Medical College of Wisconsin



  • Before You Apply
  • When You Apply
  • Upon Admission
  • Before Arrival





Early Decision Program (MCW-Milwaukee)
First date to submit AMCAS application May 31, 2018
Primary (AMCAS) application deadline August 1, 2018
Latest MCAT date July 24, 2018
Secondary application deadline August 31, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST
Early Decision Interviews August / September
Latest date to receive decision October 1, 2018
Regular Decision (All campuses), MSTP (MCW-Milwaukee), and MD/MS (MCW-Milwaukee)
First date to submit AMCAS application May 31, 2018
Primary (AMCAS) application deadline* November 1, 2018
Latest MCAT date September 19, 2018
First acceptances released October 15, 2018
Secondary application deadline December 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST
Interviews September – April
New Student Orientation July 2019 (Regional campuses) and August 2019 (Milwaukee campus)
*For optimum consideration, applicants should submit primary application and official transcripts to AMCAS by July 1



In order to apply to MCW, applicants must have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, including prerequisites, at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States or Canada. The required credits must be earned prior to matriculation. No credit will be given for coursework taken outside the United States or Canada.

We only accept scores from the new version of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For 2019 entry, applicants must have taken the exam no earlier than January 2016.

MCW also accepts applications from international applicants, non-US citizens, and DACA status applicants who meet other eligibility requirements.


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam is required of all applicants. We only accept scores from the new version of the MCAT. For 2019 entry, the MCAT must have been taken no earlier than January 2016.

If you have taken the MCAT exam more than once, the Admissions Committee will mix-and-match the two most recent eligible exams to consider the best overall score.

The CASPer Test

Completion of the CASPer exam is mandatory for all MCW Medical School applicants. CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and physicians. This information will complement other tools we use for applicant screening, evaluation, and review and will further enhance the fairness and objectivity of our holistic review and selection process.

Your application will not be reviewed for possible interview selection until you have completed and submitted the CASPer exam. We highly recommend that you take the exam on the first available date. Please note that CASPer test scores are only valid for one admissions cycle. If you took the CASPer test as part of last year’s application, you will be required to retake the test this cycle as well. To take CASPer, you will need a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. There is a $10 fee to take CASPer and a $10 fee to send your score to MCW. CASPer fees are waived for those approved for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

Please go to the CASPer Test website to sign up and reserve a test date using your AAMC ID and a government-issued photo ID. Do not register for test dates in December or January which fall after the secondary application deadline.

Please review more details about the CASPer test (PDF)


While it is recommended that all prerequisites be completed prior to taking the MCAT, completion of the prerequisites is not a requirement to have a file reviewed, be interviewed, or receive an offer. Completion of all prerequisites is a requirement for enrollment, and must be fulfilled by June 15th of the matriculation year.

To ensure accurate academic records, all official transcripts must be submitted by June 15th of the matriculation year. Transcripts must come directly from the educational institutions. AMCAS does not forward transcripts to the medical schools.

If you are on the quarter or trimester system, three quarters or trimesters are required.

Biology Chemistry Physics Math English Social Sciences
4 credits Advanced Biology with lab
(Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, etc. will satisfy this requirement if the course includes a lab.)

3 or 4 credits in Biochemistry

(provided the course required both general and organic chemistry as prerequisites)

8 credits
4 credits
(statistics is recommended)
3 credits
(may use a writing-intensive course to satisfy this requirement.)
3 credits in psychology or sociology
*A course in oral communication (speech, interpersonal communication, etc.) is recommended.
**AP coursework will be accepted for the Physics and Math requirements only. All credits must be taken for a grade.


Letters of Recommendation

Required Undergraduate Letters: You must submit undergraduate letters of recommendation unless you graduated with your undergraduate degree at least five years ago. Letters must be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Committee letter
  • Packet of letters
  • Two individual letters from classroom professors, one of whom must have taught biology, chemistry, physics, or a comparable science discipline.

Graduate Letters: Applicants who are currently or previously enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are strongly recommended to submit a letter from a professor or thesis advisor in additional to the other required letters of recommendation.

Optional Letters

  • You may submit up to three optional letters. These letters are not required.
  • For optimal consideration, these should be also be submitted via AMCAS and be received by MCW before the application is complete.
  • If you are applying to the MD/PhD (MSTP) or MD/MS program, it is strongly recommended that you include a letter of recommendation speaking to your ability to become a physician-scientist.
  • Letters from Principal Investigators may be submitted as optional letters, but typically cannot fulfill the undergraduate letter requirement.

