Admission to the School of Medicine

SOM Oath


Applicants to the first year class of the University of Louisville School of Medicine are considered individually and are selected based on merit without consideration of race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age or national origin. 


The Admissions Committee evaluates an applicant’s acceptability based on the entire academic record (undergraduate and graduate), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, and premedical advisory committee recommendations. The applicant’s communication skills, personality and motivation are evaluated by interviews with members of the committee. Extracurricular activities and medical exposure are also important elements of the applicant evaluation. Complete undergraduate preparation is strongly encouraged. The minimum prerequisites are listed under the Pre-Med Requirements. Your best resource for determining the appropriate prerequisite courses is the pre-med advisor at your undergraduate institution.

Interviews are arranged by the Admissions Office for each applicant whose credentials appear to warrant further exploration. The interview day schedule provides the applicant an opportunity to talk with medical students and to see the facilities of the Health Sciences Center.

Inquiries concerning admission should be addressed to:

University of Louisville School of Medicine
Office of Admissions

Abell Administration Center, Rm. 413
323 E. Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202-3866
(502) 852-5193 or (800) 334-8635 ext. 5193

Residency Status

Out of State Residents: Consistent with the mission of the University of Louisville as a state university, residents of Kentucky are given preference for admission.  Applications from nonresidents are accepted; those with significant academic, person or family ties to Kentucky are given preference. Residency must be established prior to making application.

International Applicants

Applications from international students, including those with "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" status (DACA), are accepted.  Consistent with the mission of the University of Louisville as a state university, those with significant academic, personal or family ties to Kentucky are given preference.

International students, including those with a pending application for permanent residency or with DACA status, are not eligible for most federal benefits, including federally guaranteed student loans. Such loans usually comprise an important part of a medical student's financial aid package. Therefore, if these international students are offered admission, they must submit documentation of sufficient funds to cover the cost of completing a medical degree. Admission offers to international students who are unable to submit adequate documentation of sufficient funds will be withdrawn. All decisions as to whether the documentation of sufficient funds is adequate for a particular international student offered admission shall be made by the Dean or her designee.

Early Decision

The Early Decision Program (EDP) provides the well-qualified applicant an opportunity to secure acceptance by October 1.

Candidates accepted through the EDP must attend the accepting institution. By applying as an EDP candidate, the individual agrees not to apply to any other U.S. medical school until any of the following occurs:

  1. Denial of an EDP commitment,
  2. Release from the EDP commitment, or
  3. October 1 notification deadline expiration.

The limited number of early decision seats are awarded based on exceptional academic standing and MCAT scores. The Early Decision Program application deadline is August 1.