Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is the class size? When is the best time to apply?
The class size is 105. Candidates can begin applying in June by completing their AMCAS applications, but should complete them no later than December 15 of the year prior to the year the candidates plan to enter medical school.

2. How do I apply to medical school? How early can I apply?
Candidates can begin applying online in June by completing the required AMCAS application.

3. Does Meharry require a Supplemental Application?
Yes, candidates should complete their Meharry Supplemental Application as they are invited to do so. The Supplemental Application Fee is $65.

4. How will I know that my application is complete and/or has been received by Meharry?
Meharry will send you regular email notifications updating your application status. Please be aware that it is each candidate's responsibility to regularly check with AMCAS to ensure that his/her application is complete.

5. When does Meharry begin reviewing applications for admission?
The review of applications for admission begins August 1 annually and continues until the class is filled.

6. When is the deadline for applications?
The deadline for submitting all application materials is December 15.

7. When is the best time to schedule a visit to Meharry?
Meharry offers tours year-round for groups and individuals. Campus tours for individuals or groups of fewer than five (5) people can schedule tours only on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. Candidates may call 615.327.6223 to schedule a tour.

8. Do I have to complete all required coursework or have a bachelor's degree before applying to the Meharry School of Medicine?
No, you do not have to complete all required coursework or have a college degree before applying to Meharry. However, it is strongly advised that most of your prerequisite courses be completed before you take the MCAT and apply. Medical Admissions requires a Bachelor's Degree to be admitted.

9. Are community college courses acceptable? What about online courses?
Community college courses are acceptable; however, the prerequisite, upper-level basic science courses (organic chemistry and biochemistry) and the recommended courses— microbiology, anatomy, physiology and cell biology—should be taken at an accredited four-year college or university. Online courses must be taken from an accredited college or university; however all basic science courses must be taken in a classroom setting and any basic sciences courses taken on-line are not acceptable.

10. How can high school students begin to prepare for a career in medicine?
In general, students should take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, and speech. Students should also participate in summer research programs for health sciences and engage in community service activities related to healthcare. Click here for more detailed information.

11. Should I major in biology, chemistry or the sciences in order to apply to medical school? Does it matter what size academic load I carried in undergraduate school?
No, you should choose the major of your choice that interests you. However, in evaluating the grade point average (GPA) of candidates, the Admissions Committee will consider all prerequisite and science coursework.

12. What is the average grade point average (GPA) of students admitted? Is there a minimum grade point average I should attain before applying to medical school?

Number of Applicants and Academic Profile 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Total Number of Applicants 4,660 5,002  5,473 6,242
Average Science Grade Point Average 3.43 3.37 3.39  3.46
Average Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Score 24.78 25.56 26.24 26.70

The Admissions Committee considers a science GPA of 3.3 and a MCAT score of 24 competitive.

13. How many letters of recommendation are required? Where are they sent?
A candidate should begin securing three letters of recommendations no later than his/her junior year. 

The recommendations should be sent to AMCAS and not to Meharry. Note: A Pre-Health Committee recommendation from the candidate's college or university will meet the recommendation requirement.

14. How important is the personal statement?
The personal statement is very important and is carefully reviewed. Candidates should spend time writing their personal statements—writing error-free essays without redundancy, run-on sentences, clichés, embellishments, fancy words, and spelling errors—and avoid inserting their own names in the text.

15. When should I take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)? What scores on the MCAT are considered competitive?
Candidates should take the MCAT only after preparing for it—not "just for practice," as candidates are allowed to take the MCAT a maximum of three times per calendar year.

Preparation and review should be on-going, beginning after completing the first year of college Biology and Chemistry. The latest date candidates should take the MCAT the first time is August 1 the year prior to the year they plan to enroll in medical school.

Meharry recommends receiving an MCAT score of at least 24 in order to be a competitive candidate.

16. Is an interview required of all applicants? Who will interview me?
Yes, an interview is required. All candidates invited for an interview will be interviewed by Meharry Medical College basic science faculty, or Meharry School of Medicine staff.

