M.D. Program Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Information

Does GW have a rolling admissions policy?

The Committee on Admissions does have a rolling admissions policy. We encourage you to submit all materials as soon as possible.

When are the deadlines for applying?

The deadline for the online AMCAS application is November 15, 2017.
The GW Secondary Application and all supporting materials (including letters of recommendation to AMCAS) are due by December 15, 2017.

What are the average GPA and MCAT scores of entering students? What is considered competitive?

Average GPA: approximately 3.70 A cumulative GPA of below a 3.0 is considered non-competitive.

Average MCAT: 510. New MCAT scores that include a score of 123 or below are considered non-competitive.

We will continue to take the highest of each subsection across MCAT exams.

What factors does the Admissions Committee consider?

The complete file is reviewed and the Committee on Admissions is interested in the academic achievement, personal attributes and experiences of each applicant. We particularly focus on GPA, MCATs, graduate coursework (if over 12 credits), letters of recommendation, essays, medically-related experiences, research, extracurricular activities, life experiences and challenges, work experience, community service, and leadership experiences.

Do you accept out-of-state or out-of-area applicants?

We are a private institution and have no preference for geographical location. Our 2016 entering class came from 30 states, D.C. and Canada.



What are the citizenship requirements for entry into the GW M.D. program?

GW accepts only U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (with a valid U.S. Permanent Residency card) and Canadian citizens to its regular four-year M.D. program. If you are an international student, please visit the IMP program website.

Are there additional requirements for Canadian citizens?

We do accept Canadian citizens to the program and the admission requirements and application review process are identical to the rest of the applicant pool. The George Washington University cannot send you a student visa document (I-20 or DS-2019) which is necessary for enrollment until you have submitted documentation showing sufficient funds to pay for all your tuition and living expenses.



What are the minimum course recommendations for admission to GW M.D. program?

With the development of AAMC/HHMI scientific and personal competencies, the George Washington University Committee on Admissions for the M.D. Program has moved from strict premedical requirements to competency-based recommendations. Mastery of these competencies should be reflected in strong academic performance, MCATs, experiences, and letters of reference. For a full list of our competency-based recommendations, please visit the Minimum Eligibility and Recommendations page.

Do I have to complete the recommended coursework before applying to GW?

No. All of our recommendations must be completed prior to matriculation, not application. However, most successful applicants have completed most of the required courses prior to application.

I followed my university's prescribed pre-medical science sequence. Does that fulfill GW's recommendations?

Yes. You will need to confirm that you have met our minimum recommendations to be considered competitive.

I took some of the required courses at an advanced level. Will these still count toward the recommendations?


What kinds of Biology courses are suggested for the Biology recommendation?

To meet our Biology recommendation, candidates should take courses that focus on cellular and molecular biology as well as the structure and function of living organisms. Please note that botany and environmental science cannot be used towards fulfilling the recommendation. We will not accept IB or AP credits for Biology.

What courses count toward the Social or Behavioral Science recommendation?

Courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, ethics, political science, public health, economics, and religion satisfy the social or behavioral science course requirement. A minimum of two to three courses is suggested.

Do you require specific information regarding my research skills if I use research for the Statistics/Biostatistics/Probability/Math recommendation?

No, not unless specifically requested of you by the Committee on Admissions.

Will my Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit count toward the pre-medical requirements?

Yes, as long as these credits are listed on your official transcript and designated as the appropriate credit. The Committee requires biology coursework during college. We do not accept AP or IB for Biology.

Do you accept community college credits?

Yes. The Committee on Admissions does accept coursework taken at a community college; however, it is preferable to have the pre-medical coursework taken at a four-year college or university.

Do you accept online coursework?

Coursework taken in the classroom setting is highly valued. Online coursework can be accepted, if accepted by your degree granting institution. All online coursework, of those interviewed, will be reviewed for approval. Online coursework is unacceptable for our competency based recommendations. Online degrees are also unacceptable.

I went to school on a quarter system. What do I need to do?

You will need to convert your coursework into semester hours. Please see the AMCAS conversion chart for help. 

Do you only accept applicants who majored in the sciences as an undergraduate?

Certainly not. We are committed to enrolling a diverse student body and each year our class includes students who majored in subjects such as: foreign languages, economics, music, psychology, international relations, and religion as well as those that have majored in the sciences. 



Do you require the MCAT? Is there a time limit in which it needs to be completed?

