two (2) year deferrals from accepted applicants.  All deferral requests should be emailed to medicaladmissions@georgetown.edu.  No deferrals will be considered by the Committee on Admissions after May 15, 2017.  Applicants accepted after May 15, 2017 are ineligible for deferral.

Do you accept post-submission updates (including transcripts)?

Post-submission updates will be limited to text updates submitted via the online Secondary Application portal.  Mailed or emailed correspondence - including transcripts and thank-you notes - will not be uploaded to your application.  Applicants who have interviewed will have the opportunity to upload a thank-you note in PDF format (which may be typed or hand-written/scanned by the applicant) to the Secondary Application.

What is a gap year?

A "gap year" is the period of time between the end of your undergraduate education and the start of medical school. In fact, a gap year might be a year or more, depending on each person’s particular circumstances.

What is GUSOM's perspective on gap years?

A gap year is not considered detrimental to an application.  What is important is what an applicant does with that gap year.  Please review the article,"Making the Most of your Gap Year" published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  We strongly encourage you to consult with your pre-med advisor if considering a gap year.