Transfer Admissions

Students in good standing at medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association are eligible to apply for transfer into the third-year class.

UT Southwestern will accept transfer students into the third year if they have completed coursework equivalent to the first two years of UT Southwestern’s curriculum and have taken and passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

Because of the differences among the curricula of medical schools and the limited physical space available for students in the second-year class, such transfers are difficult and will only be considered under extraordinary circumstances. If you wish to pursue a transfer into the second year, please write to the Director of Admissions and describe in detail the circumstances necessitating your transfer.

Students attending foreign medical schools and students attending osteopathic medical schools are not eligible for transfer admission.

Transfer Application Process


UT Southwestern is not considering transfer requests for 2016-17 as our clinical rotations are at capacity. Thank you for your interest in UT Southwestern for your continued medical education.


A complete application consists of the following items:

Application for Admission

Download the Medical School Transfer Application. Supply all information requested; make sure you sign it and provide your Social Security number. All application materials must be submitted to the Admissions Office by April 15.


You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to UT Southwestern from each college or university attended (even if no credit was awarded) and all institutions from which any credit has been awarded, even if the credit is indicated on a subsequent institution’s transcript as transfer credit. In addition, you must submit an official transcript from the medical school in which you are currently enrolled.

Dean’s Letter of Recommendation

You must request a letter from the dean of the medical school that you are currently attending, indicating that you are in good standing at that institution and that you have successfully completed the curriculum of the year just prior to your transfer year. This letter should be sent directly to the Admissions Office at UT Southwestern.

MCAT Scores

An official Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score report from the Association of American Medical Colleges must be forwarded to UT Southwestern before your application will be considered complete. Information regarding release of MCAT scores can be found at When completing the Additional Score Reports (ASR), please note that UT Southwestern does not use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

USMLE Step 1 Scores

Applicants for transfer into the third-year class must have taken and passed the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), Step 1, before transfer admission can be granted. An official score report must be sent directly from the testing service to UT Southwestern.

Supplemental Data Form

Submit the supplemental data form with the primary transfer application. Information on the applicant’s race or ethnic group is requested so we can report the information to the Association of American Medical Colleges and various governing agencies that require the information.

Additional Information


If your residency in Texas is not firmly established, please contact the Admissions Office for a Residency Questionnaire. Upon completion of processing, you will be notified of the decision. An individual 18 years of age or older who has come from outside the state must be gainfully employed and reside in Texas for 12 consecutive months before enrolling in order to be classified as a resident. Questions in the application regarding residency status must be answered.

Personal Interview

The Medical School requires a personal interview before acceptance. Interviews are initiated by UT Southwestern.