ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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 May and must be submitted by Nov. 1 of the year preceding enrollment.

PRIMARY APPLICATION

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 submitted by Nov. 1 of the year preceding enrollment.

Supplemental Application:

Upon receipt of the AMCAS application for 2020-2021 application cycle, the Office of Medical College Admissions (OMCA) will email all applicants the link to our Supplemental Information Application that is to be completed and returned to the OMCA by Dec. 1 of the application 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.

Please note that the Supplemental Application fee is non-refundable.

THE STAGES OF YOUR APPLICATION

Letters of Recommendation

  • We require a minimum of three academic letters of recommendation from faculty with whom the applicant has taken courses, or one composite recommendation from a pre-professional committee. 
  • We will accept one research letter in lieu of a faculty letter.  Acceptable letters of recommendations in this instance would be written by professors, academic advisor(s), thesis supervisor(s) or research supervisor(s). 
  • All letters of recommendation must be completed on official university or organization letterhead and signed.
  • Non-traditional applicants who graduated from college more than a year prior to application to medical school, can submit recommendations written by supervisors or other professionals. 
  • Please be advised, failure to meet the letter requirement will result in application processing delay

Example A

Example B

Example C*

Example D*

-Faculty (3) -Faculty (2)

-Research PI (1)

-Faculty (1)

-Supervisor (2)

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Supervisor (1) and -Research PI (1)

Supervisor/ Research PI (3)
All letters on university letterhead and signed All letters on university letterhead and signed All letters on university or company letterhead and signed All letters on university or company letterhead and signed
*Non traditional applicants are individuals who graduated from college more than a year prior to application to medical school
*Non traditional applicants are individuals who graduated from college more than a year prior to application to medical school

Interviews

We insist on meeting you individually before extending an offer of admission because maintaining our culture and learning environment is integral to our joint success.  All interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle will be held virtually.  In addition to our virtual interviews, all applicants will be required to participate in the Virtual Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA) via AAMC. For additional information on the changes for our Interview Day click here.

Decision Criteria:

    • Cumulative grade point average, Science grade point average and MCAT score are considered to assess academic achievement for each applicant.
    • Personal characteristics, such as motivation and communication skills are evaluated. Students are selected who demonstrate emotional stability, maturity, integrity, and the passion necessary for the successful study and practice of medicine.
    • We seek to identify those applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity/heterogeneity to the entering class.

*If you have already applied to the College of Medicine and you would like to know the status of your application, you can check your application status online here.

The Early Decision Program (EDP) – Optional

The Early Decision Program (EDP) is a procedure by which a medical school applicant may request and receive an early decision regarding his/her application to the medical school of his/her first choice prior to seeking an acceptance elsewhere. If this College of Medicine is your first choice, you may participate under the following conditions:

  • Your completed application must be submitted to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) by June 15, 2020.
  • The Medical College Admission Test must have been taken no later than July of the application year.
  • Your application fee, Supplemental Information Application, Letters of Recommendation, and additional supporting documents must be on file with the Office of Medical College Admissions by July 30, 2020.

Applicants who are not offered admission in the Early Decision Program will be considered in the regular applicant pool by request.

Transfer Applicants:

We are not currently accepting applications for transfer into the University of Illinois College of Medicine from students currently enrolled in another medical school.