Curriculum Questions

How many students are in your first year class?

What is your total enrollment?
About 650

When do classes begin?
Orientation begins July 29, 2019. Classes begin August 7, 2019.

What is the curriculum for a first year student?
The first year of the curriculum concentrates on the basic scientific principles and processes related to the normal structure, function, and regulation of the human body. In addition, first year students also receive instruction in human behavioral science, communication and medical interviewing skills, the doctor/patient relationship, health promotion/disease prevention, professionalism, medical ethics and the social and community context of healthcare.

What is the curriculum for a second year student?
The second year focuses on basic science principles related to the mechanisms of human disease, pharmacology and the therapeutic approach to disease. Additionally, students continue to develop their basic clinical skills by gaining experience in the physical examination, effective history-taking and evidence-based clinical decision-making. Students also gain early clinical exposure through physician- and peer-mentor programs.

What is the curriculum for third and fourth year students?
The third and fourth years are organized into eight required clinical clerkships, two medicine sub-internship experiences and up to 34 weeks of elective time chosen from a catalog of over 100 clinical electives. Students also receive instruction in topics such as business and leadership skills, inter-professional interactions, justice in health care, disaster preparedness, nutrition, end-of-life issues, patient safety, global health, and healthcare delivery. Special curricular features include an emphasis on bioethics, professionalism and communication, as well as intensive training in history-taking and the physical examination. Students also benefit from the availability of advanced medical simulation models located in the Clinical Skills and Human Simulation Centers that provide the latest in educational and simulation technology and offer ample opportunities to further develop clinical skills.

What is your grading system?
Pre-clinical years are pass/fail.  Clerkships are honors/high pass/pass/fail.

What is the instructional style?
Lecture based with small groups and experiential learning in simulation and standardized patient environments. Many lectures are also recorded and available for students online.

Where do clerkship rotations take place?

  • Alexian Brothers Medical Group-Schaumburg Immediate Care
  • Almost Home Kids Clinic
  • Chicago Medical Group-Berwyn
  • Downers Grove Family Practice
  • Downers Grove Pediatrics
  • Englewood Health Clinic
  • Family Medicine Care
  • Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
  • Hines VA
  • Hinsdale FMRP
  • LaGrange FMRP
  • La Rabida Children’s Hospital
  • Loyola Center for Health at Elmhurst
  • Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park
  • Loyola Family Health Center at North Riverside
  • Loyola-Elmwood Park
  • Loyola OutPatient Clinic
  • Loyola Primary Care Center at Burr Ridge
  • Loyola Primary Care Center at Oakbrook Terrace
  • Loyola River Forest Immediate Care Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lutheran General FMRP
  • MacNeal FMRP
  • Madden Mental Health Center
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Near South Health Clinic
  • Palos Hospital
  • PCC Austin
  • PCC Lake
  • PCC Salud
  • PEDIA Group Associates
  • Porter Regional Hospital, Indiana
  • Presence Resurrection Medical Center
  • Prieto Health Clinic
  • Resurrection FMRP
  • St. Alexius Medical Inpatient
  • St. Alexius Medical Nursery
  • St. Joseph Hospital/Resurrection Healthcare
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Indiana
  • VNA of Fox Valley Health Center
  • West Suburban Hospital

What percent of last year’s graduates matched in (select specialty)?

Match Day 2018
Match Day Fact Sheet


Student Life Questions

What is student life like at Stritch?
At the Stritch School of Medicine, we want our students to have a life beyond the classroom, so that their educational experience includes personal as well as academic growth. That's why we encourage participation in campus organizations, medical school committees, community service opportunities, faith-building activities and other extracurricular pursuits. Perhaps the most visible medical student organization on campus is the Medical Student Union (MSU), the student government, which touches many areas of the educational experience. Stritch students are enriched by their involvement in other organizations as well, including an interest group in most specialties, the American Medical Association, the Latino Medical Student Association, Student National Medical Association, Hillel and the Christian Medical and Dental Society. One of the hallmarks of a Stritch education is that students are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to serve others, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. They can participate in a variety of extracurricular community service opportunities sponsored by Student Affairs, University Ministry, the academic deans' offices and student organizations. Students enjoy spending some relaxation time at the Loyola University Center for Fitness, a 62,000- square-foot facility located adjacent to the medical school. The center offers exceptional amenities and Medical students are automatic members, through payment of a student fee.

Is tutoring or office hours with professors something that students can access at Stritch?
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is a learner-centered service designed to support the ongoing academic development and life-long learning of the adult learner in medical school. ACE offers Peer Tutoring Services to individual and small groups for the Basic Science courses. Tutoring services are free of charge to Stritch School of Medicine students. ACE also offers individual and group sessions on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: Advanced Study Strategies, Memory Improvement, Test-taking Strategies, Time Management, Team Learning, CV Preparation, USMLE Exam Preparation, etc. For further information, please visit the ACE website at www.stritch.luc.edu/ace/.

