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Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Can I schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor?

Unfortunately, we do not have admissions counselors. All the information you need to know about applying to Emory School of Medicine is included on this website.  If, after reviewing the information on this website, you still have questions, you may call the Office of Admissions at 404/727-5660. Here are some of the basics:  

In order to meet Emory course requirements, you will need to complete at least four full years, with labs, in the basic sciences (one year in each of the following areas: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics). We expect medical school students to have a sound knowledge in these areas, prior to attending medical school.    

For the class admitted in 2014, the average MCAT score was 34 and the average GPA was 3.7. Emory receives over 6000 applications each year for its incoming class of 138 students, so you’ll need to be competitive in order to be invited for an interview.  

Another important thing to keep in mind is that the application “season” begins 14 months prior to each year’s fall semester, so be sure to plan ahead. Applications are submitted online via the American Medical College Application System (AMCAS) at www.amcas.org, beginning in May (for application to the fall of the following year).

You may also find it helpful to meet with your pre-medical advisor at your college or university for assistance applying to medical school.

What courses should I be taking to prepare for medical school?

In order to meet Emory course requirements, you will need to complete at least four full years, with labs, in the basic sciences (one year in each of the following areas: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics). We expect medical school students to have a sound knowledge in these areas, prior to attending medical school.  

You will also need to complete six semester hours of English (a full year of college-level grammar and composition). If you feel that your coursework in other areas would fulfill this requirement, you will be given an opportunity in the Emory Supplemental Application to explain. This does not guarantee that an exception will granted. The final decision rests with the Admissions Committee. Exceptions are made for individuals with very high grades or for those who demonstrate grammar and composition aptitude in other areas (MCAT scores, thesis work, publication of research/articles, etc.).  

Lastly, you will need to complete at least 18 hours of coursework in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Examples of courses that meet this requirement include:

  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Appreciation/Art History
  • Black Studies/African American Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Music/Music Appreciation
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theater/Film Studies
  • Women’s Studies

Do I have to be a pre-med major to apply to Emory?

You do not have to be a pre-med or biology major to apply to Emory. Every year, we admit students with non-science majors. The most important consideration is that you meet the course requirements, including four full years in the sciences (see question above for complete list of course requirements).

Does it matter where I go to college?

Emory accepts students from state schools, as well as private schools. We do not consider students from any particular college or university to be more prepared for medical school than others, although we do recognize that some schools are more academically rigorous than others. What you do and accomplish during your undergraduate career speaks more highly of your preparation for medical school, than does a degree from a particular institution.  

If your undergraduate degree is from a college or university in the United States or Canada , the college or university must be regionally accredited in order for you to qualify for admission to Emory. For a list of accredited schools, please visit the website for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at http://www.chea.org/directories/ . Look for their “Regional Accrediting Organizations.”

What if I've been out of college for a while?

Over 40% of last year’s class had taken a year or more “off” after college. Some took full-time jobs, some did overseas volunteer work, others pursued their interests outside of medicine. We do not consider this a disadvantage.  

Some applicants feel that they need to take a few post-graduate science courses to strengthen/refresh their knowledge in the sciences. This is not required, but consider that you will need to be able to submit strong, recent MCAT scores (taken within four years of matriculation) in order to be competitive.  

Does Emory have a post-baccalaureate program to prepare students for medical school?

Emory does not have a post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare students for medical school; however, you may qualify for admission as a Student in Special Standing (non-degree seeking student) if you would like to take an undergraduate science course or courses.  For more information about registering for courses via the Student in Special Standing Status at the Laney Graduate School of Emory University:  http://www.gs.emory.edu/admissions/non-degree.html

Where can I find out more information about other healthcare professional programs at Emory?

You may go to http://med.emory.edu/main/education/admissions/index.html for more information about the following programs:

  • Anesthesiology & Patient Monitoring
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Medical Imaging
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant

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Applying to Emory

How do I apply to Emory School of Medicine?

