Application Timeline

Early MayAMCAS application opens
July - November Verified AMCAS applications and letters of recommendation are received; invitations to submit secondary application are sent by email
July - SeptemberEarly Decision Program invitations to interview are sent by email
July - MarchRegular MD and MD/PhD applications are reviewed
August 1Early Decision Program AMCAS application deadline
August 15Early Decision Program secondary application and letters of recommendation deadline
October 1Early Decision Program applicants are notified of Admissions Committee decisions by email
October - MarchRegular MD and MD/PhD invitations to interview are sent by email
November 1Regular MD and MD/PhD AMCAS application deadline
November 15Regular MD and MD/PhD secondary application and letters of recommendation deadline
December - AprilAdmissions decisions are made on a rolling basis until class is filled
February 19“Plan to Enroll” option opens in AMCAS for accepted students
April 15Accepted students with multiple acceptances narrow their acceptance offers to three medical schools, with no limit on waitlist offers
April 30“Commit to Enroll” option opens in AMCAS for accepted students
21 days prior to Orientation start“Commit to Enroll” required
Early AugustOrientation and Matriculation; White Coat ceremony at end of first orientation day

"Plan to Enroll” (February 19 - July 9)

Per AAMC AMCAS Tool for Choosing Your Medical School, accepted students can select this option.  Accepted students select and update this option at any time, continue to hold other acceptances, remain on waitlists and continue to interview at other schools.

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“Plan to Enroll” and “Commit to Enroll” (April 30 – July 9)

Selecting “Commit to Enroll” indicates the accepted student has made a final selection and withdrawn from all other schools.

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“Commit to Enroll” (July 9)

If not done previously, accepted applicants are to select “Commit to Enroll” and withdraw from all other schools.


Application Process

Degree Programs

Early Decision Program (EDP)

Applicants accepted through the Early Decision Program have demonstrated exceptional performance in academics, non-academics, and mission fit. For more information, visit the AMCAS Early Decision Program.

Regular MD Program

MD/PhD Program

Qualified applicants may earn a PhD degree along with a medical degree. The application process consists of two steps:

  • Apply to the PhD program
  • Apply to the MD program through AMCAS by selecting the Combined Medical Degree/PhD program

For more information, please visit the Medical Scientist Program page.

AMCAS Application

Application to Loma Linda University School of Medicine must be submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).  For more information or to fill out an application, visit AMCAS.  The deadline to submit an AMCAS application is November 1, 2018.  The AMCAS application, transcripts, and fees all must be submitted to AMCAS by the deadline.

Secondary Application

Invitations to submit the secondary application are sent to all our applicants. Upon receipt of an AMCAS application (allowing up to 6 weeks after submission of the application to AMCAS), an email is sent inviting the applicant to complete the secondary application. If this email invitation is not received within two weeks after notification from AMCAS that an application is verified, please call the Office of Admissions at 909-558-4467. The deadline for submission of the secondary application is November 15, 2018. The non-refundable fee for the secondary application is $85.

FEE WAIVER: Secondary application fee waivers are granted to those who have received a fee waiver from AMCAS. No action is required by the applicant who has received an approved AMCAS fee waiver. Requests for refunds will not be considered after the application fee has been paid.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation/evaluation are required for all applicants. Letters of recommendation must be submitted to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), which receives all letters on behalf of medical schools participating in the AMCAS Letters Service. Please visit AMCAS Letter Service for letter writer requirements. 

If the pre-health professions advising office at the applicant's school provides a committee recommendation or a packet of recommendations, this committee recommendation or packet is required by the School of Medicine and no other recommendations are required.

If the applicant's school does not provide a committee recommendation or packet, a minimum of three and maximum of six recommendation letters from individuals who know the applicant well are required. At least one of those recommendations must be from a science professor who has taught the applicant. It is suggested that the other references come from a physician whom you have shadowed, an employer, your pastor or other clergy, or a leader in your volunteering experiences.

During the process of completing a secondary application, the applicant will have access to a downloadable recommendation form. Recommenders have the option of using this form or writing a personal letter of recommendation.


  • Letters of recommendation submitted directly to the Office of Admissions are not accepted.
  • Letters of recommendation are downloaded from AMCAS after the secondary application has been received.
  • Applicants do not have to wait for the letters to be received by AMCAS prior to submitting their AMCAS application.  Once available, the letters will be forwarded to the schools.

Review Process

Upon receipt of an AMCAS application, all required letters of recommendation, and the secondary application with fee, applicant files will be marked as complete. An email will be sent notifying the applicant that the application is complete and in review. Applications are reviewed July through April. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only; interview invitations are sent by email. Only interviewed applicants will be considered for admission. Admissions Committee decisions will be communicated to the applicant by email. Notification will be sent by email when a change occurs. Please do not contact our office for status checks on applications. Visit Loma Linda University Central Admissions Portal site to check whether all required items have been received by our office.

Application Updates

Applicants may submit updates after submission of the secondary application by sending an email to the Office of Admissions at Typical updates include activities, letters of interest, and unofficial final grade notifications. Changes in contact information must be submitted to AMCAS prior to emailing the changes to our office.

Additional letters of recommendation must be submitted through AMCAS to be considered.  Keep in mind, there is a maximum total of six letters of recommendation.


Admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and are final. We do not accept appeals.

Early Decision applicants are notified of Admissions Committee decisions no later than October 1. Notification of decisions will be by email.

Regular MD decisions are made on a rolling basis from December through June. Applicants will be notified of Admissions Committee acceptances and rejections by email.

Applicants placed on the waitlist/alternate list will be notified of Admissions Committee decisions by email in mid-April. As seats in the class become available, alternates are contacted. Alternates may be accepted up until the start of classes. We know it is hard to wait, but please be patient. It is important to keep in mind, however, that admissions is a competitive process within the applicant pool.


Accepted applicants may submit a written petition for deferral of matriculation.  Deferrals may be granted for one year.  Petitions for deferral should include the rationale for the request.  Each petition is considered on an individual basis, and the final decision is at the discretion of the Dean’s Administrative Council. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 909-558-4467 prior to submitting a deferral petition.

Criminal Background Check

The School of Medicine requires a criminal background check on all accepted applicants. LLUSM does not participate in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service. Accepted applicants will be notified of the process by which the background check is to be obtained.