Guiding Principles

The charge of the Committee on Admissions, under the leadership of the Associate Dean of Admissions, is to identify applicants who align with the mission and vision of Washington University School of Medicine, and admit and recruit those with the greatest potential to become physicians who reflect and embody the mission, goals and interests of Washington University School of Medicine.  Holistic review is used to select applicants and allows for a flexible, highly individualized process which gives balanced consideration to an applicant’s experiences, attributes and metrics.  Since all MD students are admitted to study under the Gateway Curriculum, our admissions process is guided by the mission, vision and values of this curriculum.

Factors Considered in Application Review

The selection process has multiple stages. After an application is complete (including receipt of letters of recommendation), the application is evaluated by members of the Committee on Admissions.

Factors considered include the following:

  • Rigor of curriculum
  • Academic record (GPA and MCAT Score)
  • Extracurricular activities (work, service to community and others, research, leadership, sports and hobbies)
  • Other accomplishments
  • Essays (personal statement on the AMCAS application and secondary application responses)
  • Distance traveled — challenges and hardships overcome
  • Letters of recommendation

During the October-March interview season and by mid-April of each application cycle, all applicants will be notified whether they are:

  • Invited to join the class
  • Invited to remain under consideration on our Wait List
  • Not accepted