Frequently Asked Questions
Admissions Process for 2020-2021
This year, all interviews will be virtual. The admissions team is working on delivering an interview-day experience that is as close to the on-premise experience as possible, as well as finding creative ways to create new experiences for applicants to learn about Dell Medical School.
Virtual interviews require that candidates have a computer with a camera and a reliable internet connection. The Office of Admissions will work with candidates who may not have access to the appropriate technology to ensure that all candidates identified by the Admissions Committee for interview will have an opportunity to be considered.
Yes, you will be given multiple opportunities the day of the interview to visit with current students. There will also be a student-led virtual social the evening before each interview day.
The Admissions Committee will continue to require the MCAT exam as a prerequisite for consideration of admissions. The MCAT is only one factor utilized by the committee when considering a candidate’s content mastery of the scientific building blocks needed to be successful in the first-year curriculum.
For candidates who may have had a rocky start or for nontraditional students who may have come to medicine as a second career, the MCAT provides another avenue for demonstrating competencies in the basic sciences. Often these candidates would not be considered without the ability to demonstrate content mastery through the standardized exam.
The Association of American Medical Colleges has assured participating medical schools that the adjustments made to the administration of the exam have been effective and that it has confidence in its ability to keep test-takers safe. See the message from the AAMC on its website regarding its efforts to adapt the administration of the MCAT to the current public health concerns and its efforts to ensure the health of test-takers and proctors.
The admissions team understands that the pandemic interrupted many students’ academic progress including changing how the curriculum is delivered and graded. The Admissions Committee will consider the entire arch of candidates’ academic career when considering their academic preparation for medical school.
As long as the affected science prerequisite courses meet the institution’s designation as “For Science Majors,” the admissions team will consider courses that have had the grade schema changed from a letter grade to a “satisfactory” or pass/fail as meeting the prerequisite.
The Admissions Committee is aware that this is a unique time for those pursuing medicine. The team believes this may be the case for many applicants and will continue to practice flexibility when considering activities that were adversely impacted by the pandemic.
The committee will look at the totality of an applicant’s activities over the full arch of their journey to medicine when considering the impact the pandemic has had on their ability to sustain engagement. With that said, there are ways to stay busy learning about medicine and serving during this time. Find ways to be resilient, help others, think outside the box and be creative and innovative!
The admissions team continues to review all applications in a thorough, holistic and repeated manner until all decisions are final. Therefore, the team only contacts applicants and offers acceptance from Oct. 15 (for nonresidents of Texas) and Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 (for Texas residents) in accordance with Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) rules. The only other status updates include:
- Feb. 1: Applicants that have matched to Dell Medical School are contacted.
- Late February to early March: Applicants who are no longer under consideration are notified.
- February to May: Applicants accepted from the waitlist are contacted.
The entering class size is 50 students per year.
The admissions team does not set a minimum GPA or MCAT score for consideration. Candidates must demonstrate that they will meet the prerequisite competencies by date of matriculation in order to submit an application.
Texas law prescribes that no more than 10 percent of the class can be classified as nonresident. Since Dell Med’s class size is about 50 students, five students can come from out-of-state.
All residency classifications for applicants are assigned by TMDSAS based on the rules governing Texas residency for higher education as established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
See Dell Med’s admissions criteria for details on what we evaluate — the school strives to be transparent about its process. The admissions team cannot give specific feedback or advice to individual applicants but encourages you to work with your school’s advising office.
Interviews are held between August and January.
An applicant is invited by email to complete the secondary application after the admissions team reviews their primary application for mission fit. The timing of the secondary application invite does not correlate to the date of receipt of the primary application. Applications are continually reviewed within the context of the current application pool.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
No, you can submit your application for consideration if you have prerequisite courses in progress or are planning to take the required course(s). However, you will need to demonstrate that you completed all required courses prior to matriculation to Dell Med.
Dell Medical School partners with UT Austin colleges and schools to offer the following dual degree opportunities, with more on the way:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Education
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
- Master of Education in Health Care Transformation
Students can declare their interest in pursuing one of the above dual degree programs after they matriculate to the medical school. Pre-application is not necessary.
Yes, there is an additional cost, and costs vary depending on the program in which the student chooses to enroll.