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Your Education History

The Education History section requires you to provide information regarding your high school, entering the colleges or universities you've attended, terms you've taken at each school, and additional questions regarding your education.

The [Colleges Attended], [Colleges Attended Questions], [Terms Attended], and [College Coursework] are all interconnected. We recommend you completed these sections in the intended sequence to avoid errors that may prevent you from submitting your application.


High School

  • Indicate how you completed your high school education: High School, GED, or Homeschooled.

  • High School Graduated: Enter the country and state, if applicable, in which your high school is located. Enter part of the high school's name and then click [Search] to search for your high school. The less you type in the [High School Name] field, the more results you will get back. Try entering words that are unique to your high school’s name.
    • For example, if you attended The Woodlands High School, simply enter “Woodlands” not “The Woodlands”. Below are the results you will receive.
    • TAMS students: High school name is "Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science"

From the search results, click on [Add School] next to the correct listing. Doing so will pre-populate the following information:

    • High School Name
    • City
    • Zip Code
    • State
    • County

Next, enter your high school graduation month, graduation year, class size and class rank, if applicable, in the designated fields.

  • GED: For applicants who have received their GED certificate, please list the city, zip code, country, and state where the certificate was awarded. Enter the graduation month and year the certificate was received.

  • Homeschooled: For applicants who were homeschooled, please list the city, zip code, country, and state where you were homeschooled (or where you received your diploma). Enter the graduation month and year.

  • SAT or ACT Results: If you have taken either the SAT or ACT, you must enter your score(s). If you have taken the SAT/ACT multiple times, you can choose which attempt to report on your application, but you cannot superscore the results. Contact your college admissions office, your high school, College Board, or ACT if you don’t remember your score.
    • Check with SAT/ACT or check your high school or undergrad transcript.
      • If you cannot find your scores, you can certify that you are not able to pull an official record of your scores and proceed in your application.

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Colleges Attended

important note

For this section, you’ll need to list every college you’ve attended, including community colleges that gave you credit for dual credit courses.

Enter all colleges you attended in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • List All Institutions: Include all undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools from which you have received college credit, including colleges where you completed dual credit coursework AND ALL SCHOOLS you plan on attending between now and the completion of the summer term before you start professional school. Your dates of attendance must end with the last term you plan on attending-- even though this may be a future term that has not yet occurred.

Foreign Colleges


You do not need to list a foreign college if it was part of an official study abroad program through your home institution and the coursework appears on the official transcript listed in specific courses, grades, and hours. If the sponsoring school is different than your home institution, such as Arcadia University, University of Minnesota Danish Institutes of Study Abroad, or International Studies Abroad (IES), you must list the sponsoring school. How to enter Study Abroad coursework.

Multiple Degrees (Not Majors) at the Same Institution

(e.g. earning a B.S. and an M.S. at the same institution)

List each school once for each type of degree, even if there was a break in attendance.

For example, if you attended University of Houston in the summer of 2015 and 2017, you would list the school once with attendance dates as: Summer 2015 – Summer 2017.

If you attended the same school for undergraduate and graduate/professional programs, list each degree program separately.

  • Be sure to list the corresponding coursework with the degree awarded.
  • Do not list the same term's courses multiple times for multiple degree programs.

Dual Degrees (Not Majors) at the Same Institution

(e.g. earning a B.S. and  B.A. at the same institution at the same time)

Choose and select just one degree program.

List all of your coursework under the selected degree program, and add your other degree program in the Academic Recognition section of the Personal Biography.

For example, if you are pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish, and your coursework counts toward both degrees simultaneously, but you would only enter it under the B.S. degree.

  • Be sure to list the corresponding coursework with the degree awarded.
  • Do not list the same term's courses multiple times for multiple degree programs. 

Post-Baccalaureate (non-degree seeking)

(e.g. courses taken after completion of a Bachelor's degree, does not include graduate-level coursework)

If the institution where you completed post-baccalaureate coursework is the same institution where you earned your Bachelor's degree-- You will only have ONE entry for this school in your Colleges Attended section.

You will list the comprehensive dates of attendance from the first semester you attended the school through the last term you attended. (Or through the planned term of attendance if you plan to enroll in future semesters at that school.) 

important note

Avoid Processing Delays!

Failure to list all colleges and universities may delay the processing of your application and may be considered a violation of your Application Certification Statement.

How to Enter a College Attended

Click on the [Add College or University] button.

  • Enter the country, state and a distinctive part of the college or university name, and a list of matching institutions will appear.
  • Keep in mind that the less you type in the [College Name] field, the more results you will get in return. Try only entering words that are unique to your college name.
    • For example, if searching for The University of Texas at Austin, just enter Austin. Click the [Search] button to obtain your search results.
  • Select the correct institution and click [Select] to add the school to your list of Colleges Attended. This will fill in the required [Institution Information] fields for the college listing.


