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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

A full year each of modern biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and general physics are recommended. The MCAT is required. No preference is given to residents of the State of Illinois. Applications from foreign nationals are welcomed; all applicants are required to have completed at least 3 years of course work at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Warren H. Wallace, MD
Application fee  $85
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  July 1 (Begins)
October 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 15 (Begins)
March 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  4
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  N/A
Early decision plan offered  No
Early decision application period  N/A
Early decision plan notification date  N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.86
Oldest MCAT considered  2011
Median MCAT Scores  35 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
12 physical sciences
12 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  7
Combined college/M.D. program URL

* Medical School Admissions details based on 2013 data

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  No
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.7:1
Full-time faculty  1,857
Part-time faculty  185
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  189
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  25
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,668
Part-time faculty in clinical program  160

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $258.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  1,076
Principal investigators (PIs)  437
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  462

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Norwegian American Hospital
MacNeal Health Network The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

Feinberg will mentor and educate students to become exceptional, compassionate and innovative physicians, educators and researchers, who are also inquiry-driven leaders. The three-phase, four-year curriculum is anchored by five element groups with different learning objectives and developmental milestones. Clinical rotations occur at a consortium of affiliated hospitals and outpatient settings.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  170
Step 1: Percent passing  99%
Step 1: Average score  239
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  163
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  98%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  247

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  69
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.3
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $258.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $138.91

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  62
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.9
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  42.0%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.86
MCAT total score  35
Acceptance rate  6.5%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  2.7:1
Total medical school enrollment  689

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Emily Osborn
Financial aid phone  (312) 503-8722



Full-time: $50,272

Required fees  $4,256
Room and board  $16,620
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $143,027

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  64%
Students receiving loans  56%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  46%
Students receiving work study  0%




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