Admissions Process

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You've taken the Medical College Admission Test, applied to UT Southwestern Medical School through the Texas Medical and Dental Application Service, and made sure you've completed or are completing all required courses for admission. Now what?
Complete the secondary application through the UT Southwestern My GateWay site. You will not receive an email or other invitation to complete the Secondary Application.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. If selected to interview, you will receive an invitation by email to visit the UT Southwestern campus.

Personal Interview

Interview invitations are sent by email to applicants beginning in mid-July. Normally, invitations for interviews are sent at least three weeks before the assigned interview date. You may accept or change the assigned interview date, based on seating capacity, from the RSVP site link provided with your invitation.

We offer an interesting and informative two-day interview program: a Friday program that includes the opportunity to participate in clinical rounds, and then on Saturday, the interview sessions, along with other activities.

Saturday interview dates for the 2018 entering class are:

  • September 9, 23, 30
  • October 14, 21, 28
  • November 11, 18
  • December 2, 9
  • January 6

Each date has a full Friday program the day preceding.

The interview weekend typically includes:


  • Morning: Accompany UT Southwestern students on rounds
  • Afternoon: Informational program on a variety of topics, including curriculum, clinical teaching facilities, housing, student services, and community and international health opportunities
  • Evening: Dinner with UT Southwestern medical students


  • Morning: Opening information sessions; Two 25-minute interviews with faculty members; South Campus walking tour to include Children’s Health℠ Children's Medical Center Dallas
  • Afternoon: Lunch with students; tour of Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center; meet with medical student class admissions representatives

Applicant Evaluation

So what are we looking for? The Admissions Committee considers all the following in evaluating each applicant's acceptability:

  • Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
  • Academic performance in college as reflected in the grade-point average
  • The rigor of the undergraduate curriculum
  • Recommendations from the college premedical committee or faculty
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Socioeconomic background
  • Any time spent in outside employment
  • Personal integrity and compassion for others
  • The ability to communicate in English
  • Race/Ethnicity*
  • Other personal qualities and individual factors such as leadership, self-appraisal, determination, social and family support, and maturity and coping capabilities
  • The applicant's motivation for a career in medicine

*As authorized by the Board of Regents, and subject to the approval of the UT System, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center added race and ethnicity to the broad range of criteria considered for student admission and for awarding scholarships and fellowships beginning with academic year 2006–2007. 

In addition, applicants are evaluated regarding the mission of the Medical School, which emphasizes the importance of training primary-care physicians, educating doctors who will practice in medically underserved areas of Texas, and preparing physician-scientists who seek careers in academic medicine and research.