Application Process & Timeline
The School seeks candidates who want to move the fields of medicine and biomedical sciences forward, whose past accomplishments show evidence for originality, creativity and a capacity for independent, critical thinking, who are academically ready to succeed at Stanford and whose personal qualities will serve them well in our profession.
The following resources and application materials are required as part of the admissions process for the entering class of 2016. Please refer to the timeline for details regarding notification of different admissions decisions.
Step 1: AMCAS Application
Application to Stanford University School of Medicine must be made through the American Medical College Application Service.
The AMCAS application deadline is October 15, 2015. The 2015 AMCAS Application will open for submission on June 8, 2015. Extensions are not granted.
Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation to our office.
A. Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
Your test scores are sent automatically to the medical schools that you have designated. The MCAT must be taken within a four-year period measured from the time you take the test to the point of intended matriculation.
In order for your application to be considered for the 2015-16 Admissions cycle, at least 1 MCAT result after August 1, 2012 and before September 15, 2015 should be included in your application. While all of your MCAT scores within the AAMC database are viewed, the oldest MCAT accepted for your application to be considered is August 1, 2012. If your only available MCAT results are prior to that date, your application will not accepted for this season. If you have further questions regarding this policy, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You must inform us through your online AMCAS application if you are taking the MCAT at any time during the period of June-September 2015. Failure to do so will result in your application being processed and reviewed with the most recent MCAT scores available.
B. Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS Letters Service.
We request at least three but no more than six complete letters of recommendation from persons who know you well enough to evaluate your scholarly potential and promise as a physician and to describe your personal qualities. Professors, instructors, thesis advisors or supervisors of special projects, clinical, volunteer or employment activities usually provide the most informative evaluations. These letters may be accompanied by an undergraduate school's premedical committee evaluation.
Stanford MD Application Website
Beginning in early July, the Stanford MD Application Website will be available for you to monitor our receipt of your AMCAS application, Stanford Supplemental Application, letters of evaluation and fee. If your information does not appear in the website, we have not yet received your application from AMCAS.
Step 2: Stanford Supplemental Application
Once we receive your AMCAS application, you will receive an e-mail from the Office of MD Admissions inviting you to submit a Stanford Supplemental Application. All applicants will be invited to submit a Stanford Supplemental Application.
Invitations will be accompanied by directions for completing the Supplemental Application. We strongly suggest that you complete it as soon as possible.
A. Supplemental Deadline
The deadline for Supplemental Stanford Application is October 30, 2015 (11:59 p.m. PDT). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials arrive on time. Applicants can check the Stanford MD Application website to see if the materials for their supplemental application have been received.
B. Application Fees
An application fee must be paid (via credit card) at the time the Stanford Supplemental Application is submitted. Exceptions are made only for those applicants who apply for and receive a fee waiver by the AAMC Fee Assistance Program. Application fees for the Supplemental Application are non-refundable.
C. Personal Essays
The Stanford Supplemental Application requests additional information, including essay questions about your personal background and professional interests.
D. Application Updates
Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview. Interview decisions are made based on information submitted in the AMCAS application, Stanford Supplemental Application, and letters of recommendation.
It is important that we maintain a consistent and equitable standard for all applications to be considered with the same basis of information. If applicable, additional information can be submitted after the day of your interview.
When submitting additional information, please indicate that you have been interviewed or we may not include updates with your file. Acceptable updates include any significant developments in scholarly endeavors or projects, or additional letters of recommendation. Please do not send additional coursework or transcripts unless we have specifically requested such information from you.
We will communicate with all applicants primarily via email; it is therefore essential that you have a reliable email account that you check on a regular basis to verify receipt of the Stanford Supplemental Application invitation email.
Leadership in Health Disparities Program
The Leadership in Health Disparities Program promotes academic careers in medicine among minority and disadvantaged medical students.
Step 3: Interviews
All applications will be reviewed for consideration of an interview. The earliest notifications regarding an interview invitation will be sent in July and continue on a rolling basis. The Office of MD Admissions will inform each candidate whether or not an interview will be granted.
Each candidate invited to interview will be notified by e-mail and may use our online scheduling system to select a date that is mutually agreeable. Interviews will be held between September and March.
Step 4: Acceptance
Acceptances are offered on a "rolling" basis between October and March. All admissions decisions are made by the Committee on Admissions and are final.
Admitted applicants are required to submit a signed Statement of Intent to Matriculate form and an enrollment deposit of $100 by April 30, 2016 to reserve a place in the fall entering class.
Deferral of Matriculation
Accepted applicants may petition, in writing, for deferral of matriculation. Deferrals may be approved for up to two years for reasons related to the personal and professional circumstances of the admitted applicant and the furtherance of her/his educational plans. The request for deferral should provide an appropriate degree of detail. The final decision is at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions.
The Stanford University School of Medicine does not accept applications for Early Decision.
The Stanford University School of Medicine MD Program does not accept applications for transfer.