Application Process

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There are many elements to the journey of applying for medical school and many medical schools do it differently. Here are some of the major steps that you can expect at UCLA.

  1. Attend an informational session with the Admissions Staff
  2. Submit your primary application with AMCAS
  3. Select individuals are invited to submit a secondary application
  4. Select individuals are invited to interview, which will be specific to the track for which you are granted an interview
  5. Offers of admission are issued on a rolling basis for the Traditional MD track and on a cohort basis for the MSTP, Prime-LA, and Drew tracks



Ready to Apply?

Great! Follow these 4 steps to complete the process and submit your primary application, regardless of your chosen track.

Step 1: Complete the AMCAS application

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA participates in AMCAS and utilizes a rolling admissions schedule. 

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service. Most U.S. medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application method for their first-year entering classes.

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Step 2: Submit your MCAT exam score

The MCAT is a required component of your application. It is recommended that all candidates take the Medical College Admission Test in the spring, but it must be taken no later than September of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine.

If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when submitting your application.

MCAT scores from January 2017 through September 1, 2022, will be accepted for consideration. For questions about registration and test administration contact:

First-time test-takers

Submit your application by the DGSOM deadline of September 30, 2022 (11:59 PM EST). MCAT test scores will be accepted until October 31, 2022.

For those re-taking the test

We recommend submitting your application around the time you are re-taking the exam to be considered in the DGSOM rolling admissions process. In the rolling admissions process, applications are reviewed on a monthly basis in the fall. Applications receive the same consideration regardless of the month in which they are reviewed.


Step 3: Submit your letters of recommendation

We require 3 to 5 letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals who know the applicant well and have spent a significant time with them, e.g. PI or mentor. If your pre-health advisory office provides a committee letter, this letter will fulfill one letter requirement. 

Letters are to be submitted with the completed AMCAS application. Please note that only those letters submitted through AMCAS will be accepted.


Step 4: Submit your official transcripts of grades

Prior to submitting an application, you must request that a complete set of official transcripts be forwarded directly to AMCAS by the registrar of each school you have attended.

Official transcripts are not required for work you have taken the previous term (e.g. if the application is submitted in the summer, previous spring official transcripts are not required). Your application will not be processed until all required official transcripts are received by AMCAS. 



AAMC PREview Exam

NEW for Traditional MD Program Track Applicants: Complete the AAMC PREview Exam  

To further enhance our holistic review process for Traditional MD Program Track applicants during the 2023 application cycle, we are requiring the completion of the Association of American Medical Colleges Professional Readiness Exam (AAMC PREviewTM). We will consider scores as one part of our admissions process to better understand and evaluate the whole applicant. Applicants to our other program tracks will not have this requirement. 

Your PREview exam score is required to complete your application and should be provided as early as possible in the application season, but no later than the application deadline date of September 30, 2022.

Please pay careful attention to information about the exam, including preparation materials, test registration, requests for accommodations, and important dates and deadlines.  


Please note:

  • All application documents must be submitted through the AMCAS application portal.
  • Updates to your application will only be accepted when you submit your secondary application.
  • The Admissions Committee makes an effort to seek out qualified applicants, and when a secondary application is requested, a processing fee of $95.00 will be required. Fee waivers, based solely on economic need, are granted only to applicants who have qualified for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.



Admissions Timelines

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA participates in AMCAS and utilizes a rolling admissions schedule.

AMCAS application deadline:  September 30, 2022 (11:59pm EST) 

Applicant's response to acceptance offer: Maximum time, 15 days

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Admissions Timeline

AMCAS Application Deadline September 30, 2022 (11:59pm EST)
Secondary Application Deadline 2 weeks from the date and time of invitation
Screening of Completed Applications July - November
Interviews August - March
Offers of Admission Starting October 15, 2022

*Applicant’s response to acceptance offer: Maximum time, 15 days

Information specific to additional tracks

Please review track-specific admissions instructions for UCLA-Caltech MSTP, PRIME-LA, and the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program.

Still have questions? Chat with the Office of Admissions every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:00pm PST to learn more about the DGSOM admissions process.

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