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M.D. Program

Admissions and Application Process

Submission deadlines and admissions timeline

At Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, we look for more than bright minds. We seek students who want to change lives, transform health care, and define the future of medicine. Ensure you are prepared, and learn more about our submission items and deadlines.

TimelineAction
Early May AMCAS application opens
June 1-Oct. 1 Application window
August-November  Applicants invited to interview
September-December  Campus interviews take place
Oct. 15  Deadline to post MCAT scores to AMCAS application
Oct. 15  Deadline to submit transcripts
Nov. 15  Deadline to submit secondary application and fee
Nov. 15  Deadline to submit letters of recommendation
February  Applicants initially offered acceptance
February Applicants offered alternate list positions
March-June Applicants accepted from the alternate list
June 15 Deadline to submit prerequisite courses
Mid July  Orientation

Prerequisites and requirements

Review the academic and test prerequisites and technical standards for students applying for admission to the M.D. Program at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Find out more about our M.D. Program's acceptance rate and admissions statistics.

How to apply

Students in the M.D. Program receive outstanding integrated clinical and research training, and also acquire the skills to be leaders in an ever-changing and challenging health care environment. We encourage you to apply and join us for an unparalleled medical training experience.

Application requirements

M.D. Program application requirements

All applications submitted to AMCAS must include the following:

  • Online AMCAS application: Submit your application during the application window, between June 1-Oct. 1.
  • Transcripts: Transcripts for all previously completed academic programs must be submitted to AMCAS by Oct. 15.
  • Application processing/secondary fee: Applicants selected for secondary review will be required to pay a $120 processing fee by Nov. 15 (unless granted a fee waiver by AMCAS).
  • Letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit a minimum of three individual letters or one committee letter. Review Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine letters of recommendation requirements and submit letters of recommendation through the AMCAS Letter Service by Nov. 15.
  • MCAT: The latest MCAT will be reviewed. Only MCAT scores reported within three years of an applicant’s matriculation year are considered. Our current MCAT threshold for further consideration is the 75th percentile.

M.D.-Ph.D. training program application

If you are interested in M.D.-Ph.D. training, visit the Medical Scientist Training Program website for more information.

Primary application

Complete the online application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Applications are accepted June 1 through Oct. 1. Given the highly competitive nature of our program, early submission of application materials is strongly encouraged.

As a national medical school, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine has one AMCAS application for our three campuses in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota. Applicants who meet our MCAT threshold of the 75th percentile will be considered to receive our secondary application.

Secondary application

Applicants invited to complete a secondary application will have the opportunity to select and rank up to four campus track options:

  • Arizona 4-Year Track: The Arizona campus will be your home base for all four years.
  • Minnesota 4-Year Track: The Minnesota campus will be your home base for all four years.
  • Arizona/Florida 2+2 Track: You will complete years 1-2 on the Arizona campus, and then years 3-4 on the Florida campus.
  • Minnesota/Florida 2+2 Track: You will complete years 1-2 on the Minnesota campus, and then years 3-4 on the Florida campus. 

Applicants must select at least one campus track option. Options ranked will be considered at the time of interview invitation and acceptance.

An application is considered complete when the secondary application has been submitted, the $120 fee has been paid or waived, and the minimum number of letters of recommendation has been met.

Letters of recommendation

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation or one composite letter from a premedical committee to supplement your application.

Guidelines for letters of recommendation

  • Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine only accepts letters submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Letter Service. Letters sent directly to the school are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to visit the letter service page on the AMCAS website for more information. To ensure efficient processing of your letters by AMCAS, carefully follow all instructions.
  • We require at least one letter to be written by a science professor. A letter from a teaching assistant is also acceptable.
  • Examples of letters writers include: research mentors, employers, volunteer supervisors, physicians with whom you have worked or shadowed, teachers and professors, and other professionals.
  • Letters should be written by people who know you well and whose opinions convey the likelihood of your success in medical school.
  • Letters from family and friends are not accepted. 
  • A maximum of 10 letters are accepted.
  • The deadline to submit letters of recommendation is Nov. 15.

Application review process

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine has a separate admissions committee for each campus. Each of these committees is composed of current and retired Mayo Clinic staff, administrators, residents, medical students, and professional members of the community. These three admissions committees report to the Admissions Executive Committee that governs admissions for all campuses of the national medical school.

The admission committee members review applications until all interview slots have been filled for the season. We encourage applicants to apply as early as they can.

Selection criteria

The committee considers these factors when selecting applicants for interview:

  • Academic performance
  • MCAT score/percentile (at or above the 75th percentile threshold)
  • GPA (no minimum GPA requirement)
  • Depth and breadth of all experiences, such as community and volunteer service, leadership, research, exposure to and exploration of medicine, artistic and athletic endeavors, and work experiences
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Learn more about the M.D. Program prerequisites and admissions requirements.

