Application Information for entering class of 2021

July 21, 2020 update re: MCAT Policy

 The MCAT is required to be considered for admission to the UCSD School of Medicine. We do not plan to waive this requirement. 
  • We will accept applications from individuals who have been unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. 
  • Decisions regarding possible interview invitations will be made without consideration of the MCAT score.  
  • Assuming that MCAT score reporting for 2020 is completed as scheduled in October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025.

April 6, 2020
California medical schools have issued a joint statement regarding academic work and MCAT tests that are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

View a Statistical Profile of the 2019 Entering Class
All applicants to UC San Diego School of Medicine must submit an AMCAS application during the official application time period of May 30, 2020 to November 1, 2020. Applicants may begin working on their application as early as May 1, 2020, but will not be able to submit until May 30. Deadline extensions cannot be granted for submission of this application.

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March 30, 2020   Updates from the Office of Admissions

Policy regarding Pass/No Pass and On-Line coursework due to COVID-19 impact
The UCSD School of Medicine will accept grades of Pass/No Pass for all coursework for Winter 2020 & Spring 2020 coursework.   We have always accepted grades from online courses and will continue to do so.  

Policy regarding closure of MCAT test centers due to COVID-19  and impact on applications for the 2020-2021 application cycle

The MCAT is REQUIRED to be considered for admission to the UCSD School of Medicine.     We do not plan to waive this requirement.   

We are aware that the perception of many applicants is that if you don't apply very early in the cycle, you are hurting your chances for admission.   This is not true and in fact has never been true for UCSD.   
We do have "rolling" admissions.   But, what rolling admissions means from our perspective is that we plan to make a small number of offers spread throughout the year...but it does NOT mean that we make all of our offers in October and November and reject any applicants that happen to be reviewed later.   
It is very much in our interest to try to form the best possible incoming class, and thus we do not make any decisions based on how early or how late we receive or review an application.   We leave plenty of room for strong applicants that apply later in the cycle.
The situation is fluid, as the need for social-distancing and other impacts of COVID-19 may extend and force additional MCAT cancellations.   We are not yet able to determine how this will impact our process overall, so we ask for your patience as we don't have all the answers yet and may need to adapt our policy to fit the situation to ensure an equitable review process for all applicants.

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 Applicants will be notified by email if approved for a secondary application.

Do not send any letters of recommendation directly to the Admissions Office. UC San Diego will be participating in the AMCAS Letters Service for the 2020 - 2021 Application Year. Please visit the AAMC for more details about this service.

All communication is through e-mail. Please add the UC San Diego domain ( to your safe list and make sure you regularly check your junk mail as the secondary application is time-sensitive.

UC San Diego School of Medicine does not accept students in transfer from other medical schools.