University of Illinois

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Medical College Admissions / 808 South Wood STreet, Room 165 CME, M/C 783 / Chicago, IL USA 60612

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
71
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1881
US News Rank - Research
55
US News Rank - Primary Care
58
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
City Size
9M+

Getting In

Median GPA
3.75
Median MCAT
513
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
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Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Yes
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$70
Other Tests
CASPer

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Traditional
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?
Yes

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 – '23)

1. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future.

2. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

Options: Simulation, Clinical Research, Basic science research, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Healthcare disparities, Academic medicine, Global Health, Community Health Urban, Community Health Rural, Innovation Medicine

3. Have you applied for admission to medical school previously?

4. Have you ever matriculated into and not completed a professional/graduate program?

5. Please describe any abrupt changes that you experienced in your preparation for application for medical school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also note that if you are interested in any of the scholarly concentrations, there are additional essays that are program specific.

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future. (No word limit indicated)

2. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

Options: Simulation, Clinical Research, Basic Science Research, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Healthcare Disparities, Academic Medicine, Global Health, Community Health Urban, Community Health Rural, Innovation Medicine

Selecting any of the above results in a new box where you describe your interest in that area of interest. (No word limit indicated)

3. Please describe any abrupt changes that you experienced in your preparation for application for medical school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (No word limit indicated)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future. (no word limit)

2. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply. Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning.

3. Please describe any abrupt changes that you experienced in your preparation for application for medical school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (no word limit)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future.

2. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

Simulation; Research in healthcare delivery; Basic science research; Interdisciplinary collaboration; Healthcare disparities; Academic medicine; Global Health; Community Health Urban; Community Health Rural; Innovation Medicine

3. Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning.

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

Simulation, Research in healthcare delivery, Basic science research, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Healthcare disparities, Academic medicine, Global Health, Community Health (urban), Community Health (rural), Innovation Medicine

2. Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning.

3. Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don't exceed 150 words)

4. If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate Not Applicable

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. (if not enrolled in school) Please state your current activities and/or employment status (limited to 3500 characters in length)

2. Describe a stressful situation that you have experienced. Please detail your reaction, how you managed the situation, and what you learned that will help you handle a similar circumstance in the future.

3. In addition to training as a competent physician please select up to two additional areas of interest from the items below that you may want to pursue during your medical studies. Your responses will have no bearing on applications to joint degrees or special programs to which you might also apply.

Simulation, Research in healthcare delivery, Basic science research, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Healthcare disparities, Academic medicine, Global Health, Community Health (urban/rural), Innovation

4. Provide a short, 300-500 words, statement on your interest and how you see it influencing your learning.

5. Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don't exceed 150 words)

6. If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate 'Not Applicable'

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. If you select that you are not currently enrolled in a college/university it asks: "Please state your current activities and/or employment status." 3500 character limit.

2. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it? (250 words limit)

3. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why? (250 words limit)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it? (DO NOT EXCEED 250 words)

2. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why? (do not exceed 250)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don't exceed 150 words) If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate ˜Not Applicable

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it? (DO NOT EXCEED 250 words)

2. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why? (do not exceed 250)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Describe any advantages and/or complications you encountered during your progression in education. Please include any noteworthy achievements and/or obstacles. (Examples: Acute or chronic illnesses, employment, financial difficulty, managerial role in household, etc.) (Don't exceed 150 words) If you did not experience an advantage and/or complication during your education please indicate 'Not Applicable'

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. Describe a situation in which you were really stressed. Tell us how you dealt with it. Please detail your reaction(s), and how it affected you. If this situation, or a similar one, were to happen again, how would you handle it?

2. Describe a hobby or activity other than something in medicine, in which you have a keen interest. Why?

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