The application process begins about 14 months prior to each year’s fall semester.

Applications to most medical schools, including Emory, are submitted online with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The application season begins in early May of each year (for admission to the fall semester of the following year). The deadline to apply through AMCAS is October 15. You may find out more information about AMCAS on the Association of American Medical Colleges website: www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm  

Part of your AMCAS application will include the selection of all the medical schools to which you wish to apply. If you select Emory as one of your choices, AMCAS will send your verified information to us. Once your verified application is received at Emory, it will be screened for competitiveness.  If you are selected to receive a Supplemental Application, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions giving you access to Emory’s online Supplemental Application.

Applicants will be required to submit a photo and application fee with their online Emory Supplemental Application. The deadline to submit the Supplemental Application is December 1.  

You may also find help with the medical school application process by contacting your Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Advisor at your school’s academic advising office. 

Can you send me an application?

We no longer mail out or accept paper applications. All applications are submitted online (see question above for more details about the application process).

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

Applicants are required to submit either:

  1. One letter or letter packet from a Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee; or,
  2. Three letters from individuals, two of whom should be your professors in the sciences

We strongly suggest you submit two letters from the professors who taught you in the hard sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) in your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate education or from someone familiar with your research and knowledge in the sciences.

If you are unable to submit letters from two science professors, you may substitute letters from other educators, advisors, or employers, but keep in mind that Emory is an extremely competitive school. The Admissions Committee will look for applicants who demonstrate a sound knowledge in the hard sciences, prior to attending medical school, and are able to provide recommendation letters to attest that knowledge.

May I send additional letters of recommendations?

You may submit additional letters of recommendation, but keep in mind that the Admissions Committee may not be able to read an excessive amount of letters. Please limit additional letters to just a few.

What if I don't have a Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee?

If you do not have a Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee at your undergraduate institution, you may submit letters of recommendation from three individual letter writers. Two of these letter writers should be your professors in the sciences or individuals who are very familiar with your knowledge, interest, and abilities in the sciences.

What if my school has a Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee, but I choose not to use the committee?

If your letters are submitted by three individual letter writers rather than your school’s Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee, you should send a letter to the Admissions Office explaining why you are not using the committee.

Can I apply for a waiver of my application fee?

You may request an application fee waiver through AMCAS when you submit your AMCAS application. If your request is granted, you will automatically be granted a fee waiver for the Supplemental Application as well.  

If you were denied a fee waiver by AMCAS, you may have your financial aid officer or other financial or banking officer send us a letter requesting a waiver of your application fee. The letter should include a summary of your financial need, as well as the conditions that have changed since your request was denied by AMCAS.

Submitting a request for a fee waiver does not guarantee that your request will be granted. The final decision to grant a fee waiver will be decided once your documentation is received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Does Emory Screen for minimum MCAT Scores?

Emory will screen all applicants for a minimum MCAT score based on the applicant's most recent test date.  Applicants with a minimum MCAT total score of less than 27 or a subtest score of less than 7 on any of the three MCAT subtests will not receive an invitation to complete an Emory Supplemental Application.

What are the average GPA and MCAT scores for accepted students?

The average cumulative GPA for our students who enrolled in the Fall 2013 class was a 3.7. The average MCAT score was a 34, with at least a 10 in each of the science subtests.  

Does Emory offer a preparation course for the MCAT?

Emory does not provide a prep course for the MCATs. For information about studying for the MCAT, you may visit their website at: www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm

If I take the MCAT a second time, will my two sets of scores be averaged?

No. Each set of scores will be assessed separately.

What is the oldest MCAT score that Emory will accept?

We will accept MCAT scores as far back as 4 years prior to matriculation. For example, to apply for the Fall 2015 class, you will need to submit MCAT scores from at least 2011.

Will my undergraduate and graduate GPAs be looked at separately or combined?

If you have taken post-baccalaureate courses, this course work will be calculated with your undergraduate grades and appear in your cumulative GPA with your AMCAS data. However, If you have taken courses in a Graduate degree program, your GPA in that program will be separated from your undergraduate and post-baccalaureate cumulative GPA.

