M.D. Admissions FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
General Application Information
What makes Georgetown a unique place to earn one’s medical education?
The uniqueness of Georgetown’s School of Medicine resides in the tangible sense of the philosophy played out in the basic science and the clinical experience creating a community of scholars and healers who are challenged to achieve their personal potential; dedicated to healing the individual patient; committed to serving the health care needs of the community; and to advocating for those who have no voice in our society. Challenge, choice, and community are Georgetown’s defining differences.
How do I apply to Georgetown School of Medicine?
Applications are made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and are online only. Please visit AMCAS for more information about the AMCAS application. After your primary application (AMCAS) has been verified, you will receive our secondary application.
Where can I find information about the application process, policies and procedures?
We invite you to review our Guide to Application. This Guide will provide details about the application process, as well as information about our technical standards and procedural information.
Does GUSOM have a rolling admissions policy?
GUSOM does have a rolling admissions policy. We encourage you to submit all of your materials as soon as possible. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org stating that your application has been marked as complete and ready for screening when we receive all of your materials.
What are the deadlines for applying?
The deadline for the online AMCAS application is November 4, 2019. The GUSOM Secondary Application deadline for the M.D. Program is December 15, 2019 at 11:59PM The M.D./Ph.D. deadline is November 29, 2019 at 11:59PM.
Does the Office of Admissions provide tours or information sessions to prospective applicants?
The Office of Admissions provides both in-person and virtual information sessions throughout the year. Please see our Admissions Information Session page for more information about registering for an information session. These information sessions will provide information about the application process and what GUSOM is looking for in highly competitive applicants. If you are an adviser and are interested in hosting an information session with GUSOM for pre-medical students at your university, please reach out to email@example.com to set up a time.
The Office of Admissions does not provide tours of the School of Medicine. All applicants who are invited to interview will be offered a comprehensive campus tour. All other visitors during normal business hours are provided with a printed Self-Guided Tour Map of the School of Medicine. If you are visiting during non-business hours, you can review to the mobile friendly Self-Guided Tour Map (new window).
Do you offer advanced standing or transfer seats?
Georgetown University School of Medicine does not offer advanced standing or transfer seats.
How many applications does GUSOM receive each year?
Each year, GUSoM receives approximately 14,000 AMCAS applications each year. We do not pre-screen AMCAS applications prior to sending out secondary applications, so we take the time to read each and every secondary application that is submitted to the medical school.
What does Georgetown University School of Medicine look for in an applicant?
When evaluating a file for an interview, the Committee on Admissions emphasizes five major areas holistically without assigning weight to a particular section. The five sections we look at are: essays (AMCAS & Secondary Application Essay), Experiences (Clinical, Research, Service to Underserved), MCAT scores, Science GPA, and letters of recommendation.
Are graduate students and undergraduate students looked at in the same applicant pool?
Yes, all applicants are evaluated in the same applicant pool. This includes all graduate students, recently graduated undergraduate students, as well as non-traditional applicants. International applicants are also included in the general applicant pool.
Am I considered an out-of-state or international applicant?
Georgetown University School of Medicine is a private Jesuit institution located in Washington D.C. We do not have in-state versus out-of-state tuition. If you are an applicant from outside the United States, you are considered an international student.
Do you consider international applicants for admission?
Applications are considered without regard to residency, citizenship, or visa status; all applicants must meet the same criteria. Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree – or foreign equivalent – by the time of matriculation. If you studied outside of the United States or Canada,, please submit an official transcript evaluation – demonstrating degree equivalency – from an organization such as World Education Service (WES) along with the Secondary Application. This should be submitted after you receive a Secondary Application invitation. Course work may be completed entirely outside of the United States as long as it is deemed equivalent in the transcript evaluation. No additional requirements are necessary for application. If admitted, additional financial and immigration paperwork will be required.
Do you consider DACA students for admissions?
All applications are considered without regard to residency, citizenship, or visa status, and all applicants must meet the same criteria. For Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants requiring financial aid, we encourage you to research funding options well in advance, as eligibility for traditional funding programs may be limited.
What experiences does the Admissions Committee look for when reviewing applications?
A highly competitive applicant will present substantive, longitudinal clinical experiences (shadowing a physician, medical mission trips, scribing – International experiences are acceptable, but a majority should be in the United States), research in any academic discipline, and direct service of the underserved. Please note that volunteering on the floors of a hospital such as playing/reading to children, stocking shelves and transporting patients is considered good community volunteer experience, but not hands-on clinical experience.
How many letters of recommendation do I need?
