Admissions Philosophy

The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine admissions guidelines call for no discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Applicants will be evaluated not only on their cognitive merits, but also on non-cognitive or non-academic areas as well. This will include evaluations of their personal statements, letters of recommendation, and other life, extracurricular, volunteer or employment experiences. The interview is specifically designed to focus on non-academic criteria. Interviewers will assess the applicant's medical experiences, motivation to enter medicine, knowledge of issues in medicine, personal characteristics and problem solving ability. While evidence of high intellectual ability and a strong record of scholastic achievement are vital for success in the study of medicine, we also recognize the importance of the qualities of compassion, motivation, maturity, personal integrity, and effective communication as necessary traits in the medical profession.

No single factor will be used exclusively to admit or eliminate an applicant to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. The admissions office will examine each application for overall suitability. The Admissions Committee will select a class with varied backgrounds, interests, and life experiences to provide a stimulating and broadening learning environment for all students. Disadvantage and/or diverse background and interest in the region are among the considered factors. With equal qualifications preference may be given to residents of El Paso, the U.S. border region and West Texas.