What if my early college grades are significantly lower than my most recent grades, including post-baccalaureate courses taken?

The Admissions Committee will look at the improvement a student makes over the course of his or her college career. An ascending GPA will look better than a descending GPA. However, the strength of the courses taken in the early and later years will be considered as well.

Do you accept AP credit?

We will accept some Advancement Placement (AP) credit, as long as it appears on your college transcript. However, a solid background in the sciences is essential to do well on the MCAT science subtests and to be accepted to a rigorous medical school program, such as Emory.  

It is highly recommended that you complete at least four full years, with labs, in the basic sciences (one year in each of the following areas: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics). We expect medical school students to have a sound knowledge in these areas, prior to attending medical school. If you have AP credit in any of these general science areas, you may find it helpful to take additional science courses to keep your knowledge in the sciences strong, but it is not required.

What if I don't meet all the course requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum course requirements, you will be given an opportunity in the Emory Supplemental Application to explain why. Exceptions are made. They are rare, but they are made for individuals with very high grades or for those who demonstrate an exceptional aptitude in the sciences and in other areas (strong MCAT scores, published research, etc.).  

Another important factor to consider is scoring well on the MCAT science subtests. Our admitted students score an average of 34 on the MCAT. If you are able to score well in the MCAT science subtests, this will certainly be a significant indicator of your knowledge in the sciences.

Do I have to complete all the course requirements before I submit my application to Emory?

It is highly recommended that you complete most, if not all, of your science requirements prior to applying. Some required labs and humanities courses can be completed after applying. All required courses must be completed before matriculating at Emory.

Do I need to send my transcripts to Emory?

No. All your coursework will be verified by AMCAS, so you do not need to send transcripts for your application.  

If you are offered admission, you must submit official, final transcripts from all schools attended to the Office of Admissions prior to matriculation.

What does "accredited" mean?

“Accredited” means a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada. If your undergraduate degree is from a college or university in the United States or Canada, the college or university must be regionally accredited in order for you to qualify for admission to Emory. For a list of accredited schools, please visit the web site for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at http://www.chea.org/directories/ . Look for their “Regional Accrediting Organizations.”  

If your degree is from a college in the U.S. or Canada that is not accredited, you are not eligible to apply to Emory School of Medicine until you complete at least 90 semester hours of coursework, including all the course requirements, at a regionally accredited institution.

If your degree is from an institution outside the United States or Canada, you will need to complete one full year of coursework, including 2 semesters of biology (with lab), two semesters of General or Inorganic Chemistry (with lab), two semesters of Organic Chemistry (with lab) and two semesters of Physical Science (with lab) at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada before applying to Emory.

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International Students

Do you accept applications from international students?

Yes. International students are welcome to apply.  

The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students. All applicants will receive a full review of their file, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.  

All applicants must plan to complete a four-year undergraduate college degree program. If your undergraduate degree is from a college or university in the United States or Canada , the college or university must be regionally accredited in order for you to qualify for admission to Emory. If your undergraduate degree is from a college outside the United States, you must complete all science course requirements, including 2 semesters of biology with lab, 2 semesters of chemistry with lab, 2 semesters of organic chemistry with lab and 2 semesters of physical science with lab (and English, if English language skills are not strong) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college.

What financial aid is available to international students?
Please note that citizens of foreign countries are ineligible to receive U.S. federal financial aid, but may be eligible to receive merit-based scholarships.  

Permanent residents with I-151, I-551, or I-551C VISAS are eligible for federal financial aid, as well as merit-based scholarships.  

All international students are required by Emory University to show proof of ability to pay all four years of tuition prior to becoming admitted—eligibility for scholarship cannot be determined until the student is admitted.

Are TOEFL scores required?

TOEFL scores are not required; however, all applicants must take the MCAT. Strong performance on the MCAT will demonstrate the needed aptitude in English.

