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Stritch and Loyola University Chicago's Biomedical Sciences students are dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through excellent patient care and scientific pursuits.

The Stritch School of Medicine's rigorous curriculum and supportive community prepares scientists, researchers, and physician-leaders with a foundation of knowledge, skills, leadership, and clinical and lab experiences to help them improve the health of individuals and communities.

Loyola University Chicago's Graduate School offers several degrees in Biomedical Sciences where students can advance their careers by learning alongside expert researchers in an open and collaborative environment.

Take the first step. Begin your application today. Check specific programs; requirements and timelines vary.

Doctor of Medicine

Stritch School of Medicine recruits and admits students who will become physician-leaders and physician-scientists dedicated to service, improving health equity, and excellent patient care. Our application process allows students to express their personality, interest, values, and abilities, as well as to demonstrate their academic accomplishments. With Stritch's holistic admissions process, we consider all candidate applications while we seek to identify the most academically- and professionally-prepared candidates who best match our Jesuit, mission-based values.

Committee on Admissions

The faculty, residents, and students comprising the Committee select a diverse class of capable, multi-talented individuals who will work well together as they begin their life-long study of medicine. A sub-set of this Committee, the Executive Admissions Committee, is ultimately responsible for admission decisions.

We use a mission-based, holistic admissions process. Successful applicants have demonstrated professional growth and reflection, overcome academic challenges, and contributed to their campus and communities. Our Committee wants to understand your commitment to medicine as a career, both in word and deed. This process yields a class that will benefit from the collective backgrounds, scientific foundations, language skills, cultural, social, and gender identities, insights and experiences that each student contributes to the richness of the Stritch community.

Meet the Staff

Meet the Admissions Team!

Darrell Nabers, MS
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment
dnabers@luc.edu
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine + Listener Questions podcast episode
How Loyola Stritch is Adapting to COVID-19 podcast episode

 

Whitney Kieca, MLD
Associate Director for Admissions
wkieca@luc.edu

 

Latrice Williams, MJ
Admissions Coordinator
lwilliams33@luc.edu

 

Melissa Wergin, CST
Admissions Specialist
mwergin@luc.edu

Visit Campus

Stritch Visits 2023

Interested in learning more about Stritch?  We welcome prospective applicants to join us for an information session on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 6th at 10am CT - Virtual visit via Zoom
  • Friday, January 20th at 10am CT - Virtual visit via Zoom
  • Friday, February 3rd at 10am CT - Virtual visit via Zoom
  • Friday, February 17th at 10am CT - Virtual visit via Zoom

All sessions will include a presentation about Stritch, an opportunity to speak with current students, and a tour of our campus. The visit will last about 2 hours.  

***The University has determined that any visitors that come to campus must show PROOF OF VACCINATION or HAVE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULT at least 72 hours prior to their visit. Guests should plan to show their vaccination card or negative test result upon arrival to campus for any in-person Stritch Visits.***

Registration for these events is on a first-come, first served basis and is intended for prospective candidates to medical school, not current applicants.
Register for a session here.

While we are unable to accommodate campus tours outside of this program, we encourage prospective candidates to take advantage of one of the above sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office at ssom-admissions@luc.edu or by calling (708) 216-3229.

Other Recruitment Events

Stritch Admissions staff attend recruitment events around the country throughout the year and we host groups from other universities to tour our campus and learn about Stritch. Email us if you would like to connect at a recruitment event.

Frequently Asked Questions

2023 Application Cycle

Do you have cut off scores for GPA or MCAT?

No, we practice holistic admissions so we look at all aspects of an application before deciding if we want to move forward with an applicant. We review candidates over many domains of interest, which includes academic achievement. We do consider all and ignore none of the information we receive. It is important to consider that the MCAT is just a test, but it has further implications when a holistic consideration of the test and test behavior is applied in consideration of each candidate.

Do you have a supplemental application?

Yes, we send supplemental applications to all candidates who send us a primary AMCAS application.

When is your supplemental application available?

July 6, 2022

What is the supplemental application fee?

$115

Is there a supplemental fee waiver?

We provided supplemental application fee waivers for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact our office at ssom-admissions@luc.edu to request a waiver.

What is the deadline for the primary AMCAS application?

November 1, 2022
Although this is the latest date we will accept primary applications, we utilize a rolling-admissions process so early submission of the application and prompt return of all supporting material will enhance an applicant's chance of being considered for a place in the class.

What is the deadline for the supplemental application?

December 9, 2022
Although this is the latest date we will accept secondary applications, we utilize a rolling-admissions process so early submission of the application and prompt return of all supporting material will enhance an applicant's chance of being considered for a place in the class.

What are your application and selection criteria?

