Applicants

Office of Admissions

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We're glad you have chosen to apply to the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The next several months will be a time of excitement and some anxiety as you take the steps to achieve your goal of becoming a physician. The School of Medicine has resources and programs available for applicants to make the process as easy as possible.

  • Admissions Staff: The admissions staff at UNSOM is available to answer your questions throughout the process.
  • Applicant Interview Days: Applicants invited for an interview will receive more information about interview day events. Applicants attending these sessions will meet faculty and students to learn more about the School of Medicine. These experiences are offered on both the Reno and Las Vegas campuses.
  • Peer Contacts: Each applicant selected for admission is assigned a peer contact, a first year medical student. The peer contact is available by phone, email and in person to answer questions you have as you move through the process.

Admissions Process Steps

Step 1 - Documents: All applicants to the University of Nevada School of Medicine must participate in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Once AMCAS verifies and processes a student's application, this information is provided to the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Please note this verification process can take up to eight weeks. The University of Nevada School of Medicine must receive this verification before applicants can move forward in the admissions review process. If you wait until October 1 to submit your application to AMCAS, it may be December 1 before the University of Nevada School of Medicine receives your verified application information.

  • June 1 - September 1: Applicants who submit their completed applications to AMCAS during these dates receive Priority Application Review by the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • September 2 - October 15: Applicants who submit their completed applications to AMCAS during these dates receive Standard Application Review by the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
  • RE-APPLICANTS: Students who are re-applying to the University of Nevada School of Medicine are strongly encouraged to submit their AMCAS application by September 1 to receive Priority Review.
  • The University of Nevada School of Medicine verifies residency status for out-of-state applicants. Qualified students are sent an electronic secondary application.
  • The University of Nevada, Reno verifies residency status for in-state applicants and qualified students are sent a secondary application.

Step 2 - Secondary Applications: This information is unique to the University of Nevada School of Medicine and gives our admissions committee more specific information on applicants. The secondary application comes with a fee of $75. All secondary applications are due within five business days of receipt (no exceptions). No secondary applications will be sent out after November 10th. Please note: failure to return the secondary application within five business days will result in your application being considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Step 3 - Interviews: The University of Nevada School of Medicine uses structured Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) for the admissions interview process. Each applicant selected for interview will receive information about the MMI schedule. Each MMI circuit will include problem solving questions, scenario-based questions, a "pathway" question station, and possible use of an interaction station with a trained actor. The University of Nevada School of Medicine interviews take place September through January. The school will contact you regarding interviewing as your application moves through the review process. Please remain patient during this part of the process.

Step 4 - In-state applicants: Proof of residency must be submitted. Applicants will be provided with the paperwork and submission requirements as part of the secondary application packet.

Step 5 - Admissions Committee Review: The applicant's part is now complete. Admissions Committee members begin the thorough review of each applicant in preparation for a series of four meetings, January through April.

Step 6 - Admissions Notification: Each applicant will receive written notification of the decision by the Admissions Committee. All notifications are sent out approximately the 15th of each month, January through April. No news is good news! The committee can't review each applicant at each meeting, so there is a rolling admissions process through those four months.