Application & Review Process
All applications should be made through the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS). Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on November 1. Applicants must take the MCAT no later than September 12, 2020, to be considered for the 2021 application cycle.
Early Decision Program (EDP)
Early Decision is an application process recommended to outstanding applicants that notifies them of decision by October 1, 2020. This allows sufficient time to apply to other medical schools if not accepted to the University of Utah School of Medicine. Review official AMCAS Early Decision Guidelines before applying to the EDP.
EDP applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on August 1. Applicants must take the MCAT no later than June 27, 2020, to be considered for the 2021 application cycle.
Applicants not accepted under the EDP will be automatically be placed in the regular applicant pool.
Applicants invited to complete secondary materials will have 30 days from the date of the invitation to submit the required materials including letters of recommendation.
Application Fee - $100
The application fee may be paid by credit card and is nonrefundable. We honor the AMCAS fee waiver. Students in extreme financial hardship who did not obtain the AMCAS fee waiver may petition the School of Medicine requesting that the application fee be waived.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must submit at least 3 letters of recommendation with up to 4 being accepted. To see details about letters of recommendation, check the Admissions Requirements section.
The applicant must briefly describe his/her participation in each of these areas: community/volunteer service, leadership, research experience, physician shadowing, and patient exposure.
Idaho State Certification
Applicants must be certified through Idaho State University as residents of Idaho prior to applying. Accepted students pay Utah resident tuition. Students also pay a surcharge to a fund administered by the state of Idaho that is designed to assist in loan repayment for graduates who return to practice primary care in Idaho. Information about this program is available at Idaho State University website or calling 208-282-2475. For more information, visit our Idaho Residents page.
Note: If you have completed a residency certification for the WWAMI program, the University of Idaho will provide a copy of your certification to Idaho State University for verification for the University of Utah School of Medicine. Applicants only need to submit a residency certification through one institution.
If applicants are not from Utah nor Idaho they are given the opportunity to briefly explain their decision to apply to the University of Utah School of Medicine. They should include if they have any ties to Utah.
Your application is reviewed to determine if you are eligible for further consideration. The School of Medicine will not consider applicants who have previously matriculated, been dismissed, are on probation, on hold, or who are under suspension at another LCME accredited allopathic medical school.
All decisions are final.
Volunteers from the fourth year medical student class and faculty representatives who are physicians, investigators, administrators, or community representatives who interact with the medical students, participate in the assessment process. Evaluators explore the applicant's motivation for seeking a medical degree, awareness and understanding of the medical profession, leadership, problem solving skills, understanding of medical ethics, and interpersonal skills.
Members of the Admissions Committee are volunteers from the fourth year medical student class and faculty representatives who are physicians, investigators, administrators, or community representatives who interact with the medical students. Committee members discuss each qualifying applicant in detail, after which each applicant is independently graded.
Applicants are reviewed weekly until all interviewed applicants have been presented. Notifications will be sent by email, revealing final status: Accepted, placed on the alternate list, or not accepted.