You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. to apply, and preference is given to residents of North Dakota or those with strong ties to the state.
Applicants are encouraged to assess their suitability for the School based on the following preference criteria. Those who meet the criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who do not meet the criteria below will only be considered for admission if there are not enough qualified applicants who do.
All applicants to medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S.
Preference in admission is given to the following residents:
North Dakota Residents
Applicants who are legal residents of North Dakota and have lived in the state for at least 12 months prior to Nov. 1 of the year of application. Strongest preference is given to current legal residents of North Dakota who graduated from a North Dakota high school.
Former Residents of North Dakota
Former residents of North Dakota whose parents are residents of North Dakota, and who graduated from a North Dakota high school, and who were previously residents of North Dakota for ten years or more
Significant Ties to North Dakota
Applicants who are, or will be at time of matriculation, a graduate of a North Dakota university, excluding online degrees.
Or applicants who have a first-degree family member (mother, father, sibling, child or spouse) who is a graduate of a North Dakota university, excluding online degrees.
Applicants who are residents of Minnesota. Stronger preference is given to Minnesota residents who graduated from a high school in the Red River Valley.
Minnesota Red River Valley Counties
- Big Stone
- Lake of the Woods
- Otter Tail
- Red Lake
The UND SMHS participates in the Professional Student Exchange Program under which legal residents of western states without a medical school may receive preference in admission. Applicants are certified by the WICHE-sending states of Montana and Wyoming.
Certified WICHE students pay resident tuition if they are supported by their home state. To be eligible for this program, the student must be WICHE-certified in his/her state of legal residence prior to matriculation. The number of students to be supported in each state in the field of medicine depends upon state appropriations.
For addresses of state certifying officers, consult:
WICHE Student Exchange Program
3035 Center Green Dr
Boulder CO 80301-9752
Applicants who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, regardless of state of residency, are encouraged to apply. INMED applicants must meet certain application requirements. Please contact the Indians into Medicine (INMED) Program for additional information.