Learn more about the elements required to apply to the MD program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine below.
Learn about the required and recommended coursework for Feinberg MD applicants.
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Science AP courses for which an applicant has received course credit at his or her undergraduate degree-granting institution will be considered as fulfilling the pre-medical science course requirements. Applicants should keep in mind, however, that the Committee will expect to see advanced level undergraduate courses in the science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded.
Apply via the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service.
All Feinberg applicants are required to submit an AMCAS Application electronically. The AMCAS application is to be submitted no earlier than June 1 and no later than 12 midnight (EDT) October 15, 2015, for 2016 matriculation. Visit the AMCAS section of the American Association of Medical Colleges site for submission details.
AMCAS requires that all applicants submit an email address. Feinberg applicants are required to maintain their AMCAS submitted email address for receipt of individual and group communications. Applicants are advised to remove any qualifiers or blocks on their email addresses. Applicants should notify both AMCAS and the Feinberg of changes to their email or other contact information.
Deadline Extensions for the AMCAS application are not available.
The Feinberg Committee on Admissions is not able to consider AMCAS applications submitted after October 15, 2015. All supporting documents (including supplemental application and letters) must be submitted by November 15, 2015.
Find instructions and information about letters of recommendation associated with your application.
Your letters may be written by your college's pre-medical advisory committee, or they may come from three faculty members, at least two of whom are science faculty members, who have taught you.
Quantity of Letters
If you have submitted multiple individual letters, the first three individual letters submitted will be used to complete your application requirement.
Do not send more than a Committee packet or the three required letters prior to receiving an invitation to interview. Once you receive an interview invitation, you are welcome to submit additional letters on interview day, by electronic submission or by mail to AMCAS.
Transmission of Letters
If your college's pre-health advisory office participates in an electronic submission service for letters of recommendation, then you should ask them to transmit your letters as soon as possible.
If your school does not participate in an electronic service, then your letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery and mailed directly to AMCAS by the author.
Non-Traditional Applicants and Letters of Recommendation
Learn more about requirements for non-traditional students.
Frequently Asked Question
- What happens if my letters of recommendation are received by AMCAS after the deadline?
Your application will still be processed, but you will not receive any confirmation when your file becomes complete. We cannot guarantee that late letters will be included when your file is reviewed by the Committee on Admissions.
Learn about requirements for MCAT scores related to Feinberg application.
Students are encouraged to take the MCAT exam or any retests no later than June of the application year. The latest MCAT scores considered will be from the September 2015 test dates.
Applicants are required to indicate any upcoming MCAT test taking dates when submitting the Feinberg supplemental application.
Find information concerning the test via the MCAT section of the American Association of Medical Colleges site.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I apply to Feinberg before I take the MCAT?
Yes, although it is not recommended that applicants apply without having taken the MCAT examination. Candidates will not be invited for interviews until the application is complete (including MCAT scores).
- What if I plan to retake MCAT after I submit my application?
Upon request, Feinberg can hold an application from entering the evaluation process if additional MCAT results are anticipated prior to the application deadline.
- Will Northwestern FSM accept the September 2015 MCAT?
The last acceptable MCAT score to be considered by Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine will be from the September 2015.
- I took the MCAT several times. Do you see all of my scores?
Feinberg can see all of your MCAT test scores from previous administrations of the MCAT. We do not combine scores of the sections to make your cumulative score higher.
- Will Feinberg accept the old MCAT scores?
For the 2016, 2017, and 2018 AMCAS application cycles, Feinberg will accept the old MCAT test scores but prefer the new MCAT exam. Scores cannot be older than three years at the time of application.
- How will FSM review applicants who have taken both the old and new MCAT exams?
Since the 2015 MCAT has a new evaluation scale, each MCAT score will be viewed on its own, relative to the scale and percentiles use for that particular MCAT.
Find information about the application process after your AMCAS application is submitted.
Once your AMCAS application has been submitted and verified we will send you an invitation to submit a supplemental application. In order to successfully receive this message, please remove the spam filters from your email and include northwestern.edu among your approved senders. Gmail users can find instructions about spam setting: add approved senders to bypass the spam filter.
You should now check your email frequently (around August 1) for an invitation to complete and submit the Feinberg supplemental application.
All applicants are invited via email to complete the supplemental application and pay the processing fee of $95, at the secure applicant website.
Applicants will be asked to evaluate themselves according to the technical standards established by the faculty.
These standards include unimpaired observation and communication skills, reasoning abilities, and motor skills necessary for the performance of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
Also, an applicant's emotional health and personal qualities relating to compassion, integrity, interest and motivation are assessed during the application process.
Feinberg works to accommodate students with disabilities.
Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Checks are required by the State of Illinois. Illinois has joined a growing national trend in requiring background checks on students, employees and other persons having direct contact with patients. The objective of this program, is to enhance patient health and safety, facilitate student access to affiliated clinical facilities, and ensure eligibility for licensure.The School reserves the right to rescind an offer of acceptance based on adverse information discovered during the criminal background check.