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 apply EARLY.
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.
and Coursework Requirements
The University of Colorado School of Medicine requires that
students have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
university prior to matriculation.
University of Colorado School of Medicine recognizes that the experiences and
undergraduate academic experience of our applicants varies greatly. We
encourage applicants to explore a diverse, interdisciplinary and balanced
undergraduate education, encompassing the necessary foundational knowledge in
the biomedical sciences and humanities. Students need to be adequately prepared
in the scientific underpinnings of modern medicine and also understand the
psychosocial elements that are critical to its practice.
we have moved away from traditional, specific course based requirements, and
have revised our prerequisites and academic expectations such that students
should provide evidence to demonstrate competencies in the life sciences,
social sciences, physics and mathematics, based on the AAMC-HHMI Scientific Foundations for Future
Physicians and AAMC-Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians. These competencies, representing the cumulative
knowledge, skills and commitment to scholarship needed to undertake training as
a future physician, can be met through traditional and/or interdisciplinary courses
of study in an accredited institution of higher learning, or by other
educational, employment, service or life experiences.
applicants should demonstrate in-depth competency in each of the following
areas of study, as reflected by their academic achievements and letters of
should demonstrate an understanding of molecular and cellular biology,
genetics, and the principles underlying the structure and function of organ
systems and the regulation of human physiology.
Chemistry/Biochemistry: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the
basic principles of chemistry as it pertains to living systems, and knowledge
of how biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells and
Mathematics/Statistics and Physics: Applicants should demonstrate competence in the
basic principles of physics and mathematics underlying living systems and must
be able to apply quantitative reasoning, statistical principles, and
appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
A basic understanding of statistics or biostatistics is required to comprehend
the quantitative aspects of medicine and biomedical research.
Social Sciences and Communication: It is important that applicants demonstrate
competence in the humanistic understanding of patients as individuals and
members of a families, communities, and society. Applicants should be aware of
factors that influence individual, community, and societal decisions regarding
health and health care delivery. Applicants are expected to speak, write, and
read English fluently.
are encouraged to consider additional coursework in biochemistry, computer
sciences, genetics, humanities, and social sciences.
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
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.
Students must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), with the
oldest exam accepted no more than three years prior to matriculation year. For
example, applicants applying for August 2021 matriculation must have MCAT
results from January 2018 - October 2020. If
the applicant takes the MCAT multiple times, the Admissions Committee will use
the best one time composite score from that sitting.
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for
Sampling Personal Characteristics
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 CUSOM by the noted
distribution date located on the CASPer
website. Learn more about CUSOM and CASPer here:
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 FAQ.
We strongly recommend that letters not be
from family friends or others who know the student only peripherally.
Technical Standards for Admission
Applicants for admission to the School of Medicine and
continuing students must possess the capability to complete the entire medical
curriculum and achieve the degree. In addition to successfully completing all
courses in the curriculum, students must be able to acquire the knowledge and
skills necessary to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to
render a wide spectrum of patient care.
See Technical Standards for Admissions, Promotions, and
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
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:
processing fee – Fee is Non-refundable
Springs Branch Campus essay of interest
CASPer test results
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
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