Office of the Dean
O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Medical School Admissions


How do I apply for admission to the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB)?
The OUWB uses AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) for the initial application process. All applicants must register and apply at www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas. Click here to learn more about the complete application process.

When is the deadline for applying?
The application deadline for submitting the AMCAS application is November 15. The deadline for submitting the supplemental application is December 15. Visit our admissions timeline web site for more information about important dates.

Do you require a supplemental application?  Is there an additional charge?
Screened applicants will be invited to submit a supplemental application. The nonrefundable supplemental application charge is $75. We encourage applicants to review our desired criteria for selection before submitting the supplemental application.

How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?
Applicants should submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation (maximum of five). If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as two of your three required letters of recommendation. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

We receive many questions about who should write letters of recommendation. We highly recommend you select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine. It is a good idea to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. Letters from family members and/or friends are discouraged.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation?
All letters of recommendation should be submitted through AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

How will I know if I will be interviewed for admission?
Completed applications, including both the AMCAS and supplemental applications, will be reviewed for interview eligibility on a rolling basis. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted via email to set up an interview date. Interviews will take place from September through March. We send all communications via email, so please include a valid and regularly monitored email address on your AMCAS application.

Can I make an individual appointment with someone in the admissions department to discuss my qualifications for admission?
We do not offer individual appointments with potential students at this time. However, we do offer prospective student webinars and Preview Days year-round. We encourage you to bookmark the OUWB Admissions website and visit often. Webinar and Preview Day opportunities will be posted on the web as dates become available. 

Does the OUWB School of Medicine offer an early decision program?
An early decision program is not being offered at this time.

Do you accept transfer students?
The OUWB School of Medicine only accepts applications from potential third year transfer students when positions are available. There are no current openings for transfer students. You can learn more about our Transfer Admissions Process here.

I am an international student.  Can I apply?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applicants who did not attend U.S. or Canadian schools should complete at least one year, preferably two, in residence at an accredited college in North America.

What are the desired admissions requirements for the OUWB School of Medicine?
  • Undergraduate science GPA of 3.00 or higher and overall GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • MCAT score of 495 or higher, or on the old MCAT a score of 24 or higher
  • Meaningful medical activities (including volunteer work, shadowing, etc)
  • Service to others and to the community
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Excellence in an activity or area of interest (sports, research, or other endeavor) at a local, regional, or national level
  • Evidence of intellectual curiosity and a commitment to life-long learning
For more information, visit OUWB Admissions Requirements.

Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
While not required, it is recommended that a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution be completed prior to enrollment.

What prerequisite courses are required?

OUWB has new prerequisite requirements.  In 2017 applicants will be asked to indicate on their secondary application whether they met our new requirements or our traditional requirements. The coursework should be taken at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

New Requirements

Applicants should take a minimum of 24 college credits (excluding AP courses) with breadth and depth of science and math disciplines.  Of those 24 credit hours, coursework must include:

  • 1 course in Biochemistry
  • 1 course in Statistics (Math or Social Science based)
  • 1 lab in either Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
In addition to the 24 Science/Math credits, applicants must complete: 
  • 1 course in Social or Behavioral Sciences.

-OR-

Traditional (Previous) Requirements

Required:

  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry with 1 lab
  • 1 semester of Organic Chemistry with 1 lab
  • 2 semesters of Biology with 1 lab
  • 2 semesters of Physics with 1 lab
  • 2 semesters of college-level Mathematics, OR one semester of college-level Mathematics and 1 semester of Statistics

Recommended:

  • 1 semester of Biochemistry 
  • 2 semesters Social/Behavioral Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology)
We do not give preference to either prerequisite pathway. Read more about prerequisite coursework.

Does the OUWB School of Medicine accept online courses for prerequisites?
Since many prerequisite courses include a laboratory requirement, online courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Will OUWB accept community college classes for prerequisite coursework?
Yes, the OUWB School of Medicine will accept prerequisite coursework taken at a community college. However, students are encouraged to take additional upper level science courses at a four-year institution in preparation for MCAT and medical school coursework.

Can I use AP and/or CLEP credits as my prerequisites?
AP credits are not accepted if following the new prerequisite model. If following the traditional prerequisite model, Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable so long as they appear on college transcripts and are verified by AMCAS.  It is highly recommended, however, that students take additional advanced courses in these areas. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course requirements.

What is the latest MCAT score you will accept for the admission cycle?
MCAT scores should be taken within the three years prior to applying. The last test administration accepted for each admission cycle is September.

I have taken the MCAT twice.  Will you consider the most recent total score, the highest total score, an average of the scores, or the highest sub-scores between the two tests?
We will not dismiss, average, or combine scores. All MCAT scores received from AMCAS will be considered. We will use a holistic review process and are interested in many factors, including an applicant's academic and leadership skills, meaningful medical experiences, extra-curricular activities and level of commitment. While test scores are important, they are only one of the many factors we'll be considering.

What type of grading system will the OUWB School of Medicine use?
For the M1 and M2 years, we will utilize a three-level grading system: Pass, Fail, and Honors. For the M3 and M4 years, we will utilize a four-level grading system: Pass, Fail, High Pass, and Honors.

What is your class size?
Class size is 125 students.

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
We do not give preference to in-state applicants.

How much is tuition?
Tuition for the 2017-2018 year is $53,586.

I don't live in Michigan.  Will I be charged out of state rates?
The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is a privately funded medical school. We charge the same tuition rate regardless of state of residence. (return to top)