Welcome to the admissions website for the University of Illinois College of Medicine (COM)
We are pleased that you are interested in applying to medical school and that you have taken the time to visit our website. We recognize that the process of applying to medical schools can be intimidating, and we hope to provide you with information to make the process as smooth as possible.
Although University of Illinois College of Medicine is one Medical School, our students attend four different campus locations: Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana. When applying to University of Illinois COM, you will effectively be applying to all four campuses, and you will be asked upon acceptance for your site rank preference. All four campuses offer the same quality educational experience while each offers a unique environment based on the local culture, partner organizations, and patient populations. We are LCME accredited as one medical school and offer the same diploma for all campus locations.
What is a typical student at University of Illinois COM?
You are probably wondering what kinds of students apply and get accepted to the school and whether you are qualified and would be a good fit to pursue your medical degree at the University of Illinois. In looking back over the 130 years of this highly reputable medical school, we have learned that there is no typical University of Illinois student and that our students come from very diverse backgrounds with a broad range of experience and interests. At University of Illinois, we leverage this diversity towards the development and maintenance of a well-rounded education which aims to help all of our students achieve the most throughout their educational career on campus.
Why University of Illinois College of Medicine?
With so many choices of medical schools, we want to give you a brief summary of what we have to offer. In addition to top-notch faculty, access to a unique set of urban and rural patient populations, and our unparalleled student diversity, here are a few more reasons to consider University of Illinois:
- You will experience great clinical training early on in the program.
Our medical students get extensive clinical experience which begins in the first two years of their medical education. At the Rockford and Chicago campuses, students learn first-hand best-practices for treating local underserved rural and urban patient populations. All of our clinical education programs offer focused, skill-building experience in community clinics, major teaching hospitals and other diverse settings. In Peoria, students can supplement their patient-based clinical experience with the latest developments in simulation technology at the world-class Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center. In Urbana, first-year students are involved in the Introduction to Human Disease course where they learn using clinical cases and material. This learning can be further developed during that year while working with clinicians in patient care during a preceptorship.
- Scholarships are a priority.
Fundraising for scholarships to make medical education more affordable is our priority. There is no additional application required to be considered. Our goal is to recruit the most desirable candidates and to make their education financially achievable.
- We’re performing groundbreaking research.
Medical students have many opportunities to work with professors and fellows who are furthering the practice of medicine with new knowledge about diabetes, cancer, tropical parasitic infections, gene regulation and more. Two examples of our excellence in research training are the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) we offer in Urbana and the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) we offer in Chicago , which collectively host one of the largest populations of MD/PhD students in the U.S. and currently have individuals pursuing graduate study in over 30 academic disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, biomedical sciences, business, and law.
- We have extraordinary residency programs.
As one of the largest medical schools in the country, the College of Medicine offers more than 60 residency programs for nearly 1,000 residents across our four campuses which prepare doctors for specialties such as nephrology, orthopedic surgery, family medicine and more. These residents are a critical part of the education community at the College of Medicine.
- Our graduates do well in the Match.
Graduates of the College of Medicine pursue residencies at many of the nation’s top medical institutions in a wide variety of specialties, ranging from internal medicine to neurosurgery.