Yes, we do require valid MCAT scores that have been taken within three years prior to the matriculation year. We generally will not consider MCATs taken before April 2015 or after September 2017 for the 2018 application cycle. If you have highly competitive scores that are outside this window, you may petition before applying. Please email medadmit@gwu.edu if you wish to request an exception.

How is the newer version of the MCAT exam evaluated?

We review all individual subscores and the total score for the exam. The 2016 incoming class had an average total score of 510. 

What should I do if I am scheduled to take the MCAT this summer?

If you already have valid MCAT scores upon application, there will be a review of your completed application. It is possible that an interview will be offered at this time. Otherwise, the Committee will hold your application for your most recent MCAT scores. Please remember that you should submit your application as soon as possible due to our rolling admissions process. It is best to submit all other materials to our office, except letters of recommendation, so that your application is in order and ready as soon as we receive your summer MCAT scores.


Letters of Recommendation

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

GW participates in the AMCAS letter service. All letters of recommendation are submitted to AMCAS, which then electronically forwards the letters to the participating medical schools. For full information, please see the AMCAS application site at www.amcas.orgAll letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly to AMCAS and therefore arrive via the AMCAS letters system to our office. Please, DO NOT send your letters of recommendation directly to our office. Letters may be verified for authenticity.

What type of letters of recommendation are required? How many?

To complete their file, applicants are required to submit either:

  • A Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee Letter (required if available to you)  OR
  • Minimum of three letters from individuals, at least one of which must be from science faculty familiar with your academic work.

Please note: In addition to the required letter(s) listed above, applicants who are currently enrolled in graduate program(s) or who have previously graduated or withdrawn from them, should provide an official letter of good standing from the institution.  If you have previously attended any professional school (medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) please submit a letter of good standing from the program. This letter SHOULD NOT be sent to AMCAS as part of the primary application, but rather should be sent directly to GW after being invited for an interview. This letter should be sent directly from your registrar or program director. 

Can I include additional letters after my file is completed?

Once we have received all letters listed on AMCAS, your file will be considered complete. If you submit additional letters after your file is complete, they will be included in the review of your file ONLY if your file has not been reviewed or upon the re-review of your file.


Fee Payment

How do I pay the $130 application fee?

We utilize an online payment gateway. We only accept online credit card payments. Please do not send a check with your secondary application. After you make the payment, you will receive your Fee Payment Authorization Code. This number must be provided with the completion of your secondary application for processing.

Do you offer a secondary application fee waiver?

Yes, we will waive our secondary application fee if you have been accepted to the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP). On your secondary application, you will need to select the option for AMCAS fee waiver and this will waive the $130 fee. Please note that we will verify your eligibility with AMCAS.


Student Experiences & Opportunities

I would like to learn more about the curriculum for the GW MD Program. Where can I find this information?

Information related to our curriculum including our integrated themes, phases, structure, small group experiences and more can be found on the MD Program Curriculum Website.

Where do students have clinical experiences at GW?

Our MD students have the ability to work clinically at a variety of locations, gaining exposure and experience in working with a diverse patient population. Some of our affiliate locations, where students can participate in clinical rotations, include:


What is the Longitudinal Primary Care Clinic opportunity?

Students will work one half-day every other week in a primary care setting (general internal medicine, general pediatrics, family medicine, or geriatrics) regardless of their current rotation which complements the Primary Care rotation.

What are some only-in-D.C. experiences in the GW Curriculum?

There are a variety of ways that students take advantage of the location in the heart of the nation’s capital, including: meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to learn about health care policy or visiting the U.S. Holocaust Museum to learn more about medical ethics. Students participate in GW Clinical Public Health Summits, which are unique multi-day, real-world field projects that take place during intersession breaks.

What is an intersession?

Our intersessions are a break between courses to allows our students to synthesize and apply information they have learned, get feedback, reflect and meet with mentors. These also house our GW Clinical Public Health Summits.

What are Learning Communities?

Each class is divided into six learning communities that are meant to provide a more individualized experience and supportive environment for our students to engage with the material and one another. These communities provide mentorship, including Physicians, Basic Science and Librarian mentors to assist students in their growth.

What is the Scholarly Concentration Program?

