SOM Admissions

admission requirements

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Please read the following carefully before applying for admission.

The School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College admits 105 students each year.  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application.  Canadian residents are also considered for Admission. 


  • Years of College:  Medical Admissions requires a Bachelor's Degree to be admitted. All premedical education must be taken at an accredited college in the United States or Canada including the courses listed below as requirements for admission.
  • Pre-Medical Course Work: Grade point average of 3.5–4.0 in the following is recommended to be competitive:
Course Description Semester Hours Quarter Hours
General Biology or Zoology with Laboratory 8 12
Inorganic Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis with Laboratory 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 8 12
General Physics with Laboratory 8 12
English Composition 6 9
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT): All applicants must take the MCAT.  An official report of performance is required on the Medical College Admissions Test. Only test scores taken within the last three (3) years will be considered.

Candidates may apply anytime between June 1­­–December 15.

Application deadline: December 15th

Application Process:

Complete an online application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

Secure letters of recommendation. Meharry applicants should send all letters of recommendation directly to AMCAS, which will forward the letters to our office electronically. AMCAS will accept letters from users of VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and via the U.S. Postal Service. The address to which the letters should be mailed will appear on the AMCAS Letter Request Form. For more information on this process, please click here. 

Those applicants who attend, or who have recently graduated from, an undergraduate institution or a post baccalaureate premedical program which offers a Health Professional Advisor or Advisory Committee should submit a letter from this person or committee; this letter should be sent to AMCAS as described above. If no such institutional letter is available, the applicant should substitute a minimum of three (3) individual letters, including two from science professors. These letters should be sent to AMCAS, as described above. 

Secondary Application: Upon receipt of the application from AMCAS, it is reviewed and a link to the online supplemental application is sent to all eligible applicants. The secondary application allows the applicant to further describe their activities as they relate to the institutional mission. At the time of completing the application online, College Net will assess a non-refundable $65 processing fee. Please do not send a separate payment to Meharry. Waivers are granted only after the receipt of a copy of the AMCAS Fee Waiver documentation.

Invitation to Interview: Interviews are by invitation only; you will receive an email confirmation. Please consult our campus map, driving directions, and hotel information links to help you make arrangements at that time. 

Contact Information
Office of Admissions & Recruitment
Meharry Medical College
Student Services & Faculty Affairs
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599

Due to the high volume of applications and increased processing time, the Admissions staff will only be available for calls Monday-Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Telephone: 615.327.6998
Fax: 615.327.6228

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