Early Decision

Early Decision at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is a binding early decision program and is a suitable option for exceptionally well qualified candidates who know they wish to attend BUSM. The successful Early Decision candidate will have an exceptional academic record, very strong test scores, excellent letters of recommendation, unusually engaging activities, and an overall record of accomplishment at the level of our best, most compelling applicants.  In addition, Early Decision applicants will be asked to provide a clear explanation as to why they feel comfortable committing to BUSM in this binding process which will make it impossible for them to apply to other medical schools.  Early Decision is not a viable option for candidates whose credentials are not among the strongest we see in our large and extremely well qualified applicant pool.

The Office of Admissions agrees to process the application expeditiously and will provide a decision prior to October 1. The applicant agrees to refrain from applying to other medical schools until our Committee on Admissions reaches a decision and further agrees that, should an acceptance be offered, he/she will attend BUSM and will not submit applications to any other medical school.

The Early Decision application procedure is as follows:

  • Candidates considering an Early Decision must contact the Office of Admissions prior to July 15th and before submitting their AMCAS application, at 617-638-4630 or medadms@bu.edu, to arrange to speak with the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions.
  • Initial applications can be processed only through AMCAS, but please provide our office with written or email notification of your intention to apply Early Decision. This notification should include a statement that you agree to apply to no other medical school until BUSM acts on your application and that you will accept an offer of admission should one be extended. Upon receipt of this notification and your AMCAS application we will request letters of recommendation and additional supporting materials. The AMCAS application and all other documents must be received prior to August 1.
  • Your completed Early Decision application will be reviewed promptly by our Committee on Admissions and, if appropriate, you will be invited to visit our campus for an interview sometime from mid-August to mid-September.
  • We will reach a decision on your Early Decision application and notify you no later than October 1. If accepted, you will have our binding commitment of a seat in the next entering class. If deferred, your application will be considered again in the context of our entire applicant pool but you are free to apply to other medical schools. If declined, you are free to concentrate your efforts on other medical schools.

Successful early decision applicants avoid the arduous process of applying to many medical schools and BUSM has an opportunity to accept some of the best qualified applicants in the country. If you have questions about Early Decision application, feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 617/638-4630 or medadms@bu.edu.