The College of Medicine believes 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 is the philosophy by which the college guides itself and the admissions process. It is the foundation on which the committee makes important individual admissions decisions, striving to admit students whose goals and attitudes are consistent with the philosophy of the College of Medicine.
Therefore, applicants 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.
Below are answers to questions we receive or have observed posted on pre-medical forums. The aim is to address these questions to help applicants proceed more confidently through the admissions process. If you have further questions, 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 an advantage nor a disadvantage, it simply allows additional faculty to be included in the 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 or future campus placement.
- Interview invitations are sent out at random times. This process depends on many factors including when faculty provide their availability for interviews and the screening of files.
- When 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. Applicants could be brought in later in the interview process even if their file has been in review for months. If an applicant believes there is an error in their status (i.e. it shows incomplete but they know they have submitted everything), contact us.
- The "Lizzy M" score discussed on some of the pre-medical forums is formulated strictly on MCAT and GPA. Texas A&M College of Medicine utilizes a holistic review process in admissions, which means there are many additional factors beyond the MCAT and GPA that are taken into consideration when making the decision to invite applicants for interviews. Therefore, comparing metrics alone provides only a small dimension of what is important to the college. For additional information on what the college looks for in applicants, review the Screening of Applications section.
Screening of Applications
The process of screening applications for interview is selective. It is critical for the selection committee 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 that 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 30-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 one in Temple. Applicants are selected for either location on a random basis. Interviewing at either location will not mandate 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 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 to Texas residents between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31. A match will be conducted on or around Feb. 1 to fill any remaining positions.
Formal offers of acceptance to non-Texas residents, M.D./Ph.D. candidates and participants in any special or assured admission program may be extended anytime on or after Oct. 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 exercising 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).