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University of Colorado Denver 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.

Places are offered through a holistic admissions process. Personal interviews and letters of recommendation are central. Important qualities include academic excellence, strength of character, motivation and maturity. Colorado is committed to selecting a diverse class from a wide variety of ethnic, social and educational backgrounds. Of the 160 places in the class, the majority are from Colorado.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Dr. Ozzie Grenardo
Application fee  $100
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  October 16 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due  by July 15
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  3.68
Oldest MCAT considered  2012
Median MCAT Scores  32 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
11 physical sciences
11 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology physics
English mathematics
organic chemistry general chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  8
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.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  4.6:1
Full-time faculty  2,963
Part-time faculty  160
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  212
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  4
Full-time faculty in clinical program  2,751
Part-time faculty in clinical program  156

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $163.0
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  N/A
Principal investigators (PIs)  N/A
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  N/A

Teaching Hospitals

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

Denver Health Medical Center
National Jewish Health
The Children's Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital
Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

The medical school's curriculum is comprised of sequential interdisciplinary blocks integrating clinical and basic science across 4 years. Professionalism/ethics/culturally effective medicine/social issues/evidence based medicine are threaded throughout. Rural/global/urban/women's health/research/advocacy tracks are available. A required mentored scholarly project provides for lifelong learning.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  160
Step 1: Percent passing  97%
Step 1: Average score  230
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  158
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  98%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  239

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  51
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.5
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.6
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $163.0
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $55.02

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  68
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.4
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  4.0
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  38.5%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.68
MCAT total score  32
Acceptance rate  5.2%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  4.6:1
Total medical school enrollment  646

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  James Broscheit
Financial aid phone  (303) 724-8039



Full-time: $33,663 (in-state)
Full-time: $59,618 (out-of-state)

Required fees  $2,232
Room and board  $14,260
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $153,678

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  82%
Students receiving loans  69%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  51%
Students receiving work study  0.2%



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