Baylor College of Medicine recommends that all applicants review the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants

Notification of acceptance to Baylor College of Medicine's first-year class, exclusive of "early decision applicants," can be made as early as Nov. 1. However, all positions are not filled until all interviews have been completed.

Enrollment is contingent upon the student's satisfactory completion of all undergraduate course requirements.

Entering students must submit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $300 by April 30 to hold their place in the class.

In deference to alternate wait-listed applicants, no places are offered to individuals already holding a place at another medical school in Texas after June 1.

Early Decision

Baylor College of Medicine offers an early decision program in accordance with guidelines established by the Association of American Medical Colleges. In this program, the applicant files an application only to Baylor College of Medicine; the completed application and all supporting documents must be received before Aug. 1 of the calendar year preceding proposed enrollment.

The program provides the advantage of an early decision by the school chosen as the applicant's first choice. Applicants are notified by Oct. 1 that they are accepted or that they remain under consideration for regular admissions (in which case the applicant should apply to other schools). Acceptance by a medical school of an applicant in the early decision program binds the applicant to enroll in that particular medical school.

Interviews for early decision applicants occur during August-September. Baylor fills no more than 10 percent of the positions in the incoming class by the early decision route. Early decision applicants are required to have a MCAT score of 517 or higher. GPA requirement is 3.8 or higher.

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
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively
  • A high level of personal integrity

Baylor 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.

As an applicant/enrollee in an educational program that prepares individuals for issuance of an occupational license, Texas law requires that you be notified that the issuance of occupational licenses may be restricted based on a license applicant’s criminal history. View Notice of Potential ineligibility for License.

Background Checks for Accepted Applicants

The Association of American Medical Colleges recommends that all U.S. medical schools procure a national background check on applicants upon their conditional acceptance to medical school. This is to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to eventually become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and well-being of patients, and to ensure the public's continuing trust in the medical profession.   

Review the AAMC background check process here.

Review BCM's background check policy here.