For selection of the entering class for fall 2011, the Colorado applicant pool along with the WICHE schools of Montana and Wyoming totalled just over 720 applicants. As evidence of the quality of this group, approximately 315 of these students were invited for interviews. Approximately 2,780 non-resident applicants completed their secondary applications, and from this cohort, 380 were invited for interviews.
The grade point average for the 160 entering medical students in the fall of 2011 was a 3.74 and the MCAT median a 32Q. Selection criteria are validated by outcome measures such as retention, successful progression through the curriculum and graduation rates.
Process Oriented Aspects of Admissions
Secondary applications are requested from all candidates. Once the secondary application is completed and a $100 application fee is paid, the file is reviewed for further consideration.
Applicants are required to obtain letters of recommendation to support their candidacy for admission. We require three to five letters and they can come from faculty, clinical experience, research experience, or a current employer, or additional sources 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 important. 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. If a committee letter is obtained, that 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, www.aamc.org/students/amcas/faq/amcasletters.htm.
Students are interviewed on either a Monday, a Friday, or a Saturday. Interviews begin in late September and conclude in early February. Interviews are one on one, and at the time of the interview, the AMCAS personal statement, the Colorado Essay, experiences from the application, legal residence, names of high school and primary college, degree and major are available to interviewers.