School of Medicine

M.D. Program Admissions FAQs

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Statistics

What are the diversity statistics for the School of Medicine?
The School of Medicine's diversity and inclusion facts can be found on our statistics page.

Can you provide the entire enrollment statistics for the School of Medicine?
Certainly, the registrar is the keeper of enrollment statistics. View the latest statistics. The 10 year enrollment statistics are also available. 

Applications

What constitutes a ‘complete’ BCM application?
The Admissions Committee will not review an applicant’s file until the following are received: verified AMCAS application, BCM supplemental application and fee, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, and CASPer scores.

Where can I locate information on your MCAT and GPA requirements?
At Baylor College of Medicine, we do not have a GPA or MCAT minimum requirement to apply. To view the median and range of scores for the entering class, visit the AAMC's MSAR.

CASPer Test

Are there any new requirement for the admissions cycle 2021?
Yes, all applicants to the Medical School and Medical Scientist Training Program are required to complete an online situational judgement test called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). CASPer complements other tools used for applicant screening that assesses noncognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program.

What dates are available for CASPer testing? How do I register?
Available testing dates and registration can be accessed here.

Coursework

What are the prerequisite courses that I need to take?
See the Admissions Requirements page.

Do you accept AP credits?
If they appear on your transcript from an accredited undergraduate school, Baylor College of Medicine accepts them. We highly recommend that you take additional upper-level courses in the areas in which credit for introductory level courses was given. We do not accept AP credits for the required courses.

Do you accept online coursework?
If they appear on your transcript from a US accredited undergraduate institution, Baylor College of Medicine accepts them. We now accepts online credits for the required courses; this change occurred in 2019.

MCAT Information

What is the oldest MCAT score you accept for the 2021 entering class?  
Acceptable dates of MCAT: January 2017 - December 2020.

If I take the MCAT exam more than once, which test score will the Admissions Committee will review? 
The Admissions Committee will accept/review the most recent test scores.

Supplemental Application

When can I access the Baylor supplemental application?
July 1 is when the supplemental application will be available.  

When is the deadline to submit the supplemental application?
Dec. 1 is the deadline to submit your Baylor supplemental application for the regular M.D. program. For M.D./Ph.D. applicants, the deadline is Nov. 1. The $100 fee is non-refundable.

How can I pay the supplemental application fee?
Login to the portal and follow the instructions for making an electronic payment through First Data. Mailed checks and money orders will not be accepted.

Letters of Recommendation

How many Letters of Recommendation can I send?
Three individual letters or one premedical committee evaluation are required. Baylor College of Medicine will accept four individual letters at the most. We prefer quality in-depth letters from people who know you well, rather than giving preference to the number of letters received.

Baylor College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation service. All letters must be processed through AMCAS Letter Service. Please do not send letters of recommendation directly to our email account as they will not be considered in your application.

May I send more letters?
Additional letters may be sent; however, we cannot guarantee that the Admissions Committee will review more than four letters. Additional letters will not give you an advantage over the required three letters.

Academic Advising/Counseling

Does BCM follow the TMDSAS acceptance/match schedule like the majority of the other Texas medical schools?
No. Baylor uses the AMCAS, not TMDSAS; therefore, BCM does not participate in the February match.    Baylor is on a rolling admissions process, which means offers of acceptance are made throughout the admissions cycle (October-June).

I would like to speak to a Baylor College of Medicine academic advisor/counselor.
Baylor College of Medicine does not provide advising services. Please reach out to your current institution’s pre-med or pre-health advising office for their feedback on your application. If you do not have an advisor, please visit NAAHP. They will be able to assist you regarding your AMCAS application, undergraduate credits, and prerequisite requirements. 

Baylor College of Medicine does not provide advising to applicants that were not successful in gaining admission to our medical school. In addition to NAAHP, the AAMC provides some great resources for building a stronger application for re-applicants.

Does one undergraduate degree or institution hold more “weight” with the admissions committee than another?
No.