Can you describe the Diversity programs at Stritch?
At Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) we seek to foster a diverse and inclusive community of physicians who are equipped to address complex problems in health and healthcare. As such, ASPIRE (formerly Summer Enrichment Program) is designed to prepare and support pre-medical students who want to pursue a career in medicine and have a desire to advocate for underserved communities. There are two one-week modules of ASPIRE—Applicant Boot Camp (ABC), which prepares candidates for the application process, and Health Equity & Advocacy Leaders (HEAL), which introduces students to health disparities and strategies to achieve greater health equity. Our distinct summer experience not only provides students with a competitive edge for medical school but also exposes participants to innovative solutions for addressing health disparities. For more information, please send inquiries to ASPIRE@luc.edu or call the Office of Student Affairs at 708-216-3220.

If I have a need to take a leave of absence, what is your policy?
Students may be approved for a leave of absence (LOA) due to documented health problems, or personal tragedy, or to pursue an educational or research experience outside of the standard medical school curriculum. LOA's for other purposes are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. LOA's should be approved in advance of the starting date and typically may not exceed one calendar year in length; successive one-year leaves may be granted to permit completion of educational requirements, such as the MD/PhD degree program.

What percent of your students participate in global health experiences?
55% of graduating seniors reported participation in a global health experience during medical school.

Where is the campus located?
We are located directly west of Chicago in Maywood, IL. Our campus is adjacent to Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital, one of the largest VA Medical Centers in the United States.

Where do students live?
Nearby city and suburb areas provide plenty of housing options for students. There is no campus housing.


Financial Aid Questions

How do I obtain more information about financial aid?

How do I apply for financial aid at Stritch?
All financial assistance available is determined by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the FAFSA data has been received by the school (from the Department of Education), you will be awarded aid in the form of Direct Federal Stafford Loans. Institutional scholarships and grants may also be available. This aid is based on financial need and is determined by the financial data entered on the FAFSA (by both students and parents). Applicants will receive an estimated award letter prior to April 30th.

What is the average indebtedness of your students?
Average graduate indebtedness: $205,460

What percent of Stritch students receive financial aid support?
Percent of enrolled students receiving aid: 82%

How much is tuition at Stritch?
Total cost of attendance: $85,201
Tuition and Fees: $58,831
Other (includes living expenses): $23,275
Health Insurance (can be waived): $3,095


Application Questions

Do you have a supplemental application?

When is your supplemental application available?
July 1, 2019

Is there a supplemental fee waiver?
Yes, contact our office to request a waiver.

What is the deadline for the supplemental application?
December 14, 2019

Who gets a supplemental application?
All applicants who complete the AMCAS application and select our school

What is the deadline for the PRIMARY AMCAS application?
November 1, 2019

What is the supplemental application fee?

Do you participate in a letter service?
Yes, AMCAS letters

How many letters do I need?
A minimum of 3 OR a pre-health committee packet. A maximum of 6 letters is accepted.  See Application Timeline for more specifics.

How do I submit updates to your office?
You may update your application at any time during the cycle through your supplemental portal. Please do not mail/email updates to our office.

How do I check the status of my application?
You may check your application status at any time through your supplemental portal.

Does Stritch accept online courses?
Prerequisite courses must be taken in-person, but other course work may be taken online.

Do you enroll out of state applicants?
Yes, we are a private school and do not distinguish enrollment or charges as in-state or out-of-state.

What dual degree programs are offered?

Do most of your students attend Loyola undergrad?
About 7.2% of our medical students attended Loyola undergrad.

Do you need a Baccalaureate degree to apply?
Yes, 100% of our matriculants have a baccalaureate degree.

What is your application and selection criteria?
A bachelor's degree and the MCAT taken no later than September of the year of application are required. Any undergraduate major is acceptable. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 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. As a rule, applicants are limited to applying no more than twice, however, third time applicants must submit a request for consideration. Applicants enrolled in advanced degree programs must expect to complete their degrees prior to matriculation. Applicants who present academic credentials that indicate they are capable of succeeding in the rigorous medical education program will be evaluated for evidence of the personal qualifications they can bring to the medical profession. Essential characteristics include an interest in learning, integrity, compassion, and the ability to assume responsibility. Of particular concern will be an applicant's exploration of the field of medicine and the nature of the motivation to enter this profession. Early submission of the AMCAS application and prompt return of all supporting material will enhance an applicant's chance of being offered a place in the class. Loyola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Do you accept international students?
For students who are not U.S. citizens and do not hold a permanent resident visa, matriculation at the Stritch School of Medicine is contingent upon receipt of notice of deferred action from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS). Maintenance of DACA status or resolution to a lawful permanent status will be expected. For further information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), see www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

Do you accept DACA students? Are they funded?
Yes and Yes! We determine funding resources for DACA accepts once they have completed the financial aid process. http://ssom.luc.edu/daca/

Do you accept applications from Canadian students?

What is your average GPA for accepted students?
UGPA: 3.5 (UGPA range of 2.68-4.0); GRAD GPA: 3.8 (3.19-4.0 grad GPA range)
(data from entering class of 2018).


MCAT Questions

What is the latest date I can take the MCAT for the upcoming cycle?
September 19, 2019

What is the oldest MCAT considered for the 2019 cycle?
January 1, 2017

What is your average MCAT for matriculated students?
508 (14th-99th percentile range) (data from entering class of 2018)