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Frequently Asked Questions

The information below provides answers to questions frequently asked by both prospective and admitted MD students. We provide links to detailed content elsewhere in this site and on the MD Education website.

Feinberg’s Response to COVID-19 - Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle:  

We understand that these unprecedented times are bringing many questions and concerns to the forefront for our applicants.  Our office and Committee on Admissions will be cognizant of the extenuating circumstances and curricular, grading, MCAT, and other impacts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic during the entire admissions process, including acceptance of delayed MCAT scores.  Our application review process considers the entirety of the application, and as always, our Committee on Admissions will provide a rigorous holistic review in the upcoming 2021 Admissions Cycle. 

As you embark on your journey to medicine, in a time when global health is of our immediate attention, we hope you focus on preparing for the rigors of the practice of medicine by embracing your current learning or work environment, staying safe and healthy, and reaching out to those most vulnerable in your communities.

View answers to frequently asked COVID-19 related questions below.

Statement updated: 5/5/2020


COVID-19 related questions

 Will COVID-19 disruptions be considered as you make admissions decisions?

Yes. Our Committee on Admissions will consider COVID related disruptions as they review applications. We are cognizant of how this may impact our applicants for the Spring 2020 term, including adjustments to grading and MCAT examination, course plans, labs, research, clinical, and developmental experiences, as well as, the potential for late letters of recommendation and delayed transcripts.

 Will I have an opportunity to explain how my application has been impacted by COVID-19 related disruptions?

Yes. A question is being added to our supplemental application that will allow you to explain how you have been impacted by the global pandemic.

 Will my application be negatively impacted if I am required to take pre-requisite coursework as Pass/Fail?

We understand the effects on your spring 2020 coursework are very much out of your control. We will review your application in the context of these circumstances and your unique situation.

 How is Feinberg responding to delayed MCAT examination dates?

At this time, Feinberg School of Medicine will be accepting MCAT scores for the 2021 Admissions Cycle through October 2020. This timeline will accommodate applicants taking the examination through the end of September 2020.

 Can I apply to Feinberg before I take the MCAT?

Yes. Applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available. Candidates will be invited to complete the supplemental application prior to the receipt of an MCAT score.

About Feinberg

See the About Feinberg section of our main site to learn more about the medical school.

 Is Feinberg an osteopathic or an allopathic medical school?

Feinberg is an allopathic medical school.

 Is Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine competitive?

Each year, Feinberg receives a minimum of 7,000 applications for an entering class of 160.

 What are the average GPAs and MCAT scores of candidates accepted to Feinberg? Are there any GPA or MCAT cut-offs?

The undergraduate median GPA for the 2019 entering class was 3.91 and the median score on the MCAT was 520.  There are no minimum MCAT or GPA scores required for entrance to the School of Medicine.  Although high academic performance is an important aspect of a successful application, we complete a holistic review, including the academic course load and rigor, academic honors, extracurricular activities, clinical and research experience and letters of recommendation.

 How does U.S. News and World Report rank Feinberg?

The most recent U.S. News and World Report listed Feinberg at #19 for research intensive schools. These ranking are but one criterion applicants should consider when applying to medical schools.

 Is Feinberg a clinical or research-oriented medical school?

Feinberg’s mission is to educate the next generation of physicians and scientists. It is a research-intensive institution that prioritizes taking scientific discovery from the bench to the bedside to improve patient care and outcomes. However, the strength of our academic medical center lies in striking an important balance between education, clinical and research activities, blending all together in a collaborative study and work environment. In part, this is made possible by the co-location of our teaching and research facilities with our strong clinical affiliates on Northwestern University's Chicago campus. Our medical students, residents and fellows obtain the bulk of their clinical training at four independent hospitals: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (this includes Prentice Women's Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital), the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center.

 What are Feinberg’s hospital affiliations?

Learn about Feinberg’s clinical affiliations via our main Patient Care page.

 What research opportunities exist for Feinberg MD students?

Feinberg medical students have access to the school’s wide variety of basic science and clinical research programs and centers. See our main Institutes and Centers page to learn more about the breadth of our work.

 Can I visit Feinberg and its affiliated hospitals?

While we do not offer walk-in visits or tours of the school or campus to individuals, group tours for high schools, colleges and universities may be arranged by either e-mailing or phoning the Office of Admissions.

