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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 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.

About SLU’s M.D. Program

Application Requirements

Application Service

Saint Louis University is one of many medical schools using the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS allows you to submit application materials to multiple participating medical schools while requiring only one set of official academic transcripts.

The AMCAS application becomes available each spring and the deadline of submission of materials is Dec. 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, but 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
  • Supplemental application
  • Letters of evaluation
  • Photograph
  • Application 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 to whom AMCAS previously has 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 Jan. 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 you are accepted by the Committee on Admissions through this process, you must attend Saint Louis University School of Medicine and not apply elsewhere. If you are not accepted by the committee 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.


SLU’s Committee on Admissions is not able to interview every applicant.Therefore, we invite only a select few for an interview, luncheon and tour 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 a high level of 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.

Tuition Deposit

Accepted applicants to the first-year class are required to make an advance tuition payment of $100. Payments are applied to the first semester charges and will not be refunded unless written notification of a change in plans is received before April 30.

Helpful Information

Letters of Recommendation

You must make the necessary arrangements for the committee to receive letters of evaluation in support of your application. If your current college or university has a pre-medical or pre-professional recommendations committee, it must send us an evaluation. If your school does not have a committee, request letters of evaluation from three of your college or university professors. 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.

Personal Interview

Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted by invitation.

If you are planning a trip through the St. Louis area, it is appropriate to inquire in advance from the associate dean for admissions whether you have been selected by the committee for an interview. This inquiry should be made at least three weeks in advance of your anticipated travel. Efforts will be made, whenever possible, to schedule the interview at your convenience.

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