Early Decision Program


The UTRGV School of Medicine Early Decision Program (EDP) was established to attract, recruit and enroll applicants from the Rio Grande Valley.  For the School of Medicine, the priority is to establish an early application process, with emphasis on attracting the best and brightest from the Rio Grande Valley.   


To provide an early admission decision for Rio Grande Valley students who currently reside and/or study in the RGV, as well as those who have chosen to leave the RGV to study at other educational institutions.


  • Applications via TMDSAS start on May 1, 2020, for the Class of 2025, entering July 2021.
  • Students applying to this program are restricted to UTRGV SOM only – no other application may be made until UTRGV releases the student. Admissions decisions are binding.
  • Process and review of credentials will begin immediately by a special admissions sub-committee, upon receipt of application – June and July.
  • The Admissions Early Decision Sub-committee (EDSC) will review and conduct interviews in July
  • If accepted, the offer may be made with or without contingencies, at the discretion of the admissions committee. The acceptance offer is a binding contract. 
  • If a student is not accepted, he or she is then released to the general application pool, on or before August 1stt. The applicant is then able to apply to other medical schools before the end of the admissions cycle.


  • Applicants must currently reside or be originally from the Rio Grande Valley or UTRGV
  • Qualifying metrics and requirements are as follows:
    • MCAT minimum score at or above the 65tht percentile (505+)
    • GPA overall minimum 3.2
    • GPA science minimum 3.4
    • All grades must be at or above “C”
    • No felony convictions
    • MCAT scores must be received by July 15, 2020 – which means you must take the exam no later than June 15th to be eligible
    • Applications deadline is July 15th, to give the Admissions Committee enough time to process and review the credentials, and also to give applicants sufficient time to apply to other schools if they are not accepted
    • Other requirements remain the same as regular applicants (please see requirements section on the website)
    • Applicants will be evaluated through a holistic review process
    • All interviews for the EDP applicants will be held during the third week in July. Acceptances will be determined by the Admissions sub-committee for the EDP program and results forwarded to TMDSAS no later than August 1, 2020


The cohort of EDP students applying in 2020 will be entering in July 2021, with the Class of 2025.  Since the EDP students will be highly recruited from the RGV, the School of Medicine will provide generous scholarships to attract and sustain enrollment.  Scholarships may be provided on the basis of need, merit and/or special qualifications such as research, advanced degree, etc.