 How many Feinberg faculty members are there and what is the faculty-to-student ratio?

Feinberg offers a premier medical education and top-notch research programs in large part because of the expertise, experience and dedication of its faculty. Numbering about 4,000, the medical school's faculty roster includes some of the best minds and hearts in medicine and biomedical research. Many have gained national and international prominence. Full-time or part-time faculty who also conduct research teach much of the core material in our clinical clerkships. Contributed services faculty members, who are in private practices, teach many of the clinical courses.  Feinberg students enjoy a 2.7:1 faculty-to-student ratio.

MD Curriculum

Find detailed information about Feinberg’s MD curriculum via the Education site.

 How is the Feinberg curriculum structured?

The four years of study are divided into three phases, each of which contains contributions from the four curricular elements.

 When do Feinberg students begin working with patients and learning clinical skills?

From the beginning of Phase 1 – the first 20 months of Feinberg’s medical school curriculum – all students spend one half day every other week learning and practicing clinical skills.

 What is an Education-Centered Medical Home (ECMH)?

Early clinical training is an important part of the Feinberg curriculum. Caring for patients under the supervision of a faculty preceptor enables students to develop clinical skills and apply learning to authentic patient problems. From the first week of medical school, students are assigned to an Education-Centered Medical Home (ECMH). An ECMH is a primary care practice site staffed by a mixture of medical students (four from each of the four classes) residents and supervising faculty. To learn more, see Education-Centered Medical Home on the Education site.

 Why do Feinberg students spend less time in lecture than students at other schools?

The philosophy at Feinberg favors active and inquiry-driven learning over the more passive learning style typical of the large lecture-hall format. Students spend much of their contact hours in small group sessions, especially Problem-Based Learning, Health & Society and Professional Development.

 What is the success rate of Feinberg medical students’ performance on the national boards?

The USMLE pass rate for Feinberg medical students has remained at 99 percent for a number of years, with our students scoring well above the national mean score.

 What is the retention rate?

The retention rate of our medical students is 99 percent.

 Can a medical student take courses at other Northwestern schools?

A student enrolled in the MD program at Feinberg can take up to one additional course a quarter in other schools at Northwestern without additional tuition, on a space available basis. These courses must be taken for a grade and credit (not audited) but will not appear on the student’s medical school transcript and cannot be credited to a dual degree.

 Can I apply to both the traditional MD program and the MD/PhD program (Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)?

Because the programs are substantially different, applicants are allowed to apply to only one program; however, candidates may transfer their application from one program to the other until November 1.

 Who advises students at Feinberg? Are there faculty advisers?

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, and the Director of Academic Success oversee the academic and career advising activities for Feinberg medical students.

The majority of Feinberg faculty have an open-door policy toward advising. Most medical students identify several faculty who serve as informal mentors during their years at Feinberg.

During third year, students pick a clinical faculty member who serves as their personal career adviser; their role is to provide guidance through the selection of a specialty and residency program application.  Each medical specialty department has assigned a faculty member to serve as a career advising coordinator.  Specialty coordinators assign advisers from their departments to those students seeking career advice and guidance in that particular field. Students are encouraged to contact the specialty area career advising coordinator directly to request an adviser.

For more information about the list of specialty areas and advisers at Feinberg, visit

Mentoring is also an important part of our college structure and the Area of Scholarly Concentration component of our curriculum.  During the M1 year, each student is assigned to a "college" which is headed by a faculty mentor.  Under the leadership of this mentor, approximately 44 students develop trust and help one another learn and adapt to the culture of medicine.

 What is the purpose of a research experience for medical students at Feinberg?

The Feinberg curriculum is designed to function best for students who are inquisitive and inquiry-driven. Participating in original research is one way of encouraging this quality. Many of our students seek careers in academic medicine and will use their experience as student researchers to clarify their career plans.

Feinberg students participate in research through the Area of Scholarly Concentration, performing a highly-mentored project that culminates with the writing of a thesis.

 What is the “Area of Scholarly Concentration”?

Information on the Area of Scholarly Concentration component of our curriculum is available via the Education site.

 How is medical student progress assessed at Feinberg?

The Feinberg competencies include:

  • Medical Knowledge and Scholarship
  • Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Professional Behavior and Moral Reasoning
  • Patient-Centered Medical Care
  • System Awareness and Team Based Care
  • Continuous Learning and Quality Improvement
  • Community Engagement and Service
  • Personal Awareness and Self-Care

More information on the Feinberg competencies can be found on the Education site.

