Admission to Harvard Medical School is very selective. We seek students of integrity and maturity who have concern for others, leadership potential, and an aptitude for working with people.
The Committee on Admissions evaluates applications based on several factors, including the following:
- Academic records
- Applicant essay(s)
- MCAT scores
- Letters of evaluation
- Extracurricular activities
- Summer occupations
- Life experiences
- Experience in the health field, including research or community work
The education of a physician is enhanced by the diversity of the student body.
The Committee on Admissions takes a holistic approach to application review.
We do not pre-screen applications. All applicants who submit an AMCAS application and designate Harvard Medical School will receive our secondary application.
Harvard Medical School does not have a rolling admissions policy. The timing of the submission or completion of an application will not affect the applicant’s chances of receiving an interview invitation. As long as all application materials are received prior to our final deadline, applicants will receive full consideration. Please see When to Apply for more information.