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Selection Process

Welcome to Selection Process

We hope the information provided below will help you to better understand our admissions process.

General Information

Interviews are conducted August through March, and our admissions process is structured so that seats remain available for applicants who are reviewed and interviewed later in the application cycle. Applicants are not negatively affected by the timing of the application review or interview.

It is very common for applications to be held for an interview decision, for comparison to the larger applicant pool that evolves over the year. Please do not call the office if your status has not changed; as soon as a decision is made, your status will be updated.  Our staff has no information beyond that listed on the Applicant Portal status page.

The office staff is unable to project when you will receive the next status update. Please use the Applicant Portal account to track your application status. Your patience is appreciated as we give individual consideration to all applications during this time.

 

Review Process

When we have received all of your application materials, the Admissions Review Committee will carefully evaluate your entire application. When this detailed evaluation is complete, one of three things will happen:

1. You will be invited to interview. 

2. Your application will be deemed unsuccessful and will receive no further consideration

3. Your application will be placed on Hold for Interview Decision

It is very common to hold applications for an interview decision, for comparison to the larger applicant pool that evolves over the year. This may significantly delay a decision to extend an invitation to interview or reject the application. If your application is on hold for an interview decision, our admissions process is structured so that seats remain available for those applicants who interview later in the year.

All decisions made by the Review Committee are final.

Your patience is appreciated as we give individual consideration to all applications during this time.

 

Interview Process 

Members of the Interview Committee are volunteers from the fourth year medical student class and faculty representatives who are physicians, investigators, administrators, or community representatives who interact with the medical students. Interviewers will explore the applicants motivation for seeking a medical degree, awareness and understanding of the medical profession, leadership, problem solving skills, understanding of medical ethics, and interpersonal skills.

Members of the Admissions Committee are volunteers from the fourth year medical student class and faculty representatives who are physicians, investigators, administrators, or community representatives who interact with the medical students. Members of the committee will review your entire application, including;

  • AMCAS Application
  • Supplemental Application/LORs
  • Grades and GPA trend
  • MCAT scores
  • Interview evaluation

The Selection Committee reviews applicants weekly until all approved applicants have been presented. Applicants will be notified by the Applicant Portal of their final status: Accepted, placed on the alternate list, or not accepted.

Offers for admission are made on or before October 1 for the Early Decision Plan and October 16, December 16, February 16 and March 16 to fill the class for regular admissions. At the time the class is filled, an alternate list of applicants is compiled from which replacements are drawn for any vacancies which may occur in the selected class by the first day of orientation. Since selections are made in advance of actual attendance, all acceptances are made on condition of satisfactory completion of courses planned or in progress. It is expected that candidates will maintain acceptable standards of deportment. Students offered acceptance into a class are expected to respond within two weeks of the offer.

 

Applicant Portal

You will use the Applicant Portal throughout the application process to track the status of your application.

Please do not call the Office of Admissions to inquire about the status of your application, as the staff does not have access to any information beyond that which is posted on your Application Status page.

It is very common for applications to be held for an interview decision, for comparison to the larger applicant pool that evolves over the year. Please do not call the office if your status has not changed; as soon as a decision is made, your status will be updated.  Our staff has no information beyond that listed on the Applicant Portal status page.

Submitting Additional Materials

DO NOT submit additional materials or updates. The college accepts additional information only when an applicant is placed in the alternate pool after interview or by Committee request. We believe that the AMCAS application you initially submitted is representative of your academic abilities and activities.

Unsolicited materials will be discarded.