Loyola University Chicago chooses students who will become physicians that care about standards of service, excellence, and dedicated patient care. Stritch students become good physicians not only because of what they have learned, but also because of who they are. Our application process allows students to express their personality, interests and abilities, as well as demonstrate their academic accomplishments. Members of the Committee on Admissions, which includes faculty, residents and students, are devoted to selecting a diverse class of capable, multi-talented individuals who will be able to work well together as they begin their life-long study of medicine. x

The first step in applying to Stritch is to complete a standardized application, which is provided by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) beginning in early April. Students submit this application electronically to AMCAS and designate which medical schools are to receive a copy.

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-1126
(202) 828-0600 or (202) 828-0400

Admissions officers at Stritch review AMCAS applications to determine which applicants will be sent the Stritch Supplemental Application, which includes short-answer and essay questions that allow students to present their personal experiences and insights. As part of the Supplemental Application, prospective students must also have letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Stritch accepts applications from June 1 through November 15 each year. We accept supplemental applications through December 11.  Since the school uses a rolling admissions process, however, those who submit their AMCAS application and all supporting materials in the summer and early fall will enhance their potential for being offered direct acceptance into the class.

First-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to the Stritch School of Medicine may reapply. Third applications, however, are not encouraged. Stritch’s Committee on Admissions will consider these applications only if significant improvement is evident in a letter requesting permission to submit a third application.

Letters of recommendation are critical in assessing your candidacy for SSOM.  We prefer to have letters from individuals who can honestly and accurately attest to your performance, character, personal qualities, and aptitudes via direct interaction and observation.  We appreciate hearing from individuals who know you well.  We offer guidelines below, and we leave latitude for your judgment as to whom are the ideal persons to help us determine your candidacy for medicine.  In order for your file to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions at the Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), please adhere to the following guidelines regarding letters of recommendation.

  1. Letters are accepted through the AMCAS letter service. Your file is not complete until we receive all expected letters of recommendation that you indicated in AMCAS.  If you change the number of expected letters in AMCAS you MUST inform us via phone or email, as our system will not automatically update the expected number of letters.
  2. Any letters sent via postal mail or email may be added to the file as applicant updates upon request, but will not serve to meet the letter requirement.
  3. Applicants should submit at least 3 letters, but not more than 6.
  4. You may submit a packet from your Premedical Committee with their evaluation AND the original letters used to compile it.  (This fulfils the recommended minimum for letters.)  NOTE: A single committee letter without complete corresponding letters from faculty does not constitute a packet. 
  5. A committee letter is preferred, but not required.  If your school does not offer a committee letter, it is not a problem.  If your school offers a committee letter and you DO NOT have one, you may wish to provide a brief explanation in your supplemental application under question 4.  If you have already submitted your supplemental application, you may upload an explanation using the applicant portal. 
  6. All original faculty letters must contain signatures.  Letters are preferably on official letterhead.
  7. We strongly recommend at least one letter from someone who has taught you in a science class.  We suggest two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter.
  8. If you have transferred during your undergraduate career, you may wish to include at least one letter from a faculty member at the previous school(s) you attended.
  9. If you are or were a graduate student, it is in your best interest to request a letter from your graduate advisor and/or any appropriate professors.
  10. Although confidential letters of evaluation are of most use to the Committee on Admissions, it is not required that you waive your right of access to these letters. It is necessary, however, that you inform all appropriate parties of your decision to waive or not waive your right of access to letters of evaluation written on your behalf.
  11. You may wish to submit a letter from a supervisor or professional contact.  This is acceptable and generally helpful, especially if the person knows you well and can speak to your qualifications for medicine.  These letters are most helpful when accompanied by letters from faculty who have taught you in a classroom or laboratory setting.

Completed files are reviewed to determine if the applicant is eligible for interview. Interviews take place at the medical school from late August through the end of February and allow prospective students to speak with faculty members and students. Applicants also tour Loyola’s facilities with a current medical student who can describe the educational experience and what it’s like to attend the Stritch School of Medicine. 

Earliest Date: October 15

Latest Date: Until class is filled

Orientation for new students takes place in late July and classes begin the first Monday in August.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1 academic year of general chemistry, general biology, general physics, and organic chemistry--all with laboratory (biochemistry can be substituted for part of the organic requirement) Please note: Advanced Placement credits are acceptable to fulfill requirements, however, we recommend applicants to complete additional science courses to maintain their science knowledge.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Oldest MCAT considered is 3 years prior to anticipated entrance into Stritch School of Medicine.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent resident visa, or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application.
  • Applicants enrolled in advanced degree programs must expect to complete their degrees prior to matriculation.
  • Although first-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission may reapply, third applications are not encouraged and will be considered only if significant improvement is evident.
  • The applicant’s academic record should exhibit a continued interest in learning and an ability to successfully tackle intellectual challenges. Any undergraduate major can prepare students for the rigors of medical school. We strongly recommend, however, that a student’s undergraduate years include liberal arts and science courses, as a broad education will serve them well throughout their life. We also require that students possess basic computer skills, as much of their course work at the Stritch School of Medicine requires these basic skills.

Personal characteristic

Just as important as academic achievement is the applicant’s character, desire to serve others, and understanding of the medical profession. Our application essay and admissions interview allow prospective students to demonstrate these qualities. Ideal candidates possess maturity, integrity and the ability to work with a diverse patient population. In keeping with our Jesuit heritage, we look favorably upon candidates who have shown the capacity to work and care for people from different social and economic groups, as well as learn from them. Involvement in community service is an advantage in that it demonstrates a concern for others and an ability to manage time efficiently. Of course, the Committee on Admissions recognizes that some people have limited opportunities for community service due to responsibilities at work and home.

Prior to submitting their application, prospective students should explore the medical profession to learn about some of the ethical, social, and economic issues confronting physicians today. Such an exploration will provide students with an awareness of the rewards and limitations of medicine. It can take many forms, including shadowing experiences and conversations with practicing physicians and other health care professionals or a hands-on experience, such as volunteering at a home for the developmentally disabled or caring for an aging relative.


Applicants must submit scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is given nationally several times a year. We recommend that candidates take the MCAT in the Spring, but no later than September, of the year of application.  Files with pending MCAT scores are withheld from review until scores post, therefore we advise taking the test as early as possible.  The Stritch admissions committee does NOT have a cutoff for consideration based on MCAT score.  Registration materials can be obtained online at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

Stritch Café

Interested in learning more about Stritch?  We welcome prospective applicants to join us for coffee and an information session and campus tour in the spring.  Dates for 2017 will be posted in March.  While we are unable to accommodate campus tours during our application and interview season, we do encourage prospective applicants to take advantage of one of the info sessions.  If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office at ssom-admissions@luc.edu or by calling (708) 216-3229.