Medical Schools that Accept Transfer Students

Transferring in the second or third year is a possibility at many medical schools, though availability is often limited. Read below for information on some of these schools, where they are, and various application requirements.

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Attending medical school is a crucial step toward becoming a doctor. For some medical students, part of that process means transferring from one medical school to another. Look below for some helpful information about medical schools that accept transfer students.

Medical Schools that Accept Transfer Students

School Location Transfer Year Tuition* Some Transfer Requirements
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA Years 2 or 3 $28,063 (per semester for Doctor of Medicine Program, 2017-2018) Application, Letter from Current Medical School Dean of Students, Transcripts
George Washington University Washington, DC Year 3 Only $59,415 (for Year 3 of the MD Program, 2017-2018) MCAT Scores, USMLE Scores, Three Letters of Evaluation
Mercer University Macon, GA Year 3 Only $42,586 (per year for the MD Program, 2017-2018) Application, Established Residency in Georgia, MCAT Scores
Tufts University Medford, MA Year 3 Only $61,918 (per year for the MD and MD/PhD Programs, 2018-2019) MCAT Scores, Letter of Recommendation from Current Medical School Dean, Transcripts

*Source: School Websites

Transfer Eligibility

Students interested in transferring into medical schools like Drexel University, George Washington University, Mercer University, and Tufts University, are required to be transferring from an accredited medical school in the U.S., although George Washington University will also accept transfers from accredited schools in Canada. It is important that transfer students take the USMLE Step 1 Examination before entering the program at most medical schools that accept transfer students. Most schools allow transfer students to only enter the third year of the program, though some, like Drexel, allow transfers into either the second or third year. For those schools limiting transfers to the third year, such as at Mercer, students must have completed two years in medical school.

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Transfer Requirements

After establishing eligibility, it is important to understand what is required as part of the application process in order to successfully transfer. At schools like Drexel, George Washington, Mercer, and Tufts, transfer applicants must have the following:

  • Completed application with application fee
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Letter of recommendation or evaluation from the Dean of Students or Student Affairs at the prior medical school, indicating the student is in good standing
  • MCAT scores
  • USMLE scores

Other transfer requirements may include establishing residency in the same state as the university, like at Mercer, and the number of letters of recommendation or evaluation beyond the Dean of Students may vary from school to school.

Limits to Transferring Medical Schools

Although transferring during medical school is possible, it may not always be available. Schools like Drexel, George Washington, and Tufts allow transfers, but only if there are vacancies in the program. For example, for the 2018 application cycle, Drexel University determined that there were no openings in their program and did not permit any transfers; at George Washington, they closed transfer applications for the 2019 cycle. Some medical schools, like Tufts, hold onto transcripts until their third year classes start because openings can happen suddenly. Other schools, like George Washington and Mercer, make special considerations for students who show true need to be at that school. Mercer publishes a list of accepted transfers in recent years, and in 2017, only four transfers were accepted into their third year program, which shows just how few spots are available.

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