Currently, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be considered.



All applicants are required to have a degree at the bachelor’s level or higher from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university prior to matriculation in the MD program. There is not a preferred major.


Academic Requirements: MCAT and GPA

Applicants must have a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score prior to application consideration and the October 31 deadline. Please check the available dates for taking the MCAT.

Both MCAT and GPA will be used as components in our holistic evaluation. We require a minimum MCAT score of 498 out of a possible 528. MCAT scores cannot be more than 3 years old in January of the year of expected enrollment. The best eligible score will be used for the admission process. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement. Information about Carle Illinois matriculants, including median MCAT scores, can be found on the AAMC MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) page. Carle Illinois does not consider scores on the individual sections of the MCAT.


Required Competency Areas

At Carle Illinois we evaluate competency, which is a much broader concept than pre-requisites. Applicants MUST DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCY IN AT LEAST 9 OF THE 11 AREAS on the competency checklist in order to receive a secondary application.

While competency most likely will be met through courses taken during undergraduate education, we recognize there are alternatives to undergraduate coursework that may prepare you for our curriculum. These may include, but are not limited to, research publications, professional experiences, or certificates. The checklist will provide the opportunity to upload documentation of alternative experiences proposed as demonstration of competence. The Competency section of Admissions FAQ may answer questions that you have concerning the competency checklist.



Competency Areas Could be demonstrated by:
Chemistry 3 semesters or equivalent of general and/or organic chemistry with lab
Biochemistry 1 semester or equivalent
Biology 2 semesters or equivalent with lab
Advanced Biology 1 semester or equivalent of physiology, systems biology, or other advanced biology course
Physics 2 semesters or equivalent with lab
Humanities / Social Science 1 semester or equivalent
Statistics 1 semester or equivalent
Calculus 2 semesters or equivalent; content of higher-level class should be comparable to UIUC MATH 231 (Calculus II)
Multivariate Calculus Content of class should be comparable to UIUC MATH 241 (Calculus III); see FAQs for more information
Differential Equations Content of class should be comparable to UIUC MATH 285 (Intro to Differential Equations); see FAQs for more information
Linear Algebra Content of class should be comparable to UIUC MATH 415 (Applied Linear Algebra); see FAQs for more information

Community college credit is accepted. Advanced Placement credit is accepted when succeeded by a higher-level course in the same subject at an undergraduate institution. To see how the University of Illinois interprets your prior coursework, please refer to Transferology or speak to the pre-health advisor from your college/university. Regretfully, due to a high volume of requests, we are unable to provide individual pre-application assessments.


Suggested Experience

Carle Illinois College of Medicine is committed to the use of holistic admissions to identify applicants who are best suited to our institutional mission and educational design. In addition to strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated altruism, leadership skills, experience in healthcare settings, and strong preparation in pre-med plus quantitative areas, applicants with experience coding, participating in research studies, working directly with patients as an EMT or medical assistant, or working in industry have found success in our curriculum and excelled outside of the classroom.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit letters of evaluation and recommendation through the American Medical College Admissions Service (AMCAS) letter service; no outside letters or information will be accepted by the Office of Admissions. Prospective students may submit a maximum of four letters of evaluation. The following are acceptable:

  1. A premedical committee report or other composite letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary college or university.


  1. If the primary college or university does not have a premedical committee, at least three individual letters of recommendation on official letterhead: two from individual professors with whom the applicant has taken classes or participated in research (it is strongly recommended that at least one recommendation be from someone in STEM-science, technology, engineering or mathematics) and one letter from a non-academic individual (e.g. an advisor, a supervisor from a work or volunteer experience).


Nondiscrimination Notice

The commitment of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (University) to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms. The University does not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest record status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a protected veteran and complies with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Director of the Office for Access & Equity

616 East Green Street, Suite 214
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-0885

Please refer to the University of Illinois System website for the most up-to-date statement on Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct.

Questions? Talk to us.