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Admission Requirements

Each year Emory University School of Medicine enrolls approximately 138 new students in the first-year class. Emory encourages applications from Georgians as well as other well-qualified applicants regardless of geographic origin. Admission is possible only at the beginning of the academic year.

Accepted applicants to the first-year class at Emory have a mean grade-point average of 3.7 and a mean score of 11 on the various subtests of the MCAT. While these statistics serve as guidelines, Emory continues to recognize its responsibility to consider applicants as individuals. However, applicants should present an academic record competitive with those accepted applicants at Emory. Applicants are assessed on their qualifications without discrimination in regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, age, disability, race, religion, veteran status, national origin, or immigration status. It is not possible to offer acceptance to all competitive applicants; consequently, failure to be accepted is not an indication that a student is considered unsuited for a medical career.

Admissions eligibility requirements:

  1. Completion of at least three years of a balanced undergraduate education, including at least 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours in arts and sciences from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution (completion of the baccalaureate degree is preferred).
  2. Minimum course requirements: 8 semester hours each (with lab) of biology, general or inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics; 6 semester hours of English; 18 semester hours of humanities and social and/or behavioral sciences;
  3. Demonstration of a high level of scholarship (the means for those interviewed/accepted: 3.7 GPA and 11 on the MCAT subtests);
  4. Completion of the Medical College Admission Test no later than September of the year in which application is made (the test must be taken within four years of the matriculation year);
  5. Submission of online application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at the following web site:;
  6. Submission of the required Emory Supplemental Application (this form is made available online after Emory receives the applicant's verified AMCAS application);
  7. Submission of a $120 application fee (fee amount subject to change) and photograph (the application fee and photograph may be submitted electronically with the Emory Supplemental Application);
  8. Submission of the required letter(s) of recommendation, either from a premedical advisor or committee, or three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from the sciences;
  9. Completion of a personal interview before the Admissions Committee on the University campus. Not all qualified applicants will be invited for interview; consequently, failure to be offered an interview is not an indication that a student is considered unsuited for a medical career.
  10. Exposure to patients in a clinical setting. Examples include volunteering at a local hospital or clinic, clinical volunteer work abroad, or shadowing a physician. The Admissions Committee is most interested in applicants who have face-to-face experience with the patient-doctor relationship.

Technical Standards for Admission to and Completion of the Doctor of Medicine Degree at Emory University School of Medicine*

For successful completion of the course of study for the doctor of medicine degree at Emory University, the student must have certain technical and intellectual skills. In order to maintain an acceptable level of performance, the student must:

  1. Be able to develop the ability to obtain a medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. These activities require that the student:
    1. Communicate effectively with the patient and the patient's family in order to obtain an adequate medical history;
    2. Review records that relate to the patient's medical history and be able to develop a medical record for the current episode that will be useful to others who care for the patient;
    3. Perform the essential functions of the medical school curriculum such as completing a thorough physical examination by using the appropriate instruments and manual techniques required;
  2. Be able to participate in and demonstrate an understanding of all phases of the educational program, including lectures, laboratory activities, teaching conferences, hospital rounds, and clinical duties.
  3. Be able to demonstrate characteristics that suggest that the student has the ability to function in complex social, professional, and personal roles.
  4. Be able to function in delicate interpersonal relationships and manifest honesty, reliability, genuineness, warmth, and empathy.
  5. Be able to control impulses and maintain good judgment even under physically and emotionally exhausting conditions.

*Developed in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

All correspondence concerning applications to the MD program should be addressed to: Emory University School of Medicine, Office of Admissions, 100 Woodruff  Circle, Suite 231, Atlanta, GA 30322; Phone: 404.727.5660; Email:

Medical College Admissions Test

Almost all accredited medical schools, acting through the Association of American Medical Colleges, require the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). For information on the MCAT, go to

All applicants to the MD program must complete the MCAT no later than September of the year prior to matriculation. The MCAT must be taken within four years of the matriculation year. If an applicant designates Emoryas one of his/her choice on the AMCAS application, results of the test will be sent directly to Emory. Candidates for the MD/PhD program may also submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination if available. However, the GRE is not required for admission to the MD/PhD program.