Admission Requirements


All applicants must receive a bachelor's degree by the time of matriculation. Admission to the Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) is a highly competitive process with approximately 7,000 applications reviewed to select the students admitted. A number of academic and personal factors are considered by the Admissions Office and the Admissions Committee when admitting students to medical school.

The FSU College of Medicine employs a holistic approach during the admissions process. Regarding admission to the regular M.D. program, we evaluate all of the following: course “load” and undergraduate rigor; post baccalaureate course work; service and volunteer record; shadowing and knowledge of the medical field; research activities; likelihood of practicing within the State of Florida; undergraduate grade point average; MCAT score; and degree of “fit” with respect to our unique mission statement.

While a truly holistic approach to admissions makes it difficult to establish minimum academic standards, the Florida State University College of Medicine does not – except in special circumstances – consider applicants for admissions to the regular M.D. program who do not have an MCAT score of at least 498, and an undergraduate grade point average of 3.3.  Special circumstances include students who come from medically, financially, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.  Finally, the Florida State University College of Medicine does not – except under rare circumstances – consider applicants who are not legal residents of the State of Florida, unless such applicants can demonstrate significant ties to Florida.

If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program, the program must be completed and transcripts provided to the FSU COM Admissions Office prior to the beginning of classes, unless an exception is granted by that program.

The Florida State University is an equal employment opportunity employer and education provider committed to a policy of non-discrimination for any member of the University's community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans' or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected group status. This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, visitors, applicants, contractors, and any others who are affiliated with the University in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University's policies, procedures, and processes.


All applicants must be US citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens in possession of a "green card." Those applying as a Permanent Resident must submit appropriate documentation to the FSU COM Admissions Office.

Pre-requisite Coursework

Listed below is the pre-requisite coursework required for all matriculates to the FSU COM. Advanced Placement, CLEP, and dual enrollment credits fulfill the course requirements. However, courses taken in a traditional classroom at a four-year institution are considered to be more academically competitive.

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a letter grade of C or better.

Course Required Recommended Lab Hours
College English or other writing intensive course X     6
College Mathematics X  Statistics   6
Biology X   X 8
Organic Chemistry X   X 4
Physics X   X 8
Biochemistry* X     3
Sociology   X   3
Psychology   X   3
Genetics   X   3
Spanish   X   6

* Applicants must complete a Biochemistry course which requires at least one Organic Chemistry course as a pre-requisite. In addition, one credit hour of biochemistry laboratory is preferred but not required.

Apply Online

Complete and submit the primary application online through AMCAS.

Secondary Materials

All components of the secondary materials must be complete by the established deadline, or the materials will not be processed and the application considered incomplete. The deadline to submit all secondary materials is August 21st for Early Decision Applicants, and December 31st for Regular Admission Applicants.

The Secondary Materials consist of two major components:

Part I: Secondary Application

The secondary application to the FSU COM will be completed and submitted online as part of the AMCAS application. Applicants are advised to carefully review the instructions for completion before beginning the secondary application. There is a $30 application fee.

  • Applicants will receive instructions on paying the Secondary Application fee after submitting the AMCAS application.
  • Upon receipt of the secondary application payment, a confirming e-mail response will be sent to the applicant.

Part II: Letters of Recommendation

At least three and no more than five letters of recommendation are required. It is preferred that applicants submit two letters from science faculty who have taught the applicant, and one letter from any other non-science faculty member who has taught the applicant. If a school or college provides a Committee Letter of recommendation, that will fulfill the requirement; however, in addition, the Admissions Committee prefers to see individual letters of reference from faculty members who have taught applicants. 

Ultimately, letters should be from people who have worked with and who know the applicant well. People who will write the most informative and helpful letters about an applicant's suitability to enter medical school should be chosen.

  • At least three, and no more than five letters of recommendation, OR
  • Committee Letter

Letters must be sent:

  • Electronically via AMCAS

MCAT Score

Applicants are required to have an MCAT score on file with AMCAS by the required deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. The deadline for the FSU COM to receive an initial MCAT score is August 21st for Early Decision Applicants, and December 31st for Regular Admission Applicants.

Scores from MCAT exams will only be considered if the score is no more than three years old at the time of application.

Additional Transcripts

Applicants are responsible for submitting transcripts from colleges and universities attended where coursework has been completed after their initial submission of the AMCAS application to the FSU College of Medicine Admissions Office.

Technical Standards

The Florida State University adheres to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in prohibiting discrimination against any qualified person with a disability. While the Florida State University College of Medicine endorses the spirit and intent of these statutes, it also acknowledges that certain minimum technical standards must be present in candidates for admission to and graduation from medical school. Therefore, the College of Medicine has established technical standards for admission to and graduation from the MD program.

Applicant Updates

Application updates, and all other correspondence, must be sent via e-mail to  For privacy reasons, application information WILL NOT be provided via telephone.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the submission of the primary AMCAS application and all secondary materials by the application deadline. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents.

Decisions are based on the strength of the application, not the date in which the application is received. You may not hear back regarding the status of your application until after April 30 of the calendar year following the year you apply.