The information provided should assist in answering any questions you may have. If you have a question that is not answered on our website, please email us.
How do I apply to the College of Human Medicine?
Potential applicants can learn more about applying to CHM by going to our Future Applicants page. Steps include AMCAS, MCAT, Secondary Application, letters of evaluation, criminal background checks, drug screening policy, and technical standards forms.
What makes a competitive applicant?
A successful applicant typically demonstrates a passion for medicine through community service and clinical experience along with a stellar academic profile. Personal characteristics consistent with the college's values are also assessed via activity descriptions, application essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews.
Simply put, we use a holistic review process because, while grades and scores are important, personal characteristics and experience are very telling in regards to being a fit at CHM. More detailed information is available on the Future Applicants page.
What are your GPA and MCAT cutoffs?
There are no specific cutoffs. The college uses a holistic, mission-based assessment of applicants that strongly considers nonacademic variables. We strive for a class with GPA and MCAT scores approximating the national average of accepted students (Overall GPA of 3.75, science GPA of 3.61, MCAT scores above the 50th percentile). As we welcome disadvantaged and nontraditional students, our average GPA and MCAT profile is slightly below that. However, we take into consideration research findings that demonstrate students with MCATs below 8 (on the old MCAT) and GPAs below 3.0 have a greater risk of academic difficulty.
The Medical School Admission Requirements for U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools (MSAR) online database contains the most recent data from the LCME, AMCAS, GPA, and MCAT.
For additional information, please visit our Selection Factors page.
What are the premedical course requirements for the College of Human Medicine?
Premedical requirements are minimums that must be fulfilled prior to matriculation at the College of Human Medicine (CHM). Please find detailed information in the premedical requirements portion of the Admissions Requirements page.
Can I still apply to the College of Human Medicine if I have not completed my prerequisites?
Yes, but all prerequisites must be completed before matriculation.
I was an unsuccessful applicant to CHM. Would the Office of Admissions be available to review my application with me?
Unfortunately, admissions advisors are unable to go over applications and the decisions that are rendered. However, the Office of Admissions is pleased to assist applicants planning to reapply to CHM in developing a strategy for becoming a more competitive applicant. While we cannot give you any specifics as to why your application was unsuccessful, there are steps you can take to carefully review and evaluate your application.
Unsuccessful applicants may complete and submit the Self-Assessment Guide for review. Initiate your plans for improvement as soon as possible. Feedback is available for unsuccessful applicants who:
- Have completed and submitted their Self-Assessment Guide
- Have been rejected from all other schools
- Have not yet submitted the AMCAS application for the next application cycle
Once you meet the criteria above, submit your completed Self-Assessment Guide to us by fax at 517.432.0021 or by mail:
MSU CHM Office of Admissions
804 Service Rd., Room A112
East Lansing, MI 48824
Is preference given to applicants who have graduated from MSU? Michigan Residents? Out-of-state residents?
While strong preference is given to residents of Michigan with strong academic profiles, preference is not given to applicants who’ve earned undergraduate degrees from MSU.
However, the Committee on Admissions believes that non-Michigan resident diversity is an important component of every entering class. The number of accepted out-of-state applicants varies from year to year but approximately 20% of each entering class is from outside of Michigan.
May I submit additional materials/update my application while it is being considered?
The college accepts additional information ONLY when an applicant is placed in the alternate pool after interview or by Committee request. Otherwise, please DO NOT submit additional materials or updates. We believe that the AMCAS application you initially submitted is representative of your academic abilities and activities. Unsolicited materials will be discarded.
What are the oldest MCAT scores you will accept for the incoming class?
We accept any MCAT scores up to four calendar years from the current cycle.
I am considering applying to the MD/PhD program. Do I need to fill out a separate application for the Phd component?
Yes, you must also submit an application to the MSU Graduate School or Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS)—depending on which of the two graduate options you choose. You may request that your AMCAS materials be forwarded to the appropriate graduate program. Please contact the Program Director, Cindy Grove Arvidson, PhD, by email or at (517) 884-1854 with your request.
