Admissions Process

Mercer University School of Medicine takes a holistic approach in the evaluation of applicants. Our goal is to identify, attract and enroll not only academically-qualified students, but also those with a passion for the well-being of others and a commitment to the healthcare needs of rural and medically underserved areas in Georgia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
  • The applicant must have established residency in the state of Georgia for at least 12 months prior to matriculation. Please note, this is the minimum requirement to establish legal residency to be eligible to apply. Established residency alone does not demonstrate a commitment to the School’s mission to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and underserved areas of Georgia. Successful applicants will generally have significant roots (e.g., residential, family, personal, professional) in Georgia.
  • The applicant must complete all degree programs currently enrolled in while completing the MD admissions process by June of the intended year of matriculation. This includes bachelor’s, graduate, and professional degree programs.
  • The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree, an advanced degree or be on track to completing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by June of the intended year of matriculation.
  • The applicant must have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) at least once on or after April 1, 2020,  and obtained a percentile ranking of at least 24. Only the highest MCAT score will be considered.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants are required to submit their application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), AAMC’s centralized medical school application processing service. Applications for admission and instructions for the application process are available on the AAMC website.
  • Primary applications may be submitted as soon as the AMCAS application opens. The Mercer University School of Medicine code is: GA-832. Only primary applications that are initiated and submitted by the appropriate deadline via AMCAS are considered.
  • Applicants are required to have a minimum of one year or two semester-hour laboratory courses in each of the following:
    • General Biology
    • General or Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics
      A semester of Biochemistry with lab may be taken instead of a second semester of Organic Chemistry. AP credit may be used in place of one semester of the Physics requirement. If AP credit was received for one or more of the other courses listed above, one year of advanced courses with lab in the same discipline must be completed. All required courses must have the corresponding lab hours.
  • The applicant must have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) at least once on or after April 1, 2020, and obtained a percentile rank of at least 25. The applicant must have an MCAT Percentile Rank times his/her Cumulative Undergraduate BCPM-GPA greater than 93 in order to receive an invitation to submit a secondary application. For applicants with earned graduate degrees or 20 or more hours of graduate coursework, an invitation to submit a secondary application is sent if the average MCAT percentile rank is 25 or greater, regardless of Cumulative Undergraduate BCPM-GPA.
  • The applicant must complete the AAMC PREview Professional Readiness Exam. Find out more about the exam through the AAMC website.
  • The applicant must submit a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation (or one committee letter). The maximum number of letters of recommendation is seven (7). For more information on letters of recommendation, please visit the FAQs.
  • Applicants who are submitting a secondary application must include along with their form: a $90 application fee, declaration of domicile in the state of Georgia, state-issued photo ID, required premedical course form, and photograph. (The application fee is automatically waived for applicants who have a valid Fee Assistance Program waiver from AMCAS.)

Please note: In compliance with Mercer University’s immunization policy, all School of Medicine students in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program must have a COVID-19 vaccine.

Screening Process

The Admissions Committee uses a Holistic Review Process to screen applicants. All applicants, including Early Decision, Regular Pool, Early Assurance, and Special Consideration Program, are evaluated based on their commitment to practice primary care medicine in underserved, rural areas of Georgia, academic metrics, attributes, and experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions