Application Process

Outline of Fountain Outside the School of Medicine Candidates for admission to the Boston University School of Medicine must apply to the:

Association of American Medical College
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1126

Candidates may apply between June 1 and November 1, but early application is strongly recommended.

Initial applications are accepted only through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Information and application materials are available at www.aamc.org.

Once AMCAS has notified the Office of Admissions that an applicant is interested in applying to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), we will send out an initial contact email with all information necessary for starting the secondary application process.  BUSM does not pre-screen information from AMCAS. All applicants indicating interest in BUSM on their initial AMCAS application will receive a secondary application from us in due time. All applications are completed electronically. Due to the retention of the current student body, Boston University School of Medicine does not have any slots available for advanced standing in the second or third classes.

Timetable for application and acceptance for the entering class of 2014

Routine Application

Receipt of AMCAS application: June 1, 2013 – November 1, 2013
Receipt of all secondary materials: June 1, 2013 – January 3, 2014
Interviews (by invitation only): Early October 2013 – Mid-February 2014
Earliest notice of acceptance: Mid-January 2014

Early Decision Application

Receipt of AMCAS application: June 1, 2013 – August 1, 2013
Receipt of all secondary materials: June 15, 2013 – August 15, 2013
Interviews (by invitation only): Mid-August 2013 – Mid-September 2013
Notice of acceptance: Prior to October 2, 2013

Applicants interested in applying Early Decision must contact the Dean of Admissions as soon as possible before the formal application process.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at 617/638-4630 for further information.

Selection Factors

Applicants are selected not only on the basis of academic record, recommendations, research experience, and involvement in community activities and service, but also by qualities of personality, character and resilience. A personal interview is an integral part of the admissions process.  All interviews are granted at the discretion of the Committee on Admissions.

Our review process is as follows:

1. Our first step each year is to establish a universe of academically prepared individuals within the pool of candidates who file initial applications with us. This year, it looks like we will be working with approximately 12,000 applications. The initial screening step is based largely, but not exclusively, upon quantitative data such as academic performance at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels, MCAT scores, and academic rank of the educational institution(s). Various aspects of life history are also considered. In recent years we have had approximately 7,500 applications pass this initial screen and move on to additional review and consideration.

2. Next, we review the remaining folders in even greater detail, struggling to identify the candidates with special or unusual characteristics that suggest they may be particularly well suited to attending our medical school. Of the approximately 7,500 applicants reviewed at this level, we have capacity to interview only about 1,000, so we are forced to make many arbitrary and subjective decisions. Our focus is on a comprehensive, holistic evaluation of each applicant, incorporating academic and nonacademic factors in a highly individualized review. Once again, it is extremely unusual for a decision to be made on the basis of only 1 factor. Rather, these decisions reflect our sense of the overall portfolio.

3. After interview the folders are reviewed yet again, this time with the interviewer’s report providing important, but not necessarily determinative, guidance in our final decision about acceptance. By this stage of the process each applicant folder has been scrutinized and discussed by no fewer than 8 members of the Committee on Admissions.

Individuals interested in additional information are encouraged to browse our Viewbook. Further questions can be addressed directly to the Office of Admissions at 617/638-4630 or medadms@bu.edu.

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