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 (AAMC)
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Candidates who complete the AMCAS primary application and select Stritch as an option to receive their primary will be sent the Stritch Supplemental Application. Our supplemental application includes short-answer and essay questions that allow candidates 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 1 each year. We accept supplemental applications through Friday, December 15. 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 interviews.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicants should submit at least 3 letters, but not more than 6.
- 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.
- 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.
- All original faculty letters must contain signatures. Letters are preferably on official letterhead.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.