Application Procedure

All applicants must utilize the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). TMDSAS will transmit your application before transcripts, letters or MCAT scores are uploaded. Dell Medical School will proceed with the first review, but the full application review will not occur until after those documents have been uploaded to TMDSAS and transmitted to Dell Medical School.

First Review

In order to best use the resources of the faculty and staff, the first review is based primarily on overall GPA and GPA earned in science courses, as calculated by TMDSAS. Every application will be reviewed by a member of the Admissions Selection Committee or Admissions Office staff. This review will also consider MCAT, Socio-Economic Status (SES), graduate work or degrees, GPA trends, and other evidence of academic ability.

Invitation to Submit Secondary Application

Applicants selected for the Full Review will be sent an invitation to complete a Secondary Application. This invitation e-mail will include a link to the website to access that application. There is no fee for completing the Secondary Application which consists of four short essay questions (no more than one page for each response). The essays address specific attributes related to the Mission of Dell Medical School. The deadline for completion of the Secondary Application is October 15. The Full Review will not be initiated until the Secondary Application is complete and all information including uploaded transcripts, evaluation letters, and MCAT scores are submitted to TMDSAS.

Full Review

The Full Review involves a careful reading of the entire application by two admissions staff and/or members of the Admissions Selection Committee. Each applicant will receive a ranking, relative to all other applicants in the Full Review, in eight categories:

  1. Personal Attributes
  2. Life Experiences
  3. Academic preparation
  4. Contribution to and fit with the mission
  5. Teamwork
  6. Community Engagement
  7. Problem-solving for betterment of others
  8. Resilience

Each reviewer will then assign an overall ranking based on a summative impression of the application. The Admissions Selection Committee will utilize these rankings to determine which applicants will be invited for an interview.

Invitation to Interview

The invitation to interview will be sent to the e-mail address submitted in the TMDSAS application. It will include a link to the website where the applicant may schedule a half day interview experience. Interview will occur on six different days. There will be two interview sessions on each interview date; one half of the applicants in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The morning and afternoon sessions are identical.