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Admission Process and Timeline

About the Process

The Admissions Committee at the Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) is comprised of approximately 60 members and includes faculty from all FSU COM departments, fourth year medical students, and community physicians.

When considering applicants for admission, the Committee utilizes all appropriate information including academic, personal, experiential, and demographic data in the selection process. Personal qualities such as motivation, sensitivity to the needs of others, excellent oral communication skills, and maturity receive particular attention along with strong academic credentials. In addition, personal attributes such as compassion and altruism that are, in the view of the committee, essential to the art of good medical practice are of special interest in the selection process.

The Committee is especially interested in applicants who have demonstrated through their lifestyle consistent motivation for service to others. Applicants from underrepresented minority groups, applicants from rural and inner city backgrounds, women, and non-traditional applicants are of particular interest.

Early Decision Process

Consideration by the Office of Admissions for applicants participating in Early Decision begins as soon as an application is complete. Interviews for Early Decision applicants are held each year on the Mondays and Fridays in early September.

Applicants selected for an interview will be interviewed by two members of our Admissions Committee. The interviewers present the candidates at an Admissions Committee meeting on Tuesday following the Friday and Monday interview sessions. The Committee then makes a recommendation on each applicant to the Admissions Selection Committee which meets the following Tuesday afternoon for a final decision as to whether the applicant is immediately accepted, or placed on hold and deferred to the regular MD pool.

Applicants on hold may remain in that status until the class is filled. Applicants not selected for admission will be notified by early June.

Those applicants not chosen for Early Decision interviews are notified (and AMCAS informed) that their files have been deferred to the regular MD pool and will be reconsidered during the regular admission cycle.

All Early Decision notifications of acceptance and deferrals to the regular MD pool will be made by October 1st.

Regular Admission Process

Consideration of applicants by the Admissions Office for Regular Admission begins in July and continues until late April. Interviews are conducted most Mondays and Fridays from September through April, and typically about 300 applicants are interviewed each admission cycle.

Applicants selected for an interview will be interviewed by two members of our Admissions Committee. The interviewers present the candidates at an Admissions Committee meeting on Tuesday following the Friday and Monday interview sessions. The Admissions Committee makes a recommendation on each applicant to the Admissions Selection Committee which meets the following Tuesday afternoon for a final decision as to whether the applicant is immediately accepted, placed on hold, or not accepted.

Applicants placed on hold may remain in that status until the class is filled. Applicants not selected for admission will be notified by early June.

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, throughout the admissions cycle. Following the interview, applicants will be notified of the decision reached by the Admissions Committee concerning their status. The applicant will be notified that they are either accepted, placed on hold, or not accepted:

  • Acceptance - An offer of acceptance is made for the applicant to join the incoming FSU COM class. To accept the offer, applicants must submit a signed Acceptance Offer Letter, FSU Graduate Application including Residency Form, and Technical Standards Acknowledgement.
     
  • Hold - The decision was made to place the applicant on hold and no offer of acceptance or notice of non acceptance is made. Final decisions of acceptance or non acceptance will be made by early June. Applicants in this category are encouraged to submit important and significant updates to the Admissions Office throughout the cycle, as updates may increase the likelihood of applicants from the Hold list being offered acceptance during the cycle. At the end of each cycle, applicants on the Hold list may be offered acceptance as withdrawals occur.
     
  • Non-Acceptance - After careful evaluation, the applicant is informed that the Admissions Office will not be offering a position in the incoming class.

Timeline

Below is the timeline for the 2016-2017 FSU COM Admissions Cycle.

Due to the nature of our holistic admissions review process, particularly our focus on applicants who meet our mission, as well as our unique Master of Science Bridge to Clinical Medicine program, applicants may not hear from the Admissions Office until a final decision about their application is made, usually by early June.

Deadline Action
June 7, 2016 Primary AMCAS application is available for completion and submission
July 2016 through January 2017 Primary AMCAS applications are transmitted to FSU COM
July 2016 through December 2016 Invitations to complete the FSU COM Secondary Application are made
August 2016 through April 2017 Applications are reviewed for interview consideration
August 1, 2016 Deadline for Early Decision applicants to submit the Primary AMCAS application
August 15, 2016 Deadline for Early Decision applicants to submit all Secondary Materials
August 2016 through April 2017 Applicants are invited to interview
September 2016 through April 2017 Interviews are conducted most Mondays and Fridays
September 15 through October 1, 2016 Early Decision applicants are notified of Admissions Decision
October 15, 2016 through May 2017 Acceptances are made to Regular Admission applicants
December 1, 2016 Deadline for Regular Admission Applicants to submit the Primary AMCAS application
December 31, 2016 Deadline for Regular Admission Applicants to submit all Secondary Materials
January 1, 2017 Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
April 30, 2017 Deadline for applicants holding acceptances at multiple medical programs to choose the specific school or program at which the applicant prefers to enroll and withdraw his or her application, by written correspondence delivered by regular or electronic methods, from all other schools or programs from which acceptance offers have been received, in compliance with AAMC Traffic Rules.
May 30, 2017 First day of Orientation for the FSU COM Class of 2021
August 2017 White Coat Ceremony for the FSU COM Class of 2021

Applicant Status Updates

Application status may be checked using the online admissions status page. To view the status all applicants must login with an AAMC ID. Other correspondence concerning applications, including updates to applications, must be sent via e-mail to  

The application status should be checked regularly. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the submission of the primary AMCAS application and all secondary materials by the application deadline. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents.

Decisions are based on the strength of the application, not the date in which the application is received. You may not hear back regarding the status of your application until after April 30, 2017.