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Prospective Students

  • Does Feinberg School of Medicine accept transfer students?

    Opportunities to transfer into Feinberg are rare and limited to students in good standing at accredited allopathic U.S. or Canadian medical schools located in the U.S. or Canada. Successful transfer students will have a premedical academic record similar to that of the class they will be joining. Applications for transfer into the third year of medical studies, based on hardship, are considered.  

    Potential transfer students, if they meet the above requirements for transfer, are advised to send our office a transfer request letter sometime in the fall/early winter preceding the year of desired transfer (preferably by March 1). Additional information will be provided by our office at that point. The request may be emailed to the MD Admissions office at med-admissions@northwestern.edu. Students who are not accepted for transfer will be notified by the end of April.  

  • Do you accept international students? Are there additional requirements for international students?

    Yes, Feinberg does accept international students. International students are encouraged to apply if they have completed at least three years of coursework at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university located in the United States or Canada. Exceptions may be made to this requirement for colleges or universities located in the British Isles (such as the U.K.) as well as Australia, through study at the undergraduate or graduate level or a combination of both degree levels. A bachelor's degree is required prior to matriculation. This policy applies to all applicants, regardless of their citizenship status. 

    Learn more about the Application Process.

  • How many international students are there in the entering class of 2019?

    The entering class of 2019 included six international students. One each came from the following countries: Canada, China, Cuba, India, The Republic of Korea and Turkey. 

    The entering class of 2018 included two international students: one from China, and one from Hong Kong.

    The entering class of 2017 included three international students. One each came from the following countries: Brazil, The Republic of Korea and Mexico.

    The entering class of 2016 included seven international students: two from Australia and one each from Canada, Colombia, India, Singapore and Ukraine.

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Admitted Students

  • How do I accept an offer of admission?

    Upon receiving an offer of acceptance from the Feinberg School of Medicine, please login to our Secure Applicant website and enter your decision. Once you have entered your "accept" decision, we will reserve your seat in the incoming class.

    Secure Applicant Website

  • Where do matriculating students send their final transcript(s)?

    All matriculants must submit a final official undergraduate transcript no later than by July 1, 2020.  

    If you are unable to meet our deadline, please contact Jessica Voth at jav@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8206.

    Please send your final official undergraduate transcript showing that you have received your bachelor’s degree, as well as any other final college transcripts which show additional coursework or programs completed. Please note that the transcripts that AMCAS requested from you at the beginning of the application process were used for their application verification only and were not forwarded to our office.

    Transcripts may be submitted by email med-admissions@northwestern.edu (subject line should read: FINAL TRANSCRIPT: Applicant Last Name, First Name, AMCAS ID#).

    If necessary, students may submit transcripts by mail, though email is preferred:

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Office of MD Admissions
    310 E. Superior St. 
    Morton Building 1-606
    Chicago, IL  60611-3008

     

  • How do I get a NetID? What can I do with a NetID?

    Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern. The most common format of a NetID is a combination of three letters (often related to your name) and three or four numbers. Once activated, use your NetID to login to Northwestern email, the student portal (CAESAR) and to access your financial aid packet and/or award.

    Accepted students receive NetID activation instructions via email during the month of March (please check your spam and junk mail boxes). If you haven't received your NetID activation email by April 15, please contact Jessica Voth at jav@northwestern.edu or 312-503-8206.

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MD Curriculum

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About Students

  • What is the profile of currently enrolled students? Are there students like me at Feinberg?

    Find data about our current M1 class, including test scores, undergraduate performance and gender and ethnicity statistics via our Entering Class Profile page

    At Feinberg, we value having a student body that mirrors our local diverse community. Furthermore, we find it equally important to students to grow personally and professionally during their medical training by branching out to learn about new cultures and backgrounds. At Feinberg, our students do hold common values and beliefs: to pursue their medical training and to be their personal best.  

    Hear firsthand from students what makes Feinberg School of Medicine a unique environment.

  • In what activities do Feinberg students participate?

    Feinberg has more than 70 student groups that focus on such themes as identity, career goals, community involvement, performing arts and diversity. From the Student National Medical Association to In Vivo and the many medical specialty and other groups, these organizations represent our students’ diverse interests. As well as social outlets, participation in these groups provides opportunities for personal growth, expression of creativity and development of leadership skills. Among other initiatives, students have launched and maintained free community clinics, trained together for the Chicago Marathon, learned how to salsa dance, visited the Illinois State Capitol to help influence policy-makers and tutored at-risk children.

    With the variety of fun and interesting activities that are available, some first-year students find it easy to overcommit their free time and must learn early on to balance the rigors of medical school.

  • How do Feinberg medical students fare in the annual Residency Match? What are the top specialties chosen by these students?

    Every year on one exciting day in March (usually around St. Patrick's Day), Match Day events are held at medical schools across the country. At approximately noon on this day, fourth-year medical students in the U.S. gather together to open their letters, finding out which residency program they were matched to through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and where they will be doing the next phase of their medical training. 

    Sixty-five percent of Feinberg students matched at the Top 25 U.S. News–ranked residency programs in 2019. The most popular specialties included Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology and General Surgery. While some students were set to move across the country for training, others would be staying within the state. The top destinations of the class were Illinois, New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. See more stats in Career Outcomes.