This program provides students with a value added opportunity to enrich experiences & provide exposure to various concentrations of study. For full information, visit the website for The Office of Student Professional Enrichment. Approximately 70-75% of students select a scholarly concentration. You will attend series of lunch lectures & events, engage in a required 8-week experiential opportunity the summer between your first and second year. Your area will also be tied into a Scholarly Project (required of all MD students) and you’ll be required fourth year elective related to your concentration area.

  • Scholarships are available to assist with the costs of your summer travel & living expenses.
When do I select a Scholarly Concentration? Can I choose more than one concentration area?

You do not have to declare until late October/early November of your first year, which allows you to attend open houses and interact with faculty and students currently in the concentration areas to make an informed decision. You are only able to select one concentration area, but can find ways to incorporate your multitude of interests into that track. You also generally are able to attend events outside your given concentration, with the exception of Medical Education Leadership, which is a cohort based concentration area.

I am interested in the Scholarly Concentration Program. What are the options for concentration areas?

There are currently nine scholarly concentration areas. For more information on the track in which you are most interested, please visit the link below.


I would like to learn more about the student-run clinics at GW.

The GW Healing Clinic is a volunteer clinic that provides primary care to underserved patients regardless of ability to pay. The current clinic locations are in conjunction with Bread for the City in the Shaw neighborhood and with Bridge to Care Clinic in Cheverly, MD. The clinics also run a variety of outreach programs such as HIV testers and counselors, wellness partners and patient navigators to assist and improve the health of the community through education and support.

What is ISCOPES?

ISCOPES is a year-long interdisciplinary team experience. It is a service-learning experience that addresses community-identified health needs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Their projects include: Adult Health Literacy, Veterans Health Project, and Senior Wellness among others.

Are there student organizations that allow me to get involved with the community?

There are a variety of student organizations here at GW working directly with the community.

  • Team KiPow is a student-run organization which works to use medical student health mentors to encourage school-aged children to engage in and benefit from healthful opportunities available to them through the DC Healthy Schools Act. This is a mentor-type role where medical students eat lunch with students, engage in fun and physical activities and educate them on health topics.
  • ACOG Teen Promise Project is a collaborative effort between OB/GYN residents, medical students, and a DCPS school (Columbia Heights Education Campus) to create and institute a sexual health curriculum geared towards high-risk middle school students in Washington, DC.
  • The GW Asylum Clinic Group provides students with opportunity to shadow and participate in evaluating asylum seekers at the Bread for the City Asylum Clinic, including writing the Medical-Legal Affidavit to document the physical and psychological findings of the evaluation. They also host talks, movie events, etc. throughout the year to discuss issues facing refugees or those seeking asylum.
  • Prenatal Partners pairs medical students who are interested in getting first-hand experience in OB/GYN with willing expectant mothers, assisting as patient-partners with a variety of tasks throughout their pregnancy, from keeping track of appointments to designing birth plans.



Checking your Status, Decision-Making, and Interviews

I have submitted an AMCAS application, but have not yet received the secondary application. What should I do?

We send secondary applications to all applicants who designate the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences on their AMCAS application. Please note that it does take time to transmit your completed AMCAS application to our office. If you have not received a secondary application and it has been more than a week since you submitted your AMCAS application, please email us at medadmit@gwu.edu to resolve the issue.

How can I check the status of my file?

You may visit https://portal.smhs.gwu.edu/AdmissionsOfficeWeb/ to check the status of your application throughout the application cycle. Please note that you will need to select the appropriate link if you are a first time user or if you have forgotten your username or password. This is the same login information you use to access/complete the secondary application.

How long after my file is complete will I be notified of a decision?

Interviews are offered on a rolling basis, and we interview from August through March. The Committee on Admissions judiciously reviews each application and it may take some time before you hear from us regarding your status. Please keep in mind that many files are put on hold each year and are re-reviewed later in the application season.

I have a status that says I am "on hold for re-review at a later date". What does this mean and when will I hear from GW?

It is natural to our holistic review process that files may be reviewed multiple times before any decision is made. We do have a rolling admissions process, so there is no set schedule for the re-review of your file. We do interview from August to March, so there is often significant time that you may experience this hold status. While on hold, you do remain under active consideration and you will be sent information via email as soon as the Committee on Admissions communicates a change in status status. If any additional documentation is needed, we will contact you immediately. We appreciate your patience during this time.

What can I do while I am on "hold"?

The review process is very thorough and time-consuming. During this time, we encourage you to share your continued interest in our program, new experiences, activities or anything else you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions through your application status portal at http://portal.smhs.gwu.edu/AdmissionsOfficeWeb/.