  • Applicants must have:
    • A bachelor's degree - any undergraduate major is acceptable
    • MCAT score taken within the past 3 years
    • U.S. citizenship, hold a permanent resident visa, or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at the time of application
    • A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 letters of recommendation
  • What's important in an application:
    • Academic credentials that indicate a candidate is capable of succeeding in a rigorous medical education program
    • Interest in learning, integrity, compassion, empathy, service, and the ability to assume responsibility
    • Exploration of the field of medicine and an applicant's motivation to enter this profession
  • As a rule, applicants are limited to applying no more than twice. However, third time applicants can submit a request for consideration.
  • Applicants enrolled in advanced degree programs must complete their degrees prior to matriculation.
  • Loyola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Do you need a Bachelor's degree to apply?

Yes, 100% of our matriculants have completed a bachelor's degree prior to matriculating to medical school.

What is the latest date I can take the MCAT for the 2023 application cycle?

September 10, 2022

What is the oldest MCAT considered for the 2023 application cycle?

January 1, 2020

Do you accept international students?

No, we are currently only able to admit students who are U.S. citizens, hold a permanent resident visa, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. For more information about DACA, see www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

Do you accept applications from Canadian students?

No, unless the student has U.S. citizenship, holds a permanent resident visa, or has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. For more information about DACA, see www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

Do you accept DACA students? Are they funded?

Yes, we accept DACA students and determine funding resources once they have completed the financial aid process. For more information, see http://ssom.luc.edu/daca/ 

Do most of your students attend Loyola undergrad?

On average, around 7% of our admitted medical students per cycle attended Loyola undergrad.

Do you participate in a letter service?

Yes, AMCAS letters.

How many letters are required?

We require a minimum of 3 letters OR a pre-health committee packet. A maximum of 6 letters will be accepted.  See Application Timeline for more specifics.

Does Stritch accept online courses?

All prerequisite courses must be taken in-person, but other course work may be taken online.

Do you enroll out of state applicants?

Yes, we are a private institution and give the same consideration to both in-state and out-of-state applicants.

How do I check the status of my application?

You may check your application status at any time through your supplemental portal. 

How do I submit application updates to your office?

You may update your application at any time during the cycle through your supplemental portal. Updates can be uploaded as a Word document or PDF through the "Submit Update Document" button on your supplemental portal home page.
Please do not mail/email updates to our office.

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Class and Curriculum

How many students are in your first year class?

170

What is the average GPA for your first year class?

Average overall GPA: 3.7
Average science GPA: 3.6

What is the average MCAT for your first year class?

511

What is your total enrollment?

About 650

When do classes begin?

For first and second year students, orientations usually begin the last week of July and classes begin the first week of August.
For third and four year students, orientations and classes typically begin in June.

What is the curriculum like?

The first year of the curriculum concentrates on the basic scientific principles and processes related to the normal structure, function, and regulation of the human body. In addition, first year students also receive instruction in human behavioral science, communication and medical interviewing skills, the doctor/patient relationship, health promotion/disease prevention, professionalism, medical ethics and the social and community context of healthcare.

The second year focuses on basic science principles related to the mechanisms of human disease, pharmacology and the therapeutic approach to disease. Additionally, students continue to develop their basic clinical skills by gaining experience in the physical examination, effective history-taking and evidence-based clinical decision-making. Students also gain early clinical exposure through physician- and peer-mentor programs.

The third and fourth years are organized into eight required clinical clerkships, two medicine sub-internship experiences and up to 34 weeks of elective time chosen from a catalog of over 100 clinical electives. Students also receive instruction in topics such as business and leadership skills, inter-professional interactions, justice in health care, disaster preparedness, nutrition, end-of-life issues, patient safety, global health, and healthcare delivery. Special curricular features include an emphasis on bioethics, professionalism and communication, as well as intensive training in history-taking and the physical examination. Students also benefit from the availability of advanced medical simulation models located in the Clinical Skills and Human Simulation Centers that provide the latest in educational and simulation technology and offer ample opportunities to further develop clinical skills.

What kind of grading system is used?

Pre-clinical years are pass/fail.
Clerkships are honors/high pass/pass/fail.

What is the instructional style?

Stritch's instructional style is lecture based with small groups and experiential learning in simulation and standardized patient environments. Many lectures are also recorded and available for students online.

What dual degree programs are offered?

Where do clerkship rotations take place?

  • Alexian Brothers Medical Group-Schaumburg Immediate Care
  • Almost Home Kids Clinic
  • Chicago Medical Group-Berwyn
  • Downers Grove Family Practice
  • Downers Grove Pediatrics
  • Englewood Health Clinic
  • Family Medicine Care
  • Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
  • Hines VA
  • Hinsdale FMRP
  • LaGrange FMRP
  • La Rabida Children’s Hospital
  • Loyola Center for Health at Elmhurst
  • Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park
  • Loyola Family Health Center at North Riverside
  • Loyola-Elmwood Park
  • Loyola OutPatient Clinic
  • Loyola Primary Care Center at Burr Ridge
  • Loyola Primary Care Center at Oakbrook Terrace
  • Loyola River Forest Immediate Care Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lutheran General FMRP
  • MacNeal FMRP
  • Madden Mental Health Center
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Near South Health Clinic
  • Palos Hospital
  • PCC Austin
  • PCC Lake
  • PCC Salud
  • PEDIA Group Associates
  • Porter Regional Hospital, Indiana
  • Presence Resurrection Medical Center
  • Prieto Health Clinic
  • Resurrection FMRP
  • St. Alexius Medical Inpatient
  • St. Alexius Medical Nursery
  • St. Joseph Hospital/Resurrection Healthcare
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Indiana
  • VNA of Fox Valley Health Center
  • West Suburban Hospital

What percent of last year’s graduates matched?

