Frequently Asked Questions
Can you send me a catalog?
In an effort to "Go Green," we have no published catalog. All of the most current information on the FSU College of Medicine is posted on our website.
I am still an undergraduate and am considering applying to medical school. Is there an advisor I may talk to prior to completing my application?
The best source of information is a pre-health advisor on your institution's campus. You may contact the FSU health professions advisor by emailing MedInformation@med.fsu.edu.
I am a current applicant to your College of Medicine. Can I speak to someone in the Admissions Office regarding my application?
Given our very small staff size and more than 6,500 applications each year, in an effort to be as fair as possible to all applicants, we do not offer advise regarding aspects of the application. Deliberations by the Admissions committee includes an applicant's judgments when completing the application. If you have specific questions regarding the Admissions process, please e-mail MedAdmissions@med.fsu.edu.
I read you are an Early Start Program. When do classes begin?
Orientation begins May 29, 2018 for the Class of 2022. Classes begin May 31, 2018.
Is there an application fee? If so, what is it?
The College of Medicine charges a $30 secondary application fee.
Can I apply directly to the Bridge to Clinical Medicine major of the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, better known as the Bridge Program?
No. Students will be selected for the Bridge Program from the regular Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) admissions cycle. If you receive a rejection letter, it has been decided we are unable to offer you a position in either the regular class or our Bridge Program.
What is the minimum GPA and MCAT score I need to apply to your school?
We have no minimum requirements for these scores. The average GPA for the 2017 entering class was 3.7 and the average MCAT score was 505. Our Admissions Committee prefers to look at the entire application rather than just test scores.
I am a non-traditional student. My undergraduate faculty members don't remember me, so what letters can I substitute instead?
You should request letters from people you have worked with and who know you well. Choose those people who you think will write the most informative and helpful letters about your suitability to enter medical school.
Can I send my letters of recommendation to your school before my AMCAS application has been sent?
No. Because the Florida State University College of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter Service program, all letters must be submitted electronically through AMCAS.
How do I know if I have completed the Biochemistry requirement?
Generally, if a biochemistry course at your school is designed as a pre-med course and taken by pre-med students it will be acceptable. Some schools present biochemistry as one three-credit-hour course. If a lab is offered as an option, it is recommended that you take the lab. If you are in doubt, you may email your question to MedAdmissions@med.fsu.edu, and attach the course syllabus, with the course name and name of your school for evaluation.
Does it make any difference where I take the pre-requisite courses? Can I take them by distance learning?
We prefer applicants to take pre-requisite courses in a traditional classroom setting at a four-year college. However, we recognize that this is not always possible, especially for non-traditional applicants, so course credit from a US-accredited institution is acceptable in most cases.
What should I include in my essay?
The goal in writing your essay is to express your values and convey your most important qualities, emphasizing the points that justify your suitability for medical school. Convey your perspectives precisely and proficiently while emphasizing your distinct attributes. Keep in mind that the essay should reflect your personality and your skills in writing.
May I use my essays from last year?
Yes, but we highly suggest that you revisit the essay. Re-writing your essay may be a better alternative, particularly if there have been significant changes in your experiences or accomplishments.
How can I check on the status of my application?
We will contact you by email as follows: (1) to acknowledge receipt and initial review of your AMCAS application, (2) to invite you to submit a secondary online application, and (3) when your application is complete (that is, when the secondary application, and letters of recommendation have been received). You may check the status of your application online anytime. Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documentation is received by the College of Medicine in order to complete the application for review. Applicants will NOT be notified of missing documents.
When will I hear a decision regarding my application to the FSU College of Medicine?
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, decisions are made based on the strength of the application, not the date in whcih the application is received. Applicants may not hear back from the Office of Admissions regarding the status of your application until after April 30.
How do you view out of state applicants?
While we accept Out of State applicants, in keeping with the mission of the FSU COM, Florida residents will be given preference.
Do you accept transfer students?
We will only consider transfer requests from students in good standing wishing to transfer from another LCME accredited school of medicine. Please e-mail the Admissions office for more information e-mail MedAdmissions@med.fsu.edu.
I will be in the Tallahassee area can I drop by the College of Medicine for a tour, or to walk in to the Admissions Office?
Tours of the College of Medicine should be scheduled in advance here. As mentioned previously given our small staff size and more than 6,500 applicants each year, Admissions personnel do not meet with applicants in person. It will not make a positive impression for any applicant to drop by the Admissions office in an effort to talk to someone in person.