School of Medicine

Incoming Students


Welcome to BCM! You Belong Here!

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Dr. Jennifer Christner

It is my distinct pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you as you embark on your journey with us in pursuit of your medical education. Congratulations on your acceptance to our esteemed institution.

Entering medical school is a significant milestone in your academic and professional career, and we are thrilled to have you join our diverse and talented student body. Throughout your time here, you will engage in rigorous coursework, clinical rotations, research opportunities, and community service initiatives that will challenge and inspire you to grow both personally and professionally.

At Baylor College of Medicine, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every student can thrive. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to guide and mentor you as you navigate the complexities of medical education and prepare for a fulfilling career in healthcare.

As you immerse yourself in either of our vibrant campus communities, I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and extracurricular activities available to you. Whether you are interested in student organizations, volunteer opportunities, or research projects, there are endless ways to get involved and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
I understand that embarking on this journey may feel overwhelming at times, but please know that you are not alone. Your classmates, faculty mentors, and the entire BCM community are here to support you every step of the way. Together, we will celebrate your successes, overcome challenges, and ultimately, shape the future of medicine.

We are honored to have you as part of our family, and we look forward to witnessing your growth and accomplishments in the years to come.

- Dr. Jennifer Christner, Senior Dean of School of Medicine and School of Health Professions


Your Next Milestones


Acceptance is just the beginning of many significant milestones along your journey as a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Mark your calendar for these memorable moments at both the Houston and Temple campuses: 

Pre-Orientation Checklist

We're here to guide you through your transition to medical school, from offer acceptance to your first day of class. This webpage, along with regular email updates, will be your central hub for essential information regarding each step of your journey. We'll keep this resource current with key dates, helpful links, and important tasks, ensuring you have everything you need to move smoothly toward Fall enrollment.

Start early and stay on task to complete these tasks before July 15. You will receive instructions by email throughout the summer to guide you through every step of the way. When in doubt, contact the associated department for the task or email

These dates are subject to change. Regularly monitor this checklist and your emails for the most up-to-date information on dates and deadlines.

Due Date Checklist 2024 
ASAP; March 15 recommended Submit your FAFSA form. 
ASAP Explore your housing options near campus. (See the FAQs below) 
ASAP Review the Minimum Laptop Requirements (See the FAQs below) 
ASAP Review Veteran Affairs Educational Benefits, if applicable. 
March 15Notification of campus assignments sent via email. 
April 30Deadline for accepted students to pay their non-refundable deposit and confirm seat in the medical school class. 
May 24Register with the Occupational Health Program (Houston / Temple) and submit immunization records. 
June 1Complete AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ). Instructions will be sent to your personal email account.
June 5Submit your White Coat Order Form. See White Coat Ceremony for more information. 
June 3Complete the Orientation & Retreat Registration Form.  
July 15After June 25, complete all BCM and campus-specific online compliance modules. Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account. 
July 15After July 5, complete all online pre-orientation modules. Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account. 
July 15Complete and upload the Student Information Form. Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account.
July 15 Review the Notification of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.  Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account.
July 15 Complete and upload the Oath of Texas Residency. (Texas residents only) Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account.
July 15 Complete and upload the Non-Release of Directory Information ONLY if you wish to implement non-disclosure of directory information. Carefully review the memo before declining release of information. You may elect to change your designation at any time.  Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account.
July 15 Review the Student Benefits medical plan benefits and waiver criteria. The period to enroll/waive benefits will be July 22 through Aug. 2. 
July 15 Complete all OHP requirements. Instructions will be sent to your BCM email account. 
July 19Finalize all required checklist items.
July 22-26Have a great time at Orientation & Retreat!  
July 29Start medical school! 

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