Medical College Admission Test
All candidates for admission are required to take the Medical College Admission Test sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Results of the most recent test taken are considered by the Admissions Committee. Baylor College of Medicine accepts MCAT scores that are three years old or less. See "Admissions" tab regarding acceptable MCAT dates.
Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may not be used as a substitute for the MCAT.
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, four letters max. All letters must be current from the calendar year preceding proposed enrollment.
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 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.
"When I was looking at medical schools, I really wanted a school with a high-quality program that also had a strong sense of community. When I came for my interviews it was clear that Baylor College of Medicine had both. I already knew it was a top program. Having older students walk by and call out "good luck" and the willingness of my student host to spend a long time talking to me about the school, made it clear the College also offered the community I was seeking." - Maria Vigil, M.D. Student
All applicants offered places in the first-year class are interviewed personally at Baylor College of Medicine. All interviews are conducted at Baylor, 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 August and ending in February.
In addition to high intellectual ability and outstanding academic achievement, the Admissions Committee recognizes that additional qualities 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 Baylor students. Applicants may sit in on classes and visit any part of the school they desire. Each applicant will have two, 30 minute interviews with two BCM faculty members or a faculty member and a student member of the Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee.
The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. An applicant is classified as either a resident of Texas or a non-resident for tuition purposes. An individual’s residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. The applicant is responsible for registering under the proper residency classification
Residency questionnaires will be provided to those applicants invited for interview. For information regarding Texas residency, visit College for all Texans to review the Texas residency rules.
Updates to your Application
Please notify The American Medical College Application Service promptly of any changes of address, contact information, residency status, etc. to assist in keeping our records current.
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 3.8 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
- Extent to which extracurricular activities and employment might have limited the student's opportunity for high academic achievement.
Baylor 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 Baylor requires for admission.