It is strongly recommended that the applicant complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in a school accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. The minimum amount of college course work required is three academic years (90 credit hours, excluding physical education and ROTC courses). Any major from the traditional arts and sciences curriculum is acceptable. Students with educational backgrounds in areas outside the usual liberal arts and sciences curriculum (education, business, engineering, pharmacy, etc.) will be evaluated based on a minimum of 90 credit hours (three academic years) of college course work of arts and sciences equivalence. Such students are invited to consult with the Admissions Office about School of Medicine policy regarding academic course work outside the arts and sciences area. The Admissions Committee encourages highly qualified students to enroll in undergraduate honors courses.

The following science course work is required for admission; each course must include a minimum of six credit hours of lecture and two credit hours of laboratory component:
  • General chemistry, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  • Organic chemistry, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  • Physics, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  • Biological sciences, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
Neither grades nor credit hours from subjects offered in the medical curriculum will be accepted toward fulfilling the required 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work or the above specific science requirements.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to determine which courses will fulfill its requirements.

Scholastic Record
Every grade becomes a part of the permanent record and is calculated in the overall scholastic average. A student who is an Indiana resident cannot usually expect to gain entrance to the class if his or her average of credit points is below 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The applications of nonresidents will be considered on an individual basis (see below at ‘‘Residence’’).

Greater weight is given to the quality of work than to an excess of credit hours over the minimum required. A scholastic record that shows a large number of withdrawals and/or a repetition of subjects in order to remove grades of F or to raise low grades will obviously be less impressive than a record showing work of uniformly good quality.

A student who has withdrawn or been dismissed from another medical school is usually not eligible for admission to the first-year class at Indiana University.

Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the state of Indiana. Nevertheless, a number of nonresidents are accepted each year, and well-qualified nonresidents with an interest in obtaining a medical education at Indiana University are encouraged to apply. The applications of nonresidents who have significant ties to the state of Indiana may be given greater consideration. The Admissions Committee uses the Indiana University System Residency Policy to determine the residency of applicants for IU fee purposes http:///

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