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Admissions Requirements

Admission to the First Year Class

Although high intellectual ability and a record of academic achievement are essential for success in the study of medicine, the Admissions Committee recognizes that these qualities alone are not sufficient to support a physician's development. Essential qualities of the physician also include:

  • a strong motivation for a career in medicine,
  • human compassion,
  • an abiding interest in the problems of people,
  • leadership skills,
  • the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and
  • a high level of personal integrity.

BCM welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to promoting equal opportunity medicine for all who are interested in a medical career, including groups that are underrepresented in medicine regionally or nationally due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, unique personal experiences, or other factors.

Undergraduate Course Requirements

To be considered for admission to Baylor College of Medicine, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed no less than 90 undergraduate semester hours (or equivalent number of quarter hours) at a fully accredited college or university in the United States by the time of enrollment in medical school.

The following courses must have been completed satisfactorily:
Course Years
Chemistry - General (including lab) 1
Chemistry - Organic (including lab) 1
Biology - General (including lab) 1
English 1

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