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Your Education History


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, then you may need to get a letter from College Board.
    • You must enter something in this section so that you can continue with the application.
    • See Inside Health Education's article Top 7 Most Frequently Asked Questions for help understanding where you can obtain your 'Analysis in Science' score.




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Colleges Attended

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For this section, you’ll need official transcripts from every college you’ve attended, including 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. You must also enter information about ALL schools you plan on attending between now and the completion of Summer 2023. Your dates of attendance must end with the last term you plan on attending.

  • Include Future Coursework*: If you will be taking coursework in the future, you should list your end date as that future term. For example, if you will be taking courses through Spring 2023, your attendance dates would be: Fall 2018 - Spring 2023.
    • 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.

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

  • Include 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.

  • Regarding Multiple Degrees (Not Majors) 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 the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine 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.

  • Regarding Dual Degrees (Not Majors) at the Same Institution: List your coursework only once for dual degrees from the same institution, dividing the coursework between each separately listed degree.
    • 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, then you will divide your coursework between your terms for each 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. 

important note

Avoid Processing Delays!
For best results, follow these instructions to the letter when entering your colleges attended. 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:

  • Step 1: 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.
  • Step 2: Enter attendance dates and degree information. Remember, these must include FUTURE coursework dates too, if applicable!
    • 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. For certificates earned, along with other academic achievements, list these in the [Academic Recognition] section of the application.addmajor
    • 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 Steps 3-4 (below) and save the page.


  • Step 3: Click [Add College Attended] on the bottom left corner of the screen.
    • Continue to enter additional colleges and universities attended by clicking on the [Add College or University]

  • Step 4: Complete and save this section.
    • 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].
      • Please 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
    • 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.


important note

Before Moving to the Next Section...
Have your transcript in hand and download the course listing for your institution from the TMDSAS website. (If no course listing is available, utilize the Prescribed Coursework Definitions* and reach out to your Pre-Health Advisor for more guidance.)Request an official transcript from each college/university you have attended to use as a reference for completing the [College Coursework] section. This helps ensure that your data is complete and accurate.

*Prescribed Coursework Definitions


Terms Attended

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Don’t Miss This Step!
This section must be completed before you attempt to 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:

  • Step 1: Adding a term.
    • 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.

  • Step 2: Repeat previous step for each term you attended.
    • For example, if you attended UT San Antonio from Fall 2018 - Spring 2022 and only attended fall and spring semesters, you would have a total of eight terms entered.

  • Step 3: Continue for all institutions.
    • Repeat steps 1-2 for each institution where you completed college coursework, including where you plan to complete coursework.

  • Step 4: 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 advising resources for non-traditional applicants.

  2. Interruptions to your education or vocation.

  3. Any disciplinary action.

Answer each question truthfully and provide details where applicable.