Transfer Policy

Applications for transfer into the third-year class are considered only if space becomes available in the rising third-year class.

A transfer applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status and, preferably, be a legal resident of Kansas.
  • Be enrolled as a student in good standing in a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Have successfully completed all course work in a preclinical curriculum comparable to that of the KU School of Medicine.
  • Have passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
  • Present compelling circumstances as reason for the request to transfer.

University of Kansas School of Medicine Transfer Policy

  1. The University of Kansas School of Medicine is a four-year program leading to the degree of
    Doctor of Medicine. The structure and function of the School of Medicine undergoes a rigorous
    review process by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which assures that the
    educational content and quality meet the standards established for accreditation of schools of
    medicine in the United States. Furthermore, such medical schools have strict standards for
    entering students regarding content and quality of premedical education, academic performance,
    and review of those personal characteristics necessary in the profession of medicine. For these
    reasons, the University of Kansas School of Medicine has determined that its policy for
    admission of transfer students to the undergraduate medical education program will be limited to
    those students currently enrolled in good standing in a school of medicine accredited by the
    Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

    Applicants for admission into the clinical phase of medical school will be considered only on a
    space available basis on either the Kansas City or Wichita campus. Space is created for transfer
    students when the Dean of the School of Medicine determines that the number of students
    advancing from the basic science to the clinical years has dropped below the class size at the time
    of first-year enrollment.

  2. To be considered for transfer, an applicant must be a student who:
    1. is currently enrolled in good standing in a school of medicine accredited by the Liaison
      Committee on Medical Education;
    2. has demonstrated compelling circumstances as reason for the request to transfer;
    3. has passed all basic science courses in a curriculum comparable to that of the University
      of Kansas School of Medicine preclinical program;
    4. has earned a passing score on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination
      (USMLE);
    5. is a United States citizen or has permanent residency status in the United States;
    6. meets all other technical standards and student health requirements (i.e., immunizations,
      physical exam, health insurance, etc., as required of all incoming students) for admission
      to the University of Kansas; and
    7. provides information required for registration and enrollment.

  3. Transfer applicants will be considered in the following order of priority.
    First priority: Kansas residents
    Second priority: Individuals with strong ties to the State of Kansas
    Third priority: Non-residents of the State of Kansas

  4. If it has been determined that space is available in the medical school class, applications for
    transfer will be considered. The period for transfer applications is between May 1 and June 15
    of each year. The following items are required for consideration and must be received by July
    30:
    1. letter stating the reason for the transfer request;
    2. official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate colleges;
    3. official transcript from the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled;
      the student's entire academic history, including leaves-of-absence, schedule
      modifications, and an explanation of the grading system, must be described;
    4. letter from the dean, or dean's designate, of the medical school in which the applicant is
      currently enrolled; the student's expected eligibility for promotion to the next academic
      level, the academic and nonacademic qualifications of the student for the eventual
      practice of medicine, and any infractions of the medical school's code of ethical and
      behavioral conduct must be described;
    5. document from the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled that
      describes the preclinical program completed by the student;
    6. two letters of evaluation from faculty who have taught the applicant in the current
      medical school;
    7. copy of the original AMCAS application to be sent from the medical school in which the
      applicant is currently enrolled;
    8. score earned on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination.
      All required materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Mail Stop 1049,
      University of Kansas School of Medicine, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160-7301.
      Files not completed by July 30 (including USMLE scores) will not be considered for
      admission during that academic year.

  5. With due consideration for priority, applicants who have fulfilled the above requirements will be
    considered for personal interview. Individuals who are selected for interview by the Admissions
    Subcommittee and are subsequently determined to be acceptable for advanced standing will be
    rank ordered for recommendation for admission. This recommendation will then be forwarded to
    the Academic Committee of the Faculty and the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine for
    final decisions.

  6. The following is a timetable for submission and processing of transfer applications:
    May 1 – June 15 applications submitted
    July 30 deadline for file completion
    June 1 – August 1 selected applicants interviewed
    July 1 – September 1 accepted applicants matriculate


  7. Exceptions to these policies may be made only by the Academic Committee upon
    recommendation of the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine.

Last modified: Oct 12, 2012
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