Campus interviews

Interviews allow us to meet the applicants we have read so much about! These interviews also allow applicants to meet the admissions committee members, current students, and some of their potential classmates. Applicants also get a chance to tour the campus and surrounding community to get a sense of the student life experience. We are happy to answer all of your questions on your interview day, and look forward to meeting you!

Interview invitations

Depending on your selection and rank of campus track in the secondary application, you could be invited to interview on any of our three campuses.

Applicants who select more than one campus track option will only be invited to interview on one campus, taking into consideration the specific rank of preference. That interview will count as your interview for the other campus tracks that were selected in your secondary application.

Interview location based on campus track preference:

  • Arizona 4-Year Track: Interview in Arizona
  • Minnesota 4-Year Track: Interview in Minnesota
  • Arizona/Florida 2+2 Track: Interview in Florida
  • Minnesota/Florida 2+2 Track: Interview in Florida

Interview invitations are emailed August through November, and conducted from early September through mid-December. These time frames are subject to change.

Before your interview

Each admissions committee reviews completed applications and selects qualified applicants for on-campus interviews. If invited for an interview, applicants must be able to attend an interview in person. We do not offer phone/video interviews or regional interviews. If invited to interview, applicants will receive campus specific information about the interview day.

Interview days per campus:

  • Minnesota: Interviews are typically held on Mondays and Fridays
  • Arizona: Interviews are typically held on Mondays and Fridays
  • Florida: Interviews are typically held on Thursdays and Fridays

Interview day

An interview day at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine is typically 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for all three campuses. Each campus has a unique schedule of the day, but will include:

  • A morning welcome session
  • Two, one-on-one, 30-minute interviews
  • A tour of campus
  • Lunch with current students
  • A question-and-answer session

Our goal is to make the interview day relaxed so we can get to know you and for you to get to know us.

After interview day

Our admissions committees meet weekly throughout the admissions season to deliberate on applicant interviews. We encourage applicants to stay in touch by uploading update letters into the admissions portal. Our committee members enjoy reading these updates!

Admission decisions

Early decision and rolling admissions

Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine does not have an early decision program or rolling admissions.

Application updates and status

We like to hear from our applicants! Significant application updates are accepted after an applicant has been invited for an on-campus interview.

  • Updates should be uploaded directly into the admissions portal as a PDF document.
  • We do not require or accept any updates to transcripts or grades.
  • Materials should not be mailed to our office unless specifically requested.
  • Application statuses can be checked through the admissions portal throughout the admissions cycle.

Acceptance, alternate list, and rejections

Acceptance

We make acceptance decisions when all interviews are complete on each campus, and when our admissions committees have deliberated on all applicants. 

Initial offers of acceptance are typically made in mid-February. The Admissions Executive Committee could consider all campus track options that an applicant indicated on their secondary application at the time of acceptance, regardless of where they interviewed. All offers of acceptance begin with a phone call from a member of our admissions committee to the accepted applicant.

Alternate list

Alternate list notifications are sent once initial offers of acceptance have been communicated. Offers of acceptance from the alternate list may be extended between March and June.

Rejections

Once initial acceptances and alternate list offers are made, we will notify applicants of initial rejections. Rejections from the alternate list will be made at the end of the admissions season.

Deferred matriculation

Requests for deferred matriculation are only available to accepted applicants. 

Accepted applicants who would like to apply for deferral must write to the Office of Admissions stating their reason for requesting deferral and their proposed plans for the duration of the deferral by June 1. Deferred matriculation requests are not guaranteed to be granted. If approved, deferrals are typically granted for one year to two years.

AMCAS: Choose Your Medical School protocol

Applicants can find more information on the AAMC website about the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool.

Applicants should notify all schools promptly of their enrollment plan in accordance with the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants. Applicants who do not comply with this protocol may be subject to having their acceptance rescinded.

Please keep in mind the following information and deadlines specific to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine:

TimelineAction
February AMCAS Choose Your Medical School tool becomes available for applicants to indicate their enrollment plan. Applicants can only select Plan to Enroll at one medical school at a time, but can hold as many acceptance offers and alternate list positions as they choose.
April 15 Accepted applicants must narrow accepted offers to three medical schools. An applicant can remain on as many alternate lists for other medical schools as they choose.
April 30 Accepted applicants planning to enroll at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine must select the Plan to Enroll option in the AMCAS Choose your Medical School tool through their AMCAS application. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine will be able to see which applicants selected Plan to Enroll at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. An applicant may remain on as many alternate lists for other medical schools as they choose until they select Commit to Enroll.
April 30 Commit to Enroll option becomes available for accepted applicants to select in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School tool. Commit to Enroll can only be selected for one medical school.
June 15 Accepted applicants that will matriculate at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine must select the Commit to Enroll option in the Choose Your Medical School tool.