MD Program - Admission and Interview Process

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The College of Medicine requires an online application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), completion of an online secondary application and completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Applicants must either be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or hold formal DACA status. International applicants are not considered for admission. Interviews for the 2023 admissions cycle will be conducted in a virtual format from mid-September through March.


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Application Process

The Penn State College of Medicine strictly adheres to the following application process.

  • Complete and submit an online application to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), indicating Penn State College of Medicine as one of your medical schools of choice.
  • You must provide AMCAS with an official transcript, a service fee and arrange letters of recommendations. AMCAS will verify application information and send it electronically to the Penn State College of Medicine. Your verified and processed AMCAS application must be received by November 15.
  • Upon receipt of your initiated AMCAS application, beginning in July, the College of Medicine will notify you via email to complete and submit a web-based Secondary Application.
  • Letters of recommendation are required from each institution that granted you a degree and any institution you are attending or plan to receive a degree. A composite letter of support from a pre-professional committee is strongly recommended. If no such committee is available, letters should be solicited from individual faculty members as outlined in the secondary application instructions. If there is a pre-professional committee and a recommendation will not be forthcoming, you should note this on the secondary application. Applicants who have been enrolled in graduate program are required to provide an additional letter of support from their graduate program. Please note that the College of Medicine only accepts letters through the AMCAS Letter Service system.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete at the time of submission. It should include the completed and submitted secondary application, completion of the MCAT and the scores, all required letters of support and payment of the $90 secondary application fee. The College of Medicine will not accept updates, including additional letters of support or update letters from applicants, post-submission.
  • It is the policy of the College of Medicine to deny requests to submit applications after the published deadlines.

Correspondence Policy

The "Preferred Addresses" (mail and email) listed on the applicant AMCAS application will be used for all correspondence from Penn State College of Medicine. If there is a change in the addresses after submission of the AMCAS application, the applicant will need to enter the change(s) in the electronic application, then re-certify and resubmit the application to AMCAS.

Email is a regular and official mode of communication during the application cycle. The College of Medicine recommends that applicants establish and maintain a unique and confidential email address that is not shared with others.

It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the email address remain functional and the preferred mailing address is correct.