Applications Process

Applying to CUSM-SOM is a multi-step process that begins with an AMCAS application and includes a Secondary Application as well as an onsite interview. Details below.


Step 1: AMCAS - All applications to CUSM-SOM must be made through the American Medical College Application System (AMCAS). Applicants can obtain information regarding the CUSM-SOM admissions process and requirements at the admissions website at www.calmedu.org. For the AMCAS application process and requirements, please visit their website. The School of Medicine practices a rolling admissions process and students are offered acceptance throughout the interview season. MD 2019 application deadline is December 15, 2019


Step 2: CUSM-SOM Review - The CUSM-SOM Office of Admissions receives submitted applications from AMCAS, reviews them, and selects highly qualified applicants to receive a Secondary Application. The Secondary Application includes essay questions that aim to explore the applicant’s personal attributes.


Step 3: Secondary Application - The applicants who are invited to submit the CUSM-SOM Secondary Application package must include payment of a non-refundable $100 application fee. An application fee waiver may be granted based on the applicant’s AMCAS Fee Assistance Program Status. The deadline for submission of Secondary/Supplemental Application is December 30, 2019.


Step 4: CUSM-SOM Secondary Review - The CUSM-SOM admissions committee reviews the AMCAS and Secondary Applications from the pool of applicants and selects highly qualified candidates for an onsite interview.


Step 5: In Person Interview - The in person interviews will start in October of 2019. The day-long interview takes place at the CUSM-SOM campus. The candidates are responsible for travel arrangements and expenses. The interview day schedule includes orientation sessions and opportunities for students to ask questions of CUSM-SOM faculty and administrators.


Step 6: Committee Decision - The CUSM-SOM admissions committee will review all application materials and interview-day evaluations to classify the candidates as Accepted, Waitlisted, and Rejected. Admission decisions will be released periodically beginning in November of 2019.

NOTE: It is our policy that materials (including transcripts, portfolios, and other items) provided in support of an application are neither returned nor are they forwarded on to a third party.


Step 7: Acceptance Notification - The acceptance decision will be communicated to the candidates in the form of the CUSM-SOM Acceptance Letter. Notifications will be sent via email.

Qualified students are admitted in compliance with federal and state non-discrimination laws. CUSM-SOM complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act, as set forth in the Services for Students with Disabilities policy.