How to Apply

This information has been designed to assist you in the preparation of your application. Please use it as a guide and to record your steps.

A completed application consists of:

  1. The AMCAS application
  2. The secondary application and a nonrefundable application fee of $130. Applicants who have received an AMCAS fee waiver will also receive a fee waiver from the Geisel School. Otherwise, a secondary fee waiver may be requested by emailing the Admissions Office at
  3. A composite recommendation from your school’s premedical committee or a packet of at least two individual letters from your school. If your school has no premedical committee, at least two individual letters are required. To expedite the process, candidates are urged to have letters prepared as early in the process as possible. All letters must be received through AMCAS using one of their acceptable forms of receipt.
  4. Additional application materials are required of all candidates for the MD-PhD joint-degree program. Detailed information about the application procedures for the MD-PhD joint-degree program is available with the secondary application. If you decide you want to make a simultaneous application to the MBA program, please visit the website for the Tuck School of Business for its separate application. However, the most common route of entry is to wait and apply to the MBA program during the summer after your first year of medical school so both you and Tuck can evaluate your interest in the program.

The AMCAS application

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service and the AMCAS Criminal Background Check Program. The first step in applying to the Geisel School is filing an application with AMCAS. For questions email or call (202) 828-0600.

Although you may start your AMCAS application on May 3, the earliest date by which applications may be filed with AMCAS for submission for medical school entrance is around June 1 of the year prior to your planned matriculation. Our institutional deadline for submitting your application through AMCAS is November 1, though we recommend that you file the AMCAS application as early as possible to guarantee that you have sufficient time to complete subsequent steps in the process. If you will not be taking the MCAT until late in 2016, you are likewise urged to file the AMCAS application as early as possible (before you receive your scores report). AMCAS will automatically forward your MCAT results. We will accept results from MCAT exams taken from January 2014 to November 2016, with results to us by January 3, 2017. Transcripts for all academic work should be sent to AMCAS as directed in the AMCAS instructions.

The secondary application

Once AMCAS notifies our office of your application, we will provide access to the secondary application form, requesting information supplementary to that recorded by AMCAS. For those who plan to enter the Geisel School of Medicine in 2017, the secondary application’s deadline is January 3, 2017. All application materials must be received by Tuesday, January 3, 2017. To ensure fairness to all applicants, we are strict about deadlines.

Interview notification

Applications are reviewed from September through April. You will be notified by email when a decision is reached regarding an interview. Invitations to interview are issued throughout the September-to-April interview season at the discretion of the Committee. Approximately 800 individuals are invited for interviews in Hanover. The Committee considers it beneficial both for the student and for the medical school to conduct all interviews in Hanover.

Final notification

Review of files by the Admissions Committee continues after the interview. Notification of acceptance or denial is issued as soon as the decision is known, but usually no earlier than late fall. Interviewed applicants placed on the waiting list are notified of this status. The waiting list is reviewed periodically. Historically, a number of applicants initially placed on the waiting list are offered places.


Should you wish to withdraw your application, written notification is required.

Transfer admissions

We do not currently accept transfer students. 

Contact information

Address all correspondence to:

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Office of Admissions
3 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH 03755-1404
Phone: (603) 650-1505
Fax: (603) 650-1560