frequently asked admissions questions


Thank you for your interest in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. We are in the process of obtaining necessary approvals before we will be allowed to recruit medical students. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) will vote on our preliminary accreditation in October. Until then, see the frequently asked questions below and check our website frequently for updates.


What is the Carle Illinois College of Medicine?

We are the first engineering-based medical school, specifically designed to train a new kind of doctor. This ground-breaking approach seamlessly integrates the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s unparalleled assets in engineering, technology and supercomputing with Carle’s nationally recognized, comprehensive healthcare system.

Are you a medical school? Are you producing engineers or physicians?

We are a four-year medical school preparing students to become compassionate, competent, curious and creative physician-innovators. Our unique engineering-infused curriculum will position graduates to be physician innovators who will transform health care by inspiring discoveries and creating new industries.

When will you begin accepting applications?

The LCME completed a site visit in June and we anticipate learning their determination in October. Until that time, we are prohibited from accepting applications and recruiting students. We anticipate accepting applications in the fall-winter of 2017, once all appropriate approvals have been received.

Will applications be handled through AMCAS?

Yes. However, students will not be able to designate Carle Illinois College of Medicine on their AMCAS application until, pending approval by the LCME, preliminary accreditation has been awarded.

What will the application process look like?

All applicants will be required to complete the standard AMCAS application. Carle Illinois College of Medicine cannot be selected in AMCAS until preliminary accreditations and appropriate approvals are received. Secondary applications will be offered after a verified AMCAS application is received. The secondary application will provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their experiences and character to the admission committee in keeping with the mission and values of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. On campus visits for exchange of information will occur beginning late fall 2017. Decisions of admittance are determined by the Admissions Committee.

What degree(s) will you offer?

For now, we will offer only an M.D. degree.

Do you offer undergraduate and graduate medical education?

We offer undergraduate medical education. Residencies (graduate medical education) will be sponsored solely by Carle and will be separate from our college of medicine.

What are the prerequisites for your program?

Visit our Admissions page to review the suggested experience, courses and labs.

How much will tuition cost?

Tuition and fees for in-state students is estimated to cost $50,000, pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.
Tuition and fees for out-of-state students is estimated to cost $62,000, pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.

Will scholarships be available?

We will provide full scholarships for all four years to our first class of 32 students.

Do you have minimum requirements for MCAT scores or GPAs?

Carle Illinois College of Medicine does not set MCAT or GPA minimums. Demonstration of academic excellence is expected.

For how long are MCAT scores good?

MCAT scores are good for a period of three years.

Do you/will you accept transfer students?

No. Due to the unique format of our curriculum we will not accept transfer students.

Do you accept International students?

Not at this time.

How can I schedule a campus visit?

We will have opportunities for campus visits beginning late fall 2017. Sign up for our newsletter and check our website frequently for updates.

If you have further questions regarding our program, please contact the Admissions Office.