About Our Program

  • What type of grading system does the College of Medicine use?
    • Years 1 and 2 are graded as credit/no credit. Years 3 and 4 are graded credit/no credit or credit with honors.
  • How many students do you plan to enroll each year?
    • Each entering class has 104 seats.

Application Process

  • How do I apply to the Central Michigan University College of Medicine?
    • The CMU College of Medicine uses AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for the initial application. More information about AMCAS is at www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas
  • What is the application deadline?
    • The application deadline for submitting the AMCAS application is November 30, 2018.
  • 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 the secondary 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 you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via email with further information regarding the interview process.

Letters of Recommendation

  • How many letters of recommendation are required?
    • We require a minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation (or a committee letter) and allow a maximum of five (5) letters. Please submit only the letters you wish. There is no advantage to submitting more than the minimum three letters of recommendation.
  • Are there requirements about who must author my letters of recommendation?
    • Each letter should be written by an author who knows the applicant through a professional relationship or association. The author must have firsthand knowledge of the applicant’s qualifications, skills, attributes, and values. Letter authors must be professionals whose background enables them to determine the applicant's qualifications.
  • Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
    • All letters of recommendation should be submitted through the AMCAS Letter 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.

Prerequisites 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 or recommended?
    • Required: Two (2) semesters of biological science courses with laboratory sections. Courses such as anatomy, biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology fulfill this requirement.
    • Required: Two (2) semesters of organic chemistry with at least one laboratory section OR one (1) semester of organic chemistry and one (1) semester of biochemistry with at least one laboratory section.
    • Recommended: biochemistry, genetics, human anatomy, human physiology, mathematics or statistics, physics, social sciences, humanities, and ethics.
  • 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 requirement 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 do interviews take place?
    • 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 have the option to tour the academic building on the Mount Pleasant campus, ask questions of a panel of current medical students, learn more about our curriculum, and hear 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. 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.

Application Help

  • Can you explain to me what makes a good applicant?
    • Start by reviewing our admission requirements on this site. Good applications provide ample evidence of both academic and pre-professional preparation for medical school. Both of these areas are essential to demonstrating your fitness for success in medical school and beyond.
  • Do you provide any resources to strengthen my application?
    • Yes. Consider attending one of our application workshops. If you are unable to attend and participate you can view the recorded version on our website at the following link:  Recorded Application Workshop
  • Can I meet with someone about my application?
    • Due to institutional policy and time constraints, we are unable to provide individualized meetings with current or future applicants.
  • I was rejected. Can I get feedback on my application?
    • Yes. The office of Admissions at the CMU College of Medicine offers application feedback in the context of our application workshops. Attendees are welcome to ask any questions, specific to their circumstances or more generally, to understand how to strengthen a future application. While the office of Admissions may not be permitted to disclose information about the Admissions committee's deliberations, a representative can answer specific questions about application elements such as: coursework, MCAT scores, grade point average, quality and quantity of preparatory experiences, or gap year experiences.
  • I was rejected. Where should I look for help?
    • Medical school admissions offices are a good resource to help understand what a school is looking for in applicants and how they can demonstrate that preparation in their application. Other resources, especially pre-health, faculty, academic, and other advisers, are better positioned to provide comprehensive feedback and help individuals reapply to a wide range of medical schools. We recommend that you seek out these resources and other advice from mentors and references.

Financial Aid/Cost of Tuition

International and Out-of-State Students

  • Are international candidates considered?
    • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, a Canadian citizen 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.