Entering attendance dates

These must include FUTURE coursework dates too, if applicable!

  • Including Future Coursework*: If you will take coursework in the future, you must list your end date as that future term.
  • For example, if you attended The University of Texas at Austin since Fall 2021 and you will be taking courses through Spring 2025, your attendance dates would be: Fall 2021 - Spring 2025.
    • You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add new colleges/universities as well as newly completed coursework.
    • Send an internal message within the application listing any changes needed to your colleges attended, terms attended, or college coursework pages.

 *Note: Your application will not be processed if future coursework is indicated but not entered.

Entering degree information

  • Majors and minors are listed alphabetically. If your major/minor is not listed, you will select "Other" and you will enter your major in the text box.
  • Only one Primary Major can be added. To add your Primary Major, click to highlight your major from the list. 
    • There is no ‘Add Major’ button like some other option buttons you may have seen throughout the application. As long as you select your major from the drop-down list will be enough to highlight your major.
  • For certificates earned, along with other academic achievements, list these in the [Academic Recognition] section of the application.

Selecting Your Major(s)

  • Next, indicate if you were enrolled in an honors program at this institution. Click "Add College Attended" to add your information, which includes the major you have selected from the list and/or entered in "Other".

NOTE: Your major will not appear until you follow click [Add College Attended] and save the page.


Complete and Save

  • Once you have entered all schools check the box that states, “Click the checkbox if you have no more colleges to enter at this time".
    • Your colleges will not be saved until you have checked this box and clicked [Save] or [Save and Continue].

Note: Your major will not appear until you complete AND save the [Colleges Attended Questions] section.tada


Colleges Attended Questions

You will provide answers to four questions regarding your college career.

  1. Fresh Start: Have you ever enrolled in any undergraduate institution in Texas under the Academic Fresh Start Provision?

    • Note: Academic Fresh Start is different than enrolling in college for the first time, or as a freshman.
    • Fresh Start applicants will need to provide ALL transcripts and Academic Fresh Start documentation at the time of submission.

  2. Primary Undergraduate: Select your primary undergraduate institution. This is the institution from which you received, or plan to receive, your bachelor’s degree. If no degree is planned, select the school from which you earned the majority of your credit.

  3. Primary Graduate: Select your primary graduate or professional institution. This is the institution from which you received or plan to receive a masters, doctoral, or other professional degree. As with your undergraduate, if no degree is planned, select the school from which you earned the majority of your credit.

  4. Release of Information: You will also be asked if you want to release your information to the Health Professions Advisor at the school(s) you've indicated. Read the following before answering:

    • Checking [Yes] permits your advisor to view information about the status of your application.
      • NOTE: If you are submitting an HPAC, you must select "Yes" to Release of Information.
    • Checking [No] will prohibit an advisor from uploading your HP packet to TMDSAS.
    • TMDSAS strongly encourages you to give permission to release selected information about the status of your application to your health professions advisor.
    • Having this information helps your advisor provide services to you and informs the advisor about the success of students from your college/university in being admitted into medical/dental/veterinary schools.
    • Your application will not be adversely impacted if you do not agree to have your information released to your health professions advisor. We will process your application regardless of how you answer this question.


Terms Attended

important note

Don’t Miss This Step!
This section must be completed before you enter your coursework.

Enter all terms during which you have taken coursework at each school listed in the [Colleges Attended] section, as well as any future terms in which you plan to take coursework. (i.e., Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023).

The terms listed in this section must match the attendance dates in the [Colleges Attended] section.

How to Enter a Term Attended

  • To add a term, click on the [Add Term] button next to the institution for which you wish to add a new term.

  • From the drop-down menu, select the year, term, and whether or not the credits are reported in semester or quarter hours.

  • Click [Add This Term] to save.

Repeat for each term you attended

For example, if you attended UT San Antonio from Fall 2019 - Spring 2022 and only attended fall and spring semesters, you would have a total of eight terms entered.

Continue for all institutions

Repeat these steps for each institution where you completed college coursework, including where you plan to complete coursework.

Remember to save!

Once you have entered all terms for all institutions, you MUST click [Save] before continuing to the [Coursework] section, or your information will be lost.


Education and Training History

You will answer questions regarding:

  1. Self-identification as a non-traditional applicant
    If you indicate that you consider yourself a non-traditional applicant, the following essay prompt will appear:
    • “Describe the factors that have defined you as a non-traditional candidate and how they impact your application.” (1000 character limit)
      • Note: This essay is required of any applicant who self-identifies as non- traditional.
      • Participating institutions are interested in getting a better sense of how your own experiences have contributed to a formation of non-traditional identity.
      • This information also aids in data collection for TMDSAS to help us improve resources for non-traditional applicants.
  1. Interruptions to your education or vocation

  2. Any disciplinary action

Answer each question truthfully and provide details where applicable.