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Frequently Asked Questions

What documents are required to be considered for admission to the College of Medicine at Ohio State?

AMCAS application, On-Line Secondary Application, MCAT scores that meet the required score and that are no more than three years old at the time of applying. You are encouraged to submit letters of evaluation as soon as possible, so they may be reviewed by the screener. An interview will not be scheduled unless all required letters are submitted.

How can I access the secondary application?

As soon as your verified AMCAS application is received and MCAT eligibility verified by our office, all applicants who designated Ohio State College of Medicine as one of the schools of their choice will receive an email which will include the link to the secondary application. Please note that the minimum required MCAT score to receive a secondary application is 493/26%.

How do I apply to the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program?

To apply to the MSTP you should designate The Ohio State University on the electronic AMCAS application, and select Combined Medical Degree/PhD. For more information about the MD/PhD (MSTP) program, please go to medicine.osu.edu/admissions/mstp/pages/index.aspx.

Can I also be considered for MD-only and/or PhD-only if I'm not competitive for the MSTP?

Yes. During the application process each applicant will be asked if he or she would like to be considered for MD-only and/or PhD-only. If the MSTP decides not to interview the applicant, the application will be immediately sent to the program(s) indicated by the applicant.

If I haven't completed my prerequisites, can I still apply?

Yes, but all prerequisites must be completed before matriculation. However, please note that all prerequisites play an important role in your preparation for MCAT. It is strongly recommended that biochemistry is completed before you take the MCAT exam.

When is the best time to take the MCAT?

The best time to take MCAT is when you feel you are well prepared. Give yourself the time you need to prepare adequately for this important test. If you need additional time, it is suggested that you complete your AMCAS and secondary applications early in the application cycle, as you are waiting for your MCAT scores. In this way the review of your application will not be delayed.

Will the January MCAT be considered, if I apply for the current application cycle?

No, because it is very late into the admission process at this point.

Do you accept AP credits for prerequisites?

We accept AP credits for all prerequisites, as long as this information is reflected on your transcripts.

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?

Two academic letters are required, at least one from a science professor. A composite letter from a premedical committee satisfies this requirement. Additional letters of recommendation from individuals outside the classroom setting (e.g., supervisors from clinical or research experience or community and volunteer service) are recommended as well.

How can I add additional information to my application after I submit it to AMCAS, if I have updates?

Updates, such as publications, grades, internships, shadowing experiences, etc., will be accepted but only in electronic format (i.e., email with an attachment), as this is the most efficient way to connect your updates with your file. Updates should be submitted to medicine@osu.edu​.

What should I do while my application is being considered?

Due to a large number of applicants, the review process can take a long time. You will receive notification from our office every time a change occurs in your application status (interview, decision, etc.), so you can check your status page for details.

  • Be sure to update any email change with AMCAS, as email is our primary means of communication. Also, be sure to keep your address and phone current in AMCAS.

Does the College of Medicine allow students to defer matriculation?

Yes. A request can be sent to medicine@osu.edu. The Associate Dean of Admissions will review and decide accordingly. Deferrals are usually granted for one year.

Does the College of Medicine have an early decision program?

No, the Ohio State University College of Medicine no longer offers an early decision program.

Does the College of Medicine accept transfer students?

No. Due to the structure of the Lead Serve Inspire curriculum, students in advanced standing cannot be accepted as transfer students.

Do you give a preference to Ohio residents?

The Ohio State University College of Medicine is a state-supported institution and, as such, does give some preference to Ohio residents. However, all US citizens and permanent residents that fit Ohio State's medical school's mission are encouraged to apply, as many factors are considered when making admissions decisions.

Do you accept international students in your program?

The College of Medicine only accepts applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents, refugees and asylees.

I'd like to ask questions to current students about their experiences at OSU before my interview day. Who should I contact?

You can send a request to the admissions mailbox at medicine@osu.edu. We will be happy to connect you with a current student.

Are there many funded research opportunities for the summer between years 1 and 2?

Yes, there are many research opportunities that students take advantage of between first and second year, both funded and non-funded. There is a scholarship available through the College of Medicine (Roessler Scholarship) that many first year students receive to support them financially during their summer research experience.