Letter Format

  • Letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead and signed by the author(s).
  • If the letter-writer is a Teaching Assistant, the letter must be co-signed by the Professor of the course.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm that each letter-writer understands and complies with these requirements.
  • Letters of recommendation are accepted via US Postal Service and electronic providers including AMCAS, VirtualEvals, and Interfolio.

If you are requesting an exception, such as waiving undergraduate letters, please contact the Office of Admissions at or (414) 955-8246. Applicants assume all responsibility for submitting required application materials, including letters of recommendation. Failure to submit required materials may result in an unsuccessful review.


MCW–Milwaukee Selection Factors

  • Academic Achievement
  • MCAT and CASPer Scores
  • Personal Statement and Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Experiences
  • Non-Cognitive Personal and Professional Characteristics
  • Personal Interview

Application Information

How To Apply

  • Initiate your application through AMCAS.
  • Upon receipt of a copy of your AMCAS application, MCW will provide access to complete your secondary application.
  • Deadline for Early Decision is August 1 and General Pool is November 1.
  • You are strongly advised to apply and complete your application early. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis by date of completion.  All required supplemental items must be received by MCW for a submitted application to be consider complete.
  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required and must be taken no earlier than April 2015. Beginning with this application cycle, we will only be accepting scores from the new version of the exam.

Alternative Matriculation Options

Deferred Admission: Application to defer admission for one year is available to all admitted applicants, provided the applicant has met all their admissions contingencies. The applicant must file a formal request to defer by May 31. A decision on the deferral request will be communicated to the applicant shortly after.

Transfer Policy: The Medical College of Wisconsin only accepts transfer students demonstrating hardship into its third-year class from LCME-accredited schools. This is rare, as it is contingent on available space.



Primary Application (AMCAS)

The primary application to the Medical College of Wisconsin should be filed via the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)


Secondary Application

Secondary applications will be sent to all eligible applicants upon AMCAS verification. If you received an email with login credentials for the MCW Secondary Application, please complete the application.


These forms are not required of all applicants. Please review the requirements of each form, and complete the form(s) that pertain to you. All forms are in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view and print the forms.

  • Dean’s Certification: This form is required if you have indicated on the AMCAS application or on our Secondary Application that an institutional action has been taken against you. It is also required if you have previously matriculated at a medical school regardless of the reason for departure. Provide this form with your explanation to the appropriate office at the institution for verification. It will then be sent directly to us by your institution. If applicable to you, this form is required to complete the application.
  • Wisconsin Residency Form: If you are considered a Wisconsin resident for tuition purposes, complete and send this form to the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) in Madison, WI. This form must be approved prior to matriculation in order to qualify for the Wisconsin Medical Student Tuition Assistance program, but it is not required in order to complete your secondary application.
  • Technical Standards: The Technical Standards for Admission, Retention, Promotion and Graduation consist of the minimum physical, cognitive and emotional requirements to provide reasonable assurance that candidates or students can complete the entire course of study and participate fully in all aspects of medical training. All incoming medical students will need to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and can meet each of the Technical Standards by the deadline date provided in their acceptance letter. Current students will need to review and sign the Technical Standards annually.
  • Credit Report: All admitted and waitlisted applicants are required to submit a copy of their credit report to be approved by the Financial Aid Office by the deadline date provided in their acceptance or waitlist letter. Credit reports can be requested on the Annual Credit Report website. If an applicant has no credit history, this form is required. Additional documentation may be required by the Financial Aid Office on a case-by-case basis.
  • Certification of Finances: If you are not a US Citizen, you must submit the Certification of Finances form and documentation to the Financial Aid Office. You are encouraged to complete and submit this documentation early after being admitted or placed on the waitlist; this is not required to complete your application but needs to be submitted and approved well in advance of matriculation.
  • International applicants who have been accepted to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) are not required to provide a Certification of Finances form since the MSTP program provides students with the full support during the duration of the program. If, for any reason, the international student leaves the MSTP program, the student would then be required to provide a Certification of Finances (amount to be determined). If this documentation is not approved, the student will then be withdrawn from MCW.


Interviewing Information

  • Interviews are typically on Thursdays or Fridays from September to early April
  • All invitations to interview are sent via email.
  • Interview space is limited and reservations are taken on a first come-first serve basis.