An electronic portfolio, which is a repository of assessments, is maintained centrally for each Feinberg student throughout his or her enrollment. This portfolio is accessible at all times to the student and college mentor. 

The aim of the portfolio is to:

  • Provide an accessible record of student assessment through which the student and faculty can monitor competency achievement.
  • Record achievement in competencies that traditionally are difficult to measure (Professional Behavior and Moral Reasoning, Continuous Learning and Quality Improvement, Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Systems Awareness and Team-Based Care and Patient-Centered Medical Care).
  • Allow students to reflect on learning experiences, create learning plans with mentored guidance and improve self-assessment and self-directed learning capacity.

Each student meets with their college mentor yearly during the M1/M2/M3 years for a formative portfolio review. A formal summative review of each student's portfolio occurs prior to beginning clerkships (mid-M2 year) and at the end of the M3 required clerkships. 

In addition, an official transcript will be kept for each student and maintained by the registrar. This will include block and course grades.

The Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) is a document prepared for each senior medical student entering the residency match. This document is completed according to national standards and includes block and course grades, clerkship grades, clerkship narratives and a summary of other achievements.

(For more details about assessment, see the Student Policies.)

 Are dual degree programs available? Are joint degree programs available?

The Feinberg School of Medicine offers three dual-degrees master's programs that can be pursued over the course of the traditional four-year MD curriculum. These include: Master's in Public Health (MD/MPH), a master's in Medical Humanities and Bioethics (MD/MA) and a master's in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety (MD/MS) that are offered part time and are completely integrated into the Feinberg curriculum. This makes it possible to pursue expertise in these important areas, leading to an even broader base of experience and medical knowledge.   

The MD/MPH degree is an integrated medical and public health program for medical students. The part-time program consists of evening classes offered on the Chicago campus. Required coursework is included from the following disciplines: behavioral science, epidemiology, environmental health and healthcare management. Electives are offered in epidemiology and biostatistics, public health issues in the community, global health, public health law and research methodology. Students gain field experience during a project with a public health or community agency and are also required to do a public health project as their area of scholarly concentration (AOSC), with both a paper and a podium presentation.

The Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program (MD/MA) offers a Master of Arts degree examining medicine and its ethics through various academic disciplines. Students attend lectures and classes offering cultural, philosophical, legal, literary and historical insight on the field of medicine. The program provides a rigorous master's-level education that aims to give students a richer view of medicine. Graduates will be able to use their multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in teaching, advising, and ethical decision making.

Feinberg, a leader in healthcare quality and patient safety education, offers an MD/MS in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety. Northwestern was the first institution in the country to offer a master's degree in these important fields. The part-time program focuses on the knowledge, skills and methods required for improving healthcare delivery systems. The topics covered include: healthcare quality context and measurement, changing systems of care delivery, healthcare disparities, accountability and public policy, safety interventions and practices, health information technology, simulation and the science of teamwork, human factors, risk assessment methods and leadership and governance. Additionally, students learn about the external environment that shapes health policy, particularly in regard to quality and safety.

In addition, there are two degree options that can be completed by taking an additional year of classes. Students apply for these degree programs during their third year of medical school.

The MD/MBA joint degree is offered through Northwestern University's  Kellogg School of Management.  Students apply during their third year of medical school.  After completing the third year, students will enroll at Kellogg and spend approximately one year doing coursework exclusively through the Kellogg MS in Management studies program based on the Chicago campus.  They return to medical school to complete their 4th-year rotations while finishing evening classes at Kellogg.

The MD/MS in Health Services and Outcomes Research option is offered through The Graduate School at Northwestern University. The MS degree is completed by taking one year of full-time graduate coursework. The program prepares students to create and disseminate new knowledge aimed at improving health policy, health care delivery, and patient outcomes. The curriculum includes biostatistics, quantitative methods and study design, qualitative methods, health economics, grant writing and writing for peer review publications, as well as applied ethics and health policy. All master’s students complete a capstone research project that culminates in the submission of a manuscript for publication.

Feinberg offers a number of joint degree programs for MD students. Learn more about degree options and all of Feinberg’s educational offerings via the program listing on the Education site.

 What opportunities does Feinberg offer to medical students to obtain global health experience?

