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    Applying to Medical School

    Ideally, students should complete the pre-medical core of studies by the end of their third year. In the spring semester of that third year, students typically take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardized exam required of all applicants to medical school. At that time, students also begin the process of submitting required materials to the Hamline pre-medical committee for their medical school Credential File.

    Students must select the schools to which they wish to apply, secure 4-5 letters of reference from faculty and others, and compose their personal statement, describing their genuine commitment to the medical profession. Along with this application file at Hamline, most applicants to a U.S. medical school (and most in Canada as well) are required to complete a standardized application provided by the American Association of Medical Colleges. This application, called the AMCAS application, is generally available in April or May.

    In addition, students should contact the Pre-Medical Program Staff about completing their Hamline Pre-Medical Program Credential File. For more information, please contact one of the pre-medical program faculty.

    Success in gaining entrance to medical school is enhanced by several factors:

    1. A high cumulative grade point average
    2. A high MCAT score
    3. Indication of personal strengths, social skills, and communication skills
    4. Commitment toward a medical career (as evidenced by participation in extracurricular and volunteer activities, etc.)