There are many steps to applying to medical school. Refer to this page as a resource in your journey.

Application process

  • Complete premedical requirements while earning your bachelor’s degree or as post-baccalaureate coursework.
  • Take the MCAT — for each year's entering class, the last test date considered is Sept. 15 of the previous year.
  • Gain patient-facing clinical, leadership, and volunteer experience.
  • Complete your primary application through AMCAS.
    • The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a centralized online application service sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Once AMCAS has received your application and transcript(s), it takes approximately four to six weeks before it is sent to our medical school.
  • While early applications are encouraged, it is more important to submit the strongest application possible. This might mean waiting for additional grades in your coursework, starting or continuing activities that will prepare you for a career in medicine, and fine-tuning your essay to reflect who you are and your motivation for becoming a physician. (Please note that we only accept applications from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylees, and DACA recipients.)

Select one of the programs offered at UW–Madison

  • Regular MD
  • Rural MD: This program is offered through the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) and will appear as Other Special Programs in the AMCAS application
  • MD-PhD/Medical Scientist Training Program: The MSTP program will appear as Combined Medical Degree/PhD in the AMCAS application

Application review

UW School of Medicine and Public Health has a broad, multi-faceted mission advancing health and health equity in clinical care, education, research, and public health. Your application will be reviewed with this mission in mind.

The most competitive applicants are offered an opportunity to submit a secondary application to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. About 90 percent of applicants who apply to UW through AMCAS will receive a secondary application from us.

Your application will not be considered complete until we receive your processing fee and all letters of recommendation, and the Office of the Registrar confirms whether you are a Wisconsin resident or a non-resident. You may follow the status of your application on the secondary application website. 


Interviewees will have the opportunity to learn more about our ForWard Curriculum, meet current students, and ask questions of faculty. Interview times and components will vary between programs: WARM, MSTP, and Regular MD.

Communications will come via email and the admissions portal, so you are encouraged to check both regularly. If you are invited to interview, detailed instructions and information will be emailed to you.

Decision details

  • If you are accepted, congratulations! Send in your Acknowledgment of Acceptance form, complete any outstanding premedical requirements, and stay tuned to our communications for additional information.
  • Still working on your decision? Watch for your invitation to attend Second Look Event.
  • If you do not receive an offer of admission and are interested in reapplying, visit our page on reapplying.

Application timeline

Year prior to intended maticulation

  • Early May: AMCAS application available
  • Late May: Earliest date to submit AMCAS application
  • September: Last MCAT test date for application consideration
  • Oct. 15*: Last date to submit AMCAS application
  • Dec. 1: Secondary application deadline

Year of maticulation

  • Feb. 19*: "Plan to Enroll" option becomes available in AMCAS
  • April 15: Narrow down acceptances to three medical schools
  • April 30*: "Commit to Enroll" option becomes available in AMCAS
  • Mid August: First day of class

*If a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the next business day applies. (AMCAS)