You must indicate a major on the Graduate School Application. Qualified students who are unsure about which graduate program will best fit their interests may also contact the Program Director.
Please see the MD/PhD section in our Special Programs page for more information.
Can I earn other master’s degrees while attending CHM?
Yes. MSU offers a combined MD/MPH degree as well as a graduate specialization in Public Health. For more information, please visit the MD/MPH website.
Beyond MD/MPH, it is possible to attain a master’s degree not part of the dual program. The college offers master's degrees in Epidemiology and in Health and Risk Communication. Other dual degree programs can be negotiated.
For more information:
- Contact the department that offers the master's degree you are interested in earning
- Contact the Block I Director to discuss issues that may relate to pursuing a master’s degree and the MD at the same time
Can I schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor?
Please note that we only offer one-on-one advising appointments for previous applicants whom were unsuccessful in gaining acceptance. If you meet that criteria, please proceed to our Contact Us page and a response by our counselors will be forthcoming.
Our advisors are not available to meet with current CHM applicants to discuss their application or the applicant's chance of acceptance to the college. Traditional applicants (such as graduating premedical students) are highly encouraged to seek out advising from their undergraduate advising office or faculty advisor.
Does the College of Human Medicine accept transfers?
We do not accept transfer students at this time.
Does CHM offer an Early Decision Program and if so, when is the deadline to apply?
Yes, we do. The deadline for the AMCAS application is August 1st and the submission of the Secondary Application for Early Decision Program applicants is August 31.
Can international students apply to the MSU College of Human Medicine?
The MSU College of Human Medicine accepts citizens of Canada. We will accept courses from accredited Canadian universities that belong to the Association of University and Colleges of Canada. A one-year Canadian course is recognized as fulfilling our one-year course requirement, if a lab component is included with the science requirements. We consider Grade 13 OAC English along with writing-intensive courses toward the fulfillment of our English/Writing requirement.
We also accept applicants who have obtained permanent residency in the US as well as documented asylees.
Does CHM offer any programs for undergraduates or collaborate with undergraduate institutions?
Yes, in very specific circumstances. CHM has programs in place to provide early assurance of medical school admission and enriched experiences for undergraduate students interested in becoming physicians in an underserved region or with an underserved population.
You can learn more about the Early Assurance Opportunity and Early Assurance Program on the Programs page.
Does CHM have a postbaccalaureate program?
Yes, but it is not a traditional postbac program. You cannot apply directly to the Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE); rather, applicants are recommended to the program by the Committee on Admissions after interviewing for regular admission to CHM.
Learn more about the program in the ABLE portion of the Programs page.
I understand that the college has two main campuses, one in East Lansing and one in Grand Rapids. How do the campuses differ?
In regards to curriculum, there is no difference. The first- and second-year curriculums, calendar, and examinations are the same at both preclinical campuses.
The biggest difference is simply setting. The East Lansing preclinical campus is located at one of the largest and most diverse universities in the country, Michigan State University. The Grand Rapids preclinical campus is based at the Secchia Center, located in the rapidly expanding health sciences corridor in downtown Grand Rapids.
You can learn more about these two destinations as well as about CHM’s clinical sites on our Campuses page.
Can I tour the East Lansing or Grand Rapids preclinical campus?
Yes. The East Lansing campus offers tours by appointment on Tuesdays at noon when school is in session and student tour guides are available. The Grand Rapids campus offers tours by appointment on Wednesdays at noon when school is in session and student tour guides are available. Please email the Office of Admissions to secure a tour date.
Are international experiences available to CHM students?
There sure are. Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) is a program focusing on the clinical and leadership skills as well as knowledge necessary to serve medically underserved populations in urban, rural, and international settings. LMU students have the option to travel to Central America, the Caribbean, and/or Africa for international experiences. Students travel as a group, supervised by MSU faculty.
Outside of LMU, there are several international opportunities for CHM fourth year students including Malawi and Zambia. Fourth year students may also work with their clinical campus administrator to set up their own elective clinical rotations anywhere in the world.