Selection Factors

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Selection Factors

Admission to Harvard Medical School is very selective. We seek students of integrity and maturity who have concern for others, leadership potential and an aptitude for working with people.

The Committee on Admissions evaluates applications based on several factors, including:

  • Academic Records
  • Applicant's essay
  • Medical College Admission Test scores
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Summer Occupations
  • Life experiences
  • Experience in the health field, including research or community work
  • Letters of evaluation

Accepted applicants must successfully complete all courses and programs in progress as indicated at the time of application, including course requirements for admission, at a standard comparable in quality with past academic performance.

HMS complies with Federal and State Law prohibiting discrimination against any applicant or enrolled student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, age, or handicap. Applicants with disabilities will be evaluated on a case by case basis in accordance with technical standard guidelines as suggested by the Association of American Medical Colleges. All students must possess the physical and emotional capabilities required to independently undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. You may wish to review our technical standards in detail.



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of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease