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Frequently Asked Questions

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Student & Graduate Demographics

What are the demographics of a recent entering class?

The members of the 2018 entering class came from 103 different undergraduate schools, 32 states and the District of Columbia and six other countries. A profile of the matriculated students includes the following:

  • Overall GPA 3.71    
  • Mean MCAT scores were 128 in the CARS and CPGBS sections and 129 in the BBFLS and PSBFB sections.    
  • Age at entrance: 20-42, with an average age of 23
  • 50% female
  • 28% non-white ethnic groups
  • 9% of students from groups underrepresented in medicine

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?

No preference is given to in-state applicants. However, Sidney Kimmel Medical College is the official medical school for the state of Delaware, and Delaware residents may be given preferential treatment.

At which hospitals have recent SKMC graduates started their medical careers?

SKMC graduates are located all over the U.S. For more information, see the Match List for the Class of 2018 (PDF).

Programs & Applying

How do I apply to SKMC?

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Applications should be submitted to AMCAS between June 1 and November 15. 

More information about applying to SKMC

What is AMCAS?

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS) is the Association of American Medical Colleges' centralized medical school application processing service. AAMC - Student Services, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC, 20001-2399

Does SKMC offer any cooperative programs?

Yes. Some of our cooperative programs include the following:

  • Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER) Program
  • Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP)
  • Medical Scholars Program (MSP)
  • Jefferson Accelerated Program with Penn State University BS/MD
More about our cooperative programs

How do I apply to the MD/PhD Program?

Students interested in the combined MD/PhD program must apply through AMCAS, indicating the Combined Degree application type, and complete a secondary application to the College of Medicine. The deadline for application to the MD/PhD program is October 15.

Does SKMC offer a combined BS/MD Program?

Yes, the Jefferson Accelerated Program with Penn State University, for high school seniors only. Students earn both the BS and MD degrees in seven calendar years after graduation from high school. To apply, please contact Penn State at 814-865-7620.

Does SKMC offer a formal post-baccalaureate course of study?

SKMC does not offer a formal post-baccalaureate course of study, but the Jefferson College of Life Sciences does offer a Post-Bacculaureate Pre-Professional Program for individuals seeking to complete their basic science requirements in order to prepare for entrance to medical school.

Tracking your Application

How do I maintain contact and demonstrate interest in my application to SKMC?

To maintain the integrity of the admissions process at SKMC, all communications concerning your application, including the interview, should be forwarded to the Dean of Admissions.

What is the status page?

The status page is designed for all applicants, to see what stage your application is in during the processing phase. The page will indicate when your AMCAS application and SKMC supplemental application form and fee were received, when your MCAT test scores were received at SKMC from AMCAS and when your letters of recommendation were received.

How will I know when my application is complete?

Your application is complete when all items on the status page have a date received, or a 'yes' indicated. Once all required items are in, your application will move to the Admissions Committee for review.

When will my submitted application be processed?

Your application will begin processing after we receive your AMCAS application, SKMC secondary application, fee or AMCAS Fee Waiver and letters of recommendation. It can sometimes take six weeks to complete the processing of your application.

When will I know if I am going to receive an interview?

Invitations for interviews are extended between September and April. If you are granted an interview, you will receive an email notification from the Director of Admissions.

When will I know the final decision on my application?

All interview decisions are mailed by March 31st.

Application Requirements

Why does SKMC require SSN/SSI numbers?

SSN/SSI numbers are required because they are essential for University Services and matriculation.

Is a Bachelor's degree required for entrance to SKMC?

Yes. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university is required.

Are SAT scores required for admission?

No, but the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required.

SAT information provides additional information about standardized testing.

How old can my MCAT scores be when I apply?

Scores should be no older than three years of the time of application.

Where do I send letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are to be sent to AMCAS only. Please review the AMCAS letter transmission policy. Do not submit letters of recommendation to Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?

Generally SKMC prefers a composite letter written on behalf of the applicant by the college or university's pre-health committee, if there is one. Some schools do not provide this service but offer to collect individual letters of recommendation and mail them to the medical schools. If individual letters are sent, we prefer one biology, one chemistry, one physics and one humanities. 

Are exemptions made on the required letters of recommendation?

You may direct exemption requests to the Committee on Admissions using the optional information section on the Secondary Application.

Secondary Application

When will I receive the SKMC secondary application?

Once we receive your verified AMCAS application, we will send you an e-mail notification with instructions for completing the Sidney Kimmel Medical College online secondary application. 

Can I complete the SKMC secondary application in print?

Yes. You can download the application through our applying page and submit it to us through conventional mail.

What is the URL to access the secondary application to complete my application to SKMC?

To complete the online secondary application, use the ID and PIN number included in your e-mail notification from SKMC. If you have misplaced these numbers, please contact the SKMC Office of Admissions at 215-955-6983.

Can I cut and paste information into the application?

Yes. You will be able to cut and paste information into the SKMC supplemental application if you would like to prepare the text ahead of time. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using Microsoft Word, then copy it into the application. Please be aware of our 4,000 character (including spaces) limit for the additional information section.

Can I make changes to my secondary application after it is submitted?

Changes to your application can only be submitted in writing. No online changes can occur.

International Students

I am an International student. Will that affect my chances of getting into SKMC?

International students who have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada, and have completed the requirements, are eligible to apply at SKMC. International students are judged by the same criteria as U.S. citizens.

International students who do not have a Baccalaureate degree from an institution in the United States or Canada are not accepted for admission.

My undergrad degree is from an institution outside of the U.S. or Canada. Can I still apply to SKMC?

No. Foreign students who do not have a Baccalaureate degree from an institution in the United States or Canada are not accepted for admission. Courses taken outside the U.S. or Canada cannot be used to fulfill requirements. 

Do you accept transfer applications from students enrolled at foreign medical schools?

We do not accept transfer applications from students enrolled in foreign medical schools. Only students currently enrolled in Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical schools may apply for transfer.

Are International students eligible for financial aid?

International students are not eligible to apply for financial scholarships and loans. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.