Frequently Asked Questions

International students

Do you accept international students?

In order to be accepted, you must complete the steps provided below to be considered for Admissions.

  • If you are accepted, you must receive your permanent residency status prior to the start of medical school. You may be in the process of obtaining your permanent residency status during the application process.
  • If you obtained your degree from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, you must complete a minimum number of units within the United States or Canada. All of the core academic prerequisites must be taken at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada regardless of prior completion from an institution outside of the United States or Canada. See more about academic requirements here.

I graduated from an international medical school. How do I become a doctor?

If you graduated from an international medical school you can become a practicing physician without going to medical school again. Below are some links that will help familiarize you with the process of getting certified to practice medicine in the United States:

Please direct any questions about obtaining residencies to one of our graduate medical education offices.

Updates to your Application

UA COM-Tucson does not accept updates to either your primary or secondary application once you submit to AMCAS. 

Processing Times

Once you pay your secondary application fees, please allow for 24-48 hours turnaround time to allow for us to verify your payment. Once verified, you may then go back in and submit your secondary.

Other factors in admissions decisions

How many students are put on the waitlist?

The number of students on the waitlist varies year to year.

If we had an interview later in the season, did that affect my chances of acceptance?

If you applied later, your application was not looked at as frequently before each round of acceptances. However, your application was still given a full review at least once.

Once an applicant gets to interview, is there a difference in how in-state and out-of-state applicants are looked processed?

Out-of-state applicants receive comparable consideration after the interview process. The largest difference between how we looked at applicants this past season was at the initial screening.

Are metrics considered after the initial screening?

Your secondary application is the primary screening tool when considering your application for an interview. Your entire application is reviewed when considering your acceptance.

Regarding GPAs...

What GPA do admitted students tend to have?
The incoming class has an average GPA of 3.64; 3.54 BCPM

I graduated 5 years ago, is there a time limit or expiration date on my courses?
In the initial screening, we use your undergraduate GPA regardless of any education beyond a bachelor’s degree. Later on in the cycle, the rest of your academic work is considered. We accept all grades regardless of when they were completed.

Applying a second time

If I got invited to complete a secondary application this year, will I be invited next year too?

Each application year should be looked at as a new process. There is no guarantee that you will be invited to complete a secondary application as a reapplicant.

If you are a reapplicant, do they pull up your previous application when reviewing?

We are able to note if you are a previous applicant but we are only able to see your current AMCAS and supplemental materials.

As a returning applicant, how should I approach my secondary application since I completed it once already? Should I start completely from scratch?

It is up to you. Be highly critical of your own answers and seek help to try to modify your answers. Minor revisions or corrections may be needed. Try to reflect on the questions and see if your answers have changed based on new life experiences since you applied. Some people may find that their responses have changed as a result of the time between applications.

Can you roll over your letters of recommendation?

You are able to re-submit letters of recommendation that were submitted when you first applied, but it is not recommended. The information about you may become outdated.
Keep in contact with the people who provided letters so that you can ask them to update the letter they originally sent, including new information about your recent experiences.

What do you look at when evaluating an applicant?

Metrics, secondary application, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and interview scores.

What about the holistic review?

The UA COM utilizes a holistic approach when selecting our incoming class. Holistic review guarantees a fair and equitable consideration of your entire application, including your experiences, attributes, and metrics. Note: There is a baseline MCAT (498) and GPA (3.0) required to receive a secondary application. 


What if I'm accepted to more than one school?

  • As of April 1, medical schools can view applicants and the schools to which they have been accepted.
  • As a courtesy, if you have decided prior to April 30 to not attend a school, it is fair and reasonable for you to decline your offer or withdraw your acceptance by written correspondence.  This allows the school to admit another applicant in a timely manner. 
  • If you continue to be on a waitlist after April 30 and do not plan on attending the school, it is also fair and reasonable to notify the school of your removal from the waitlist.

For more information visit The AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants 

How do I compare to the newly accepted class?


  • 62 Men; 54 Women
  • Average Age: 25
  • Age Range: 21-48
  • Previously Applied for Admission: 46 out of 116 (39.7%)
  • States Represented (legal residence): Alaska (1), Arizona (80), California (16), Colorado (2), Florida (2), Idaho (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (2), North Carolina (1), New Mexico (1), New York (2), Oregon (1), Texas (1), Utah (2), Washington (2), Wyoming (1)
  • Class Composition is 69% residency (80) and 31% nonresident (31)
  • 29.3% or 34 out of the 116 students identified themselves as disadvantaged


Academic Achievements

  • Average Science/Math Grade Point Average: 3.54
  • Average Overall Grade Point Average: 3.64
  • New MCAT Average: 506

Institutions of Higher Education of Represented - Undergraduate Degree 

Arizona State University (15), Boston University (2), Brigham Young University (5), Centenary College of Louisiana (1), Duke University (1), Emory University (1), Grand Canyon University (2), Macalester College (1), North Carolina State University (1), Northern Arizona University (1), Northwest Nazarene University (1), Occidental College (1), Santa Clara University (1), Stanford University (1), SUNY-Stony Brook (1), The University of Utah (1), Tulane University (1), University of Arizona (50), University Of California-Berkeley (4), University of California San Diego (3), University of California Santa Cruz (1), University of California Davis (2), University of California Irvine (1), University of California LA (2), University of Chicago (1), University of Colorado at Colorado (2), University of Florida (1), University of Miami (1), University of San Diego (1), University of Southern California (1), University of Virginia (1), University of Washington (2), University of Pittsburgh (1), University of Texas at Austin (1), Villanova University (1), Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1), Wesleyan University (1), Western University of Health Sciences (1)

Degrees Earned

Anthropology (2), Biochemistry (2), Biology (22), Biomedical Engineering (2), Biomedical Science (1), Business (2), Chemical Engineering (2), Chemistry (2), English (1), General Studies (1), History (1), Human Biology (3), Medicine (1), Microbiology/Bacteriology (2), Molecular Biology (7), Neuroscience (9), Nutrition (1), Physics (1), Physiology (20), Psychobiology (1), Psychology (2), Public Health (9), Religion (1), Women’s Studies (1), Other (10)

Institutions of Higher Education Represented - Graduate Degrees

Barry University (1), California State University-Channel Islands (1), Chulalongkorn University (1), Creighton University (1), Drexel University (1), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1), Loyola University of Chicago (1), Midwestern University (1), Tulane University (1), University of Arizona (14), University of Southern California (3), University of Wisconsin-Madison (1)

Degrees Earned

Doctorate of Physical Therapy (1), Doctorate of Public Health (1), Master of Arts – Medical Sciences (1), Master of Arts – No Major (1), Master of Public Health – no Major (1), Master of Public Health – Public Health (1), Master of Science – Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (1), Master of Science – Cellular and Molecular Medicine (8),  Master of Science – Global Medicine (3), Master of Science – Medical Pharmacology (1), Master of Science – Medical Science: Molecular Biology and Genetics (1), Master of Science – No Major (1), Master of Science – Physiological Sciences (2), Master of Science – Public Health (1), Other Masters – Public Health (1), PhD – Chemistry (1), PhD – The Control of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (1)