Prospective Student FAQ
Be sure to schedule a campus visit! Schedule through the Office of Admissions.
Where can I find information about other Health Professions?
- KU School of Health Professions - Prehealth Professions Advisor
- KU School of Medicine
- KU School of Pharmacy
- KU School of Nursing - Prenursing Advising
For health professions programs KU doesn't offer, Explore Health Careers is a great place to start!
What does KU offer premedical students?
- A weekly e-newsletter, with club meeting announcements, volunteer opportunities and application reminders.
Academic Support Services, including low-cost tutoring for many introductory courses.
- Research Opportunities, for example, Center for Undergraduate Research.
- Social Service Opportunities, e.g., Center Community Outreach.
- Student Organizations, including more than a dozen medically-related clubs.
- Related courses, e.g., HEIM 210 Introduction to Health Care and many Undergraduate Biology Courses.
- Related Study Abroad Programs.
- Coming fall 2018, a beautiful, brand new Integrated Science Building (some, not all, science classes will be here).
- Application Assistance, including a class, LA&S 492 Topic: Applying to Medical Schools, and application presentations, essay reviews and practice interviews.
Are there special requirements to be a KU premedical student?
Anyone who applies and is accepted to KU is welcome to be a premedical student!
If students attempt 30 or more hours at KU, and earn a KU GPA of less than 2.80 GPA, then premedical interest codes will be removed from their records. We also encourage them to seek career counseling to find more compatible interests and/or academic support counseling to dramatically improve their academic performance.
Are there scholarships for premedical students?
From KU Endowment: "There are a limited number of KU scholarships available for premedicine students. Some require the recipient to have financial need, as verified by the FAFSA. Some require the recipient to reside in a specific Kansas county. All require the recipient to be scholarship-eligible as defined by KU Scholarship Grids. Please consult this grid to learn how much you will be eligible to receive. There is one general scholarship application for KU, so it is not necessary to apply for a premedicine scholarship separately. If you are eligible for a scholarship, KU will assign a scholarship to you, whether it be specifically for premedicine, or a more general purpose."
Some departments have scholarships for their majors, for example, Undergraduate Biology. Most are awarded to students who are established majors after their first year, however, there are a few for freshmen.
Some KU schools offer scholarships, for example, the School of Engineering.
There are some state and private scholarships, and it’s well worth conducting free searches for external scholarships.
And, some employers have scholarships for the children of their employees.
You can find KU equivalencies for transfer courses, and credit awarded for test scores, on the Admissions CredTran System.
It's fine to take English, mathematics, and social sciences and humanities that meet KU Core General Education Requirements.
We usually recommend waiting until after graduating high school to take natural science courses for college credit, partly because natural sciences are sequential, and you'll transition between courses more smoothly if you complete all of a sequence back-to-back at the same college or university.
The KU School of Medicine accepts AP credit for entry requirements, but some medical and many dental schools do not.
What is the average GPA for candidates accepted by the KU School of Medicine?
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), for the entering 2017 application cycle, 265 candidates who attended KU applied to U.S. MD-granting medical schools, and 125 were accepted (47%). This is slightly above the national acceptance rate of 43%. Additional candidates were accepted at DO-granting medical schools, and some were accepted to international medical schools. So, about half the candidates who applied were accepted to medical schools.
Many colleges advertise misleading rates inflated by discouraging less competitive candidates from applying, converting small numbers into big percentages, including data from years ago when admission was easier, and talking about only those "qualified candidates" who met a GPA standard to be part of a formal premedical program, only those who applied through a premedical office (less competitive candidates often apply independently), and/or only those "recommended" by an advisor or "approved" by a health sciences committee. So, it's easy to manufacture a 90% or higher acceptance rate.
Behind the curtain of statistics, whether or not one is accepted depends mostly on one's own effort and abilities, rather than where one goes to college. As the saying goes, "Wherever you go, there you are."
Where are students who attend KU accepted to medical school?
As an example, for the entering 2016 application cycle, candidates who attended KU were accepted at the following U.S. medical schools:
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Granting
- Baylor College of Medicine
- California Northstate University College of Medicine
- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
- Creighton University School of Medicine
- Duke University School of Medicine
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Loma Linda
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- New York Medical College
- Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine
- Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Rush Medical College
- Saint Louis University School of Medicine
- The University of Oklahoma
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson
- University of Arkansas College of Medicine
- University of California San Francisco
- University of Chicago - Pritzker
- University of Colorado School of Medicine
- University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
- University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
- University of Kansas
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
- University of Michigan Medical School
- University of Minnesota Medical School-Minneapolis/Duluth
- University of Texas Medical Branch
- Washington University School of Medicine
- Weill Cornell Medicine
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Granting
- Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
- A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
- Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Auburn
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine – Colorado(RVUCOM-CO)
- Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine–California
- West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
The KU School of Medicine shows a strong preference for Kansas residents, but does not select on the basis of whether or not a candidate completes an undergraduate education at KU. The medical school also shows favor for residents of other states who have significant Kansas ties, and one way to establish a tie is to attend a college or university in Kansas.
Can the KU School of Medicine accept international students?
While it's possible to complete requirements for admission to other medical schools on the KU-Lawrence Campus, the KU School of Medicine considers only applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States.