An individualized holistic review of each complete application includes a variety of objective and subjective factors. The academic record, the college attended, MCAT scores, recommendations, extracurricular activities, work experience, medically related experience, and community service activities are all taken into account when selecting candidates for interview. While not required, many students have participated in research activities.
There is no academic cutoff for consideration. The 2017 matriculants to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine had an average science GPA of 3.66, overall GPA of 3.70, 511.6 on the new MCAT, and 32.2 on the old MCAT.
Applicants should demonstrate preparation for the rigors of medical school and competency in the sciences achieved through a broad range of science coursework and the MCAT exam. While there are no absolute course requirements, it is recommended that students complete coursework in Biology, Chemistry (both general and organic), Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology and Sociology. The Office of Admissions will only evaluate courses completed at a US or Canadian University.
If recommended coursework in Biology, Chemistry or Physics has been completed online, at a community college or through a study abroad program, we prefer to see classroom-based, upper-level science coursework in that discipline. Similarly, we prefer to see classroom-based, upper-level science coursework in Biology, Chemistry or Physics if students complete entry-level coursework in these subjects using AP credits.
Applicants must submit the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) of the Association of American Medical Colleges; LKSOM will consider applicants for entering 2019 with MCAT scores from 2016, 2017, and 2018. The last MCAT we will consider for the Entering 2019 application cycle is September 19, 2018.
Applications are considered with the most recent MCAT results (both section and total).
Applicants have the option to provide SAT & ACT scores and upload copies of the scores via the supplemental application.
The supplemental application is used to help us identify your unique interest in Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. An $85 non-refundable application fee is collected online when you submit your LKSOM supplemental; the supplemental application fee is waived for candidates who were approved for the AAMC FAP program prior to submitting an AMCAS application.
Through your supplemental application, applicants can:
- Complete and check the status of the supplemental application
- Upload INS documentation (permanent residents or refugee/asylee status)
- Send updates to Temple (additional letters, unofficial transcripts, etc.)
LKSOM participates in the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation Program. Letters can be sent to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, Interfolio, Mail or VirtualEvals. If Temple is designated as a recipient of the letter on the AMCAS application, AMCAS will release the electronic copy to LKSOM. All letters should be on letterhead and contain the letter writer's signature.
LKSOM will consider letters of recommendation from a premedical committee, a packet from a school letter compilation service, or three (3) individual letters.
If submitting a compilation packet or individual letters, we prefer two (2) letters from professors with whom you completed course work from the AMCAS course classification of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.
- We welcome letters from research experiences, but prefer them in addition to the requested science letters from professors with whom you completed coursework.
- One (1) additional letter is required from a non-science professor, work experience, or service activity.
- A premedical committee letter does not need a specific number of science/non-science letters.
At any point in the application process, you are welcome to submit additional letters to support your application and encouraged to use the AMCAS letter service to transmit these letters.
If there is a reason why you cannot provide 2 science letters, this should be indicated on the supplemental application essay “What are your plans for the current year?”
Applicants who indicate that they were the recipient of an institutional action on the AMCAS application are required to contact the school where the institutional action occurred to provide an official statement. This document should outline the details of the event and the outcome of the institutional process. Applicants with an institutional action will not be placed Under Review until this letter has been received.
Applicants who receive an institutional action after the AMCAS application has been submitted are required to send a letter to the Associate Dean for Admissions with details of the event. We will only accept Institutional Action statements mailed directly to our office from the appropriate institutional official (Dean of Students, Judicial Officer, etc.). A statement about the Institutional Action in your pre-health committee letter does not meet our requirement.
All applicants to the MD program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for success in our program and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant selection.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your AAMC ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. If you have any questions about the test, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. LKSOM will consider your 2019 application with CASPer tests taken between May 15, 2018 and January 8, 2019.