Welcome to the admissions website for the University of Illinois College of Medicine
We are pleased that you are interested in applying to medical school and that you have taken the time to visit our website. We recognize that the process of applying to medical schools can be intimidating, and we hope to provide you with information to make the process as smooth as possible.
Although University of Illinois College of Medicine is one Medical School, our students currently attend four different campus locations: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. Beginning with the 2017 entering class, you will effectively be applying to all three of the campuses where the MD program is being offered to new applicants (Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford), and you will be asked upon acceptance for your site rank preference. All campuses offer the same quality educational experience while each offers a unique environment based on the local culture, partner organizations, and patient populations. We are LCME accredited as one medical school and offer the same diploma for all campus locations.
What is a typical student at University of Illinois College of Medicine?
You are probably wondering what kinds of students apply and get accepted to the school and whether you are qualified and would be a good fit to pursue your medical degree at the University of Illinois. In looking back over the 130 years of this highly reputable medical school, we have learned that there is no typical University of Illinois student and that our students come from very diverse backgrounds with a broad range of experience and interests. At University of Illinois, we leverage this diversity towards the development and maintenance of a well-rounded education which aims to help all of our students achieve the most throughout their educational career on campus.
Why University of Illinois College of Medicine?
With so many choices of medical schools, we want to give you a brief summary of what we have to offer. In addition to top-notch faculty, access to a unique set of urban and rural patient populations, and our unparalleled student diversity, here are a few more reasons to consider University of Illinois:
You will experience great clinical training early on in the program.
Our medical students get extensive clinical experience which begins in the first two years of their medical education. At the Rockford and Chicago campuses, students learn first-hand best-practices for treating local underserved rural and urban patient populations. All of our clinical education programs offer focused, skill-building experience in community clinics, major teaching hospitals and other diverse settings. In Peoria, students can supplement their patient-based clinical experience with the latest developments in simulation technology at the world-class Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center.
Scholarships are a priority.
Fundraising for scholarships to make medical education more affordable is our priority. There is no additional application required to be considered. Our goal is to recruit the most desirable candidates and to make their education financially achievable.
We’re performing groundbreaking research.
Medical students have many opportunities to work with professors and fellows who are furthering the practice of medicine with new knowledge about diabetes, cancer, tropical parasitic infections, gene regulation and more. An example of our excellence in research training is the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) which trains students for a career as a physician scientist and is offered at the Chicago campus. The MSTP has individuals pursuing graduate study in the academic departments of the College of Medicine, including Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology and Biophysics, as well as, non-College of Medicine departments such as Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, School of Public Health, and Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy.
We have extraordinary residency programs.
As one of the largest medical schools in the country, UI COM offers more than 60 residency programs for nearly 1,000 residents across our four campuses which prepare doctors for specialties such as nephrology, orthopedic surgery, family medicine and more. These residents are a critical part of the education community at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Our graduates do well in the Match.
Graduates of the University of Illinois College of Medicine pursue residencies at many of the nation’s top medical institutions in a wide variety of specialties, ranging from internal medicine to neurosurgery.
Recognized as a leading medical school, the University of Illinois College of Medicine attracts some of the best students and faculty in the country. See where our students match.
53 residency programs are available on the Chicago campus in a wide variety of fields. Students here have access to some of the best training in the country, including the emergency medicine residency which is regarded as one of the best of its kind, and the neurosurgery residency which includes six and one-half years of neurosurgery training at the University of Illinois Medical Center,Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn and Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Groundbreaking research includes a project to develop a prostate cancer vaccine, an initiative to discover the neurophysiological basis of brain disorders, and an effort to transplant islet cells to cure diabetes. The college recently received a $7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a study of the mechanisms of infertility. In fiscal year 2001, it received over $63million for research.
The College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Applications must be filed by Nov. 15 of the year preceding enrollment. More about applying to the College of Medicine.
Combined Professional/Graduate Degree Program Admission
Candidates interested in combined degrees from the College of Medicine and the Graduate College or the School of Public Health or the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago must meet admission requirements stipulated by each program. Please contact the respective program for information regarding applications and requirements.
Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)
The Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) is targeted toward high school students, guaranteeing incoming freshmen admission to a the professional or graduate program. A high school senior who wishes to be considered for the GPPA must apply to one of the University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate colleges and to GPPA in the College of Medicine. Learn more about GPPA admissions and requirements.
Degree Programs, Education and Training
The University of Illinois at Chicago offers four degree programs and 53 residency programs. Our Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) is committed to continuous professional development through lifelong learning. Additionally, we offer a special curriculum that prepares physicians for practice in urban communities.
The distinguished faculty of the Chicago campus includes editors of peer-reviewed journals, the president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians, recipients of Best Doctor in America awards, and many other accomplished instructors and researchers. Among them: professor of psychiatry, Dr. Ovidio De Leon a recent recipient of the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine Office of Student Financial Aid provides a range of financial services designed to help students and their families meet the cost of financing a medical school education. Financial aid awarded consists primarily of loans, but many also include partial tuition waivers, scholarships, fellowships and grants. The COM OSFA requires students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of student aid. Lean more about financial aid.
No other medical school compares with the College of Medicine’s ability to provide students with extensive clinical experience early. Students on the Chicago campus get hands-on clinical training patients as early as their first year at one of the eight teaching hospitals nearby.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine is the largest and most diverse medical school in the country. The Chicago campus is home to approximately 800 students who hail from a wide variety of ethnic and financial backgrounds