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 2023-2024 admissions cycle will be conducted in a virtual format from mid-September through March.



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Application Process

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 a medical school of choice.
  • Provide AMCAS with an official transcript, a service fee and arrange letters of recommendations. AMCAS will verify application information and send it electronically to Penn State College of Medicine. Verified and processed AMCAS applications must be received by Nov. 15.
  • Upon receipt of the verified and processed AMCAS application, the earliest being in July, the College of Medicine will notify applicants via email to complete and submit a web-based Secondary Application.
  • Letters of recommendation are required from each institution that granted the applicant a degree and any institution the applicant is attending or plans to receive a degree. A composite letter of recommendation from a pre-professional committee is acceptable. 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, the applicant can note this on the secondary application. Applicants who have been enrolled in a graduate program are required to provide an additional letter of recommendation  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 recommendation and payment of the $90 secondary application fee. The College of Medicine will not accept updates, including additional letters of recommendation 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 recertify 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.