Typical MCW-Milwaukee Interview Schedule
  • Check-in
  • Welcome
  • Curriculum and Scholarly Pathway Q&A
  • Lunch with current students
  • Interview Information
  • Interviews OR Financial Aid Presentation and Tour
  • Financial Aid Presentation and Campus Tour OR Interviews
  • Concluding Remarks and Q&A

Candidates should expect to be at MCW until approximately 5:00 pm. Travel time to the airport is about 45 minutes. It is recommended you not schedule a departing flight before 6:30 pm.

  • A shuttle back to the airport is available at 5:00 pm at the candidate's expense ($15).

Lodging Resource Guide (PDF)



A clean copy of your credit report must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline date provided with your acceptance letter. You can request your credit report on the Annual Credit Report website. Enter the state you reside in and you will be informed whether you are eligible to receive a free credit report.

This form is required only if you do not have a credit history.

Frequently Asked Questions-Discovery Curriculum


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  How does MCW's curriculum differ from other schools?

The Medical College of Wisconsin is transforming the medical student educational model and curriculum to address the rapidly evolving practice of medicine.  Our goal is to provide a curriculum that provides you, the student, with early clinical experience and an enhanced foundation of basic and clinical sciences using innovative interactive learning methods.  We offer multiple Scholarly Pathways that allow you to individualize your medical school experience and align it with current or developing areas of interest.  Our curriculum differs from that of other institutions in that ours begins with a foundational year in the basic sciences, combined with introductions to clinical experiences using a variety of methods including classroom, standardized patients and in-clinic experiences.  The second year of our curriculum is comprised of seven integrated system-based units and capped off with an integrated symptom-based unit as the final course before the USMLE Step 1 exam.  Our unique Scholarly Pathways were developed to allow students to pursue an emphasis in their Medical Education; your path is customized to meet your individual interests.


  I understand that a new curriculum was introduced in August 2012. Why the change and what is different?

The Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to providing a curriculum that is responsive to the ever-changing needs of students and the evolving world of medicine, as well as one which helps students become compassionate physicians and innovative leaders.  The Discovery Curriculum’s unique blend of early clinical experiences, coupled with our Scholarly Pathways program, enables you, the student, customize your respective learning experiences to support the discovery of your individual paths in the field of medicine.


We are responding to the changes that have been occurring in medical education over the last two decades.  Among the drivers for this change were the desire for you, as a student, to have more clinical experiences and more active learning opportunities, as well as to provide a competency-based medical education program.  Our new curriculum fosters more collaboration among departments, increased opportunities for active learning sessions and more structured and earlier clinical experiences.   It also supports the evolution of teaching basic sciences – from foundations courses through the integration within the organ systems to a review of how you're impacted by the basic sciences learned within the clinics.

  What courses comprise each year of the Medical School curriculum?
  What teaching methods or strategies are used by the Medical College faculty?

The Medical College of Wisconsin currently uses a five-point grading system utilizing designations of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Low Pass and Fail.  We do not calculate a cumulative grade point average.  The grade of Incomplete is used only when a student has not been able to complete the course requirements within the time allotted for the course as a result of an acute or unexpected circumstance beyond the student's control. “Fully satisfactory academic performance" means that the student has earned a grade of at least Pass in any course or clerkship.  A grade of Low Pass is not considered to be a fully satisfactory performance.  Any grade less than Pass will be reviewed by the Academic Standing Committee.

  How will an early clinical experience make me a better doctor?

Caring for patients is a privilege that requires physicians to master many roles, thus ensuring a strong physician/patient relationship.  The goal of an early clinical experience is to enable you to connect basic science with clinical patient experiences, allowing you to benefit from the hands-on application of clinical skills while simultaneously learning and applying basic science knowledge.  It also provides time for the practice of discrete parts of the physical exam – progressing to history-taking, physical diagnosis and oral presentation.

  What opportunities are available for me to individualize my medical school experience?

We have created numerous Scholarly Pathways that provide you with the opportunity to develop skills and become exposed to many of the different elements of medicine while concurrently enabling them to concentrate on individualized areas of interest.  We also offer additional electives for further customization of the curriculum in the M4 year.

  What sort of faculty development will be offered to ensure faculty stay current with teaching methods?

