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Admissions Criteria

Mission Contribution

Dell Med was created through an unprecedented partnership with its community. This partnership continues as faculty, students, trainees and staff maintain a focus on improving health for everyone in Central Texas and beyond. Through innovative, Leading EDGE approaches to medical education that cultivate a culture of curiosity, collaboration and continuous learning, we educate physician leaders — and the workforce of the future. 

Personal Attributes

Aligned with Dell Med’s mission and vision, applicants should demonstrate:

  • Curiosity, evidenced by creativity, inquiry and innovation
  • Resilience, adaptability and a commitment to learning and growth
  • Cultural sensitivity and social responsibility
  • Integrity and ethics
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Life Experiences

We value applicants from geographically diverse areas whose experiences outside the classroom include: 

  • Leadership roles
  • Mission-aligned extracurricular activities
  • Discovery and research
  • Public service
  • Exposure to health care

Each student’s array of experiences helps shape their approach to their medical education and future medical practice. Successful applicants commonly demonstrate resilience, motivation for medicine, an understanding of technology, multilingual proficiency, and unique experiences that can enrich our learning community and the broader community we serve.

Academic Ability

By creating a curriculum from scratch, Dell Med leaders had the freedom to incorporate leading-edge methods and develop a model that uses student time as efficiently as possible. It includes accelerating the pre-clinical basic science curriculum to 12 months — two years is typical — with a greater focus on team-based learning and self-paced study. Students with a strong academic record will excel in this accelerated curriculum, although the admissions team also reviews each applicant’s history for other evidence of academic aptitude and stamina. GPAs, transcripts and MCAT scores inform this assessment, but the team considers them in the context of other qualifications for holistic evaluation.


Dell Med does not set a minimum MCAT score. The MCAT score is evaluated as one indicator among many others and must be considered in light of those other factors. The admissions team accepts MCAT scores received up to five years prior to the expected date of matriculation.

The school does not set a minimum GPA. An applicant’s GPA is one indicator among many that are considered in the application evaluation. The team reviews GPAs in prerequisite courses, rigor of advanced coursework, trends in the context of the applicant’s experiences and nonacademic obligations.

Prerequisite Courses

Medical education fosters core competencies required of modern physicians — but a strong foundation in these is required of applicants. Competency is demonstrated by completing the following courses designated as “for science majors” at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university:

  • Biology: 11 semester hours, two of which must be labs (A genetics course is strongly recommended.)
  • Physics: Eight semester hours, two of which must be labs
  • Chemistry: 12 semester hours, to be composed of a combination of:
    • Two semesters of organic chemistry and one semester of general inorganic chemistry (for a total of nine semester hours with three semester hours of lab)
    • Two semesters of general inorganic chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry (for a total of nine semester hours with three semester hours of lab)
  • Biochemistry: Three semester hours of biochemistry
  • English: Three semester hours of composition-based English
  • Math: Three semester hours of statistics

Advanced Placement and correspondence courses are acceptable if the official transcript indicates specific course numbers and credits granted. A grade of “C” or higher must be recorded in each of these courses. Any quarter-hour credit equals two-thirds of a semester-hour credit.

Dell Med supports the movement toward competencies. Applicants are free to demonstrate competencies by any means; for most, the easiest method will be through satisfactory performance in appropriately rigorous coursework. Any applicant that believes competency has been established by some alternate means is invited to petition the admissions team by email.

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