Applications and Deadlines

Primary AMCAS Application

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) uses the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) that is supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AMCAS application of those applicants who wish to apply to the UNM SOM will be electronically forwarded to our school. The AMCAS Application Fee is $170.00 for the first designated school and $40.00 for each additional school.

Applications must be received by AMCAS by these deadlines:

Event Early Decision Program (EDP) MD/PhD All Other Programs
Earliest Date to Apply ~ June 2 ~ June 2 ~ June 2
Latest Date to Apply August 3 October 15 November 2
Admissions Decisions Sent October 1 March 15 March 15


Deadline extensions will be granted only for problems that were incurred for reasons beyond your control. Please note that the AMCAS verification process can take anywhere from four to six weeks from the time that your application and all required official transcripts are received. Please review the AMCAS Instruction Manual for more information on the AMCAS application.

Applicants will be notified by email if they have been approved to complete the Secondary Application and a residency form.

AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP)

The AAMC strongly believes that the various costs associated with applying to medical school should not be a barrier. We are especially committed in helping aspiring physicians navigate the process during these especially challenging times.

Due to these unprecedented times, the AAMC has adjusted the eligibility criteria for their Fee Assistance Program. In 2020, applicants will be awarded Fee Assistance Program benefits if each household reported on their application has a 2019 total family income that is 400 percent or less than the 2019 national poverty level for that family size (previously set at 300 percent or less.

Additionally, there are new procedures in place which may assist applicants experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Learn more:

If you have any questions, please call 202-828-0600 or email fap@aamc.org

Secondary Application

The UNM School of Medicine Secondary Application is granted upon invitation only. Once your primary AMCAS application is received by the Office of Admissions, the staff will prescreen your application for New Mexico Residency Status, minimum MCAT and GPA scores and all the required prerequisites. Applicants who meet all the minimum requirements will be notified through email by the Office of Admissions to complete the Secondary Application. Applicants will be allowed two weeks to complete the Secondary Application from the time they are initially invited.

Secondary Application Fee: $100.00 to be paid after applicants have been invited to complete the Secondary Application. The fee must be paid by credit card through the online Secondary Application.

Applicants who are invited to complete the Secondary Application will be asked to submit a recent photo of themselves. Photos do not have to be of professional quality, but should consist of a simple head shot against a solid background with only the applicant in the frame.

Transfer Applicants

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is not accepting transfers at this time.