About Our Program

  • What type of grading system will the College of Medicine use?
    • Years 1 and 2 will be graded as Credit/No Credit. Years 3 and 4 will be Credit/No Credit, Credit with Honors.
  • How many students do you plan to enroll?
    • Each entering class will be 104 students.

Application Process

  • How to apply to Central Michigan University College of Medicine?
    • The CMU College of Medicine uses AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for the initial application process. All candidates must register and apply at www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas
  • What is the application deadline?
    • The application deadline for submitting the AMCAS application is November 30.
  • Do you require a secondary application? Is there an additional fee?
    • Select applicants will be invited to submit a secondary application. The non-refundable secondary application fee is $100. If students receive a fee waiver from AMCAS, the College of Medicine will also waive its application fee.
  • How will I know if I will be interviewed for admission?
    • Completed applications will be considered for interview eligibility on a rolling basis. If, after full review of your application you are selected for interview, you will be contacted via email with further information regarding the interview process.

Letters of Recommendation

  • How many letters of recommendation are required?
    • The College of Medicine requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, with a maximum of five.
  • Are there requirements about who must author my letters of recommendation?
    • Each author (who is known through a professional relationship) must have firsthand knowledge of the candidate's qualifications, skills, attributes, and values (direct observation). Authors must be professionals whose background enables him/her to determine the applicant's qualifications. If students apply from a university that provides a composite letter from a premedical program, the composite letter will be accepted.
    • The College of Medicine does not require authors to have a specific professional relationship to you. For example, we do not require 1 letter from a professor, 1 letter from an advisor and 1 letter from someone who served as a supervisor.
  • Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
    • All letters of recommendation should be submitted through the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service, on the AMCAS website.


  • What is the latest MCAT score you will accept for the current admission cycle?
    • The latest score we will consider for the 2018-19 application cycle is the September 19, 2018 test date. All scores must be received by our office before our primary application deadline.
  • What is the oldest MCAT score you will accept?
    • We will accept any instance of the new MCAT test that became available in January 2015.
  • What MCAT score does the College of Medicine consider if I have taken the MCAT more than once?
    • We consider all score instances reported for an applicant. The Admissions committee gives greatest weight to an applicant’s highest and most recent scores.

Pre-Requisites and Program Requirements

  • Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
    • Yes, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • What prerequisite courses are required/recommended?
    • REQUIRED: Two (2) semesters of Biological Science (courses such as Anatomy, Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Microbiology, etc., would fulfill this requirement) and two (2) labs are required.
    • REQUIRED: Two (2) semesters of Organic Chemistry (at least one lab) OR one (1) semester Organic Chemistry and one (1) semester Biochemistry (at least one lab).
    • RECOMMENDED: Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Behavioral Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology), Medical Humanities, Communications, Ethics, Biostatistics
  • Does the College of Medicine accept online and/or Community College courses for prerequisites?
    • Community College and online courses (with labs) are generally adequate to meet the minimum requirements for admission.  Applicants are, however, encouraged to take all pre-requisite courses at four-year institutions.  If you have questions about the acceptability of such credits, please email our office with any available course descriptions and syllabi. 

Interview Days

  • When will interviews begin?
    • Our interviews will take place on select Fridays from September until February.
  • What should I expect on an interview day?
    • In addition to the interview, candidates will get a tour of the academic building on the Mount Pleasant campus, ask questions to a panel of current medical students, attend an information session to learn more about our program, and receive information about scholarships and financial aid.
  • What type of interview is used?
    • The CMU College of Medicine utilizes a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format to interview applicants. Applicants will rotate through six interview stations. No prior medical knowledge is required for the MMI. The interview portion of the day lasts approximately three hours and includes breaks. In addition to the MMI, applicants will work together in various group exercises.
  • Where should I park on campus and will I need to pay?
    • Our office will provide a printable parking pass in your interview confirmation emails. This pass will allow you to park free of charge in the lot close to our building.
  • What if I need to reschedule?
    • To request a rescheduled interview , please call our office at (989) 774-7882. Please reserve rescheduling requests for extenuating circumstances. It is important to note we cannot guarantee the ability to reschedule.
  • Cancellation
    • Should you need to cancel your interview, please call our office at (989) 774-7882. As a courtesy to other applicants, please cancel your interview as soon as you know you are unable to attend on your scheduled date.

Financial Aid/Cost of Tuition

International and Out-of-State Students

  • Will International candidates be considered?
    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, a Canadian citizens or Canadian permanent resident.
  • Is preference given to in-state applicants?
    • All eligible U.S. and Canadian applications will be considered. The College of Medicine intends to have 80% in-state enrollment and 20% out-of-state enrollment.

Transfer Students

  • Does the College of Medicine accept transfer students?
    • The College of Medicine does not accept transfer students.