University of Pittsburgh

Getting Started

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Find answers to some of the most common questions about the application process, requirements, and international student admission in our FAQ section.

In keeping with our mission statement, our goal is to train physicians in an inclusive environment.  We look for a diverse student body, defined in a broad sense, to include people of different backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, cultures and inclusive of those with disabilities.  Our one-on-one approach to training future doctors extends to our application process.

We will review your application materials individually, carefully considering not just grades and letters of recommendation but whether we believe you would thrive, specifically, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine—with its unique curriculum, diverse student body, hospital partnerships, wealth of research opportunities for students, and setting in one of America’s most livable cities.

Obviously, if you make it to the interview stage we will get to know one another even better.  At each step of the application process, we will treat you as a potential peer.

The most important function of the School of Medicine is the education of future physicians, and candidate selection constitutes a serious responsibility of the faculty.  The clear goal is the development of a class of intelligent, well-prepared, diverse and inquisitive students.  Click here to review the details of the method by which admissions shall be determined. 


Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.