Frequently Asked Questions

The class size is 105. Candidates can begin applying in June by completing their AMCAS applications, but should complete them no later than December 15 of the year prior to the year the candidates plan to enter medical school.

Candidates can begin applying online in June by completing the required AMCAS application.

Yes, candidates should complete their Meharry Supplemental Application as they are invited to do so. The Supplemental Application Fee is $65.

Meharry will send you regular email notifications updating your application status. Please be aware that it is each candidate’s responsibility to regularly check with AMCAS to ensure that his/her application is complete.

The review of applications for admission begins August 1 annually and continues until the class is filled.

The deadline for submitting all application materials is December 15.

Meharry offers tours year-round for groups and individuals. Campus tours for individuals or groups of fewer than five (5) people can schedule tours only on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. Candidates may call 615.327.6223 to schedule a tour.

The Admissions Committee considers a science GPA of 3.5 and a MCAT score of 498 or a 26 on the old MCAT.

No, you do not have to complete all required coursework or have a college degree before applying to Meharry. However, it is strongly advised that most of your prerequisite courses be completed before you take the MCAT and apply. Medical Admissions requires a Bachelor’s Degree to be admitted.

Community college courses are acceptable; however, the prerequisite, upper-level basic science courses (organic chemistry and biochemistry) and the recommended courses— microbiology, anatomy, physiology and cell biology—should be taken at an accredited four-year college or university. Online courses must be taken from an accredited college or university; however all basic science courses must be taken in a classroom setting and any basic sciences courses taken on-line are not acceptable.

In general, students should take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, and speech. Students should also participate in summer research programs for health sciences and engage in community service activities related to healthcare. Click here for more detailed information.

No, you should choose the major of your choice that interests you. However, in evaluating the grade point average (GPA) of candidates, the Admissions Committee will consider all prerequisite and science coursework.

A candidate should begin securing three letters of recommendations no later than his/her junior year.

The recommendations should be sent to AMCAS and not to Meharry. Note: A Pre-Health Committee recommendation from the candidate’s college or university will meet the recommendation requirement.

The personal statement is very important and is carefully reviewed. Candidates should spend time writing their personal statements—writing error-free essays without redundancy, run-on sentences, clichés, embellishments, fancy words, and spelling errors—and avoid inserting their own names in the text.

Candidates should take the MCAT only after preparing for it—not “just for practice,” as candidates are allowed to take the MCAT a maximum of three times per calendar year.


Preparation and review should be on-going, beginning after completing the first year of college Biology and Chemistry. The latest date candidates should take the MCAT the first time is August 1 the year prior to the year they plan to enroll in medical school.

Yes, an interview is required. All candidates invited for an interview will be interviewed by Meharry Medical College basic science faculty, or Meharry School of Medicine staff.

Candidates should dress in professional business attire:

  • Men—suit or sports jacket with a tie
  • Women—a solid blouse and suit (pants suit, or a jacket with knee-length skirt, heels or pumps no higher than three inches)

Candidates are selected based upon academic performance in undergraduate and graduate studies, MCAT scores, personal characteristics, awareness of the medical profession, leadership experience, community service, and potential for success in medical school as expressed in the letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

Candidates re-applying to medical school after having been denied admission should have demonstrated significant improvements in their applications since their previous application was submitted. These improvements may include:

  • Additional coursework in the basic sciences
  • Improved MCAT score
  • Shadowing/Research experience
  • Community service
  • At least one (1) new letter of recommendation

Yes. The Dual M.D./Ph.D. Program is designed to prepare outstanding clinical and research professionals who are capable of identifying and addressing significant problems in oral health. The Ph.D. adds three to four years to the M.D. education so that a student will graduate with both degrees in seven to eight years.


Candidates must first be admitted to the Meharry School of Medicine and complete the first two years of coursework, which includes passing Step 1, before they can apply to the Ph.D. program.

The Meharry School of Medicine accepts applications for transfers into the second (2nd) or third (3rd) year only.

The transfer process will take a significant amount of time, and the applicant should submit the request to transfer in writing to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment.

Transfer requests must be made no later than March 1 of the year of matriculation to the Meharry School of Medicine.


The following policies apply to medical student requests for transfer:

  • The applicant must be enrolled and in good standing at a LCME accredited medical school.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (copy of green card required) or U.S. National (supporting documentation required).
  • The applicant must be eligible to receive federal financial aid (if needed).
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing and have a passing score on the USMLE, Step 1 (applicants for third year only).
  • Transfer students must be reviewed and accepted by the Admissions Committee. There must be a space available in the class to which the transfer student is requesting admission. The recommendation for transfer must then be approved by the Dean.
  • The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs will assess the comparability of curricula between the Meharry School of Medicine and the transferring institution and shall seek approval of all coursework for from course directors regarding the acceptability of coursework from the transferring institution.
  • No courses will be accepted with a grade of D, F, N, nor I.
  • The transfer student must submit copies of official transcripts to the Meharry Medical College Office of Admissions & Recruitment prior to matriculation to the Meharry School of Medicine.
  • The transfer student must be evaluated by the preclinical course directors prior to entering into comprehensive patient care.

Medical school graduates have many residency program choices. Graduating medical school seniors participate in a national resident match program. The National Resident Matching Program conducts Match Day annually to match the preferences of applicants with their choice of medical residency programs that offer the available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals. A resident is a medical school graduate who is undertaking a three to seven-year period of specialized training in a medical specialty.


A vast majority of Meharry Medical College School of Medicine graduates match in a primary care field. Meharry’s overall match rate was 88 percent for the 2012 class of graduating seniors:

Number of students who matched in each specialty area:

Primary Care Specialties

  • Family Medicine – 15
  • Pediatrics – 12
  • Internal Medicine – 11
  • Medicine – Pediatrics – 3


  • Anesthesiology – 11
  • Orthopedics – 3
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology – 3
  • Emergency Medicine – 2
  • Radiology – 2
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – 2
  • Neurology – 2
  • Psychiatry – 2
  • Neuro Surgery – 1