    For the Feinberg celebration, we rent out the top floor of a local pizzeria near the school. Watch the Feinberg Match Day video to get a brief glimpse of the fun and excitement of the event.

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Diversity

  • What groups are considered underrepresented in medicine by Northwestern?

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine embraces a broad definition of diversity that includes not only students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine, but also other religious, gender and sexual identities, persons with disabilities and socioeconomic diversity.

    Twenty-two percent of the class of 2023 are from underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, which includes Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians. Feinberg also includes members of the LGBTQ+ community and students with disabilities as underrepresented in medicine. Learn more about the groups represented via our Entering Class Profile page and our MD Student Body Profile page. For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at 312-503-4473 or email diversitymed@northwestern.edu.

    At Feinberg, we value having a student body that mirrors our local diverse community. Furthermore, we find it equally important to students to grow personally and professionally during their medical training by branching out to learn about new cultures and backgrounds. At Feinberg, our students do hold common values and beliefs: to pursue their medical training and to be their personal best. 

    Hear firsthand from students what makes the Feinberg School of Medicine a unique environment.

  • Are diversity-related health issues part of the Feinberg curriculum?

    We integrate diversity initiatives throughout our teaching, research and clinical activities. Chicago offers an incredible backdrop for MD training. The size and cultural diversity of our city allows us to infuse cultural competency training into our students’ clinical experiences, including our clinics in Chinatown and on Devon.

    Learn more about how Chicago plays a part in the MD Curriculum.

  • How open and inclusive is the Feinberg environment to LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff?

    The Feinberg School of Medicine is welcoming to all groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Feinberg is home to the Northwestern Chicago Out Network, a social network of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Participants include students, faculty and staff from Northwestern schools and clinical affiliates on the Chicago campus. In addition, the student group Feinberg LGBTQ+ Alliance offers educational and other resources to students, faculty and staff. The group also provides information for prospective students.

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Admissions Process and Requirements

  • What is the timeline for the Office of Admissions to send out acceptances to prospective candidates who have interviewed?

    The Feinberg School of Medicine has a modified rolling admissions process that utilizes a batched approach to sending acceptances. We interview candidates September through early February. Our pool of interviewees is very large, so many decisions are pending until after the interview season is completed. Some prospective students receive acceptances during the active interview season, the first acceptances being sent in November, but many of our slots are not committed until March. 

  • How does the admissions process work at the Feinberg School of Medicine?
    All completed applications are holistically reviewed and evaluated. The Committee on Admissions seeks candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, intellectual curiosity and personal maturity. A premium is placed on breadth and rigor of the academic program and the life experiences of the individual. Applicants should be liberally educated people who have studied, in some depth, subjects beyond the conventional premedical sciences. The Committee on Admissions admits candidates who major in many subjects besides science, including history, English and communications. Research and activities that demonstrate the applicant’s view of medicine as a service profession are positive factors in the review process. In-person interviews are required of all candidates considered seriously for acceptance. Interview invitations are issued solely at the request of the Committee on Admissions. Interviews are conducted at Feinberg.
  • How do I apply to Feinberg?
    A completed application consists of the AMCAS web-based application, MCAT scores, the Feinberg supplemental application and letters of recommendation. Applicants start the process by completing an AMCAS application and designating Feinberg as one of the schools to which they wish to apply. All applicants who apply are given the opportunity to complete a supplemental application.
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About Feinberg

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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

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Our Campus

  • Where is Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine located?

    Feinberg is located on the university’s 20-acre lakefront Chicago campus, along with four Feinberg-affiliated hospitals, Northwestern Law School and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s Executive Programs.

    The admissions office is located at 310 E. Superior St., Chicago, IL, 60611, and the phone number is 312-503-8206. The admissions office can also be accessed from the Chicago Avenue entrance to the building.

    Feinberg is located in the Streeterville neighborhood, home to a wide variety of high-rise residences, including rental apartment buildings where many of our medical students live. Within blocks of city buses and subways, the neighborhood is centrally located in the city, allowing easy public transportation access to the culture and diversity of the city and suburbs.

  • What is the city of Chicago and area surrounding Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus like?

    Lakefront beauty and a cosmopolitan, urban cityscape surround our campus, which is located between the shoreline of Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. This is the heart of Chicago where students can choose among world-class cultural and recreational activities just steps from the medical school.

    A number of important medical organizations are headquartered in Chicago, including the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, American College of Surgeons and professional academies, colleges, societies and boards of specialty fields. All these factors combine to make the medical school’s location one of the most desirable in the United States.

  • Is housing expensive in the Streeterville neighborhood?

    Most Feinberg students spend the majority of their days on campus and prefer to live within walking distance, particularly during their first years of medical school. A number of high-rise residential apartment buildings are within several blocks of the Chicago campus. Additional apartment choices in a wide range of locations, types and rents are available in other nearby Chicago neighborhoods. The Northwestern University financial aid allowance for housing is $1,200 per month. Learn more about Medical Student Housing and Financial Aid for Housing on the MD Education pages.

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