How will I find out if I received an offer to interview with GW?

Interviews are by invitation only and sent via email to the address you provided on your AMCAS application. In the fall they are generally conducted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In the spring, they occur on Thursdays and Fridays.

Can I appeal my decision?

All decisions made by the Committee on Admissions are final. Unfortunately, we cannot accept appeals.

Will the Admissions Office provide counseling to me if I am an unsuccessful applicant?

All Committee proceedings are confidential and final. We cannot provide individual counseling or feedback regarding your application or competitiveness. We urge you to utilize your pre-medical advisor or a trusted faculty member, as they can most likely speak to your situation on an individual basis.

If you do not have a pre-medical advisor, we recommend you visit the website of  the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions which will be able to connect you with members that have volunteered to be available to those individuals without access otherwise.

What is your policy on deferring admission after I've been accepted?

Accepted students who would like to apply for deferral must write to the Associate Dean for Admissions via email to medadmit@gwu.edustating their reason for requesting a deferral and their proposed plans for using the time requested. Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant will be notified of the final decision in a timely manner.


Special Programs

Does GW have an Early Decision program?

Yes. It is an accelerated application process for outstanding applicants. Decisions are made by October 1. For more information, please visit the Early Decision page.

How do I apply for the dual M.D./M.P.H. program?

You must apply to the M.P.H. program separately from the M.D. application process. Upon acceptance to both programs, you will be able to pursue a dual degree. For more information on the admissions process for the M.P.H program, please contact the Milken Institute School of Public Health

I would like more information on the seven-year B.A./M.D. program at GW.

For more information about the program, please visit our website. Applications are submitted through the GW Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please visit their website to apply or contact their office at gwadm@gwu.edu with additional questions.

I would like more information on the eight-year B.S./M.D. program with St. Bonaventure University.

Please visit the St. Bonaventure University website.

I completed my bachelor's degree but I have not taken my pre-medical coursework yet. I am searching for a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program with a link to the M.D. program at GW.

Each medical school has different requirements and requires you to be familiar with them. You can complete your post-baccalaureate pre-med coursework either in a formal post-bacb program (see below for our linkage programs) or as a non-degree student at any accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences does have several linkage programs with formal post-bacc programs that can help you fulfill medical school entrance course requirements. For a full list of participating linkage schools, please visit our linkage website

I am NOT a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or Canadian citizen.

You may apply to GW's International Medicine Program. This program prepares non-U.S. and non-Canadian citizens for medical practice in their home countries. Students are in the four-year M.D. program and receive mentoring and added support from the International Medicine Programs office. Applicants MUST be sponsored by their government or a medical institution in their home country as well as have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. For more information on this program, please visit International Medicine Programs

Do you accept transfer applicants from other medical schools?

Learn more about the transfer process on our Advanced Standing website.


Financial Aid

Where is the best place to find information about average cost, scholarships and financial aid?

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the webpage for the Office of Financial Aid or contact them directly at medfinan@gwu.edu or at (202) 994-2960.



Can I come visit the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences for a tour?

Tours are given starting at the M.D. Admissions Office (2300 Eye Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20037; Ross Hall 106) on Mondays at 11 a.m. An admissions staff member will answer your questions about GW and the admissions process, as well as take you on a guided tour of the medical school facilities. Please be sure to bring a photo ID to enter Ross Hall. Should you be invited for an interview, a more detailed tour will be provided at that time. For more information, see our contact us page

If you'd like to arrange a group tour or a tour at a different time, please contact us at least two weeks in advance at medadmit@gwu.edu to arrange your group visit. 

What other ways can I find out about the GW SMHS M.D. Program?

The Office of Admissions engages with students from across the country at fairs, college visits and hosts infomration sessions, open houses and annual webinars. For more information about these opportunities, please monitor our Facebook page.

If you'd like to arrange a group tour or a tour at a different time, please contact us at least two weeks in advance at medadmit@gwu.edu to arrange your group visit. 

What is the mailing address and contact information for the Admissions Office?

The mailing address for GW Medical Admissions is:

Office of Admissions – M.D. Program
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The George Washington University
2300 Eye Street NW, Ross Hall Suite 106
Washington D.C., 20037

The phone number, fax number, and email address are:

Phone: (202) 994-3506
Fax: (202) 994-1753
Email: medadmit@gwu.edu