A letter packet from a pre-medical committee is preferred. If your college/university does not offer a committee letter, please submit a minimum of two (2) letters. You may use your discretion when selecting letter-writers, however, it is recommended that you submit a balance of academic, clinical, and service recommendation letters. Please note that all recommendation letters must be submitted electronically via the AMCAS Letters System. Paper recommendation letters are not accepted and will be discarded. Graduate students working toward a degree in the sciences are encouraged to submit a letter from their current graduate faculty. Only applicants who have been away from degree-granting institutions for greater than three (3) years may elect to submit entirely non-academic recommendation letters.
What are the pre-requisites to apply?
Academic requirements for admissions to the School of Medicine include adequate preparation in physics, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. The following courses are required:
- General Biology: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours)
- General Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours)
- *Organic Chemistry: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours
- Physics: 1 year with lab (8 semester hours)
- Mathematics (college-level): 1 semester. Calculus is not required; Statistics is acceptable.
- *Biochemistry (lab not required) is recommended, and may replace a second semester of Organic Chemistry with lab.
For more information on the pre-requisites, please see our Guide to Application.
Is there an expiration date for my pre-requisite coursework?
Beginning with the 2021 application cycle, all of your pre-requisite courses must have been completed within the last 5 years.
Is my GPA competitive enough to apply to your school?
A highly competitive application will have a BCPM GPA of 3.6 or higher. A non-competitive applicant will have a BCPM GPA of 3.0 or lower.
What is the average GPA and MCAT score of the entering 2018 class?
The average GPA for the entering class of 2018 is 3.63. The average overall MCAT score for the entering class of 2018 is 511.
How is a graduate school GPA calculated with the undergraduate GPA?
If you complete a post-bacc program, the grades from those courses are calculated into your undergraduate science GPA. If you complete a graduate school program (not a post-bac) the science GPAs will be viewed separately.
Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses will fulfill the pre-requisite requirements if the individual courses and credits awarded are detailed on the applicant’s college/university transcript.
Do you require the MCAT? What is the oldest and latest MCAT score you accept?
We do require that applicants take the MCAT. For the 2020 entering class, we will accept MCAT administrations offered in 2017, 2018, or 2019, with September 2019 being the latest month considered. No other scores are eligible and – regardless of reason – no exceptions will be made.
If I have taken the MCAT multiple times, which do you consider?
We consider the only the most recent MCAT score.
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.
Is my MCAT score competitive enough to apply to your school?
Applications are evaluated holistically without assigning weight to a particular section. However, section scores below 125 are considered non-competitive.
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 future exam date in your AMCAS Application; this information will be automatically relayed to your Secondary Application. Important: If you decide not to take the future MCAT date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and AMCAS ID so we can unmark your future date.
What is the average MCAT score?
The 2018 incoming class had an average total of 511. See the 2018 Class Profile for more details.
Current Applicant FAQ
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.
Does Georgetown University pre-screen applications prior to sending out secondary applications?
Georgetown University School of Medicine does not pre-screen applications. If you indicate on AMCAS that you would like to receive a secondary from us, you will receive one. Please make sure your email is spelled properly on your AMCAS application. Also, make sure to include email@example.com on your safe senders list.
I’ve already been rejected before an interview, but I have more clinical experience/service/new grades/etc. Will you look at my application again?
The Committee on Admissions reads the entire application prior to rendering a decision; the application is reviewed only once by committee members.
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 emphasizes five major areas without assigning weight to a particular section, detailed in the Guide to Application.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org No deferrals will be considered by the Committee on Admissions after May 15. Applicants accepted after May 15 are ineligible for deferral.
What happens when you are on the waitlist?
Once you’ve been placed on the waitlist, you have unlimited letters of interest to show the committee that you are still interested in attending GUSOM. These letters of interest are submitted via the online portal. You can submit anything that you feel adds strength to your application. As a reminder, the waitlist remains open until orientation begins.
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.
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 interviews 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 the Committee.
Should I send in my updated transcript?
Please do not send us any transcripts unless we specifically ask you to submit them. 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.
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. 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. A great article to read about gap years is Making the Most of your Gap Year which was published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We strongly encourage you to consult with your pre-med adviser if you are considering a gap year. Some students have a job to make money to go to medical school, while others use the year to gain more clinical, research and service experiences.
If you are submitting a WES evaluation (or another equivalent evaluation) to the School of Medicine for your foreign institutions, please use one of the addresses below.
If accepted to the School of Medicine, you are expected to submit your final transcripts as described on your pre-matriculation portal. We welcome that these transcripts be submitted electronically from your school to email@example.com. If your university submits paper transcripts, please have them mailed to the address below.
Office of Admissions
School of Medicine
Washington, DC 20057-1421
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Office of Admissions
School of Medicine
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contacting the Office of Admissions
Before contacting the Office of Admissions, please review the M.D. Admissions FAQ and Guide to Application in their entirety.
Phone: (202) 687-1154
Fax: (202) 687-3079
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