Specific academic requirements to enter the Saint Louis University School of Medicine include a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) in undergraduate arts and science courses.
Virtually all accepted applicants complete a baccalaureate degree of at least 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university. In all cases, our Committee on Admissions is more concerned with the quality of your education than with the number of hours or years of pre-medical training.
If you have received your education abroad, you must complete at least one academic year of science course work in an accredited North American college or university before applying to SLU.
*A laboratory course is required.
The Committee on Admissions usually recognizes undergraduate credit given for advanced placement courses when it is indicated on a transcript. However, for the specific minimum requirements above, advanced placement credits are not generally acceptable.
Since contemporary medical studies include the study of health and disease at the subcellular and molecular level, the study of biochemistry or cellular biology is highly recommended, though not required. Biochemistry may be taken in place of one semester of organic chemistry.
Applicants are expected to have pursued one area of knowledge or discipline in depth. The Committee on Admissions does not favor any specific major. Suitable major areas include the behavioral sciences and humanities, as well as the natural sciences. Those majoring in the behavioral sciences and humanities must demonstrate good performance in the natural sciences and those majoring in the natural sciences must, in turn, demonstrate a broad exposure to the humanities. Courses intended to satisfy basic requirements or completed online will not be considered.
Admission is possible only at the beginning of the academic year.
Candidates accepted for entry in August 2016 had the following average academic credentials:
Apart from these academic characteristics, the Committee on Admissions recognizes a responsibility to consider applicants as individuals, particularly in the evaluation of the breadth of their educational experience, their personality traits, maturity level, and appropriate motivation and commitment to a career in medicine.
We seriously consider applicants enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs only if they are scheduled to be completed during the year of application and prior to enrollment in medical school, or if recommended by a graduate faculty mentor. Other graduate students must withdraw from their graduate program before applying.
Excellence in character, motivation and ideals cannot substitute for intellectual ability demonstrated through scholastic achievement. However, academic achievement alone is not a sufficient foundation for success in the medical profession.
The Committee on Admissions should have no reservations about the moral integrity of an applicant or the applicant's ability to use medical knowledge and skills in a manner ultimately beneficial to individual patients and society. Applicants whose personality characteristics or behavior indicate they may have problems relating appropriately to other human beings will not be accepted.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Qualified applicants to the School of Medicine must be able to complete all requirements leading to the M.D. degree.
Because an M.D. degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within a graduate training program, the recipient must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care as required by the curriculum.
Our mission statement, goals and objectives are supported by the 1979 recommendations of the Association of American Medical Colleges Special Advisory Panel on Technical Standards for medical school admission that state, in part, that the M.D. degree is, and must remain, a broad, undifferentiated degree attesting to the acquisition of general knowledge in all fields of medicine and the basic skills requisite for the practice of medicine.
The following technical standards may be applied to the selection of medical students, as well as to accepted students and medical students enrolled in the M.D. program.
In addition to proven academic ability and other relevant personal characteristics, Saint Louis University School of Medicine expects its students to possess and be able to demonstrate the skills, attributes and qualities listed below, without undue dependence on technology or intermediaries to a degree that compromises independent judgment. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many clinical situations in that it implies that a student's judgment must be mediated by someone else's power of selection and observation.
Academically successful students are expected to:
There are no regional preferences and applications from well-qualified students are seriously considered regardless of their state of origin or citizenship. The qualifications of applicants are evaluated without discrimination in regard to financial status, age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. Some additional consideration is given to qualified students from Saint Louis University and the qualified sons and daughters of our School of Medicine alumni.
Students who have failed or have been terminated for any reason at another medical school, or who have previously earned a medical degree, whether in this country or abroad, are not eligible to apply.
All completed applications are evaluated by the Committee on Admissions. It’s not possible to provide places for all qualified applicants, but failure to be accepted is not necessarily an indication that you are unsuited for a medical career.
If you have unsuccessfully applied to the Saint Louis University School of Medicine more than three times, we recommend you not apply again unless significant changes have been made that would merit the Committee on Admissions’ review.