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Guidelines for Applying through TMDSAS

Who should apply using the TMDSAS application? 

An applicant must apply through TMDSAS to be eligible for acceptance into participating medical, dental, or veterinary schools. Exceptions to this policy are as follows:

  • Participating dental schools may also accept applications from non-Texas residents through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). All Texas resident applicants must apply through TMDSAS. 
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, McGovern Medical School, Long School of Medicine, Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine, and Texas Tech HSC-Lubbock accept applications through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) for MD/PhD and JD/MD program applicants only. Non-TMDSAS Applicants who are extended an offer will be added to the TMDSAS database for statistical and reporting purposes. 

What are the deadlines for the TMDSAS application? 

The online application will be available Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8 a.m. CST, and application submission opens on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8 a.m. CST. The deadline to submit the application is 5 p.m. CST on Monday, November 1, 2021

All application documents, including primary application forms, transcript(s), letters of evaluations, etc., must be submitted by November 15, 2021 to TMDSAS. Deadlines and important dates for the Entry Year 2022 application cycle are listed in Deadlines & Important Dates.


How long does processing take?

After you submit your application, TMDSAS will process and transmit your application to the schools you have selected on your application.

It normally takes 2-4 weeks for applications to be processed. You will receive an email when your application has been processed and transmitted to the schools to which you applied. Make sure to follow @TMDSAS on Twitter for processing times.

TMDSAS does not wait on letters or test scores to process applications. It is your responsibility to ensure that TMDSAS has received all supporting documents by the November 15th deadline. 



What is the application fee for TMDSAS? 

The application fee is a non-refundable, flat fee of $200.00 and is payable by credit card only. TMDSAS does not grant application fee waivers. 


What are the policies regarding TMDSAS and the application? 

Applicants must agree to the Applicant User Agreement in order to begin the application. Applicant User Agreement (Sample PDF)


What do I need to know about the TMDSAS participating schools that I'm apply to? 

Prior to submitting an application, applicants should read and understand the Technical Standards/Essential Functions for admission and graduation at each school with which an applicant is applying. If accepted to medical school, applicants will be required to sign a statement indicating they are able to meet these standards with or without accommodations. 


How should I contact TMDSAS? 

The application internal messaging system is the official mode of communication between applicants and TMDSAS. 


Who does TMDSAS consider a reapplicant? 

A reapplicant is defined as one who has previously submitted an application that was transmitted to any TMDSAS medical, dental, or veterinary school.


How many applications can I submit through TMDSAS per cycle? 

You can submit only one application per cycle. You cannot submit multiple applications. Therefore, it is critical that you thoroughly review your application before submitting to ensure it is complete. 


When should I submit my application? 

Deadlines and important dates for the Entry Year 2022 application cycle are listed in Deadlines & Important Dates.

  • It is recommended that you have your application submitted and all supporting documents sent to TMDSAS by mid- to late July.  
  • Check out the Applicant Resources page for statistics on the importance of applying early.


What do I need to prepare before applying?

There are several things you need to prepare before starting your TMDSAS Application to save precious time. Check out our video "The 10 Things You Need Before Starting Your TMDSAS Application"


Also, check out the TMDSAS Podcast episode "The 10 Things You Need to Start Your TMDSAS Application."