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- Admitted applicant deferral policy
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- Letters of recommendation
- MCAT and GPA requirements
- Prerequisites, Competencies, and Applicant Qualifications
- Transfer students (see the Admissions Policy)
- Tuition costs and fees
When will seats be offered for the Carle Illinois Class of 2027?
Offers for the class entering in 2023 will most likely begin to go out in February 2023. We will continue to release offers over the course of March and April. Carle Illinois does not release information on an applicant’s place on the waitlist or the likelihood of any waitlisted applicant to receive an offer.
What does the application process look like?
All applicants will be required to complete the standard American Medical College Admissions Service (AMCAS) application. After initial screening, secondary applications will be sent to eligible students at no cost. Our innovative, non-traditional secondary application process will consist of a portfolio and video response to questions. You can learn more about the secondary application by watching this video.
Do you have minimum requirements for MCAT scores or GPAs?
Both MCAT and GPA will be used as components in a holistic evaluation of an applicant to ensure they have the appropriate competencies to succeed in our unique curriculum.
For the MCAT, we require a minimum total 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.
You can find details in our Admissions Policies.
Does Carle Illinois use CASPer in the admissions process?
No, we do not use CASPer.
Where can I find information about the interview process at Carle Illinois?
We do not do in-person interviews. We do have an invitation only virtual event for our most competitive applicants. These showcase events do not include any evaluation of the applicants; however, applicants are expected to be professional as part of the process.
I have a project I would like to talk about in my secondary application but the work is currently confidential. Can this work be kept confidential during the admissions process?
The University of Illinois will maintain the confidentiality of applications and student records as required or permitted by law. Applicants are not required to disclose sensitive information such as trade secrets, commercial or financial information or information that is of a proprietary, privileged or confidential nature. If confidential information is provided it shall be clearly identified and highlighted in yellow with the understanding that the information may be used and disclosed only for evaluation of the application. This restriction does not limit the University’s right to use or disclose data obtained without restriction from any source, including the applicant.
University records are subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and its exemptions. Once a student is admitted, student records are protected by The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
How can I schedule a campus visit?
We are not currently coordinating campus visits, but we invite you to explore these Engineering Tours. (You may particularly enjoy Bardeen Quad, Grainger Library, Everitt Lab, North Quad, and ECE.)
Will you review my file (including background experiences, academic transcripts, and course summaries) to see if I would be a good fit for your program?
Regretfully, due to a high volume of requests, we are unable to provide individual pre-application assessment. All applications, which must be submitted through AMCAS, will undergo a thorough, holistic evaluation to ensure that applicants have the appropriate competencies to succeed in our unique curriculum.
Does the Carle Illinois College of Medicine participate in early decision?
No, Carle Illinois does not participate in early decision.
Is a car required to attend Carle Illinois College of Medicine?
A car is required as some clinical sites are at a distance of over 30 miles. If you have ADA-related concerns or circumstances please see policy APS 34.
Does Carle Illinois College of Medicine accept updates to the application?
Carle Illinois does not accept updates from applicants after receipt of the secondary application. We use individualized secondary application deadlines; we also use a rolling admissions model, where we make offers across a range of time rather than in one batch. Because of this, excluding application updates is most fair to all applicants.
Do Carle Illinois students receive financial support for tuition?
Carle Illinois offers approximately $1 million per year in scholarship aid to Carle Illinois students.
Why are your prerequisite courses different from other medical schools?
Please watch this video for information regarding the reasons for our prerequisite courses and competencies.
Does AP credit from high school count toward the suggested course list?
No Advanced Placement credit is accepted unless it is succeeded by higher level coursework in the same subject area at a four-year institution.
How can I tell if my quantitative courses will meet your competency requirements? I know you suggest using Transferology to compare to UIUC’s MATH 241, MATH 257, MATH 285, and MATH 415 but my courses are not there.
Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s definition of competency in multivariate calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra is roughly equivalent to the UIUC courses you mentioned. Below is a list of the key components that we will look for in a course.
- Vectors (definition, dot and cross products, equations of lines and planes)
- Vector-valued functions (derivatives and integrals of vector-valued functions, arc length and curvature)
- Partial derivatives (derivatives of functions of several variables, tangent planes, chain rule, directional derivative and gradient vector)
- Multiple integrals (double and triple integrals in polar/cylindrical, spherical coordinates, change of variables in multiple integrals)
- Vector calculus (line integrals, Green’s theorem, divergence, curl, Stokes’ theorem, divergence/Gauss’ theorem
- First order ordinary differential equations (linear equations, integrating factors, separable equations)
- Second order ordinary differential equations (homogeneous equations, complex roots of characteristic equation, method of undetermined coefficients, mechanical/electrical vibrations, forced vibrations)
- Higher order ordinary differential equations (homogeneous equations with constant coefficients, method of undetermined coefficients)
- Partial differential equations and Fourier series (Fourier series, separation of variables with applications: heat conduction, wave equation, Laplace’s equation)
- Boundary value problems and Sturm-Liouville theory (Sturm-Liouville boundary value problems, general expansions with orthogonal polynomials/solutions of Sturm-Liouville problems)
- Matrices and Gaussian elimination (matrix notation and multiplication, inverses and transposes, triangular factors and row exchanges)
- Vector spaces (dimension, basis vectors, linear independence, linear transformations)
- Orthogonality (cosines and projection onto lines, Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization, fast Fourier transform)
- Eigenvalues and eigenvectors (diagonalization of a matrix, difference equations, differential equations and e^At)
- Positive Definite Matrices (minima, maxima and saddle points, singular value decomposition)
The syllabus I have for one of the quantitative courses does not show the detail you are requesting. What other supplementary material can I provide?
It is most helpful if you can provide the required textbook with list of chapters covered in course lectures and indicate the number of lectures spent on each topic. Completed homework/problem sets or samples of exams from your course can help us evaluate your work.
I did research that I feel demonstrates my competency in one of your areas. What materials should I upload?
We need to have an understanding of the breadth and depth of your competency. Do you have a research report? Were you an author on a paper? Would your PI write a letter telling us what your contribution was? Material of this type will help us make our evaluation. In summary, research reports, manuscripts, papers, coding examples, the required textbook with list of chapters covered in course lectures and the number of lectures spent on each topic, and letters of support from an advisor or supervisor are acceptable supplemental material.
A syllabus I want to upload has an unusual title. I would like to change the title to something more reflective of the content. How do I do this?
You should never make changes to this type of document. If you feel something should be explained (you think the course title is not descriptive, or you would like to make a note about something in the syllabus) please do not make any changes to the document. Instead, also upload a note with your comments.