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.

We are a four-year medical school. Our unique engineering-infused curriculum will position graduates to be physician innovators.

We will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year through AMCAS starting June 2020. Deadline for submission of your AMCAS primary application is October 31, 2020. We will invite selected applicants that meet our minimum application requirements to submit secondary applications. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on MCAT testing sites, we will extend the deadline for receipt of MCAT scores to December 31, 2020

Due to the pandemic, Carle Illinois will be making few if any offers before the winter break. We anticipate most of our offers for the class entering in 2021 will go out in February 2021.

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.

Admissions Committee decision notifications will be made on a rolling basis. Offers of admission will begin no earlier than mid-October for the class entering July 2021. We will maintain an admissions waitlist until our class is complete.

All applicants are required to submit letters of evaluation and recommendation through the AMCAS letter service; no outside letters or information will be accepted. Carle Illinois College of Medicine Admissions Committee requires:

A minimum of three individual letters of recommendation and a maximum of four letters of recommendation.


A premedical committee report or other composite letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary college or university. Regardless of length, applicants with a committee report or composite letter may optionally submit a single, additional letter of recommendation.

You can find details in our Admissions Policies.

We offer the M.D. degree. In addition, students may apply during their first year of medical school for the Medical Scholars Program (M.D./Ph.D.)

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

Please visit this page to review the suggested experience, courses and labs.

View this page for tuition and fees information.

We have scholarships available, which are determined on an individual basis.

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 (highest of first two attempts; average of three or more attempts). We do not have a minimum GPA requirement.

You can find details in our Admissions Policies.

MCAT scores will not be accepted if more than three years old in January of the year of expected enrollment.

You can find details in our Admissions Policies.

Applicants are welcome to take the MCAT more than one time. If the applicant takes the MCAT three or more times, a new average score will be calculated. Otherwise, we will use your best MCAT score.

You can find details in our Admissions Policies.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Carle Illinois has extended this deadline for the 2021 cycle. All MCAT scores must be received by Carle Illinois no later than December 31, 2020.

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 marked 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).

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

Not at this time. All applicants must be citizens of the United States or hold permanent residency status.

Student applicants who also have completed college or university coursework at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete course-by-course evaluation of the native transcript, degrees, and other relevant documents. We do accept certified English translation of international transcripts through the World Education Service.

We are not currently coordinating campus visits, but we invite you to explore these virtual tours of campus.

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.

Competency in the areas listed here under “suggested courses and labs” will most likely be met through courses taken during your undergraduate education. However, we recognize that 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. 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.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the application cycle timeline, we will not be accepting applicants through early decision during the 2021 application cycle.

No, however, all clinical placements are within an hour by car from Carle Illinois. Students are responsible for their transportation to the clinical sites. Cost of attendance includes transportation cost for students to use loans to cover these transportation expense.

Please view Carle Illinois College of Medicine Admissions Policies.

Because Carle Illinois uses a holistic review process, one component (such as P/NP grading) of the application does not unduly influence the overall review of the application.

CI MED does not accept updates from applicants after receipt of the secondary application. With rolling admissions and individualized secondary application deadlines we feel this is most fair to all applicants.


Community College credit is accepted if transferred as equivalent at a four-year institution. No Advanced Placement credit is accepted (unless it is succeeded by higher level coursework in the same subject area at a four-year institution).

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.

Calculus III

  1. Vectors (definition, dot and cross products, equations of lines and planes)
  2. Vector-valued functions (derivatives and integrals of vector-valued functions, arc length and curvature)
  3. Partial derivatives (derivatives of functions of several variables, tangent planes, chain rule, directional derivative and gradient vector)
  4. Multiple integrals (double and triple integrals in polar/cylindrical, spherical coordinates, change of variables in multiple integrals)
  5. Vector calculus (line integrals, Green’s theorem, divergence, curl, Stokes’ theorem, divergence/Gauss’ theorem

Differential Equations

  1. First order ordinary differential equations (linear equations, integrating factors, separable equations)
  2. Second order ordinary differential equations (homogeneous equations, complex roots of characteristic equation, method of undetermined coefficients, mechanical/electrical vibrations, forced vibrations)
  3. Higher order ordinary differential equations (homogeneous equations with constant coefficients, method of undetermined coefficients)
  4. Partial differential equations and Fourier series (Fourier series, separation of variables with applications: heat conduction, wave equation, Laplace’s equation)
  5. Boundary value problems and Sturm-Liouville theory (Sturm-Liouville boundary value problems, general expansions with orthogonal polynomials/solutions of Sturm-Liouville problems)

Linear Algebra

  1. Matrices and Gaussian elimination (matrix notation and multiplication, inverses and transposes, triangular factors and row exchanges)
  2. Vector spaces (dimension, basis vectors, linear independence, linear transformations)
  3. Orthogonality (cosines and projection onto lines, Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization, fast Fourier transform)
  4. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors (diagonalization of a matrix, difference equations, differential equations and e^At)
  5. Positive Definite Matrices (minima, maxima and saddle points, singular value decomposition)

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.

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.

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.

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