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Prospective Students

Following are frequently asked questions from prospective students. Our office also invites you to sign up for our regular communications for prospective applicants.

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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 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. 

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How many international students are there in the entering class of 2021?

The entering class of 2021 included two international students: one from Canada, and one from China.

The entering class of 2020 included one international student from The Republic of Korea.

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.

Where can I find more information about services offered to new and returning international students?

The International Office at Northwestern University offers serves as a student resource for questions regarding U.S. immigration, visa applications, cultural adjustment and new student orientation.

What is the Honors Program in Medical Education?

The seven-year Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) offers a unique educational experience for talented students anticipating a career in medicine or medical science. The HPME fosters flexibility and creativity in the undergraduate education while reducing the pressures related to gaining acceptance to medical school. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced pressure by exploring and challenging themselves personally and professionally to prepare a solid foundation for success in medical school and for leadership roles in their careers in medicine.  

Please note that the HPME program will no longer be accepting applications.

What is the Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program?

The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high-achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career as a physician.

Students are accepted during their third undergraduate year for matriculation into the Feinberg School after their fourth or senior year at Northwestern University.  

Does Feinberg accept nontraditional students?

Yes! We welcome all applicants, including nontraditional students (generally defined as those who have taken two or more years off between undergraduate studies and matriculation to medical school). In the past three years, 19 to 30 percent of our entering class have been nontraditional students.