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MD Program Application Process

About the Application Process

MD Program Mission Statement

Drexel University College of Medicine delivers innovative biomedical education in an environment that embraces inquiry and collaboration, founded on excellence in patient care, and based on a culture of, and respect for diversity. These principles are built upon the College of Medicine's legacy of a firm commitment to meeting the health care needs of the communities in which we live and work.

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Our History and Commitment to Diversity

Drexel University College of Medicine is the descendant of Hahnemann Medical College, Woman's Medical College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. The heritage institutions that evolved into Drexel University College of Medicine were founded to educate students who were traditionally excluded from entering the practice of medicine. Women, ethnic minorities, older and non-traditional applicants have historically composed significant numbers of students enrolled at the College of Medicine.

We recognize that a diverse student body enhances the educational experience for all students and leads to additional expertise in providing care to an increasingly diverse patient population. We encourage applications from women, ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college attendees, Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents, LGBT individuals, veterans, rural, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and individuals who have prior careers outside of medicine. We value leadership, community service, and clinical experience, as well as accomplishments in athletics, employment and research. Our goal is to recruit and educate a class which will serve the needs of a diverse patient population.

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The College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AMCAS application is through the AMCAS website. Applications are accepted by AMCAS starting June 1 for possible matriculation in the following year.

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Citizenship of Applicants

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. If the applicant is a permanent resident of the U.S., a copy of the applicant's green card is required when applying.

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Secondary Application

When the College of Medicine receives your materials from AMCAS, (after your application is verified), we will email you the link for our Secondary Application. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for you to receive your Drexel secondary application after your primary application has been verified by AMCAS. Please complete the application and pay the non-refundable application fee of $100 by credit card. Only those applicants receiving a fee waiver from AMCAS will have their application fee waived. The College of Medicine's deadline for receipt of your secondary application, fee and all supporting materials is January 1.

Applicants interested in admission with advanced standing should see transfer applicants for more information.

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Supporting Materials

The College of Medicine requires letters of recommendation. Applicants whose college or university has a premedical advisory committee should send a composite letter of recommendation, including evaluations from science and non-science professors. If this isn't possible, students should ask three individuals who hold college-level academic appointments to send letters of recommendation. Two of these should be from science faculty and one from a faculty member in a non-science discipline. If candidates have taken time off between college and medical school, they should also send a letter of recommendation from a person who can comment about experiences during that period.

All supporting materials must be received by the College of Medicine by January 1.

Drexel University College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter Writing Service. Please follow all directions as stated by the AMCAS application process and send all letters through AMCAS.

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The MCAT is required. The College of Medicine will accept MCAT scores from two years prior to the application year. For 2018 applicants, we will review MCATs no older than 2015. We review all MCAT scores, but are especially interested in the most recent. We do not consider "best of" scores, but look at the scores from each exam. Drexel will accept scores through September 2017 for the 2018 admissions cycle. January scores are not considered for applicants applying for the 2018 entering class, unless the applicant has been interviewed and wait-listed.

For the 2018 application cycle, Drexel will accept the new MCAT and the old MCAT only if it was taken in January 2015.

Learn more about the MCAT

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Early Decision Applicants

Competitive applicants interested only in Drexel University College of Medicine are encouraged to apply through the AMCAS Early Decision Program. The deadline for early decision is August 30.

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Timetable for Application and Acceptance

Standard Application Procedure

Filing of AMCAS application
June 1 to December 1

Receipt by medical school of applicant's supporting materials
January 1

Decision to applicants
October 15 until class is filled

Early Decision Program (EDP)

Filing of AMCAS application
June 1 to August 1

Receipt by medical school of applicant's supporting materials
August 30

Decision to EDP applicants
October 1

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Application Review

A complete application includes the AMCAS application, the completed Supplemental Application and $100 fee (or AMCAS waiver), letter(s) of recommendation, and MCAT score. All completed applications are reviewed by a member of the admissions committee.

Applications are reviewed in their entirety. GPA, MCATs, recommendations, essays, personal characteristics, evidence of service and extracurricular activities, are all taken into consideration when choosing whom to interview.

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Your interview is an essential part of the admissions process. It gives the College of Medicine a chance to get to know you, and you a better opportunity to see all that Drexel has to offer.

Applicants selected for an interview will receive an email from the Office of Admissions. Applicants may then schedule their interview through our online scheduling system. Interviews are conducted September through March.

Applicants through our Special Program Linkage Schools will receive an email from us with their scheduled interview date. These applicants may not schedule their own interviews as we try to keep everyone from the same school on the same days.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend your interview. Give us a call at 215.991.8204 and we'll do our best to reschedule your interview as close as possible to the original date. 

If it is necessary to cancel your interview, please do so at least 72 hours prior to your interview date. There are many invited applicants who would like to reschedule to an earlier date, but need enough time to make a schedule change possible. Please cancel your interview on-line or contact our interview coordinator at

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Applicants may send a total of three updates through our application system. Items that may be sent include transcripts, resume/CV and an update letter. Once these items are uploaded, they may not be updated.

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Background Checks

All students accepted into the College of Medicine are required to complete criminal history, child abuse background check and FBI fingerprinting forms prior to enrollment. We also require that a student's background checks be updated before the student begins clinical rotations in the third year. Students should be aware that some state medical licensing boards may consider past convictions when reviewing an application to practice medicine in that state. In addition, some College of Medicine clinical training sites reserve the right to exclude a student with a criminal conviction from training.

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Office of Disability Services

The mission of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is to advocate for people with disabilities and to provide equal opportunities and equal access to education, employment, programs and activities at Drexel University College of Medicine. In accordance with federal and state legislation and College of Medicine policy, no individual with a disability shall, on the basis of that disability alone, be excluded from participation in College of Medicine programs or activities. The College of Medicine will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability.

In achieving this, ODS collaborates with and empowers individuals who have documented disabilities by working together proactively to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodative measures. In an effort to ensure compliance with current legislation and eliminate attitudinal barriers against people with disabilities, ODS also provides guidance and education to the campus community.

All members and guests of Drexel University College of Medicine who have a disability need to register with the Office of Disability Services if requesting auxiliary aids, accommodations and services in order to fully participate in the College's programs and activities. All requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and in a timely fashion.

Office of Disability Services
Drexel University
3201 Arch Street, Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.895.1401
TTY: 215.895.2299
Fax: 215.895.1402

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