17. How should I dress for the interview?
Candidates should dress in professional business attire:

  • Men—suit or sports jacket with a tie
  • Women—a solid blouse and suit (pants suit, or a jacket with knee-length skirt, heels or pumps no higher than three inches)

18. How are candidates selected to fill the class?
Candidates are selected based upon academic performance in undergraduate and graduate studies, MCAT scores, personal characteristics, awareness of the medical profession, leadership experience, community service, and potential for success in medical school as expressed in the letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

19. If I am not admitted and decide to re-apply, how can I become a more competitive applicant?
Candidates re-applying to medical school after having been denied admission should have demonstrated significant improvements in their applications since their previous application was submitted. These improvements may include:

  • Additional coursework in the basic sciences 
  • Improved MCAT score
  • Shadowing/Research experience
  • Community service
  • At least one (1) new letter of recommendation

20. Can I transfer from another medical school to the Meharry School of Medicine?
The Meharry School of Medicine accepts applications for transfers into the second (2nd) or third (3rd) year only.

The transfer process will take a significant amount of time, and the applicant should submit the request to transfer in writing to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.

Transfer requests must be made no later than March 1 of the year of matriculation to the Meharry School of Medicine.

The following policies apply to medical student requests for transfer:

  • The applicant must be enrolled and in good standing at a LCME accredited medical school.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (copy of green card required) or U.S. National (supporting documentation required).
  • The applicant must be eligible to receive federal financial aid (if needed).
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing and have a passing score on the USMLE, Step 1 (applicants for third year only).
  • Transfer students must be reviewed and accepted by the Admissions Committee. There must be a space available in the class to which the transfer student is requesting admission. The recommendation for transfer must then be approved by the Dean.
  • The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs will assess the comparability of curricula between the Meharry School of Medicine and the transferring institution and shall seek approval of all coursework for from course directors regarding the acceptability of coursework from the transferring institution.
  • No courses will be accepted with a grade of D, F, N, nor I.
  • The transfer student must submit copies of official transcripts to the Meharry Medical College Office of Admissions & Recruitment prior to matriculation to the Meharry School of Medicine.
  • The transfer student must be evaluated by the preclinical course directors prior to entering into comprehensive patient care.

21. Does Meharry have a Dual M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program?
Yes. The Dual M.D./Ph.D. Program is designed to prepare outstanding clinical and research professionals who are capable of identifying and addressing significant problems in oral health. The Ph.D. adds three to four years to the M.D. education so that a student will graduate with both degrees in seven to eight years.

Candidates must first be admitted to the Meharry School of Medicine and complete the first two years of coursework, which includes passing Step 1, before they can apply to the Ph.D. program.

22. What do Meharry medical graduates pursue after graduation?
Medical school graduates have many residency program choices. Graduating medical school seniors participate in a national resident match program. The National Resident Matching Program conducts Match Day annually to match the preferences of applicants with their choice of medical residency programs that offer the available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals. A resident is a medical school graduate who is undertaking a three to seven-year period of specialized training in a medical specialty. 

A vast majority of Meharry Medical College School of Medicine graduates match in a primary care field. Meharry's overall match rate was 88 percent for the 2012 class of graduating seniors:

Number of students who matched in each specialty area:

Primary Care Specialties
Family Medicine - 15
Pediatrics - 12
Internal Medicine - 11
Medicine – Pediatrics - 3

Specialties
Anesthesiology - 11
Orthopedics - 3
Obstetrics/Gynecology - 3
Emergency Medicine - 2
Radiology - 2
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - 2
Neurology - 2
Psychiatry - 2
Neuro Surgery - 1
Opthalmology - 1
Otolaryngology - 1

23. Does Meharry have a specific program designed for candidates seeking admission, particularly foreign-trained doctors, to the M.D. program with advanced standing?
At present, Meharry does not have a program for advanced standing.