When and where do I send in my final official transcript(s) from my undergraduate institution(s)?
Do not send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions. If you are offered an acceptance to Baylor College of Medicine, we will provide instructions on when and where to send your final official transcript(s).

Veteran Affairs

Does BCM offer education benefits to active duty service members, veterans, and their eligible dependents and spouses?
Yes, please visit the Registrar's website for more information.   

Waitlist Information

I am currently on the waitlist at Baylor College of Medicine. Would it be possible to meet with a dean of admissions to update them on recent “events” that I have participated?
Unfortunately, the deans of admissions are not able to meet with applicants on the waitlist. You may send an email with information to the following email: admissions@bcm.edu

What is Baylor College of Medicine's waitlist process?
We anticipate admitting some candidates who have been placed on the waitlist.  However, the applicant pool varies each year and we cannot predict exactly how many candidates will be offered admission from the waitlist. The committee evaluates a host of criteria for admission as we develop our class each year, we do not rank candidates on the waitlist. As such, it is impossible for the committee to determine an individual applicant's chances for admission.

Texas Residency

How do you determine Texas residency? 
Please review the Texas residency rules and regulations. Once matriculated to Baylor College of Medicine, if you have questions on how to change your residency, contact (713) 798-3372. There is also good information regarding Texas residency on the Tuition Status web page.

Does Baylor College of Medicine give preference to Texas residents? 
The admissions committee uses the same criteria to evaluate applicants whether they are in-state or out-of-state residents. View the most recent enrollment statistics.

Application Updates

May I send updates to my application?
Yes, if you have not received an invitation to interview at Baylor then you can send updates to admissions@bcm.edu. If or when you receive an invitation to interview, updates to your application will not be accepted. Those who have interviewed may send "letters of intent" to the VIA email address provided during interview days, but not updates to their application.

BCM Merit Scholarships

Does BCM award merit scholarships?
All applicants accepted to BCM are considered for merit scholarship awards. There is no specific date for a decision to be made and an award can be made after April 30 (AAMC National Reply Deadline). The selection criteria include outstanding academic performance and achievement, a broad range of intellectual interests, demonstrated leadership, commitment to interests other than academic work, and unique life experiences that may contribute to a medical career. The Scholarship Committee does not match merit award offers from other schools.

Transfer Students

Does Baylor College of Medicine accept transfer students from U.S. or non-U.S. medical schools?
We do not accept transfer students to Baylor College of Medicine.

International Applicants

Does the School of Medicine accept International students?   
The M.D. program does not accept international students (with the exception of Canadian students). The MSTP (M.D./Ph.D.) program does accept international students.

If a United States citizen completes their undergrad at a Canadian institution, do they meet the BCM requirements?      
Yes, BCM considers Canadian degrees/college coursework to be equivalent to the U.S. undergraduate degrees/coursework.   

Can a Canadian citizen apply to BCM's School of Medicine for the regular M.D. program?
Yes, Canadian citizens who complete their degree in Canada or the United States, and who meet the BCM requirements, are eligible to apply. However, when it comes to matriculation, they will be classified as an International student and therefore are required to pay tuition as an International student. 

I have a SpanTran transcript; will Baylor College of Medicine accept the credits listed?  
No. The School of Medicine requires 90 undergraduate credit hours from a fully accredited college or university in the United States. All transcripts should be sent to AMCAS, not to Baylor College of Medicine.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Does Baylor College of Medicine accept DACA students?
At this time, Baylor College of Medicine does not accept DACA students.

Campus Tours

Can someone provide me with a tour of Baylor College of Medicine's campus?
If an applicant is selected for an interview, a tour will be provided. Additional individual tours are not available.

The DeBakey Library and Museum is open to the public for self-guided visits Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (holidays excluded).

Take a tour of the TMC through several available options including:

Texas Medical Center Walking Tour

Texas Medical Center (TMC) Tours

AIA TMC Walking Tours

A group of pre-med students would like to tour Baylor College of Medicine's campus. Can the Office of Admissions accommodate this request?
Email admissions@bcm.edu and we will try to accommodate your request. Group tours will only be given March-June when the interview cycle is over.

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