WMedStart is an early decision program that accepts students during their junior year of undergraduate education for admission to WMed for the academic year following completion of their baccalaureate education. The program is open to all students in their junior year, and eligible students in their senior year, from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College.
Applicants are selected on the basis of their experiences, attributes, and performance in academic studies. Experiences typically include a combination of volunteer service, community service, leadership roles, and research.
Successful applicants are notified of acceptance to WMed by April 1 of the junior year. Students who accept an offer of admission to WMed must agree not to apply to other medical schools since they have officially accepted admission to medical school.
Why should I apply through WMedStart?
An early decision for admission to medical school means that during your senior year you can focus on learning and successfully completing your undergraduate studies. You will not have to incur the expense-energy, time, and money-of applying, traveling, and interviewing at multiple medical schools. With the assurance of admission to medical school you have the security that permits you to consider other worthwhile experiences such as a semester abroad or internships that you might not otherwise be able to do.
Does applying for WMedStart affect my chances for admission to WMed if I am not accepted through WMedStart?
No. There is no adverse impact if you are not accepted through WMedStart and then apply to WMed through the regular application process.
Who is eligible to apply for WMedStart?
Students from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College are eligible to apply through WMedStart in the junior year of their undergraduate studies. Students from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College in their senior year who are planning extended studies for an additional year before entering medical school may apply if they have not applied previously to any medical school. Students are advised to contact Jean Shelton, Director of Admissions and Student Life, with questions concerning eligibility.
Completion of a minimum of one year of general chemistry with labs, one year of organic chemistry with labs, one year of biological sciences, and one year of physics at the time of application is strongly recommended.
At the point of application, an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher with a science (biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics) GPA of 3.5 or higher is required.
An ACT score of 30 or higher, or an SAT score of 2000 or higher is required. Applicants who have taken the exam more than once must submit all of their scores. An ACT or SAT score from an exam taken after the student has matriculated to college will not be considered.
Applicants to WMedStart must be citizens of the United States or have permanent resident status (e.g., a permanent resident Green Card). If applying as a permanent resident, the applicant must be a permanent resident at the time of application and will be required to submit a photocopy of the front and back of their permanent resident card.
What is my obligation if I accept admission through WMedStart?
Those who accept an offer of admission to WMed through WMedStart must successfully complete the remainder of their undergraduate studies as described in their application. Students who accept an offer of admission to WMed must agree not to apply to other medical schools since they are officially admitted to medical school. Additional matriculation requirements will be detailed in the offer of acceptance.
Will there be an interview?
Interviews are conducted during February and March, and may be conducted via phone or online for students who are taking courses away from Kalamazoo.
When will WMedStart applicants be notified of admission to WMed?
Applicants are notified of a decision by April 1. If not accepted through WMedStart, you still have time to submit applications to WMed and other medical schools through the regular application process.
What do I need to do to apply?
In order to be considered for admission through the WMedStart, WMed must receive the following no later than January 31, 2017:
WMedStart Application: As part of the application, you are asked to upload three documents: letter writer information, a current resume, and application essays. Your essays can be in one document and should each be between 1-2 pages (single spaced). Your uploads should be either in PDF or Word format.
Essay 1: Use this essay as an opportunity to describe your personal attributes and experiences. Some questions that you should address in writing this essay are: 1. Why have you selected the field of medicine? 2: What motivates you to learn more about medicine? 3. Why do you want to attend WMed? In addition, you may wish to include information such as special hardships, challenges, or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits. 4. Why you have chosen to apply through WMedStart.
Essay 2: Describe your plans, including courses, experiences, and extracurriculuar activities, between now and entering medical school in August 2018.
Resume: Current resume that lists all work experiences, extracurricular activities, research activities, community service or volunteering experiences, awards, honors, and publications. Please include the number of hours you have spent in each experience.
Letter Writer Form: Please identify your letter writers. A maximum of four letters may be submitted with at least two from faculty members who can comment on academic achievement and personal qualities. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommenders to the WMed Office of Admissions or submitted in a sealed envelope with the letter writer's signature across the seal.
You will need to mail the following materials to WMed Admissions:
ACT/SAT Score: A copy of the score report provided by the testing service or an official high school transcript reporting the score.
Citizenship Verification: A photocopy of your passport or driver's license if you are a US citizen, or a photocopy of the front and back of your permanent resident card if you are a permanent resident. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended that show all coursework completed through the Fall Semester. Official Transcripts must be sent directly to WMed Admissions.
Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommenders to the WMed Office of Admissions or submitted in a sealed envelope with the letter writer's signature across the seal. A maximum of four letters may be submitted with at least two from faculty members who can comment on academic achievement and personal qualities.
Application Fee: A $100 application fee must be submitted either via check or money order made out to WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-8023
In order to be considered for admission, all materials must be received no later than January 31, 2017.
Questions: Please email WMed Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269.337.6100.