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The Saint Louis University School of Medicine encourages applications from students who have achieved a high level of academic performance and who manifest in their personal lives qualities compatible with a career that serves society.

The University's mission statement affirms the value of a diverse educational environment to prepare students for life and work in a global society. To foster this mission, the SLU School of Medicine strives to recruit, admit, retain and graduate a diverse student body. Besides ethnicity, this diversity encompasses differences based on gender, culture and economic circumstances.

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Application Service

Saint Louis University is one of many medical schools using the American Medical College Application Service. AMCAS allows you to submit application materials to multiple participating medical schools while requiring only one set of official academic transcripts. Saint Louis University School of Medicine uses a rolling admissions process.

The AMCAS application becomes available each spring and the deadline for submission of materials is Nov. 15.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20001

SLU-Specific Materials

Application information that is pertinent to all medical schools is on the AMCAS form. Still, your application to SLU will only be considered for evaluation when the Committee on Admissions receives all of the following materials:

  • Verified AMCAS application
  • MCAT scores (Applicants must achieve a highest total score of 498 or above to be considered)
  • AAMC PREview Professional Readiness Exam
  • Supplemental application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Photograph
  • Application fee*

* This non-refundable fee helps defray the cost of processing applications and reviewing credentials. Fee waivers may be granted only to those applicants for whom AMCAS previously waived its application fee.

The Committee on Admissions is unable to assume responsibility for notifying candidates of missing application materials. It is, therefore, most important that you determine that we receive the required credentials. Inquiries by email are encouraged.

The deadline for the receipt of all application materials is Dec. 15.

Additional transcripts reflecting your current grades must be sent to the committee at the end of each quarter or semester to supply information concerning your progress. Action on your application may be delayed if these are not submitted.

Early Decision Program

If you are applying only to Saint Louis University and would prefer to have an admission decision by Oct. 1, you may file through AMCAS under the Early Decision Program (EDP).

Under the EDP, you must submit all required credentials to AMCAS and a complete application to the School of Medicine by Aug. 1.

Applicants who choose this route may not apply to any other medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) prior to the EDP admissions decision.

If the committee accepts you on admissions through this process, you must attend Saint Louis University School of Medicine and not apply elsewhere. If the committee does not accept you as an early decision candidate, you will be considered as a regular candidate and can apply to other schools after Oct. 1. Only applicants with exceptional credentials should pursue the Early Decision Program.


SLUSOM’s Committee on Admissions is not able to interview every applicant. Therefore, we invite only a select few for an interview and virtual presentation of the Health Sciences Center.

Following that, each applicant is discussed in detail. The committee strives to evaluate each application in its entirety and only then make a decision.

Application status decisions start Oct. 15. These statuses are 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 applicants maintaining high academic performance and their continued demonstration of personal behavior reflecting integrity, excellence in character and other personality traits deemed appropriate for a doctor of medicine.

Helpful Information

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation in support of your application are required for a complete application. If your school has a pre-medical advisory committee, a letter from the committee is sufficient, and you also have the option to supplement your committee letter with two additional letters of your choosing. If your school does not have a committee, please request three letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters should be from a college or university science professor. The two additional letters are your choice and may be from an individual that you worked with (research mentor, shadowed physician, service organizer, etc.) who may also speak to your strengths. An insightful and in-depth evaluation by someone who knows you is of greater value than a recapitulation of your academic work. While not required, the admissions committee greatly appreciates seeing a letter from a clinical or service experience that was longitudinal and meaningful to you. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all of the necessary documents reach the Committee on Admissions. Please remember that your application is incomplete until all letters of recommendation have been received. Please do not send additional letters of recommendation, only the three required letters.

Personal Interview

Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted by invitation. Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2025 application cycle. 

Interviews with the Committee on Admissions are absolutely necessary. Because the interview schedule is crowded, make every effort to attend the interview on the date selected to prevent possible exclusion later due to scheduling problems.