University of Illinois College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), a centralized application processing service which can be accessed from www.aamc.org. Applications are available in April and must be filed by Nov. 1 of the year preceding enrollment.
Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, the Office of Medical College Admissions (OMCA) will email eligible applicants the web address to locate our Supplemental Information Application that is to be completed and returned to the OMCA by Dec. 1 of that year.
As part of the supplemental application, all applicants to the University of Illinois College of Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
Letters of Recommendation:
University of Illinois College of Medicine requires a premedical committee evaluation OR three letters from instructors (any field of study) from whom the candidate has taken courses. One of the letters can be from a research mentor. These letters should critically evaluate the candidate’s academic ability, strengths and weaknesses, motivation for medicine, maturity, difficulty of course work and special attributes and assets. Personal letters of recommendation are not acceptable. If the applicant is currently enrolled in a graduate program or professional school, one letter must be from a faculty member at the graduate or professional school.
All Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation for University of Illinois College of Medicine should be submitted via AMCAS by December 1st. Any letters sent directly to University of Illinois College of Medicine will not be accepted, will not be placed in the candidate’s application file, and will not be retained in any other form. There are several mediums in which a letter writer can send a recommendation letter to AMCAS. AMCAS will receive letters for users of Virtual Evals, Interfolio, and via standard mail. In addition, letter writers who currently mail letters can opt to upload letters directly through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application. Regardless of the format in which the letter is received, the letter will become part of the applicant’s electronic file.
Letter writers should include the AMCAS Letter Request form when sending an applicant’s letter in order to guarantee that the letter is correctly matched to the correct application. The letter writer must include applicant AAMC ID and AMCAS Letter ID (which can be found on the AMCAS Letter Request form). The mailing address to which letters of evaluation should be mailed will also appear on the AMCAS Letter Request form.