An individualized holistic review of each complete application includes a variety of objective and subjective factors. The academic record, the college attended, MCAT scores, CASPer results, 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.
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 2021 with MCAT scores from 2018, 2019, and 2020. The last MCAT we will consider for the Entering 2021 application cycle is September 2020.
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 $90 non-refundable application fee is collected online when you submit your LKSOM supplemental. Usually the supplemental application fee is waived for candidates who were approved for the AAMC FAP program prior to submitting an AMCAS application. However in April, the AAMC announced that they would grant fee assistance if each household reported on your FAP application has a 2019 total family income that is 400 percent or less than the 2019 national poverty level for that family size (up from 300 percent). For this year only, we will also offer a secondary application fee waiver to students who were approved for FAP after submitting the AMCAS application as many of you were going through the approval process when you submitted your AMCAS application.
Through your supplemental application, applicants can:
- Complete the supplemental application and pay the supplemental application fee
- Upload INS documentation (permanent residents or refugee/asylee status)
- Send updates to Temple (additional letters, unofficial transcripts, etc.)
- Monitor the receipt of checklist items including letters of recommendation, CASPer, Institutional Action letter (if applicable), etc. Once all checklist items have been received, an email will be sent confirming that your application has been placed Under Review
LKSOM participates in the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation Program. Letters can be sent to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application or Interfolio. All letters should be on letterhead and contain the letter writer's signature.
If LKSOM is designated as a recipient of the letter on the AMCAS application, AMCAS will release the electronic copy to LKSOM. All letters designated for LKSOM must be received before your application will go under review.
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, but do not require, 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.
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 Office of Admissions with details of the event. The supplemental application contains instructions for how the appropriate institutional official (Dean of Students, Judicial Officer, etc.) can provide this statement. 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.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. LKSOM will consider your 2021 application with CASPer tests taken between May 7, 2020 and January 12, 2021.