Faculty Development is an important hallmark of the Medical College of Wisconsin, as reflected in a separate faculty-led Faculty Development Work Group. This entity meets on a regular basis to address faculty needs ranging from technology use to instructional methods and delivery within the curriculum.  Our Medical College staff includes educational specialists and instructional technologists who provide education and assistance to faculty on an as-needed basis.

  How does the new curriculum differ from the pilot curriculum currently in place?

The pilot curriculum was structured as an Organ System approach for the first two years of the curriculum to allow students to learn anatomy and physiology within each organ system.  The new Discovery Curriculum began in the M1 year in August, 2012, utilizing a course-based approach, enabling you to learn anatomy and physiology in a sequential manner.  The second year will revisit the organ system while also building on a simple-to-complex method of learning along with an early clinical experience.

  Will there be any changes to the building to accommodate the new active learning?

On January 27, the Medical College Board of Trustees approved a plan to undertake a $23 million facilities renovation and technology upgrade to support our education mission.  We expect that approximately 2/3 of the costs will be earmarked for facilities renovations and 1/3 for technology upgrades.  We are creating an Active Learning classroom, modernizing and completely remodeling the Human Anatomy space, constructing additional study spaces and improving small group spaces.  Study, Lounge and Collaboration spaces are being enhanced to provide students with additional areas for studying, relaxing and collaborating with colleagues.


Student Housing RESOURCES

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  Before You Start Looking

Here are several resources to help you find housing in the Milwaukee area.

  • The largest listing of vacancies appears in the Sunday morning edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. You may contact them online at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel OnLine.
  • Craigslist is another popular source, It can be easily searched for by price or by number of bedrooms or by just putting in MCW or Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Apartment is a wonderful free resource. The website pulls from over 100 different listing sources.
  • There is a Housing Listings Binder which contains listings of available apartments and listings of medical students looking for roommates. This book is located in the Office of Student Affairs (third floor) during working hours and at the Security Desk (first floor) on week-ends from June-Mid August. Be aware that sometimes it is difficult and therefore frustrating to reach the landlord or person advertising the residence. MANY phone calls may be necessary.
  • Many grocery and convenience stores carry neighborhood newspapers that may have local rental listings. Most of them also carry Start Renting magazine which also lists local apartments and a general map of the area.
  • MCW has bulletin boards (located in the cafeteria) which list vacant apartments, homes for sale or students looking for roommates.
  • Students may also access the housing website utilized by incoming residents.
  • Some apartments are advertised only by a FOR RENT sign in the window or in front of the building. Spend some time driving or walking through an area in which you are interested in living and look for vacancy signs.
  • You may wish to contact a rental agency, but only if you are unable to locate an apartment through the sources listed above. The majority of agencies charge a non-refundable fee ranging from $35-$50. Before visiting agencies, call and request information regarding specific services provided and fees. Your local library should have a Milwaukee Yellow Pages in the reference section if you are interested in an agency or you can check the yellow pages online.
  • Students interested in buying a home may want to visit realtor home pages such as Home Owner's Concept.





MCW houses a roommate registry from June 1 through the end of August for incoming medical students.

A can provide companionship and a study partner as well as a way to help reduce expenses. MCW keeps a roommate registry from June 1 through the month of August for incoming freshmen students. Included in this publication is a Roommate Questionnaire. Please fill out the form completely and mail or fax it back to our office at (414) 955-0120. Upon receipt you will receive access to the scanned Questionnaire on Desire2Learn (D2L).  In addition, this form will be kept in the Housing Listing Binder. On the questionnaire, there is a section explaining the Roommate List (RL). This list generally contains first year medical students looking for roommates. It may also list the names of incoming graduate students. We do not select, match or contact the participants on the RL. You must make all contacts and arrangements yourself. Remember to not only consider personalities and lifestyles but also the legal and financial obligations of joint tenancy. Each co-tenant is by law liable for all money owed to the landlord. For example, if your roommate does not pay his/her share of the rent or damages the apartment, you too are responsible.


Before you begin your search, it will be necessary for you to decide how much you can afford to pay.


Before you begin your search, it will be necessary for you to decide how much you can afford to pay.

Once you have arrived at an amount, don't change it. Nice places have a way of tempting you to live on money you don't have. If you are on financial aid, the allotted dollar amount is $700/month for living expenses for the academic year. Review the Financial Aid budget website for more information.  If you share an apartment, you can borrow less money and have less debt at graduation or you can have money for other things. Check the housing survey for current rental estimates.