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After Applying to Emory

After my application is complete, what happens next?

All completed applications will be screened for an interview. If you are invited for an interview, you will be notified by email or telephone, so please be sure to keep AMCAS and the Office of Admissions informed of any changes in your contact information.

Approximately 750 applicants will be invited for an interview between September and February.  

We receive over 6000 applications each year, so only 10 – 15% of all applicants are interviewed. Those who are not invited for an interview will receive notification in writing in March. Applicants must be interviewed in order to be considered for admission.

Each month between October and February, the Admissions Committee will select interviewed applicants to be accepted. Letters of acceptance are mailed after each Committee meeting.

We operate on a rolling admissions cycle, so if you are interviewed, but not selected for admission at the Committee meeting following your interview, you will still be eligible for selection for admission at all subsequent meetings.

When the last Committee meeting takes place in March, and the final round of acceptance letters are mailed, the Committee will determine which interviewed applicants will be offered alternate status. Notification of alternate status will be communicated via email. Alternates are accepted throughout the summer until the class is filled.

After my application is complete, how long will it take before I find out if I am invited for an interview?

The Emory School of Medicine conducts interviews from September through February, and we begin extending interview invitations in late August or early September. Invitations are sent out right up until the end of the season in February. The order in which applicants are interviewed is largely (although not entirely) based upon how early the application is completed, so it is always a good idea to complete your application as soon as possible.

Interview invitations are extended by email and telephone, so be sure to keep AMCAS and our office updated with any contact information changes.

How are applicants screened for an interview?

All the materials and information in an applicant’s file are considered. Although MCAT scores and GPA are the strongest indicators, exceptional letters of recommendation, college and community involvement, and significant experience in a clinical setting are also very important.

How many alternates are accepted each year?

This number varies from year to year and depends upon the decisions of the initially accepted applicants. As we receive withdraw requests from accepted students, we look to our alternates to fill the class. Some years we only accept 8 or 10 alternates. Other years we have accepted 30 from the alternate group.

Can I check the status of my application online?

Once your application is complete, there is no change in the status of your application unless you are invited for an interview. Once your application has been completed it will remain in review throughout the interview season.  No one who has completed a Supplemental Application is rejected during the interview season.  Please do not call the Office of Admission to "check on the status of your application".

What if I have new information to add to my application file?

Please be sure to keep AMCAS updated with any changes to your contact information.

Updates to your Supplemental Application are accepted, though in text format only.  There is no capacity to upload documents (e.g. PDF's) to your file.  

If I am a current applicant, can I make an appointment with someone in the Admissions Office to discuss my application?

Once the interview season has begun, applicants cannot make appointments. With an applicant pool of over 6000, it is impossible to meet with all who would like to discuss their application. If you would like to address a particular issue with your application you should submit a request in writing to the Office of Admissions via email (medadmiss@emory.edu).

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Financial Aid

How can I find out if I qualify for scholarships?

We cannot tell you in advance whether or not you qualify. Need-based loans and scholarships are awarded based on the results of completed financial applications (see question below).

What financial aid forms do you require?

Interviewed candidates who will need consideration for financial aid or documentation for loans must complete the PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We highly recommended that all interviewed candidates complete these forms. Upon acceptance to Emory, financial consideration can be given in a timely way only if the required documentation is already on file with the Emory University Financial Aid Office.

The PROFILE can be completed online, using code 0140, at www.collegeboard.org
 
The FAFSA can be completed on-line, using code 001564, at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Can I meet with a financial aid counselor?

Once an applicant is accepted he or she may speak to a counselor in the Emory Financial Aid Office.

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Already in Medical School

How do I apply for a clinical rotation at Emory?

Students currently enrolled in an AAMC member medical school or an international medical school may apply online for up to two 4-week clinical rotations at Emory. Refer to Visiting Medical Students for more information

Do you accept transfer students?

The Emory Schoolof Medicine does not accept transfer students into our MD program.

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