The Center for Global Health integrates global health education programming and faculty research initiatives within the Feinberg School of Medicine. The Center works closely with Feinberg students to facilitate meaningful engagement in global health via research projects, supervised clinical rotations and global public health projects at affiliated and unaffiliated universities, health clinics and international non-governmental organizations around the world.

The global health programs at Northwestern are unique in several respects. A comprehensive program offers intensive, structured experiences, available to medical students in the summer between curricular Phases 1a and 1b. Students also have opportunities to participate in some of the Center's research collaborations. The Center for Global Health maintains educational and research partnerships with various institutions around the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Other opportunities for elective clinical rotations during Phases 2 and 3 of the curriculum can be found across a wide range of institutions in both high- and low-income countries, including Bolivia, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Senegal and Uganda.

To make it easier for students to take advantage of these educational opportunities, Feinberg provides several sources of intramural funding for travel. The school coordinates the Global Health Initiative, originally spearheaded by a group of private practice physicians, which offers travel grants ranging from $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the destination, to support a number of education initiatives. Other school funds are available for qualified international research projects.

 If I want to do research that will improve the delivery of health care in the U.S., how can I get the training I need?

The Feinberg School of Medicine offers a dual degree, the MD/MS in Health Services and Outcomes Research, that prepares students to conduct interdisciplinary research aimed at improving health policy, health care delivery, and patient outcomes. Students apply to the program during their third year of medical school and take an additional year of coursework through The Graduate School between the third and fourth year of the medical curriculum. The master’s curriculum includes biostatistics, quantitative methods and study design, qualitative methods, health economics, grant writing and writing for peer review publications, as well as applied ethics and health policy. All students complete a capstone research project that culminates in the submission of a manuscript for publication. This graduate training prepares students to conduct further research during residency and fellowship years in preparation for research careers in academic medicine.

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 and 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 to be their personal best.  

Hear firsthand from students what makes the 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?

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.

 Are accommodations available for students with documented disabilities?

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the AccessibleNU office or Agnes McGrane for information about disability accommodations.

 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 3 years, 17-23 percent of our entering class have been nontraditional students.   

Admissions Process and Requirements

The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and 90 semester hours (135-quarter hours) of undergraduate and/or graduate-level course work from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university located in the United States or Canada are required. Feinberg does not place emphasis on any major field of study. Required are at least yearlong courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry (or one semester of organic plus a semester of biochemistry), and physics. We also recommend courses in statistics, writing, and social science. In addition, students are expected to have clinical exposure and research experience. Find detailed information about our admissions process including:

 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 which 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 men and women 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 FSM supplemental application and letters of recommendation.  Applicants start the process by completing an AMCAS application and designating FSM as one of the schools to which they wish to apply. All applicants who apply are given the opportunity to complete a supplemental application.

 Is there an age limit for applicants through AMCAS and/or Feinberg?


 Do you offer deferred matriculation into an entering class?

Yes, accepted applicants can apply for deferral and the admissions committee evaluates requests based on whether the proposed time away will enhance the student’s medical development. Deferrals are usually one year in length. The student should contact the Office of Admissions to obtain details on deferral requirements and the approval process.

 Once my application is complete, how long will it take for me to hear back from Feinberg about an interview decision?

Application review time varies from applicant to applicant.  Interview invitations are released on a rolling basis from August through mid-January of the application cycle.

 How will I receive notification of my application status for Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine?

Please do not call us for updates on the status of your application. Invitations to complete the Northwestern Supplemental Application and to interview will be sent by e-mail.

 How do I schedule an interview at Feinberg? Do you have regional interviews?

If you are invited to interview, you will receive an email from our Office of Admissions letting you know how to schedule your interview day.

We do not offer phone or regional interviews.  It is important for you to visit Feinberg to learn about the unique curriculum as it is just as important for us to meet you as an individual. 

 Do you have a student hosting program?

We do have a student hosting program at Feinberg. When you are invited to interview, you will receive additional information about requesting a student host for the evening before the interview day.

 Can I find out in advance who my Feinberg faculty and student interviewers will be?

We do not announce interviewers prior to the interview date. All candidates will learn who their interviewers are at the same time, at the end of the morning welcome session.

 What if I have a last minute problem on the day of my Feinberg interview?

