Admissions

Admissions Process

The Keck School of Medicine of USC participates in the centralized American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and also requires the submission of the Keck School of Medicine supplemental application. Visit AMCAS to find application materials, fee information, required supporting documents and instructions on completing the centralized medical school application.

Students should submit AMCAS materials as early as possible to avoid processing delays and missed deadlines. Materials received during peak periods may take considerably longer to process. Processing does not begin until AMCAS receives all required official transcripts and the completed application. Note that official transcripts for applicants must be received within 14 calendar days of the AMCAS primary application deadline.  Applications missing information and/or supporting documentation and returned to the applicant for correction may not satisfy deadline requirements.

Prerequisites of the Keck School of Medicine

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation.  The school has no specific course requirements.  Strong applicants will have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of study and have demonstrated competency in the sciences at the time of their application.  Please see the MSAR for recommended coursework.  Please discuss any coursework preparation with your pre-health advisor.

International applicants must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree as evaluated by the USC Office of Graduate and International Admissions.

Individuals who have discontinued studies in Medical School for academic reasons are not eligible to apply to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Keck School AMCAS Application Deadline: November 3

The Keck School of Medicine considers applications received by AMCAS between June 1 and November 3. Official transcripts must be submitted within 14 calendar days of the November 3 primary application deadline for the applicant to be considered.

The Keck School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service.  Applicants are required to submit current letters of recommendation from two science professors OR a current evaluation from a pre-medical committee via the AMCAS letter writer application. As long as this letter of recommendation requirement is met, applicants may submit an additional letter of recommendation.  No more than three letters may be submitted.  Applicants are required to send their letters through AMCAS.  DO NOT send any letters of recommendation to the Office of Admissions, as they will not be accepted. 

For additional questions, please view AMCAS’ list of Frequently Asked Questions.

MCAT

To be considered for admission, applicants to the 2015 entering medical school class must have taken the MCAT no earlier than January 1, 2012, and no later than September 8, 2014. Scores from earlier administrations of the examination will not be accepted for consideration. Early Decision applicants must have taken the MCAT by July 2, 2014, and results released by August 1. 

Keck School Supplemental Application Deadline: December 1

Application Fee Payments and/or Fee Waivers

Students must submit an application processing fee of $100 with the supplemental application. Credit card payments can be made online using KSOM’s Admissions System. The application fee waiver will be granted only for applicants who received approval from the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP).

In the event that you cannot pay by credit card, please make checks payable to:
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Office of MD Admissions
1975 Zonal Ave., KAM 100B
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9020

Applicants must include their AMCAS ID number on the check.  Application fee payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Upon receipt of a candidate’s verified AMCAS application and MCAT score, the Office of Admissions will invite applicants to complete a supplemental application.

The supplemental application, application fee and letters of recommendation must be received by December 1.

Interviews

Decisions regarding interviews are based upon careful evaluation of an applicant’s completed application and all supporting documentation. Personal interviews are required of applicants under serious consideration and are granted only by invitation of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are scheduled in the Los Angeles area between mid-September and March. Interview invitations are sent by email from the Admissions Committee.

Notice of Acceptance

Notification of the Admissions Committee's decisions will continue until the entering class of students has been selected. Accepted applicants must reserve their position in the incoming class by agreeing to the conditions outlined in the offer letter and Essential Characteristics and Abilities Required for the Completion of the M.D. Degree. No deposit will be collected to secure an applicant’s acceptance.

Early Decision Program - Program Deadline: August 1

The Keck School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Early Decision Program (EDP). To participate in the EDP, student academic performance should be well above the median for matriculating first-year medical students.  Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating leadership, service, humanitarianism and/or a strong interest in research and teaching. Early Decision applicants must have taken the MCAT by July 2, 2014. 

The Keck School considers EDP applications submitted to AMCAS between June 1 and July 31. The AAMC application, supplemental application, application payment, letters of recommendation, and MCAT scores must be submitted to Keck by August 1.

EDP candidates will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in late August. Those not admitted under early decision may be considered in the regular pool of applicants to the Keck School. The application will be released at that time to allow applicants to apply to other medical schools.

 

 

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