Apply to MEDPREP


Application dates and instructions for our next class, starting June 2020, are below.

Update: Cycle 1 Applications are currently complete. For Cycle 2 applications, the online application site will open again shortly. Please contact the admissions office if you are applying in cycle 2.


Application Overview:

We welcome your application to MEDPREP! Prospective students can apply to the program by completing an online application and sending in a consolidated packet of letters, transcripts and a short secondary application describing schools attended and any current/future coursework. Complete application instructions can be found below. Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee, and competitive applicants are invited to attend an "admissions day." Final admissions decisions are rendered by the MEDPREP admissions committee, which will fully consider each candidate's academic record, admission application, interviews, admissions day test results and letters of recommendation.

MEDPREP uses two application cycles for each academic year, the early cycle and the main cycle. All students are given full consideration in each cycle, so neither cycle is "better' than the other for gaining admission. Admissions decisions are rendered by January for early cycle applicants, while main cycle applicants will receive an admission decision by early April. Some students prefer the early cycle because they will receive an earlier decision about their application.


Application Deadlines:

Early Cycle: Application deadline is September 18, 2019, at 4:30 P.M.

Main Cycle: Application deadline January 23, 2020, at 4:30 P.M.


Admissions Days:

As part of the admissions process, competitive students will be invited to attend an admissions day, where students visit the program and interview with MEDPREP faculty. Applicants must attend an admissions day in order to be considered for MEDPREP admission. Admission day attendance is by invitation only. Candidates will only attend one admission day. Admissions day for the upcoming cycle are:

November 22 & 25, 2019
February 21, & 24, 2020
March 6, 2020
Overflow day: March 16, 2020

Admissions days start at 8 a.m. and conclude at about 3 p.m., with an optional student-run "rap" session (an opportunity to meet current MEDPREP students) at 4 p.m. Applicants should plan their travel accordingly. If you plan to fly out of St. Louis Lambert Field (STL) at the end of your admissions day, be sure to book a 7 p.m. or later departure. Drive time to STL is 2.5 hours, and applicants using a bus service such as B.A.R.T. to STL should plan on up to 4 hours of travel time.


Orientation and Program Start:

The Class of 2019 orientation is June 19, 2020, with summer session dates of June 22, 2020 - July 31, 2020. Both orientation and the entire summer session are mandatory for all incoming MEDPREP students.After summer session, there is a two-week break prior to the start of the fall semester.


Program Duration:

MEDPREP is a two-year program. Students attend a summer session upon program entry, followed by two long semesters following the SIUC academic year calendar. The second summer is optional for traditional and MBS-MP students. Students in these tracks typically work, attend research programs, take additional coursework or focus on medical school/dental school applications during this time. MPH-MP students are required to complete summer coursework for the MPH program in their second summer (these courses are condensed and meet in late May-early June). All students return for a second year of coursework, following the August-May SIUC academic schedule to complete the MEDPREP program.


Minimum Qualifications to Fill out an Application:

  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.2. The GPA is calculated by including all course grades, including courses repeated for a better grade.

  • Science course (biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or BCPM) GPA of 2.2. The science GPA is calculated using all BCPM courses, including courses repeated for a better grade.

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international students, or students in the U.S. on work or student visas.

  • Completed all or all but one medical school prerequisite course:

                -1 year Biology with Laboratory
                -1 year General Chemistry with Laboratory
                -1 year Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
                -1 year Physics with Laboratory
                -1 semester of Biochemistry (Recommended but not required)
                -1 semester of either Introductory Psychology or Introductory Sociology (Recommended but not required)


Fee to Apply:

There is no fee to apply to the program. An SIUC application processing fee is charged only if you are admitted into MEDPREP.


Application Procedure

The MEDPREP application process closely mirrors the application process for medical and dental schools. There are a number of steps so please read the application instructions carefully.

To apply to the MEDPREP program, complete these five steps:

Step ICreate your online application account by reading the Online Application Portal instructions below, selecting the "Apply Now" button and creating a username and password.

