Application Process

Admissions Office Staff is available for questions via email medadms@bu.edu.

Applying in the time of a pandemic:

Over the course of the last year, everything and everyone was impacted by COVID-19.  We in medical school admissions learned a great deal.  We figured out how to conduct interviews and information sessions effectively online.  We reviewed more applications than ever before (and 27% more than the previous year!) while maintaining our typical season schedule.  Most importantly, we realized that we were able to evaluate applicants even though they’d had different course structures, fewer research/volunteer/clinical opportunities, and an overall loss of control over an already-arduous process.  While nobody was happy about making these changes under duress, we feel happy about the outcome – we have recruited a phenomenal class of incoming students, and we did it by focusing on our bedrock principles of holistic application review. 

BUSM has always been a leader in holistic review. That means we read every application as a whole, and consider the applicant’s context. We are not worried about specific courses being online or pass-fail, and we aren’t simply counting up the hours you spent doing various experiences.  We don’t have fixed requirements, or minimums, or must-haves.  We believe there are a multitudeof paths to being a great doctor and we want you to find your own.  Our essential question is whether you have demonstrated competence in key areas (science, service, communication, etc) to the degree that suggests you’ll be successful in medical school and as a physician.

We have also learned this year how incredibly resourceful and dedicated many of you are.  Applicants took the initiative to help out their communities in ways that were largely unpaid and came with no title.  Applicants demonstrated dedication by researching remotely instead of in the lab or clinic.  They took on clinical responsibilities that were beyond their job description.  Many, many applicants did these things despite terrible losses from COVID, from the effects of the pandemic, and while being pummeled by the ceaseless blows of systemic racism and inequality.

Please email if you have additional questions.

Regular Admissions

Candidates may apply between late June 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.

Supplemental applications are sent to all applicants who select Boston University School of Medicine to receive their AMCAS application.

International Students

International students who have a degree from a US or Canadian accredited institution, located within the US or Canada are welcome to apply.  If you hold a non US or Canadian accredited degree, you must have completed at least 2 years of US or Canadian accredited advanced education, including all prerequisite courses.  Non-US citizens and DACA students should be aware that unfortunately Boston University School of Medicine has limited scholarships and financial aid available for non-US citizens.  We recommend you review the cost of attendance prior to applying.

The International Students and Scholars office can assist international students with visa application questions. Visit the ISSO website or email isso@bu.edu with questions.