Students must possess academic stamina as demonstrated in healthy habits and attitudes, behavioral maturity, and cognitive ability.
UND's application and admissions procedures comply with the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Admissions Officers. We encourage you to consult and follow the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants. In addition, we expect applicants to assume responsibility for the following:
The Office of Student Affairs & Admissions official form of communication is email. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their email accounts and for notifying AMCAS and our office of any email address changes. Check your junk email and the spam folder often for emails from our office.
It is the applicant's responsibility to review the Admissions website to determine eligibility and competitiveness for admission into UND SMHS. Please review the Selection Criteria; if you are not a North Dakota resident, we encourage you to pay special attention to the section on Residency Preferences.
Letters of Recommendation
It is applicants’ responsibility to ensure that they submit the correct number of letters by the November 1, 2023 deadline.
If your letters are being forwarded by your university advising office or career center, and you are unaware as to how your university compiles letters of evaluation, please consult your pre-health advising office prior to entering letter information to avoid complications with your application. Please review the Application Process, specifically, Step 3: Submit Letters of Recommendation for specific letter types and requirements.
Completed Application Deadline
The Office is unable to assume responsibility for notifying applicants of missing credentials. If you have any concerns about the completeness of your application, please contact our office before the November 1, 2023 deadline. If your application is incomplete at the November 1, 2023 deadline, it will be withdrawn from consideration. The deadline to receive all application materials is FIRM and NO exceptions will be permitted.
Expectations of Entering Medical Students
Medical education is rigorous and intensive. It is essential that entering medical students possess academic stamina as demonstrated in healthy habits and attitudes, behavioral maturity, and cognitive ability. The curriculum requires the student to apply foundational knowledge to the study and understanding of normal and abnormal processes of the human body and of the behavioral and social influences on these processes. In this context, medical students learn the skills of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and management of disease, health maintenance, risk assessment, disease screening, public health aspects of disease, and disease prevention. In addition, modern medicine dictates the need for excellent communication skills and the ability to work in complex interprofessional health care environments while caring for a diverse patient population and maintaining professional and moral-ethical codes.
Entering medical students will therefore demonstrate qualities aligned with competencies expected of medical students graduating from the UNDSMHS.
- An understanding of the natural science underpinnings of biomedical sciences including concepts of introductory-level biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.
- An understanding of foundational concepts of psychology, sociology, and behavioral biology.
- Skill in scientific inquiry and reasoning, critical analysis, research methods, and statistics as applied to the natural, social, and/or behavioral sciences.
- Interpersonal and communication skills.
- Commitment to working with people of diverse cultures and socioeconomic status.
- Adherence to ethical principles.
- Awareness and responsiveness to complex societal systems.
- Ability to function effectively within a team setting.
- Motivation to pursue lifelong learning.
Minimum Academic Requirement
Completion of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university is required before matriculation, but not application.
There is no required major for our medical school. You should choose a major that interests you and you can excel in at college. We urge applicants to take a variety of courses, from humanities, to behavior sciences, to applied sciences.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The UNDSMHS requires completion of the MCAT. There is no minimum score, though performance on this standardized test is considered as part of the whole application package. We consider a range of variables in applicants, not just metrics, but a minimum cumulative and BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. The average GPA for applicants accepted into the 2020 entering class was 3.8 and the average MCAT was 507. If you've taken the MCAT more than once, the committee will look closely at the most recent results and compare with previous scores received.
When to Take the MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is given multiple times each year. For most application cycles, the latest test date you can take the MCAT is mid-September to have the test results to us by the deadline of November 1, 2023. MCAT scores may not be older than three years from January 1 of the application deadline.
Prepare for the MCAT
The MCAT assesses preparedness in foundational knowledge, scientific reasoning, problem solving, reasoning about the design and execution of research, and data-based and statistical reasoning. Preparation for the MCAT will vary depending on the academic and personal circumstances of the applicant. Traditional MCAT preparatory courses include two semesters of general biology, two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, two semesters of physics, and psychology/sociology.
The UNDSMHS does not require completion of specific academic coursework for admissions. Entering medical students must have more than an introductory level of pre-requisite knowledge and skills to master the volume and complexity of the undergraduate medical curriculum.
Suggested coursework in addition to MCAT preparatory courses listed above include an extra semester of biochemistry, one or two upper level biology courses emphasizing concepts applicable to human biology, and an upper level intensive-writing course.
There is no timeline for when a bachelor’s degree must have been completed within. The goal of recommended course material is to prepare you for the MCAT and the rigors of medical school. Some applicants find that they need to retake some science courses before launching into a medical school curriculum.
Experience and Attributes Portfolio
The portfolio is intended for the applicant to illustrate evidence of attributes not easily captured in transcripts or standardized tests. Documentation may be derived from formal course work, extracurricular activities, or employment. Some experiences may have sufficient depth and breadth to address more than one part of the portfolio. In such instances, unique artifacts must specifically highlight each experience. These items will be assessed from your secondary and primary application
- Written Expression
- Research or Creative Activity
- Evidence with Diverse Populations
- Medical/Clinical Experience