Step 2. Fill out the online application. [Click here for a sample MEDPREP application].  When it is all filled out and you reach the last step, prepare your Consolidated Packet (see Step 3). Please note that your "SUBMIT" button will be activated  ONLY AFTER your Consolidated Packet has been received. 

Step 3. Prepare your Consolidated Packet. The Consolidated Packet must contain all three of the following items in one envelope:

  1. Supplemental Application Form. Fill this out completely, listing ALL colleges/universities attended and dgrees earned, summer pre-health programs attended and any current or future coursework that is not listed on your transcripts.[Click here for a copy of the MEDPREP Supplemental Application Form.]

  2. TWO letters of recommendation: Collect recommendation letters in sealed envelopes signed across the seal by the recommender. Each recommendation must be accompanied by a recommendation form. The recommendation form is available here. Ask your recommender to fill out the recommendation form, seal both in an envelope and sign across the seal. Letters must be written on official business or school letterhead and signed and sealed in this way to be accepted.

  3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended: Procure official transcripts from the registrar of each school you attended. Transcripts must be official, and sealed in a school envelope by the registrar’s office. Applicants must provide a transcript from each college or university they have attended (this includes colleges, universities, community colleges or foreign schools unless part of a foreign exchange program through a US institution). SIUC runs a "transcript clearinghouse" check on all accepted applicants; failure to disclose a transcript can result in an acceptance being rescinded. A note on electronic transcripts: MEDPREP cannot accept any electronic transcripts. All transcripts must be printed on paper and sent via mail (US post office, UPS, etc.) to the MEPDREP admissions office, as part of your Consolidated Packet.


Step 4. Mail your Consolidated Packet to:

          MEDPREP Admissions office
          975 S. Normal Avenue
          Wheeler Hall, Mail Code 4323
          Carbondale, Illinois 62901


Step 5: Submit the electronic application. Once your consolidated packet is received, the last item on your electronic application, "Consolidated Packet Received" will change from a red "X" to the green 'checkmark." You will then see a "SUBMIT" button at the bottom of the page. Push this button to transmit your electronic application.


Online Application Portal

Click the "Apply Now" button below to start your application. Some helpful tips before you start your online application:

  • After clicking "Apply Now" and creating a username and password, you will be allowed to save your application even if you cannot complete it all at once.

  • We strongly recommend you check out our sample application first, as it contains the prompts for the short essay questions so you can prepare them ahead of time. We recommend you work on these responses in a Word document first and then copy and paste them into the response fields, rather than trying to type them as you go.

  • You will want to have access to all your college transcripts, as you will be asked to fill in all the college courses (name, number, units, grade) that you have completed. This procedure is identical to that used by medical and dental application services, so providing accurate information to MEDPREP is in your best interest and allows us to serve you better.

    • You must enter all college classes that you have taken, even if you repeated them for a better grade. For instance, you took Physics I and got a C, but repeated it and got an A. You must enter both classes.

    • You must enter all the times you took a class, even if you got the same grade. For instance, you took Calculus I and received a D. You took it again and got a D. Then you retook it again and got a B. You have to enter all three classes.

    • You must enter all classes, even ones you did not pass, or even if you did not need it for your major. For instance, you received an F in Physical Chemistry. You did not need it for your major, so you did not retake it and you were able to graduate. You still have to enter this class. 

    • College transcripts and schools attended are subject to verification by the SIUC admissions office if you are offered an acceptance. Failure to disclose all colleges attended and all college coursework completed during the application process may result in your acceptance into MEDPREP being rescinded. 

    • If you have any in-progress coursework or have planned future coursework at the time of your application, be sure to enter those current and future courses on the supplemental application form. Please note that you may be asked to update your grades as part of the admissions process, and you will be required submit final transcripts reflecting this additional coursework as part of the admissions and/or matriculation process.


We welcome your inquiries! For questions about the admissions process, please contact:

Trent Stevens
Admissions Coordinator
MEDPREP Office of Admissions
(618) 453-1554
email Mr. Stevens