The Dell Medical School was founded as the graduate medical school of The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. It is one of the schools that participate in the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS). The Dell Medical School is a cutting-edge institution built from the ground up at a top-tier academic university in a thriving, entrepreneurial, socially responsible, and attentive community. The Dell Medical School’s mission is to create a critical, holistic health environment that transforms how people get and stay healthy. In this guide, we will go through some of the information that can help you increase the chances of getting into medical school in Texas, including admission requirements and application processes.

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Mission Statement Available Programs Academic Curriculum Application Timeline Admissions Statistics Recommended Courses Tuition and Debt Funding Opportunities Selection Factors Interview Formats Acceptance and Waitlist Information Contact information FAQs

Mission Statement

Revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by:

  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation;
  • Evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value;
  • Accelerating innovation and research to improve health;
  • Educating leaders who transform health care; and
  •  Redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.

Available Programs

Dell Medical School teaches students how to become stronger leaders, communicators, associates, and caregivers while mastering the fundamental competencies to practice clinical medicine.

In Year 3, students can enroll in dual degree programs provided in partnership with UT Austin colleges and schools. The options include:

Academic Curriculum

Students at Dell Med learn and educate one another by case studies, art studies to promote understanding, and incorporating experience through caring for patients and the environment, among other things. Much of this is complemented by a strong emphasis on value-based medicine and health systems research, preparing graduates to be medical leaders who can transform how patients get and remain well.

Let's recap Dell medical school admission stats, available programs, and interview format:

Application Timeline

Dell Medical School, like all state-supported medical schools in Texas, uses the application timeline on TMDSAS website, which is different from the AMCAS timeline. Check the website for confirmation.

Admissions Statistics

In total, 4,832 students applied to Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin for last year, and 111 students were admitted. Out of the accepted students, a total of 50 students have enrolled in the school.

Overall acceptance rate: 0.97%

In-state acceptance rate: 1.15%

Out-of-state acceptance rate: 0.35%

Average MCAT score: 515

Average GPA: 3.92

Recommended Courses

Medical education provides the key competencies expected of modern doctors, but candidates must have a solid background in these areas. Completion of the following medical school prerequisites classified as “for science majors” at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university establishes competency:

Tuition and Debt

The medical school tuition and fees at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin for the academic year were $21,086 for Texas natives and $35,406 for non-Texans. When a student resides on-campus (i.e., dormitory, school-owned apartment), the average living costs include room and board and other living expenses of $16,766; and lower, compared to when a student lives off-campus. 100% of students are eligible for financial assistance. The total debt of a Dell Medical School graduate is $102,477.

Funding Opportunities

In addition to medical school scholarships, Dell Medical School students are eligible for federal loans, state and institutional grants. Scholarships are given on merit, grants are awarded based on financial need, and loans are open to anybody who fills out their FAFSA for the current year. Dell students who take out loans should consult with their designated financial aid officer and attend debt management counseling.

Selection Factors

Dell Medical does not have a minimum MCAT or GPA requirement. The MCAT score and GPA are just one predictor of many, and they must be weighed against the other ones. The admissions team accepts MCAT grades obtained up to five years prior to the scheduled matriculation date. The committee checks GPAs in required courses, advanced coursework rigor, patterns in the applicant’s interactions, and non-academic responsibilities.

The candidate’s submission is reviewed by two people during the application process. The candidate’s GPA and MCAT score is not considered by reviewers. Each applicant is given a rating in comparison to all other applicants who have been thoroughly reviewed in the following categories:

The reviewers will award a score to each candidate and use that to decide which candidates get interview invitations. Don’t forget that while you will be expected to submit a TMDSAS personal statement, not unlike the AMCAS personal statement, you will also submit TMDSAS personal characteristics and optional essay as part of your primary application. 

The admissions committee evaluates how well the candidate’s experiences and academic record align with the school’s mission and standards during the initial evaluation. Non-academic commitments, leadership activities, creative endeavors, rigor of previous coursework, success patterns, interactions relevant to the school’s mission, socio-economic status, and community work participation are all factors considered by the reviewer.

Dell Medical uses a special video secondary application to allow a larger selection of candidates the ability to introduce themselves to the admissions committee. If the candidate is chosen for further review, an email invitation is sent with instructions about how to plan and send the video via a free online portal. Questions on particular facets of the school’s mission make up the secondary application. The applicant discusses how their experiences can help them cope with medical school in a two-minute answer to each issue. The secondary application has a deadline of November 16th. Each applicant is considered when both the primary and the secondary application are submitted. 

