Admissions Process

How to Apply

A complete application to the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine consists of:

  • A verified AMCAS application
  • MCAT score(s)
  • A completed secondary application
  • Required letters of recommendation
  • Payment of the application fee (unless fee has been waived)

The University of Chicago uses the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Every student who submits an application through AMCAS will receive a Pritzker School of Medicine Secondary Application by email.

The Secondary Application requires a non-refundable fee of $85, which may be waived if the applicant has been granted the AMCAS Fee Waiver Program. Students who feel that the secondary application fee is a barrier to their application are encouraged to contact us directly. In addition, applicants must submit letters of recommendation. To fulfill our letters of recommendation requirement, applicants may submit:

  1. At least one committee letter, composite letter, or premedical advisor's letter, OR
  2. A minimum of three individual letters

There is no maximum letter limit, but we strongly encourage quality over quantity. If you are submitting individual letters of recommendation, two letters of recommendation should come from science faculty. 

When the application materials are complete, the Admissions Committee reviews the candidate's AMCAS application, secondary application, and letters of recommendation. If an applicant's credentials have been favorably reviewed, the applicant is invited via email to visit our campus for an interview. During this day-long visit, candidates receive an orientation to Pritzker and the University of Chicago, information on financial aid, and are hosted at lunch by medical students. Candidates will interview with a faculty member, member of the Pritzker administration, and a current student. The interview day provides the committee with an opportunity to get to know the candidate in person, and interviewees are encouraged to ask questions to obtain insights into the university community, curriculum, faculty and student body.

Please see the timeline below for important dates and deadlines.

November 15 AMCAS Deadline
December 2  Secondary Application Deadline
December 2 Letters of Recommendation Deadline
August - February Admissions Interviews
April 15 Applicants must hold a maximum of three offers of admission, per the AAMC's Application & Acceptance Protocols
April 30 Applicants must hold only one offer of admission and must select Plan or Commit to Enroll at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in the AAMC Choose Your Medical School Tool
July 17 Deadline for selecting Commit to Enroll and withdrawing from any remaining waitlist positions

2020-2021 Early Decision Admissions Timeline

An early decision application requires that you apply only to the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. If accepted, you must matriculate to Pritzker. If you apply Early Decision and are not accepted, you may then apply to other medical schools.

Due to the unique nature of this program and the abbreviated application timeline, you must be approved by the Office of Admissions to apply through the Early Decision Program. To be approved, you must send a resume/CV, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and your MCAT score to In your email, state that you are interested in applying to Pritzker as an Early Decision applicant. Our admissions office will be in touch with you via email regarding your approval for the ED program.

If you are applying Early Decision, you cannot apply to the MSTP or MeSH programs. However, once enrolled in the MD program at Pritzker, students may apply to additional degree programs in science, humanities, social sciences, law, or business.

AAMC Early Decision Program Information

You may view the AAMC's Early Decision Program guidelines here.

Early Decision Admissions Timeline

AMCAS Filing June 1 - August 1
AMCAS Deadline August 1
Secondary Application Deadline September 1 at 11:59 PM CST
Letters of Recommendation Postmark Deadline September 1
Interview Dates Early August
Interviews are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Acceptance Notification By October 1
AMCAS Filing May 31 - November 15
AMCAS Deadline November 15
Supplemental Application Deadline December 2 at 11:59 PM CST
Letters of Recommendation December 2
MD/MSTP Interview Dates

September - January

Preferred dates will be select Tuesdays (MD interviews) and Wednesdays (MSTP interviews)

Acceptance Notification Rolling Acceptance from October 15
Acceptance Response Deadline By April 30, applicants must hold only one offer of admission and must select Plan or Commit to Enroll at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in the AAMC Choose Your Medical School Tool


We expect our applicants to be completely truthful in every aspect of their application to medical school. An “application” includes the full AMCAS application, letters of recommendation, our secondary application, and any other supplemental material you may provide to us. If we suspect that there is a misrepresentation on your application, we will first give you a chance to explain the discrepancy. If your explanation does not adequately assuage our concerns about the misrepresentation, we will notify AMCAS of the discrepancy in accordance with its Policies and Procedures for Investigating Reported Violations of Admission and Enrollment Standards. We reserve the right to revoke an offer of interview or of admission if a misrepresentation has occurred.

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