Candidates interested in Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
Once AMCAS receives transcripts from all schools attended, they will verify all coursework listed on the application. After the coursework is verified, AMCAS will release your application materials to TUSM. The verification process at AMCAS can take up to 6 weeks.
The deadline to submit an application to AMCAS is December 15, 2015, and the transcript deadline is December 29, 2015. The deadline for submitting the supplemental application, application fee, and required letters of recommendation to TUSM is January 15, 2016. TUSM will not grant an extension for any missed deadlines. Applicants who do not complete an application by January 16, 2016 will be passively withdrawn and AMCAS will be notified of this final action. Passively withdrawn applicants will not receive notification of this action from TUSM.
Applicants who previously applied to TUSM must resubmit all application materials including letters of reference. If you submitted an AMCAS application to TUSM in a previous application cycle, you are considered a reapplicant. There is no penalty for reapplying, but your current application should have been strengthened since the previous application.
Temple will consider applications from US citizens or non-citizens who have permanent resident or refugee/asylee status. Applicants with permanent resident or refugee/asylee status need to provide official documentation when completing the supplemental application.
Supplemental applications will not be sent to non-citizens without permanent resident or refugee/asylee status. Applicants will be considered with the citizenship and visa status indicated on the AMCAS application. Citizenship status cannot be changed after the AMCAS application is submitted.
AMCAS will release application material to TUSM on July 1, 2015. Starting in early July an email with the link to our online supplemental application, TempleMedOnline, will be sent daily to newly verified applicants.
TempleMedOnline is the online connection to the medical school admissions office. Applicants will:
- Complete the supplemental application
- Upload your INS documentation if you are a permanent resident or have refugee/asylee status
- Pay the supplemental application fee ($85)
- Check which materials have been processed by our office
- Check the status of your application
- Send updates as a pdf or wps file only (letters, unofficial transcripts) to the Admissions Office
Prior to interview, all communication is sent to the preferred email address on the AMCAS application. All communication after an interview is sent to the preferred mailing address on the AMCAS application. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that contact information on the AMCAS application is current and should update the AMCAS application if there are changes. TUSM is notified of any updates from AMCAS immediately.
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Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours from an accredited US or Canadian college or university is required for admission. Students who have not completed a baccalaureate degree but who have demonstrated exceptional academic capability and evidence of unusual maturity may apply.
The premedical requirements for TUSM include the courses listed to the left. Biochemistry may be used to meet a General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry requirement. The courses should be directed to the needs of pre-medical students. Courses designed for non-science majors or allied health students are not acceptable. If any pre-requisite coursework is not complete when the AMCAS application is submitted, the application will be placed on hold until an official transcript indicating the final grades is received.
Transcripts should not be sent to the Admissions Office unless you have completed pre-requisite science course work that is not on the AMCAS application or you have been accepted to TUSM.
Two pre-requisite science courses can be fulfilled with AP credits, community college courses or through a study abroad program. TUSM prefers that the equivalent number of credits are completed in upper level courses in that discipline. Online courses cannot be used to meet any of the pre-medical requirements.
Students who complete a bachelor’s degree abroad must complete the equivalent number of pre-requisite science courses at a United States or Canadian institution before applying.
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Every applicant must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. TUSM will consider applicants for entering 2016 with MCAT scores from 2013, 2014, and 2015. The last MCAT we will consider for the Entering 2016 application cycle is September 23, 2015.
Applications are considered with the most recent MCAT results (both section and total). MCAT2015 scores will be evaluated based on the percentage for each section and the total.
For students applying with MCAT2015 scores, there is an option on the supplemental application to provide SAT & ACT scores and upload copies of the scores.
Preferably, this test will be taken in the spring of the year before application; however, it must be taken no later than September of the year in which the candidate applies. Applicants should take the exam when they are fully prepared to perform well. TUSM will begin reviewing applications in the summer and start inviting candidates for interview in August. Applications are not reviewed until they are complete.
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The supplemental application is used to help us identify your unique interest in Temple University School of Medicine. An $85.00 non-refundable application fee is collected online when you submit your TUSM supplemental. The supplemental application fee is waived for candidates who were approved for the AAMC FAP program prior to submitting an AMCAS application.
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TUSM participates in the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation Program. Letters can be sent to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, Interfolio, Mail or VirtualEvals. If Temple is designated as a recipient of the letter on the AMCAS application, AMCAS will release the electronic copy to TUSM. All letters should be on letterhead and contain the letter writer's signature.
TUSM will consider letters of recommendation from a premedical committee, a packet from a school letter compilation service, or three (3) individual letters. If submitting a compilation packet or individual letters, two (2) letters must be from professors with whom you completed course work from the AMCAS course classification of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. We welcome letters from research experiences, but they will not fulfill our science letter requirement. One (1) additional letter is required from a non-science professor, work experience, or service activity. A premedical committee letter will meet our requirements regardless of the number of science/non-science letters included.
At any point in the application process, you are welcome to submit additional letters to support your application and encouraged to use the AMCAS letter service to transmit these letters.
If there is a compelling reason why the letter requirement cannot be fulfilled, this should be indicated on the supplemental application.
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Applicants who indicate that they were the recipient of an institutional action on the AMCAS application are required to contact the school where the institutional action occurred to provide an official statement. This document should outline the details of the event and the outcome of the institutional process. The supplemental application contains specific instructions on how to provide this information to TUSM. Applicants with an institutional action will not be reviewed until this letter has been received.
Applicants who receive an institutional action after the AMCAS application has been submitted are required to send a letter to the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions with details of the event. We will only accept Institutional Action statements mailed directly to our office from the appropriate institutional official (Dean of Students, Judicial Officer, etc.). A statement about the Institutional Action in your pre-health committee letter does not meet our requirement. Directions for requesting documentation from the appropriate institutional official will be provided.
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