Congratulations on your acceptance! We are honored and delighted that you are considering becoming a University of Wisconsin medical student. You should receive a welcome packet with more information from us the spring prior to starting medical school. Below are the steps to matriculation, but consult your welcome packet for the most precise information.

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Checklist for admitted students for the entering class of 2021


Submit your FAFSA

Go to the FAFSA website to fill out your financial aid form. Include the University of Wisconsin-Madison #003895 in the school code section. As a medical student, there is no need to provide parental information. Once you have activated your NetID in early April, you may check the progress of your financial aid application by logging into MyUW with your NetID and finding the Student Center section. If you have questions, you may contact Emma Crawford at

Apply for disability accommodations, if needed

Information about requesting accommodations for a disability was included on the enclosure with your acceptance letter. If you have questions, you may contact

Begin planning your housing for next fall

Madison has a myriad of housing options.

February 15

Plan to Enroll option becomes available

Accepted applicants may select “Plan to Enroll” in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool starting February 15. If your first choice is the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, please indicate your “Plan to Enroll” status as early as possible.

April 15

Narrow down your acceptances to three medical schools

The School of Medicine and Public Health highly recommends that you narrow your acceptance offers to three medical schools, if applicable. This will help us manage the number of students in our entering class, allowing us to work with other highly qualified candidates on our alternate list to whom we cannot yet make an offer.

April 30

Commit to Enroll option becomes available

Accepted applicants may select “Commit to Enroll” in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool starting April 30. This selection indicates the final choice of medical school, and applicants must withdraw acceptances from all other medical schools. If an accepted applicant is still holding acceptances at medical schools other than UW after April 30, we reserve the right to rescind our acceptance. Applicants who need additional time to make a final decision should contact our office as soon as possible.

June 1

MD Admissions Office finalizes entering class of 2021

UW reserves the right to withdraw your acceptance if you are holding an acceptance at another medical school and have not entered your Commit to Enroll decision in AMCAS. If you need additional time to make your decision, please contact If you are an MSTP student and you need additional time, please email Extensions are granted only in rare cases for extenuating personal circumstances. Out of respect for those on our waiting list, we cannot grant additional time for applicants waiting to hear from other schools.

June 15

Notify us of any pending classes

Double-check our premedical requirements page to ensure you have completed all coursework needed to matriculate. If you have not, register for the course(s) you still need and email us at to let us know.

July 1

Background check and immunization records are due

July 15

Copies of official transcripts are due

To complete admission requirements, we must receive official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you attended. We can accept official electronic transcripts if they can be emailed to Do not have them sent to UW-Madison’s main campus — they will not reach our office. Please be sure that your bachelor’s degree has been posted on your transcript. Have hard copy official transcripts sent to MD Admissions, Suite #2130, 750 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705. Please note that AMCAS does not forward transcripts.

Settle into Madison

Experience of previous students indicates clearly that you need to be settled into Madison well before the start of classes in mid-August. Try not to move to Madison the day before classes begin.

August 16

Classes begin

September 14

Submit SHIP waiver with evidence of health insurance, or sign up for SHIP

A form for completing this task will be provided.

Additional tasks


All students must be up to date on the required immunizations to enroll as students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The requirements are summarized in the table below. Accepted students will be asked to provide proof of immunity for each of the required immunizations.

ImmunizationProof of immunity
Measles/mumps/rubella Completed vaccine series or positive serology
Hepatitis B Completed vaccine series and positive serology
Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis Completed vaccine series or positive serology
Varicella Completed vaccine series or positive serology


We encourage applicants to apply for the entering class in the year they intend to begin medical school. However, we do offer the option to request one- and two-year deferrals before matriculating. Only a limited number of delayed admission requests will be approved each year. Approval of a delayed admission request will be based upon the rationale and goals presented in a letter to the MD Admissions Office.

If you are accepted, then you will be contacted with information about deadlines for requesting a deferral. Requests for deferral received after stated deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Acceptance of a deferral requires you to withdraw acceptances that you may have received from other schools. In other words, you may not have a deferral from UW and another school. However, you may apply to other schools the following year, even though you hold a deferral from UW. For deferral-related questions, please email

Technical standards and disclosure of disabilities

Conferral of a medical degree certifies that the recipient has demonstrated all the requisite abilities to become a practicing generalist physician. This demonstration encompasses a variety of attributes critical to the provision of quality medical care, including the physical, cognitive and emotional strengths necessary to complete the rigorous requirements of the medical school curriculum, as well as the social and behavioral skills expected of a competent caregiver.

In some cases where the presence or function of a critical attribute is affected by an applicant's disability, additional consideration is given to whether, through reasonable accommodation, adequate and reliable function can be secured. In the exceptional case where either reasonable accommodation cannot be provided or adequate assurance of function obtained, admission may be denied or rescinded.

The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding the applicant's admission status whenever the Technical Standards Committee advises that reasonable accommodation cannot be provided. For further information, please see our complete technical standards policy.