Students who believe a written version of the secondary application will best represent them are given the option to submit a written version.

Additionally, you should keep in mind that Dell medical school gives unprecedented preference to Texas applicants. This means that while out-of-state applicants are considered, they have much lower chances of being accepted. Furthermore, how much medical school costs for residents and non-residents is drastically different. Dell is one of the cheapest medical schools in the US for both applicant categories, but the cost for in-state applicants is significantly lower. 

Interview Formats

If an applicant is chosen for an interview, they will receive an interview schedule. July marks the start of the interview process. The admissions committee will provide comprehensive details on the venue, parking, and schedule in the week leading up to the interview. Before arriving for the interview, a candidate should have a clear idea of what to expect.

The interview process involves a typical twenty-five-minute interview, five Multi-Mini Interview stations, and an observed social exercise to determine distinct experiences and viewpoints that the participant will bring to their class and community.

All interviews will be conducted virtually. The admissions committee is trying to build an interview-day environment as similar to the on-premise experience as possible and innovative opportunities for students to learn about Dell Medical School by creative means.

Candidates for video interviews must have a computer with a webcam and a stable internet connection. The Office of Admissions will collaborate with applicants who do not have access to the necessary technology to ensure that all candidates recommended for interview by the Admissions Committee are given a chance to be heard.

To get ready for your interview, don’t forget to practice with MMI questions and common medical school interview questions.  

Acceptance and Waitlist Information

Dell Medical School sends acceptance offers to applicants starting October 15th and continues until June 27. Open admission from the waitlist starts in February. Accepted applicants will get pre-matriculation information in March.

Contact information

EMAIL: [email protected]



When do I expect details about the outcome of my application?

Before all decisions are final, the admissions committee continues to review all applicants in a comprehensive, holistic, and repeated way. According to Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) guidelines, the team only contacts candidates and provides admission from October 15th for Texans and non-Texans.

How many students does Dell Medical School accept each year?

Per year, the class size is limited to 50 students.

What is the minimum GPA and MCAT score for admission?

The admissions committee does not require a minimum GPA or MCAT score in order to be considered. To apply, candidates must show that they can fulfill the prerequisite competencies by the date of matriculation. You should know that the average GPA of last year’s matriculants was 3.92 and MCAT was 515.

What is the procedure for applying to Dell Medical School?

You need to apply via TMDSAS, as with all public medical schools in Texas.

When is the deadline for applications?

The TMDSAS website is used to manage applications. For more details on the deadlines, go to the TMDSAS website. The priority date for secondary applications is November 15th. View the Application timeline for more details.

How many non-Texas residents does Dell Medical School accept?

According to Texas law, no more than 10 percent of the class should be non-residents. Since Dell Med’s class size is about 50 students, five students from out of state are allowed to attend.

How can I establish Texas residency?

TMDSAS establishes candidates’ residency status using the guidelines provided by the Coordinating Board of Texas Higher Education regulating Texas residency for higher education.

How can I improve the competitiveness of my application?

Information on what the school considers can be found in the selection criteria section. Students will not get clear input or guidance from the admissions committee but are encouraged to work to make their application stand out.

When will the interviews take place?

Interviews are held between August and January.

When will I be able to complete the secondary application?

Once the admissions committee has reviewed their primary application for the suitability, a candidate will receive an email inviting them to complete the secondary application.

Is it possible to apply to Dell Medical School as an international student?

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Is it necessary for me to finish all of my mandatory courses before applying?

No, you can submit your application for consideration if you are already enrolled in prerequisite courses or wish to enroll in the required course(s). Prior to matriculation to Dell Med, you must show that you have completed the prerequisite courses.

For the Innovation, Leadership, and Discovery year, what dual degree opportunities are available?

Dell Medical School has partnered with UT Austin colleges and schools to deliver the following dual degree opportunities:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Education in Health Care Transformation

After matriculating to medical school, students may declare their interest in one of the above dual degree programs. They are not required to apply ahead of time

Is there an extra fee for the dual degree program?

Yes, there is an extra fee, which varies based on the program in which the student enrolls.

Will the Admissions Committee consider pass/fail and/or online courses?

When considering applicants’ academic readiness for medical school, the Admissions Committee will look at their entire academic record.

The admissions team would accept classes that have had the grading schema modified from a letter grade to a “satisfactory” or pass/fail as fulfilling the requirement provided the affected science prerequisite courses fulfill the institution’s status as “For Science Majors.”

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