We kindly request you contact us as soon as you may anticipate a conflict in regards to your interview day (arrive late, travel issues, etc).  Make sure you take the Office of Admissions phone number with you during your travels (312-503-8206).  If it is after hours, please call anyway and leave a message so that we can start working through any problems as soon as possible.

 Are applicant updates accepted? Are transcripts accepted?

If applicants would like to notify us of an update to their application, we ask that they send it to the main  e-mail address, in the body of the e-mail or as a PDF attachment.  Please include your AAMC ID # in the update letter.

Only those transcripts initially submitted through AMCAS are required for review of your application.  If applicants would like to notify us of updates to their coursework, we ask that they do so through a brief written update e-mail, rather than sending an updated transcript. We do require a final transcript from every matriculating student prior to the start date.

 Illinois resident preference?

As Northwestern is a private university, we do not give preference to Illinois residents.

 What are the average GPAs and MCAT scores of candidates accepted to Feinberg? Are there any GPA or MCAT cut-offs?

The undergraduate median GPA for the 2019 entering class was 3.91. The median MCAT score was 520.  There are no minimum MCAT or GPA scores required for entrance to the School of Medicine.  Although high academic performance is an important aspect of a successful application, we complete a holistic review, including the academic course load and rigor, academic honors, extracurricular activities, clinical and research experience and letters of recommendation.

 Do you accept "in the area" requests for interview coordination with other medical schools in the area?

Yes, applicants who are invited to interview at Feinberg may be permitted to change their interview date or request additional interview date options to accommodate their Chicago-area interview plans.

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 1st), and additional info. will be provided by our office at that point.  The request may be e-mailed 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. 

Learn more about the Application Process.

 How many international students are there in the Entering Class of 2019?

The Entering Class of 2019 included a total of 6 international students from the following countries:

1 Canada

1 China

1 Cuba

1 India

1 The Republic of Korea

1 Turkey


The Entering Class of 2018 included a total of 2 international students from the following countries:

1 China

1 Hong Kong


The Entering Class of 2017 included a total of 3 international students from the following countries:

1 Brazil

1 Republic of Korea

1 Mexico


The Entering Class of 2016 included a total 7 international students from the following countries:
2   Australia
1   Canada
1   Colombia

1   India

1   Singapore
1   Ukraine

 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
  • New student orientation

 What is the Honors Program in Medical Education?

The 7-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.  

Students apply to HPME once they have entered their senior year of high school.  Only those who demonstrate superior high school achievement and academic aptitude are considered for HPME, and a limited number of students are accepted each year to the program.  

 What are the requirements for students enrolled in HPME for Feinberg matriculation?

Current HPME students should refer to the HPME requirements documentation for the year in which they entered Northwestern to view their academic requirements and GPA requirements (available via the secured HPME site).   


 What is the Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)?

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 3 years, 17-23 percent of our entering class have been nontraditional students.



Feinberg 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. Learn more below.

 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 Minority Groups, which includes Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, in addition to members of the LGBTQ+ community and students w/ disabilities.  Learn more about the represented groups in this class via our Entering Class Profile page and our MD Student Body Profile page.  For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity at 312-503-4473 or e-mail 


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 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 NU schools and clinical affiliates on the Chicago campus. In addition, the Feinberg student group, LGBTQ+ Alliance, offers educational and other resources to students, faculty and staff. The group also provides information for prospective students.

 I identify as LGBTQ+. Should I “come out” in my application?

We understand that coming out is a very personal decision and that many factors may influence your decision to be "out" in your medical school applications. Feinberg encourages students to be "out" in their application as we value diversity in all its forms and consider LGBTQ+ persons underrepresented in medicine (URM). Our admissions committee members receive special training to better understand LGBTQ+ issues and how LGBTQ+ life experiences strengthen an applicant. On the secondary application, we provide an optional question to indicate whether you identify as LGBTQ+ and an optional essay to describe your experiences in detail.

 Is there a way for students to identify underrepresented in medicine faculty mentors?

Feinberg has a long-standing commitment to diversity and excellence. The Office of Diversity works with Feinberg students, residents, staff and faculty to further the mission to achieve a campus environment of belonging and inclusion for all. Mentoring programs are a key element to facilitate this initiative. The Office of Diversity will facilitate mentorship connections between students, faculty and residents that will foster career explorations and development, scholarship and collegiality. Events featuring students and faculty begin the first week of classes.

