Students admitted to the Central Michigan University College of medicine should be prepared for a challenging medical curriculum and the demands of a rapidly changing health care environment.
We use a
holistic admissions process
and seek to admit students who have personal characteristics and interests that align with the CMU College of Medicine mission.
Our holistic review process balances the applicant's academic portfolio with other aspects of their application, such as the capacity for using critical thinking and logic, an understanding of the principles of ethics, personal values, and the qualities necessary for successful development into a compassionate, skilled physician able to serve the needs of a diverse and changing population.
The Central Michigan University College of Medicine encourages individuals to discover personal areas of academic interest through their curricular and extracurricular activities. We believe the field of medicine offers opportunities for applicants from varying backgrounds, experiences and academic pathways. Students should allow personal interests and passion to dictate their choice of an undergraduate major.
– File an Application with the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
AMCAS website to file an application. This process includes using the AMCAS letter of recommendation service. For questions, email
AMCAS@AAMC.org or call 202-828-0600.
–Submit a Secondary Application
Select applicants will be invited to continue the application process by submitting a secondary application. Information concerning the secondary application will be emailed. The deadline to submit the secondary application will be noted in the email. Secondary applications are submitted via our online portal.
Once an applicant's secondary application and supporting materials are received, the application will be reviewed. While we make every effort to provide final decisions as early as possible, it is possible that an applicant could remain without an interview decision until February.
The fee for the secondary application is $100.00 due upon submission.
Select applicants will be invited to attend an interview day. Approximately 450 applicants will be invited to Mt. Pleasant to meet with faculty and students for a campus interview. The interview day includes both a multiple mini interview and group activities.
Approximately two weeks prior to the interview, you will receive an email with an agenda for the day. Please plan on your interview day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and you should expect to be on campus until 4:30 p.m. For specifics on what to expect on the day of your interview, visit our
A parking pass and information about approved lots will be included in the email with your agenda.
Applicants will be given a tour of our academic building in Mount Pleasant that houses the first and second year medical students. Tours will be conducted by current medical students.
Question & Answer Panel
Current first year medical students will be present to participate in a question and answer panel with applicants.
Mix & Mingle Lunch
College of Medicine faculty and current medical students will participate in an informal mix and mingle lunch with applicants.
Presentations from Faculty & Staff
While you won't be able to learn everything about CMU on your interview day, we will cover a lot of ground. Applicants will see presentations on all four years of the medical curriculum, including the Comprehensive Community Clerkship, which takes place in year three.
Multiple Mini Interview
The College of Medicine utilizes the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format when interviewing candidates. No prior medical knowledge is required for the MMI.
Scenarios & Interviewers
The MMI has applicants rotate through the interview stations with members of the College of Medicine faculty, staff, current medical students and members of the university community.
What Are We Measuring?
Each interviewer poses a pre-developed scenario related to a single theme such as ethical decision-making, critical thinking skills, or communication skills. This rotation gives interviewers opportunities to assess all interviewees within the context of their respective scenario.
Other Interview Components
The College of Medicine employs a tested model for the interview process called the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), which differs significantly from the traditional panel or individual interview model often used. In addition to the MMI, you will also take part in various group activities.
– Air Travel
The Central Michigan University College of Medicine interviews are conducted on the main campus of CMU in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The following airports are available for air travel:
– Car Rental/Taxi
The College of Medicine will not be providing shuttle service from airports to campus. We recommend contacting the airport you are using to inquire about car rental or taxi service.
The College of Medicine has arranged discounted rates at:
Courtyard Mount Pleasant at Central Michigan University
*Ask for the "CMU College of Medicine Rate"
Other hotel options near campus include:
The CASPer test is an optional component and is not in any way required as part of your application to the CMU College of Medicine.
We believe that taking the CASPer test can benefit our applicants. Most notably, the CASPer test is excellent preparation for medical school interviews. We believe that this exam will help individuals feel more comfortable in the multiple mini-interview format employed at Central Michigan University.
CASPer does not factor into our application evaluation process. Please do not delay any portion of your application in anticipation of taking the CASPer test. If you decide to take the exam, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Test dates are available beginning in the summer.
A complete list of test dates is available on
CASPer. Please note that there are a limited number of test dates and times. These are the only test dates available. Advanced registration is required. CASPer is administered by an external testing company - Altus Assessments. There is a total fee of $20 associated with CASPer, which is not part of the CMU College of Medicine application fee. This fee is paid directly to the testing company upon registration and consists of a $10 test fee and a $10 fee to send your score to CMU. These fees are waived for applicants qualified for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.
Please direct any inquiries about the test to
– Admission and Matriculation
Applicants who have been selected for admission will be offered admission on a rolling (ongoing) basis throughout the admission cycle. New admissions are asked to accept the offer through the online admissions system within two (2) weeks of notification.
College of Medicine Terms and Conditions of Acceptance
- All acceptances, scholarships and merit awards for the CMU College of Medicine are contingent upon satisfactory completion of all course work including the CMU College of Medicine premedical requirements noted in our admission requirements.
- Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree.
- AMCAS does not forward your final transcript. You must have an official terminal transcript (degree shown on transcript) sent (from the institution you earned your baccalaureate degree or higher) to the CMU College of Medicine before matriculation:
CMU College of Medicine
2520 S. University Park Drive, Building D
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
You can also have your transcripts sent electronically from your host school to
Your final transcripts must be received by our office no later than July 15th.
- Satisfactory results of a criminal background check (CBC). All accepted College of Medicine students will have their information forwarded to the AAMC Criminal Background Check Servicer (Certiphi).
Criminal Background Checks
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommends that all US medical schools procure a national background check on applicants upon their conditional acceptance to medical school. The rationale for performing criminal background checks on accepted medical school applicants is based on a number of issues, including the need to enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing trust in the medical profession, and to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to eventually become licensed physicians.
This service is conducted in recognition of the desire of medical schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each medical school to which they are accepted. College of Medicine participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal background Check service (Certiphi). For more details regarding the criminal background check process, visit the
- Documentation to show completion of immunization requirements.
Completion deadline: Mid-June
- Your acceptance to the CMU College of Medicine may be rescinded if it becomes apparent that any materials submitted are fraudulent or deceptive. In addition, if you are a recipient of any institutional or legal action (e.g. conviction under a University Honor Code or a court proceeding) you must notify the school immediately. Failure to notify may result in withdrawal of the offer or dismissal at any time during your academic program.
Materials necessary to accomplish these tasks will be sent to students holding a place in the class at various intervals before matriculation.
The College of Medicine follows the AAMC Standardized Immunization requirements. Prior to your matriculation to CMU, you will receive additional information on how to use our online record keeping system
– CastleBranch. This is where you will upload all of your immunization information.
Central Michigan University does not offer students the option to purchase health insurance. If you are not covered under a policy either through your parents or significant other, you will need to explore purchasing insurance.
Two possible options are the
Insurance through the state of Michigan will be available at either a reduced cost or it could be free. If you are out-of-state, you will need to first move to Michigan and have an address before you can apply for insurance. Please be sure to visit the websites listed above to find answers to any questions. The College of Medicine does not endorse or recommend any insurance plan - the choice is yours.