To balance quantitative assessments, such as GPA and MCAT scores, the College of Medicine employs a holistic review in its admissions process to consider an individual's cognitive capabilities, depth of past experiences, and personal attributes and characteristics. This type of review helps assess an applicant’s potential to become a highly competent, diverse, and caring physician.

Therefore, the admissions process will include a structured evaluation of an applicant's personal characteristics such as the following:

  • Compassion for others
  • Altruism
  • Preparation for medicine
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Personal maturity
  • Cultural competence

Professional characteristics of interest to the College of Medicine community include:

  • Integrity
  • Reliability
  • Positive work habits
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Self-discipline
  • Resilience
  • Persistence

The admissions process is also interested in identifying applicants who desire to provide healthcare to communities in Central and Northern Michigan.


The holistic review process was developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a means of helping medical school admission committees take personal factors into account in addition to academic factors. For more information about Holistic Admissions, visit the AAMC website at:​. ​