Applying to Medical School
The University of Colorado School of Medicine requires all
students interested in attending the School of Medicine to apply through the
American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) based in Washington, DC.
The AMCAS on-line application is open to applicants on June 2. Normally
there is a three- to four-week delay before the school receives the application
from AMCAS due to transcript verification. Students are encouraged to
Colorado as a Public Medical School
The Admissions Committee seeks to enroll excellent students from
a broad range of backgrounds. Students who have lived outside the state,
either in an academic or work-related capacity, can check the Registar's
Office website to see details on state residency requirements.
Degree and Coursework Requirements
The University of Colorado School of Medicine requires that students have a
baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior
The following course work is required for admission:
8 semester hours - human biology (with lab),
8 semester hours - general chemistry (with lab),
8 semester hours - organic chemistry (with lab),
8 semester hours - general physics (with lab)
6 semester hours - English literature/composition
6 semester hours - College level mathematics (algebra and above).
Students are encouraged to consider additional coursework in
biochemistry, computer sciences, genetics, humanities, and social sciences.
Students do not have to complete all requirements at the time of
application, but must do so by matriculation. Students should pay special
attention to the 6 hour English requirement and the 6 hour college level
Mathematics requirement, as these requirements are often the
ones that are most problematic to fulfill.
AP and CLEP courses, as well as on-line courses, are viewed with a degree of
comparability to college courses, as long as the US accredited degree granting
institution includes these credits on their transcript as fulfilling certain
institutional requirements. Students who have AP or CLEP credit in the basic
sciences are encouraged to take upper level courses in these areas. Courses
taken abroad are treated comparably to traditional courses, as long as these
credits are included on the transcript of a U.S. accredited degree-granting
Students must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), with the
oldest exam accepted no more than three years prior to matriculation. The
September test date in the year prior to matriculation is the last test that
will be taken into consideration if you are applying for the following year.
For example if you would like to matriculate in the Fall of 2019 the last
MCAT score we will accept is from September 2018. If the applicant takes the
MCAT multiple times, the Admissions Committee will use the best one time
composite score from that sitting. Applicants applying for August 2019
matriculation must have MCAT results from January 2016 - September 2018.
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling
As apart of the supplemental (secondary) application, all applicants to the
University of Colorado School of Medicine are required to complete an online
assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful
completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. CASPer results
need to be sent to CU SOM by the noted distribution date located on the CASPer website. Learn
more about CASPer. CASPer.pdf
College Major – Is there a Preferred Major?
All majors are valued. Students are expected to engage in a rigorous academic
program that enables them to understand the basic principles of science central
to medicine. Independent of the choice of major, applicants are expected
to have acquired effective learning habits, refined their critical thinking
skills and engaged in the habit of life long learning.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to obtain letters to support their candidacy for
admission. We require three to five letters; letters can come from a faculty
member, clinical experience, research experience, or a current job as the
letter transmits cogent information about the applicant’s work. Obtaining a
letter from the employer who you are working with during the application year
is highly recommended. Evidence of a successful engagement in a post-college
experience is considered a valuable addition to other letters that also may be
part of your file. Some colleges offer a pre-medical advising system and the
committee writes letters for their students. A committee letter is sufficient
to meet the medical school letter of recommendation requirements. All letters
must be transmitted electronically through AMCAS’ application process. Please
visit the AMCAS website for further information on how to apply and submit
letters of recommendation, Letters of Rec
We strongly recommend that letters not be from family friends or others who
know the student only peripherally.
General Overview - Admissions Committee
The composition of the Admissions Committee is a 150 member group of
active and retired clinicians, medical students, MD/PhD faculty, basic science
faculty, and lay members of the community.
Secondary Application and the Completion of the Applicant’s File
Upon receipt and
verification of the AMCAS application, the Office of Admissions will email
eligible applicants the link to our Secondary Application that is to be
completed online and submitted by Dec. 15th of the application year.
The secondary application consists of:
Secondary application processing fee – Fee is Non-refundable
Required Colorado Specific Essay
Optional Colorado Springs Branch Campus essay of interest
Optional Rural Track essay for consideration
Optional Urban Track essay for consideration
CASPer test results
Completed secondary applications are forwarded to the admissions
committee who perform a holistic review of applications and invite select
applicants for an interview. Interview invitations are on a rolling basis –
July through February.
Application Fee Payments and/or Fee Waivers
Students invited to complete the secondary application must submit
an application processing fee of $100 with the secondary application. The
application fee waiver will be granted ONLY to applicants who received approval
from the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP). The secondary application fee is