Medical School Admissions Factors

Medical schools are seeking well-rounded applicants. In addition to a strong academic background, applicants need to demonstrate and provide evidence of attributes and experiences such as the following to name a few:

  • demonstrated leadership
  • health care experience
  • community service
  • intellectual curiosity
  • research
  • maturity
  • Resilience
  • Affiliations

Academic Preparation

  1. Take the required coursework (MCAT required courses)
  2. Complete the MCAT
  3. Not sure about a major? Medical schools are not particular about a specific major and are interested in diverse career backgrounds. Choose an area that interest you.
  4. Strong GPA. Medical schools vary in this but the stronger the GPA the better.

Involvement and engagement is important
Benedictine University offers a variety of clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities to choose from. You can also seek out other experiences outside the university to diversify yourself. Here are just a few examples:

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP)
  • Pre-Med AMSA Club
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Pharmacy Club
  • PA Club
  • Podiatry Club
  • Optometry Club
  • O.T. and P.T. Club
  • Clinical experiences

Health Sciences Recommendations Committee

  • Meets Fall and Spring semesters
  • Committee interview process open to all pre-professional students, regardless of major
  • Experience for students to interview
  • Students who evade the committee are often asked why they did not go through it when interviewing at professional schools
  • Plan to go through the committee junior year unless taking a year off
  • Contact Dr. Tischler ( in Biological Sciences if there are questions

Medical School Admissions is Rolling

  • The early bird gets the worm
  • Apply to medical school between June 1 and August 15

There are three different types of physicians and applications

  • AMCAS = MD (Allopathic)
  • AACOMAS = DO (Osteopathic)
  • AANMC = ND (Naturopathic)

Experience is important

Knowing about medicine and medical care is important

  • Biomedical Ethics, Medical Sociology, Nutrition recommended


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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
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Dean's Office Location:
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