Application process

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Learn more about the steps involved in the application process:

How we assess applications

Every application is considered on its own merit, consistent with the policies and principles for admission to the University of Toronto (PDF).

The admissions process identifies the best possible candidates for medical school by assessing each applicant's overall achievements, including those in academic and non-academic areas. Academic excellence is necessary, but not sufficient, to ensure success as a physician. A multitude of factors are used to determine candidates selected. As the applicant pool varies in qualifications from year to year, there will be an overlap in the distribution of Grade Point Averages (GPAs), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, and other criteria in accepted and declined candidates. Not all candidates who meet minimum academic requirements will be offered a position.

Commonly asked questions

How many students do we accept?

Each year, we accept 259 domestic students into the first year of our MD Program. In addition, there are 10 supernumerary spots available for international students.

What type of student are we looking for?

There is no single background that is ideal preparation for the practice of medicine. No matter what discipline you have studied at university or the academic level, you are encouraged to apply. All university programs are treated equally in the evaluation process and there are no quotas or age limits. Medicine requires individuals with strong backgrounds in the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences and life sciences. You should also be able to provide evidence of outstanding non-academic qualities, such as community involvement, reliability, responsibility, perseverance, creativity, and leadership.

Is preference given to University of Toronto students?

No. All universities across Canada are treated equally in the application evaluation process.

Is preference given to Ontario residents?




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