Eligibility and Recommendations
- Applicants are considered for admission to Stanford Medicine without regard to their country of origin.
- Applicants with disabilities are eligible to apply.
- Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. residents holding a valid visa, individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application, undocumented students, and international students.
- International Students must have studied for at least one academic year at an accredited college or university in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom prior to applying for admission.
- Applicants must have earned a Bachelors degree at an accredited college or University by time of anticipated matriculation.
- With regard to the 2021 application cycle, applications may be submitted without an MCAT score taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, March 14 - September 30, 2020. For applications without any prior reported MCAT scores, MCAT is optional for the 2021 application cycle. The choice to take or re-take the MCAT examination is up to the applicant.
Transfer and Prior Enrollment Policy
Stanford Medicine maintains a strict no-transfer policy and does not accept applications for transfer.
For purposes of this policy, Stanford Medicine defines enrollment as attendance at or participation in any pre-orientation program, orientation program, or class.
Stanford Medicine reserves the right to deny a supplemental application to applicants who have previously enrolled in another medical school domestically or abroad. Stanford Medicine may consider on a case by case basis, whether to grant a supplemental application to applicants who have engaged in a limited time of study (usually <2 years) of a medical degree program that combines undergraduate and medical studies.
Academic Preparation and Recommendations
Stanford Medicine seeks to admit a diverse body of students who are interested in the intellectual substance of medicine and are committed to advancing scholarship in any field of medicine. Desirable candidates for admissions are academically ready to succeed in our curriculum, have life experiences that will enrich our learning environment, and have personal qualities that will serve them, their colleagues, and their patients well in their professional lives.
Applicants must have received a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. They are encouraged to explore diverse educational opportunities throughout their college careers and undergo rigorous preparation in the life sciences. Stanford favors students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to scholarship in an area of their interest.
Since the content and depth of courses varies significantly among institutions, we provide the following recommendations to be used as a guide.
Stanford Medicine does not have specific course requirements, but recommends appropriate preparation for the study of medicine. These recommendations are drawn from the Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians 2009 Report of the AAMC-HHMI Committee and the Behavioral and Social Sciences Foundations for Future Physicians 2011 Report of the AAMC Behavioral and Social Sciences Expert Panel, and we encourage applicants to read these reports for further details.
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of how biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells; an understanding of principles of how molecular and cell assemblies, organs, and organisms, develop structure and carry out function; explain how organisms sense and control their internal environment and respond to external change; and demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on Earth.
Chemistry and Physics
Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and physics, and their applications to the understanding of living systems.
Physics and Mathematics
Applicants must be able to apply quantitative reasoning, statistical principles, and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world and evaluate the published scientific literature.
Laboratory or Field Experiments
Applicants must demonstrate understanding of the processes of scientific inquiry, and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated, through hands-on laboratory or field experiences.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
A patient-centered approach to health care requires an understanding of the patient as an individual and a member of a family, community, and society. Applicants must develop an understanding of behavioral and social processes and their use to predict or influence health outcomes or health risk factors.
Applicants must be able to write clearly, speak fluently, and read English with excellent comprehension. Fluency in a foreign language, specifically Spanish or an Asian language, is recommended to enhance learning and service in our diverse communities.