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Second CMU College of Medicine class attracts 3,007 applicants

The second class of students at CMU's College of Medicine will come from a pool of 3,007 applications.

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The second class of students at Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine will come from a pool of 3,007 applications.

Forty percent of the applicants are from the state of Michigan, according to Director of Admissions Chris Austin. Applicant interviews are nearly complete, and 96 students have accepted the CMU College of Medicine’s offer to be part of the second class. The class roster will not be final until after May 15.

“We still have interview dates planned for January and February,” Austin said. “We are very impressed with the high quality of applicants in this year’s pool.”

The College of Medicine uses a holistic review process that focuses on cognitive capabilities, life experiences and personal attributes in interviews with prospective students.

Austin said the average undergraduate grade-point average for the 96 accepted students is 3.65 — identical to the GPA of the inaugural class of 64 that started in August — and the average Medical College Admission Test score is 30, two points higher than last year’s average and well above the 2012 national average of 25.2. Of the 96 accepted students, 83 are from Michigan.

"The quality of students you find here at CMED is exceptional,” said first-year College of Medicine student Ali Hachem of Detroit, who also serves as vice president of the Medical Student Council. “I feel fortunate to be a part of a class that is not only academically outstanding but also is filled with unique, genuine and caring individual leaders. There is no doubt that CMED will continue to admit the most qualified applicants that fit its values and mission."

The class size of 104 students is the full capacity of the program and will be the number of students admitted each year moving forward. The inaugural class of 64 is doing well, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Linda Perkowski said, and every student finished their first semester on track.

The CMU College of Medicine received 2,765 applications for its inaugural class. The medical school was founded with a mission to provide access to high-quality health care in underserved regions, particularly in central and northern Michigan. Fifty-eight students in the first class are Michigan natives.

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