About the Admissions Process

Offers of admission to the program are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are usually contacted two-three weeks after the interview to inform them of their status. Students who are offered admission are required to post a $100 deposit in order to hold their place. The deposit is returned to those who matriculate in the program or who withdraw from consideration prior to a deadline the date of which is detailed in the offer letter. We normally admit 6 students a year.

International Applicants
International applicants must complete all academic requirements for admissions listed above in an accredited United States or Canadian College or university.

For students admitted into the Penn State MD/PhD program, we offer a Second Look-Day. Second Look day is usually held the first weekend in April, and is available to all applicants accepted into either the MD or MD/PhD programs. Second-Look Day provides the opportunity to learn about student life in greater depth than was possible during the interview day. For MD/PhD students, this provides an opportunity to meet with faculty with whom you might be interested in doing research, to meet with current students and an opportunity to explore housing options. The MD/PhD program will pay up to $500 towards travel and hotel expenses for the Second Look day.

  • AMCAS deadline is November 15
  • Applications must be completed by January 15
  • All Letters of Recommendation Must Be Submitted Directly to AMCAS.   

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Requirements for Admission

Interviews will be 2 days in length.  Applicants will arrive on Sunday afternoon, will be given a tour of Hershey, then dinner with students.  Monday will be interviews with faculty, lunch including an oral research talk from an MD/PhD student and a tour of the campus.  Our goal is to have our applicants gain a better understanding of our program, campus and the Hershey area during their visit.