When you agree to rent an apartment, you will probably be required to pay a security deposit. It will usually be equal to one month's rent. The deposit is kept by the landlord to protect him/her from any damage you may cause while living there. When you move out, your landlord is obligated to return the deposit within 21 days, minus any funds withheld to repair damages. If the landlord does withhold funds, he or she is required to give you an itemized list of the damages and the amount withheld. To protect yourself from damages for which you are not responsible, ask for an inventory and assessment list.  Check the apartment carefully before renting it. 


   Housing Survey (PDF)

Medical student housing survey. Everything you need to know!

   Roommate Questionnaire (PDF)

If you are looking for a roommate, complete the questionnaire.

   When To Look

Begin your housing search as soon as possible. Come to Milwaukee and start getting familiar with the city.

Begin your housing search as soon as possible. Come to Milwaukee and start getting familiar with the city. Ideally, try to visit the Milwaukee area no later than July so that you can sign a lease to begin August 1. August 1 leases will be on the market the first full week of June.  You want to be settled in your apartment by the time Orientation starts. If you need a place to stay while you are conducting your housing search, please consult the Lodging and Housing Guide published by the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. The following week-ends will be 'extra busy' in the Milwaukee area. You may need to adjust your schedule if hotels are full: June 26 to June 30 and July 2-7, Summerfest; August 1 - August 11, Wisconsin State Fair.

Student Academic Support Services

  • Academic Affairs
  • Phone (414) 955-8731 | Fax (414) 456-6506
  • Office Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Monday – Friday


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   Medical Student Learning Specialist

Students are provided with learning style assessments, workshops, learning strategies, studying and testing resources, as well as referrals. Students are supported in identifying and resolving academic issues, personal concerns, and issues that may be affecting academic performance.

   Tutorial Program:

An outstanding tutoring program in the basic science years is provided to assist at-risk and struggling students with review of material and application of information. Tutors are MCW medical students in the M2, M3 and hired as staff members. Tutors work closely with Course Directors and faculty members to provide at-risk and struggling students with accurate and relevant information. Group sessions are held on a weekly basis throughout the school year.

  USMLE Board Preparation

To help you prepare for Step 1 of the USMLE, Academic Support Services hosts three programs. The Step 1 Board Prep Program invites M2s to form small groups with a third year student serving as their mentor. Students in these groups complete readings, answer board review style questions, and share knowledge under the guidance of an M3 mentor. OSR Representatives present Step 1 information at three lunchtime engagements to the M2 class including: personal experiences with the exam, ways to prepare and study, and class survey results from years past. Additionally, Student Academic Support Services offers a spring-time series of in-depth, small-group sessions called USMLE Step 1 Workshop Series that involve: implementing and tailoring individual study plans, study strategies, long & short-term planning, test day overview, library and commercial materials, resources and technology, and board prep schedule construction.

  AAMC Careers in Medicine® Liaison

It is a career planning program designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to residency programs. Developed and sponsored by the AAMC, the program consists of an extensive website, printed student manuals, workshops and presentations. This four-phase process guides you through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring of medical careers, and choosing a specialty to meet career objectives.

  Career Day

The AMA-MSS offers Career Day to you in the spring semester of your M1 and M2 year. Faculty and staff from MCW’s residency programs are invited to share information and insight on specific specialties, such as work environment, clinical responsibilities, lifestyle, training, and applying to residency programs.

  Residency Day

Sponsored by AMA-MSS and occurring in the spring semester, this event is a more in-depth view of the residency application process. Faculty and staff from MCW programs are present and share information and insight regarding the application process as well as specialty-specific information.

  Residency Fair

This AMA-MSS sponsored event is offered in the fall, and is an opportunity for you to meet representatives from residency programs.

  SOAP Program Coordinator

SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program) process was developed by the AAMC and NRMP in consultation with student affairs deans, residency program directors, resident physicians, and medical students. Using technology created and executed by the AAMC IT staff, SOAP allows unmatched students to learn the locations of unfilled positions and apply for them through the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

  Clinical Advisor Program:

The program guides and supports you through the selection process of a well-rounded Clinical Advisor. Advisors assist with curriculum selection, review of CVs and personal statements, assistance in networking, and writing letters of recommendation. You are encouraged to connect with many faculty members to seek advice and guidance, but you are required to have an ‘official’ clinical advisor.

Page Updated 08/10/2016