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The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences uses the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
The deadline for the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences AMCAS application is Oct. 15 with the expectation that the remainder of the application will be completed by Nov. 1 (see Completed Applications section).
Preference for admissions is given to the following:
- North Dakota residents
- Those with strong North Dakota ties
- WICHE applicants (currently only those from Montana and Wyoming)
- INMED applicants (members of federally recognized tribes)
- Select group of Minnesota applicants
Applicants are encouraged to assess their suitability for the School based on the preference criteria. Those who meet the criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.
Residents of North Dakota have lived in the state for 12 months prior to Nov. 1 of the year of application and are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. However, strongest preference is given to lifelong or long-term residents.
Individuals with strong North Dakota connections are:
- Applicants who have graduated from a North Dakota high school
- Former residents whose parents are current residents of North Dakota
- Applicants with an immediate family member who is a graduate of a North Dakota institution of higher education
- Applicants whose parents or guardians at one time resided in North Dakota and who still own property in the state
WICHE applicants are certified by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) will receive equal preference for positions in each entering class.
INMED applicants are Native American and, regardless of state of residency, are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe. These students may apply for admission through the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program.
Successful applicant will demonstrate through the AMCAS application, letters of recommendation, secondary application and the interview:
- Skills and Experience
- Communication skills
- Problem solving skills
- Group/team participation skills
- Organizational skills
- Self-care skills
- Interpersonal skills
General fit for a career in medicine
- Commitment to improving the human condition
- Health care exposure
- Dedication to life long learning
Fit for the School's mission
- Firsthand knowledge of rural health care in ND and/or underserved area
- Life experience in a rural/small town setting and/or a Native American community
- Genuine fit of applicant goals with the mission of the school
- Personal Characteristics
- Relationship building
- Educational accomplishments and appropriateness for PCL Curriculum
- Course Variety
- Participation in non-academic activities.
Prerequisite Course Work
Prior to admission, a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an approved college or university is required. Preference is given to students who will have completed an undergraduate degree and who are broadly educated in the sciences and humanities.
The following list of courses and credits indicates the minimal prerequisites that all applicants must take prior to admission to medical school. A minimum cumulative and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math) grade point average of 3.0 or above is expected.
Chemistry (with lab): 16
- Inorganic and qualitative: 8
- Organic: 8*
- Biology (with lab): 8
- Physics (with lab): 8
- Psychology/Sociology: 3
- Language Arts (English, Speech, etc.): 6
- College Algebra: 3
* A student may substitute a semester/quarter of biochemistry for the final semester/quarter of organic chemistry.
The deadline for all materials to reach the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions is Nov. 1. Requisite materials include the AMCAS application, secondary application, fee and letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications can not be considered. The absence of any required material will lead the committee to consider the application as incomplete and will likely prevent consideration of the application.
MCAT results are a required part of the application. Be sure to complete the testing in a time frame that allows results to be reported in the deadline already discussed.
The deadline for the AMCAS application is Oct. 15 with the expectation that the remainder of the application will be completed by Nov. 1. Applications that are incomplete at the Nov. 1 deadline will not be considered further.
Secondary applications are sent to all applicants via e-mail and are expected to be returned within two weeks to ensure timely consideration
- A $50 non-refundable application fee will be required to be returned with the secondary application. Instructions for submission will be contained in the email that contains information on the secondary application.
- The application fee will be waived for those individuals who have been given an AMCAS fee waiver.
Three letters of recommendation are required, although we will accept up to four.
- Letters of recommendation must utilize the AMCAS letter service.
- Two letters of recommendation are required from college instructor or faculty who know the applicant well and can address the personal characteristics noted above.
- For non-traditional students it may be preferable to provide a letter from a non-faculty person who can address the characteristics.
- A committee letter may serve as two faculty/instructor letters.
- The final letter should be from a supervisor (paid or volunteer) who has worked with that applicant, knows them well and can speak to the characteristics listed above.
- Some undergraduate institutions compile packets of several letters. If your letter packet includes more than four letters, you must identify which three or four you would like us to consider. If you do not, only the first four will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee.
MCAT scores may not be older than three years at the time of application.
Interviews are held on specific Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the months of December and January. Applicants will be notified of the invitation to interview via e-mail. It is expected that the applicant will respond via within two to three business days in order to assure a timely scheduling of interview.
The interview team consists of three admissions committee members, a basic scientist, a physician and a medical student. One team member will be the lead interviewer; however, all members will ask questions in turn. T he interview is expected to last approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Applicants are asked to arrive early on the day of interview and gather in the pre-interview room. Refreshments and light snacks are available for applicants. Medical students will be in the room to answer questions for the applicants (this is not a part of the interview process). A short film will be shown describing the Patient Centered Learning and Team-Based Learning curriculums. The applicant will be escorted to and from the interview room. Following the interview the applicant may stay and talk further with the medical students and if they desire, they can participate in a tour of the school.
All interviews will be completed before acceptances are offered. E-mails are sent out after the final interview weekend. It is not possible to let applicants know until the interviews are completed.
Accepted students are expected to respond within four weeks of initial admissions offer to accept or reject the offer. Acceptance of the position at the School must be accompanied by a $100 deposit (to be applied to the first semester tuition).
- A $100 check must be mailed to the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions.
- The deposit may be refundable if the accepted student notifies the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions by May 15th.
The Office's official form of communication is e-mail. Students are responsible for monitoring their e-mail accounts and for notifying the Office of any e-mail address changes.