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Selection Process

Students pose for pictures after 2011 White Coat ceremony

All applicants who complete the application process with AMCAS are invited to submit materials to complete their application files at KU. Application folders are established for all Kansas residents and only those non-Kansas residents who complete the online KU supplemental application and pay the supplemental application fee.

The KU supplemental application provides a tracking tool for the applicant to follow the status of his or her application. When an applicant's file is completed, it is reviewed for a decision to invite for interview. Kansas resident applicants and applicants who have very strong Kansas ties are the first to be reviewed and considered for interview. Because of the large number of nonresident files to review and the relatively few interview positions available to nonresidents, interview invitations to nonresidents are not extended until January, usually for late January interview dates.

Each interviewed applicant is reviewed and voted upon by the Selection Committee. Using a conservative rolling admissions process, a few applicants are offered admission each month of regular decision interviews. Most interviewees will learn their final application status in mid-March. Notification of admission decisions (acceptance, alternate list, or rejection) is by email.

Special note for out-of-state applicants:

The University of Kansas is a state-supported institution that gives primary consideration to Kansas residents. As an out-of-state applicant, you should review the following paragraph to determine your interest in pursuing a position in the KU School of Medicine.

While we will only accept candidates who are academically qualified to meet the intellectual rigors of a medical career, our focus on out-of-state applicants is to select those who will contribute to the depth and breadth of backgrounds and life experiences of the entering class. We carefully consider those personal characteristics deemed necessary to develop into a highly competent and compassionate physician. We seek applicants who have a sound awareness of issues in medicine and who have demonstrated their commitment to serve others. For the 2020 entering class, KU received 3,000 applications for a class of 211. Of the 2,500 non-resident applicants, 165 were interviewed and 25 matriculated.

Last modified: Jul 29, 2020
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All applications for first-year positions must be submitted via the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS)