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Admissions

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Admissions Process

Academic Record

The student's record in premedical work offers the Admissions Committee a reasonable basis on which to estimate potential success with the medical school curriculum. The majority of applicants accepted have overall grade point averages of 3.5 or higher (where 4.0 = A and 3.0 = B). An overall college grade point average of less than B indicates a student might not be able to handle the work of medical school.

Key evaluation points of applicants' academic records include:

  • course selection
  • academic challenge imposed by the student's curriculum; and
  • extent to which extracurricular activities and employment might have limited the student's opportunity for high academic achievement.

BCM does not require that applicants major in a scientific field. In fact, the Admissions Committee actively seeks individuals with broad educational backgrounds. Nevertheless, applicants must demonstrate the ability to handle scientific concepts.

Students planning to enroll with 90 or more undergraduate semester hours but without a baccalaureate degree are likely to be accepted only if their academic record, life experiences, and interpersonal skills are at least equal or superior to those students who plan to complete the baccalaureate degree.

Students attending undergraduate schools at which they have the option of enrolling in courses for a letter grade or on a pass-fail basis are encouraged not to enroll on a pass-fail basis in the courses BCM requires for admission.

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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

All candidates for admission are required to take the Medical College Admission Test sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The MCAT exam must have been taken no earlier than April 2008 and no later than September of the year preceding enrollment. Results of the most recent test taken are considered by the Admissions Committee.

Results of the Graduate Record Examination may not be used as a substitute for the MCAT.

View additional MCAT information.

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Letters of Evaluation and Recommendation

NOTE: Baylor College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation service. All letters must be processed through AMCAS. If your letters are being transmitted by your undergraduate advising office through Virtual Evals or Interfolio, they will be downloaded by AMCAS.

Applicants enrolled in colleges with a premedical advisory system should request that the chair of the Premedical Advisory Committee, premedical advisor, coordinator, or person in charge of advising send an evaluation to AMCAS.

If there is no health professions advisor, advisory committee, or office of advising premedical students at your school, evaluations from three individuals who are qualified to evaluate you personally and academically will be considered. A minimum of three letters are required.

All letters of recommendation must go through AMCAS using one of their acceptable forms of receipt.

If you are no longer an undergraduate student, alternate recommendation methods include:

  • If you are attending graduate school, one of your evaluations must be from a graduate advisor or major professor.
  • If you are attending graduate school but have no graduate advisor or major professor, one of your evaluations must be from the chairperson of your major department.
  • If you have not attended a college or university for one year or more, and you are currently employed or in military service, one of your evaluations must be from your immediate supervisor (if self-employed, an evaluation from a business associate).

The second and third evaluations must be from current or former professors. All evaluations must be current. Evaluations more than one year old are not acceptable.

The deadline for regular admission letters is Dec. 1. M.D./Ph.D. applicants must provide a minimum of 1 additional letter of reference from research mentor(s) addressing the applicant's potential as an investigator. The deadline for M.D./Ph.D. applicants is Nov. 1.

If you have any questions, please e-mail admissions@bcm.edu.

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Interviews

All applicants offered places in the first-year class are interviewed personally at Baylor College of Medicine. All interviews are conducted at BCM, assuring each candidate an equally fair chance for admission, under uniform conditions.

The Admissions Committee invites for interviews applicants it perceives to be competitive for admission. Interview sessions take place on fixed dates beginning in September and ending in February.

In addition to high intellectual ability and outstanding academic achievement, the Admissions Committee recognizes that additional qualities are needed to support a physician's development include:

  • Strong motivation for a career in medicine
  • Human compassion
  • An abiding interest in the problems of people
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively
  • High level of personal integrity

Additional criteria also include:

  • Socioeconomic background
  • First person in immediate family to graduate from college
  • Multilingual proficiency
  • Responsibilities while attending secondary and/or undergraduate schools
  • Community involvement
  • Geographic diversity

During the interview sessions, applicants are given the opportunity to visit college facilities and to talk informally with the student body. Medical students show applicants the classrooms, laboratories, and clinical facilities, and are pleased to answer questions about their experiences as BCM students. Applicants may sit in on classes and visit any part of the school they desire.

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Texas Residency

In general, to be considered a Texas resident you must be an individual 18 years of age or older who must reside within Texas for 12 consecutive months prior to registration in an educational institution.

Residency questionnaires will be provided to those applicants invited for interview. A complete explanation may be found at www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/pdf/0183.pdf.

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Change of Address

Please notify The American Medical College Application Service promptly of any changes of address, phone, or e-mail to assist in keeping our records current.

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