Check out our Match Day 2022 stats here.

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Campus Life

What is student life like at Stritch?

At the Stritch School of Medicine, we want our students to have a life beyond the classroom, so that their educational experience includes personal as well as academic growth. That's why we encourage participation in campus organizations, medical school committees, community service opportunities, faith-building activities and other extracurricular pursuits.

Perhaps the most visible medical student organization on campus is the Medical Student Union (MSU), the student government, which touches many areas of the educational experience. Stritch students are enriched by their involvement in other organizations as well, including an interest group in most specialties, the American Medical Association, the Latino Medical Student Association, Student National Medical Association, Hillel and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.

One of the hallmarks of a Stritch education is that students are encouraged to use their gifts and talents to serve others, particularly the poor and disadvantaged. They can participate in a variety of extracurricular community service opportunities sponsored by Student Affairs, University Ministry, the academic deans' offices and student organizations.

Students enjoy spending some relaxation time at the Loyola University Center for Fitness, a 62,000- square-foot facility located adjacent to the medical school. The center offers exceptional amenities and Medical students are automatic members, through payment of their student fees.

Where is the campus located?

We are located directly west of Chicago in Maywood, IL. Our campus is adjacent to Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital, one of the largest VA Medical Centers in the United States.

Where do students live?

Nearby city and suburb areas provide plenty of housing options for students. There is no campus housing.

Is tutoring or office hours with professors something that students can access at Stritch?

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is a learner-centered service designed to support the ongoing academic development and life-long learning of the adult learner in medical school. ACE offers Peer Tutoring Services to individual and small groups for the Basic Science courses. Tutoring services are free of charge to Stritch School of Medicine students. ACE also offers individual and group sessions on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: Advanced Study Strategies, Memory Improvement, Test-taking Strategies, Time Management, Team Learning, CV Preparation, USMLE Exam Preparation, etc. For further information, please visit the ACE website at www.stritch.luc.edu/ace/ 

If I have a need to take a leave of absence, what is your policy?

Students may be approved for a leave of absence (LOA) due to documented health problems, personal tragedy, or to pursue an educational or research experience outside of the standard medical school curriculum. LOA's for other purposes are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. LOA's should be approved in advance of the starting date and typically may not exceed one calendar year in length. Successive one-year leaves may be granted to permit completion of educational requirements, such as the MD/PhD degree program.

What percent of your students participate in global health experiences?

Nearly 55% of graduating seniors reported participation in a global health experience during medical school.

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Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid at Stritch?

All financial assistance available is determined by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once the FAFSA data has been received by the school (from the Department of Education), you will be awarded aid in the form of Direct Federal Stafford Loans. Institutional scholarships and grants may also be available. This aid is based on financial need and is determined by the financial data entered on the FAFSA (by both students and parents). Applicants typically receive an estimated award letter in early April, before the start of the fall semester.

How much is tuition at Stritch?

Total cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, living expenses, and health insurance is around $88,000 per year.

What percent of Stritch students receive financial aid support?

About 82% of enrolled students receive aid.

What is the average indebtedness of your students?

The average graduate indebtedness is around $205,400.

How do I obtain more information about financial aid?

Please visit http://ssom.luc.edu/finaid/

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Information on re-Applying

We offer phone counseling sessions for re-applicants from mid-April through the end of May. Email to schedule this session.

Dual-Degrees

Dual-degrees provide a time- and cost-effective approach to increasing your skills and developing not one but two areas of complimentary expertise.

Certificates

Certificate programs offer students and mid-career professionals an opportunity to hone specific areas of expertise to help advance their career.

Doctor of Medicine

Stritch School of Medicine recruits and admits students who will become physician-leaders and physician-scientists dedicated to service, improving health equity, and excellent patient care. Our application process allows students to express their personality, interest, values, and abilities, as well as to demonstrate their academic accomplishments. With Stritch's holistic admissions process, we consider all candidate applications while we seek to identify the most academically- and professionally-prepared candidates who best match our Jesuit, mission-based values.

Dual-Degrees

Dual-degrees provide a time- and cost-effective approach to increasing your skills and developing not one but two areas of complimentary expertise.

Certificates

Certificate programs offer students and mid-career professionals an opportunity to hone specific areas of expertise to help advance their career.