 Does Feinberg interact with LGBTQ+ communities in Chicago? If so, how can students get involved?

Yes, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine partners with organizations both on and off campus to deliver programming for current and prospective students. Northwestern Chicago Out Network is a group that began several years ago informally and quickly became a regular social networking group for the support and encouragement of LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents on the Northwestern Chicago campus. There are several LGBTQ+ resources on and off campus: AMSA’s Gender & Sexuality Committee, Gay Lesbian Medical Association and the Northwestern University Gay and Lesbian University Union (GLUU).

 How can I get in contact with LGBTQ+ current students to learn more?

There are several ways to get in touch with current LGBTQ+ students. Applicants may email officers of the LGBTQ+ student group Feinberg LGBTQ+ Alliance to learn more. Interviewing students are invited to have coffee or dinner with current LGBTQ+ students during their visit as part of the Reach OUT program. To participate in Reach OUT, contact

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

Find detailed tuition, fees and financial aid information via the Financial Aid section of the Education site, including:

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: or phone 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 any of the following ways:

  • Email:
    Subject line should read: “FINAL TRANSCRIPT: Applicant Last Name, First Name, 
    AMCAS ID#"
  • Fax: 312.503.0550  NOTE: Send to the ATTN: Jessica Voth
  • Mail:

MD Students

MD Students submit transcripts to the Office of Medical Student Admissions:

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Office of Medical Student Admissions
310 East Superior Street
Morton Building 1-606
Chicago, IL  60611-3008
Attn:  Jessica Voth 

HPME Students

HPME Students submit transcripts to the Office of the Honors Program in Medical Education:

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Honors Program in Medical Education
303 East Chicago Avenue
Ward Building 1-003
Chicago, IL  60611-3008
Attn:  Nicole Fancher

MSTP Students

MSTP Students submit transcripts to the Medical Scientist Training Program Office:

Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Scientist Training Program
310 East Superior Street
Morton Building 1-670
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 University.  The most common format of a NetID is a combination of 3 letters (often related to your name) and 3 numbers.  Once activated, use your NetID to login to Northwestern e-mail, the student portal (CAESAR) and to access your Financial Aid packet and/or award.

Accepted students receive NetID activation instructions via e-mail during the month of March, (please check your spam and junk mail boxes). If you haven't received your NetID activation e-mail by April 15, please contact:

Jessica Voth


 How do I get a Northwestern email account?

You will receive a Northwestern email account when activating your NetID.

 Does Feinberg have Health Entrance Requirements? When do I complete these?

Yes, mandatory health entrance requirements must be completed by ALL medical students prior to matriculating at Feinberg in August.

It is strongly advised that newly-admitted students begin completing health entrance requirements as soon as possible, so that there is ample time to complete antibody titer testing and tuberculosis screening that is required in addition to vaccination history.  

 How do I complete the Health Entrance Requirements?

The ADMISSION HEALTH RECORD FORM can be downloaded from the Northwestern University Health Service Chicago Campus page. Submit the Admission Health Record and proof of immunizations by June 15th to:

Northwestern University Health Service
Health Information Management Services
633 Emerson Street
Evanston, IL 60208-4000

Students that have questions regarding health entrance requirements should contact Linda Daniels, Coordinator for Student Support Services, at: or (312) 503-0434 or Lisa Teel, Manager of Health Information Management Services at: or (847) 491-2203.

 What if I do not submit the Admission Health Record Form on time?

Any student who does not satisfy health entrance requirements before classes begin will not be permitted to participate in required clinical education activities that take place during the first week of classes. The University will also apply a late fee and place a subsequent registration hold on the student’s account if health requirements have not been completed by the Admission Health Record deadline of June 15.

 What vaccinations and tests are required to fulfill the health entrance requirements?

