Admissions Policies for the MD Degree

As a public medical school, preference is given to Kentucky residents, however, a number of well-prepared nonresidents are accepted each year. Successful out-of-state candidates are those whose overall records compare favorably with resident applicants and those who have a clear interest in pursuing their medical education and medical practice in Kentucky.

Competitive academic averages for screening out-of-state students in 2016 were 3.7 science and cumulative GPAs and pre 2015 MCAT scores of at least 32 cumulative, with no subscore below 10 or 2015 MCAT scores at or above the 80th percentile rank.   For the 2018 class application cycle, we anticipate that competitive scores will be at or above the 85th percentile rank.  For the 2018 entering class application cycle, the oldest score accepted is March 2015.

The College of Medicine will accept applications for advanced standing from students currently enrolled in LCME-accredited medical schools. A very limited number of qualified applicants may be accepted if space is available. These decisions cannot be made until late in the academic year. In considering qualified applicants for advanced-standing admission, priority is given to Kentucky residents and to spouses of faculty members, house officers, fellows, and students.

Our class is typically filled by early January. For fullest consideration, applications should be completed well before established deadlines. The screening and admissions process for the College of Medicine operates on a rolling basis, according to the date of the completion of your file.  Therefore, it is very important that applicants complete their files as early as possible, ideally no later than early September.

Because ethics and values are an integral part of the practice of medicine, the College of Medicine seeks students who have demonstrated high moral and ethical standards in their daily lives. The College of Medicine reserves the right to verify references and to solicit information on applicants from people who would be familiar with their personal attributes.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability in matters of admission, employment, housing, services, or in the education programs or activities it operates.