Application Process & Timeline

Stanford Medicine 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 2020. Please refer to the timeline for details regarding notification of different admissions decisions.

Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.

Step 1: AMCAS Application

Application to Stanford Medicine must be made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

The AMCAS application deadline is October 1, 2019. The 2019-2020 AMCAS Application will open for submission in early June. 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 2019-2020 Admissions cycle, at least 1 MCAT result after August 1, 2016  and before September 7, 2019 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, 2016. If your only available MCAT results are prior to that date, your application will not be accepted for this season. If you have further questions regarding this policy, please contact

You must inform us through your online AMCAS application if you are taking the MCAT at any time during the period of June-September 2019. Your application will be processed and made available for review after the new test score is received.  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.  A minimum of three and a maximum of six individual letters of recommendation is required.  All letters must be written on official letterhead and signed by the recommender(s) or committee members.

Pre-medical committee evaluations/letters

Pre-medical committee evaluations/letters are not required. However, if submitted, only the individual letters contained within the pre-medical committee packet will count toward the number of letters of recommendation.  If the committee evaluation/letter  references or summarizes individual evaluators, each individual evaluation/letter of recommendation must be included with the committee packet. 


  • If one committee evaluation/letter is submitted containing four individual letters, the letters of recommendation requirement is fulfilled.  However, you may submit up to two additional letters.
  • If one committee evaluation/letter contains no individual letters, the letters of recommendation requirement is NOT fulfilled. At least three and no more than six additional letters are required to meet the letters of recommendation requirement. 


An application is not complete until all letters listed on the AMCAS application are received. If more than three letters are listed, and at least three of those letters are received by October 21, 2019, this application will be considered complete.  If a minimum of three letters of recommendation are not received by October 21, 2019, this application will be considered incomplete and may be withdrawn from consideration.

All letters must reach the Admissions Office from AMCAS no later than 11:59 PM Pacific Time on October 21, 2019.  Please log into AMCAS to make corrections (if needed).  It may take up to 2-3 days for these changes to be reflected. 

Stanford MD Application Web Portal

Beginning in early July, the Stanford MD Application Web Portal (MedAdmit) 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.  Updates to an application will be accepted only after an applicant has been invited to interview.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars will award full funding to Stanford medical students for twelve quarters, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across all graduate disciplines.

The KHSP application must be submitted prior to submitting the Stanford Medicine Supplemental Application.  Apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by 1:00 PM Pacific Time, October 9, 2019.

Visit the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website.

Step 2: Stanford Supplemental Application

When we receive the AMCAS application, an e-mail invitation will be sent  to submit the Stanford Supplemental Application.  Avoid using a Hotmail email account as it tends to block communication from our web portal and please check your spam/junk folders as well.  All applicants will be invited to submit a Stanford Supplemental Application.

A. Supplemental Deadline

The deadline for the Stanford Supplemental Application is October 21, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Pacific Time). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials arrive on time. Applicants can access the Stanford MD Application web portal (MedAdmit) to confirm if materials for the 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, awards, or additional letters of recommendation. Please do not send additional coursework or transcripts unless we have specifically requested such information from you.

Email Contact

We will communicate with all applicants primarily via email; it is therefore essential that you have a reliable, permanent email account that you check on a regular basis to verify receipt of the Stanford Supplemental Application invitation email.  Avoid using a Hotmail email account as it tends to block communication from our web portal and please check your spam/junk folders as well. 

Leadership in Health Disparities Program

The Leadership in Health Disparities Program promotes academic careers in medicine among minority and disadvantaged medical students.

Visit the Leadership in Health Disparities Program website.

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 will use our online scheduling system to select a date that is mutually agreeable. Interviews are in-person and will be held between September and March. 

Step 4: Acceptance

Decisions will be released three times between January and March.

Admitted applicants are required to submit an enrollment deposit of $100 by April 30 to reserve a place in the fall entering class.  After April 30, the deposit is not refundable.  For candidates who eventually matriculate with the entering class the deposit is applied toward tuition and/or fees.  MSTP matriculates are required to pay the deposit as a MD requirement.  For MSTP matriculates, the deposit is NOT refunded, but applied toward fees that are not covered by the MSTP, e.g. the Stanford University matriculation fee.

Deferral of Matriculation

Admitted 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.

Early Decision

Stanford Medicine does not accept applications for Early Decision.

Transfer Policy

The Stanford Medicine MD Program does not accept applications for transfer.


All dates and deadlines in this site are subject to change. Please keep informed of any changes by visiting this site periodically as well as the AMCAS application site.