Students must agree to comply with the requirements for student health including immunizations and drug testing. Below are additional details about required vaccinations, as well as antibody and tuberculosis testing: 

  1. Students must provide proof of positive immunity through a blood antibody titer test result for Measles (rubeola), Mumps, Varicella, Rubella (German measles) and Hepatitis B. Proof of positive immunity is required in ADDITION to vaccination dates for these diseases.
  2. Antibody blood titer testing for Measles (rubeola), Mumps, Varicella, Rubella (German measles) and Hepatitis B should be completed well before the Admission Health Record deadline, just in case re-vaccination is needed prior to completing or a repeating an antibody test.
  3. Most students were already vaccinated for Hepatitis B during their childhood immunization years, but for those who were not; please allot extra time to complete the vaccinations. The Hepatitis B vaccination requires three doses that are administered over a six-month period. Once the Hepatitis B vaccination series is complete, a month wait period is required before the Hepatitis B surface antibody titer test can be completed.
  4. Required Tuberculosis Testing – TB Quantiferon Gold Blood Test  - DATE SENSITIVE
    • Only TB Quantiferon Gold Blood Test results completed after June 1st of the year you enter Feinberg will be accepted.
    • A copy of the lab result must be submitted to the NU–Health Information Management Services Office.
  5. If your TB Quantiferon Gold Blood test is positive, a TB Chest X-ray must be completed and attached to your result.
    • The TB Chest X-Ray result must be completed on or after March 1st of the year you enter the program.
    • The TB Chest X-Ray must be completed in the U.S.A.
    • If applicable, the TB Chest X-Ray result must also include historical positive tuberculosis test result and if applicable, treatment records.
    • Students with positive TB lab and/or TB Chest X-Ray results are also required to meet with a student health services physician upon arriving to campus. Only TB Quantiferon Gold Blood Test results completed after June 1st of the year you enter Feinberg will be accepted.
  6. Please pay close attention to the Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis section listed on the Admission Health Record Form as the requirements for Tdap vary for domestic and international students.
  7. All students are required to receive the Influenza Vaccine annually prior to participating in any clinical activities. Information about when and where to receive the influenza vaccine will be provided to students post matriculation to Feinberg.

 How do I obtain a Northwestern University ID card?

The WildCARD is the official Northwestern photo identification card. Once you have activated your Northwestern NetID, you are able to submit your WildCARD photo. Please review the criteria outlined on the link below to submit your photo. If you encounter issues while submitting your photo online, please contact the Evanston Wildcard Office at or call 847-467-6843.

Please note: Incoming medical students will receive their WildCARD at Sign-In. You do not need to visit the WildCARD Office to pick up your card if your photo is submitted before the deadline.

Submit your WildCARD Photo Here

 What is a CTA Ventra U-Pass and how do I obtain one?

The Feinberg School participates in the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Ventra U-Pass Program for student use of public transportation. The U-Pass fare card may be used on CTA buses and trains. All enrolled students are required to participate in the U-Pass program whether they choose to use the fare card or not. 

In order to prepare a Ventra U-Pass fare card for you, CTA/Ventra must receive a headshot photo of you in .jpg format. The photo must clearly show your face (no sunglasses/no hats), the background cannot be too dark and the photo cannot include other people. The ideal photo to submit would be a passport photo. You can use the same photo you submit for your Northwestern Wildcard.

Send your .jpg format photo via e-mail to:
Use the e-mail subject line: U-PASS Photo
Submission Deadline: June 15th

More information about the Ventra U-Pass program can be found here:

 As an admitted student, who can I contact if I have questions?

TopicWho to Contact

Admitted Student Questions
Entering Class Statistics Survey
 Net ID and Passwords
Interview Housing Host Program
Second Look Event
Criminal Background Check

Jessica Voth 

Arrival Week
Introduction to the Profession

Curriculum Information

Allison Matricaria

Financial Aid

Cynthia Gonzalez


    Student Housing
Admission Health Record Form
Drug Screening
Student Disability Insurance
Student Health Insurance

Linda Daniels


General Admissions Questions
  Final Transcripts

Laura Kubelka


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 East Superior Street, Chicago, Illinois, 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 busses 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 Medical Education pages.

 Can married students be accommodated locally? What about students with children?

Married students who prefer a one-bedroom apartment in the neighborhood will find that most rents run from around $1,800 to $2,200 a month.  The Popular Apartment Buildings page on the Medical Education site shows buildings popular with our medical students.  Students with children who prefer to live in a low-rise or single family neighborhood are directed to the Housing Coordinator, Linda Daniels, coordinator for Student Support Services, for assistance.

 Is there daycare for students with children?

Yes.  Questions about daycare should be directed to Linda Daniels, coordinator for Student Support Services.

 Do students need cars?

Students who live near the campus or in the surrounding neighborhoods have easy access to extensive public transportation and do not need a personal car. Learn more about shuttle services, public transportation and parking options via the Getting Around section of the Education site.