The COM believes that diversity which is not solely limited to race and ethnicity but also encompasses talents, life skills and special attributes, enhances its ability to provide care to communities across a broad range of racial and ethnic groups and is critical for the amelioration of disparities in health care. This mission is the philosophy by which the COM guides itself and the admissions process. It is the foundation on which the Admissions Committee makes important individual admissions decisions and strives to admit students whose goals and attitudes are consistent with the philosophy of the COM.
Applicants, therefore, must demonstrate strong intellectual ability to master a challenging educational experience. In addition to intellectual ability and a record of academic achievement, successful applicants must exhibit the personal attributes necessary to interact with others in an effective and compassionate manner.
2016 Interview Season Updates
Below are answers to questions we receive often or observed posted on pre-medical forums. Our aim is to address these questions to help applicants proceed more confidently through the admissions process. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
- Some applicants invited to interview on the Temple campus will have one or both of their interviews on the Round Rock campus. (Applicants are notified at the time of scheduling.) These candidates will come to Temple for the orientation, tours, and student panels and then proceed to Round Rock for the interviews (one may be in Temple first). Selection to interview in Round Rock is simply based on whether applicants are driving home in that direction so it will not inconvenience them. Interviewing in Round Rock is neither a disadvantage nor advantage; it simply allows us to include additional faculty in our interview process.
- Being scheduled for an interview in Bryan or Temple is randomly determined based on which of the Admissions Deans completes the final screen of the application and has no impact on selection nor future campus placement.
- Interview invitations are sent out at random times, not on a set schedule. This process depends on many factors including when faculty provide their availability for interviews and the screening of files.
- When your status changes, it cannot be inferred to predict the timing of future changes. The most important initial status is having a complete file and going into review. The review process is ongoing and could last the entire interview season. You could be brought in later in the interview process even if your file has been in review for months. If you believe there is an error in your status (i.e. it shows incomplete but you know you have submitted everything), please contact us.
- The "Lizzy M" score discussed on some of the pre-medical forums is formulated strictly on MCAT and GPA. Texas A&M COM utilizes a holistic review process in admissions meaning there are many additional factors beyond MCAT and GPA that we take into consideration when making our decision to invite applicants in for interview. Therefore, comparing metrics alone provides only a small dimension of what is important to us. For additional information on what we look for in applicants, review the "Screening of Applications" section below.
Screening of Applications
The process of screening applications for interview is selective. It is critical for us to understand the circumstances of applicants and give careful consideration to their history of academic and MCAT performance. It is just as important to carefully scrutinize the characteristics, backgrounds, and situations which reflect a meaningful record of accomplishment and experience. However, it must be understood that not all of the applications under review will result in either an interview or an offer of admission.
Applicants are screened for interview on academic performance and intellectual capacity, dedication to service and capacity for effective interactions, special life circumstances, and other compelling factors, such as, but not limited to the following:
- involvement in community (non-health care related) service activities
- leadership in school organizations or community projects
- clinical or healthcare related experiences
- quality of personal statement
- motivation for medicine as a career
- supportive letters of evaluation from faculty and mentors
- areas of interest in medicine
- circumstances indicative of some hardship or adversity
- socioeconomic background
- race and ethnicity
- first generation to attend or graduate from a college or university
- parents having high school or less education
- need to work while attending high school and/or college
- responsible for the care of others or the rearing of children
- region in which applicant resides
- region in which applicant's high school district is located
- comparative availability of physicians in the applicant's region of residence (underserved or health professions shortage area)
- evidence of experience of other cultures and the human condition, including multilingual proficiency
- automatic admissions to one of the state's public undergraduate institutions
Scheduling and Format
Applicants are invited for personal interviews based upon their competitiveness in the screening process described above. Interview sessions typically are scheduled from August to December and follow an all-day format.Each applicant is given two individual thirty-minute interviews by a combination of faculty admissions committee members, student admissions committee members, and faculty or administrator guest interviewers.
Two independent interview sessions are conducted, one in College Station and another in Temple on Thursdays. Applicants are selected for either location on a random basis. Interviewing at either location will not mandate your attendance at that campus upon acceptance.
Personal interviews at the College of Medicine are a two-way exchange. Applicants are encouraged to use this experience to inquire and form opinions about the strengths and opportunities available at the College of Medicine. Although intellectual ability and record of achievement are important factors, the personal interview gives the Admissions Committee another measure by which to evaluate and understand other traits necessary to foster the development of a competent, compassionate and responsible physician. Ability to communicate and interact, social consciousness, maturity, personal integrity, tolerance and motivation for a career in medicine are among the characteristics sought.
Tender of Acceptance Offer
Notification of acceptances is made on a rolling basis between November 15 and December 31 to Texas residents. A match will be conducted on or around February 1 to fill any remaining positions.
Formal offers of acceptance to non-Texas residents, MD/PhD candidates and participants in any special or assured admission program may be extended anytime on or after October 15. These applicants are not included in the match.
For more information on the TMDSAS medical schools acceptance policy and procedures for applicants, refer to General Guidelines for Conduct of the Match on the
Criminal Background Check
All applicants accepted to the College of Medicine must submit to and satisfactorily complete a background check review as a condition of matriculation. An offer of admission will not be final until the completion of the background check with results deemed favorable. Admission may be denied based on the review of the background check.
Healthcare providers are entrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of patients, have access to controlled substances and confidential information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior. Thus an assessment of a student or applicant’s suitability to function in such a setting is imperative to promote the highest level of integrity in healthcare services.
Background check reports and other submitted information are confidential and may only be reviewed by College of Medicine officials and affiliated clinical facilities in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).