Application information that is pertinent to all medical schools is on the AMCAS form. When Saint Louis University receives a copy of the verified AMCAS application, the applicant will be asked to complete an online supplemental application, letters of evaluation, small photograph, and application fee of $100, which the School charges in addition to the AMCAS service fee. This is a non-refundable fee that helps defray the cost of processing applications and reviewing credentials. Fee waivers may be granted only to those applicants for whom AMCAS previously has waived its application fee.
An application will only be considered for evaluation when the following materials have been received: Verified AMCAS application, MCAT scores, Supplemental Application, letters of evaluation, photograph, and application fee. The Committee is unable to assume responsibility for notifying a candidate of missing credentials. It is, therefore, most important that the candidate determine if the required materials have been received by the Committee. Inquiries by e-mail are encouraged. The deadline for the receipt of all application materials is February 15. Additional transcripts reflecting current grades must be sent to the Committee on Admissions at the end of each quarter or semester to supply information concerning the student's progress. Action on the application may be delayed if these are not submitted.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants also must make the necessary arrangements for the Committee to receive letters of evaluation in support of the application. If the college or university attended by the applicant has a pre-medical or pre-professional recommendations committee, an evaluation of the applicant must be sent by that committee. If your school does not have a committee, please request letters of evaluation from three of your college or university teachers. Be sure at least one of these individuals teaches science. Remember, an insightful and in-depth evaluation by someone who knows you is of greater value than just a recapitulation of your academic work. Letters from others who know you, in addition to the basic recommendations, are welcome as well. You can check the status of the letters of application on the Web site.
The Committee on Admissions is not able to interview every applicant. The Committee therefore invites selected applicants for an interview, luncheon, and tour of the Health Sciences Center. If an applicant is planning an interview trip through the St. Louis area, it is appropriate to inquire in advance from the Associate Dean for Admissions whether the applicant has been selected by the Committee for an interview. This inquiry should be made at least three weeks in advance of the anticipated travel. Efforts will be made, whenever possible, to schedule the interview at the applicant's convenience.
Most selected applicants will be invited to St. Louis for an interview. The Committee may interview a limited number of people in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Seattle areas. Such regional interview trips are conducted during the months of December through February. Accepted applicants from these regional interviews are strongly encouraged to visit the School.
Interviews with the Committee on Admissions are absolutely necessary. Since the interview schedule is crowded, it is necessary that the applicant make every effort to attend the interview at the date they select to prevent possible exclusion later because of scheduling problems.
After the interview the Committee discusses the applicant in detail. The Committee strives to evaluate each application in its entirety, and only then makes a decision. On October 15 applicants begin receiving notification regarding the Committee's decision: Accepted, Not Accepted, or Deferred. By April 30 most applicants, except those on deferred status, will have received a final decision on their candidacy. It should be noted that acceptances are contingent upon the student's maintaining a high level of academic performance and continued demonstration of personal behavior reflecting integrity, excellence in character, and other personality traits deemed appropriate for the profession.
Accepted applicants to the first year class are required to make an advance tuition payment of $100 to hold their places. Such payments are applied to the first semester charges and will not be refunded unless written notification of a change in plans is received prior to April 30.
Early Decision Plan
This optional program (also administered by AMCAS) is for the applicant who desires an admissions decision by October 1 of the application year. Application is filed through AMCAS under the Early Decision Plan (EDP), and Saint Louis University must be designated as the only school to which application is being made. All required credentials must be submitted to AMCAS by August 1. EDP applicants may not apply to any other medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) prior to the EDP admissions decision. If accepted by the Committee on Admissions, the EDP applicant must attend Saint Louis University School of Medicine and not apply elsewhere. If EDP applicants are not accepted by the Committee as Early Decision candidates, they then will be considered as regular candidates and can apply to other schools after October 1. Only applicants with exceptional credentials should apply under this plan.
The Scholars Program
The School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis University cooperates with Drury College, Spring Hill College, Xavier University of Louisiana and Rockhurst College in a Scholars Program. During this program, selected high school seniors are admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences where they enroll in a special course of study. If the student maintains an Honors average for two years, the School of Medicine may grant a conditional acceptance that becomes effective upon the completion of all program requirements. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions, Saint Louis University, DuBourg Hall, 221 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63103.
Training is conducted at the St. Louis University Hospital, a 365-bed tertiary care facility. It is also a Level I trauma center. Other affiliated institutions include the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, the Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Mary's Hospital, Bethesda Cancer Research Center, St. Anthony's Medical Center, and the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A portion of electives may be taken at other academic and clinical institutions.