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, however for Fall 2019 the application deadline is November, 15, 2019. Students are offered acceptance throughout the interview season.


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 by the associate dean of student affairs and admissions based on the applicant’s AMCAS Fee Assistance Program status. The deadline for submission of Secondary/Supplemental Application is December 15th, 2018.


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 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.

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, sent through first-class mail.

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.