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Calling All Future Healthcare Leaders

You're at an exciting time in your life. The future is yours and now is the time to make your dreams of becoming a healthcare professional a reality. Our first-year admission team will guide you through the application process and will work with you, and your family, to ensure all your questions are answered.

If you are a current high school senior or have already graduated but have not attended college, you can apply to MCPHS as a first-year student. And, since applying to MCPHS as a first-year student is always free, it's easy to get started. If you are a first-year international student, please see our International Applicants page. 

Have questions about applying? Contact us at 617.879.5964 or

Ready to take the next step? First-year students are encouraged to apply to MCPHS using either the Common Application or the MCPHS Internal Application.

Common ApplicationMCPHS Application

To apply as a first-year student, submit the following items.

Common Application: Add MCPHS to your list of schools you are applying to and don't forget to answer our university-specific questions in our Member Profile, which includes an additional short-answer essay.

MCPHS Internal Application: If you do not plan to complete the Common Application, you may apply to MCPHS as a first-year applicant using our MCPHS Internal Application.

MCPHS has three application deadlines:

  • November 1 — Early Action Round I
    • Admission Notification: Mid-December
  • December 1 — Early Action Round II
    • Admission Notification: Mid-January
  • February 1 — Regular Decision
    • Admission Notification: Mid-February

Official transcripts from all secondary schools attended should be submitted by your guidance counselor or a school official. First quarter grades from senior year should be included if available when you apply.

Applicant's transcripts should include the following:

  • Math: Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry are required however it is recommended that applicants complete four years of math up to Precalculus or Calculus.
  • Science: Biology and Chemistry are required however it is recommended that applicants complete four years of lab science. Additional recommended courses may include Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, AP Biology or AP Chemistry.
  • English: Four years of English
  • Social Sciences: One year of history is required. A well-rounded curriculum of additional social science courses is recommended.

Transcripts may be submitted by your guidance counselor via the Common Application with the accompanying school report form. If mailing the transcript, it should be sent in a sealed envelope to:

Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

You may also email your transcript to, or send it via fax to 617.732.2118.

One letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher (math or science preferred) is required. However, you may submit more than one recommendation if you would like. Recommendation letters should be written on official school letterhead and submitted through the Common Application along with their required forms or may be mailed to MCPHS in a sealed envelope directly from the school.

If mailing the recommendation, it must be sent directly from the recommender in a sealed envelope (no form required) to:

MCPHS Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston MA 02115

When applying through the Common Application, please submit a personal essay based on one of the topic choices provided. Please note: There is an additional short-answer essay included in our Member Profile questions that you also must submit.

MCPHS is test-optional, as we believe you are much more than a number. Our holistic review approach looks at all the components that make you, you. It is your decision whether you wish to submit test scores for us to review.

Should you decide to send your scores, they must be sent directly from the College Board or ACT, or may be accepted from your high school if they are recorded on your official transcript.

SAT School Code: 3512
ACT School Code: 1860

AP scores of 4 or 5 are also accepted for potential university credit. An official AP score report should be sent directly from the College Board or included on your official transcript.

If English is not your first language, proof of language proficiency is required. Language proficiency may be submitted with a score report from the TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP or by taking the MCPHS on-campus English Proficiency Exam. (All dates for the MCPHS on-campus English Proficiency Exam are currently suspended for registration. Registration will reopen in September 2021. Please check back for updates on when the exam will be offered again.) For more information on our minimum English language proficiency requirements, visit the "Language Proficiency" tab on our International Applicants page.

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