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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431


Frequently Asked Questions

Medical school admissions offices don't have advisors or counselors. Instead, admissions offices rely on pre-med and/or pre-health advisors and counselors at your undergraduate institution. These individuals are extremely knowledgeable about the application process and probably know you and your situation better than anyone else. Moreover, they're likely to be readily available to you. If you want counseling and suggestions about how to improve your application, start with them.

Yes, the college will consider re-applicants for admissions. However, you should have significantly improved your application before reapplying; whether that be GPA, MCAT, and/or experiences, then you may be ready to re-apply to medical schools.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine does NOT consider any transfer requests or advanced standing due to the unique integration of our curriculum.

At CESCOM we do not frown upon gap years or time taken off to improve on your schoolwork, or MCAT scores, or to get those meaningful medical and life experiences that strengthen your application. Traditional and Non-traditional students are equally reviewed and considered for admission, while taking into consideration the differences both sets of applicants will demonstrate.

A competitive applicant has a wide definition. You should start by seeking the most recent class profiles of those medical schools you are interested in applying to and comparing your "numbers" to those of accepted students. Doing this will give you a good idea on the cognitive credentials of students that medical schools are interested in admitting. Another point to remember is that MCAT scores and GPAs do not offset one another. So, if both your MCAT score and your GPA are low you should improve both.
Yes. The MCAT is required to complete your AMCAS application. No exceptions and/or substitutions are made for the MCAT requirement. Regardless of professional training, certifications, licenses, other exams taken, terminal degrees, and/or experiences, every applicant must submit an MCAT score in order to be considered for admissions. Scores from MCAT exams taken prior to 2016 will not be accepted for admission into the 2019 entering class.
All applications will be reviewed. However our average statistics for accepted applicants are:
  • MCAT: 31
  • MCAT 2015: 510
  • Overall GPA: 3.7
  • BCPM: 3.6

Please see MSAR for further details.

No, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine does not accept international students, nor do we accept students that are foreign trained professionals, or have obtained their higher education from another country, other than Canada. We only accept US citizens and permanent residents of the United States and you must be a permanent resident at the time of application. We are not able to consider international applicants or applicants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Yes. However, additional upper level science courses are encouraged and expected in preparation for the MCAT and success in medical school.
AP and IB credits may fulfill course requirements; however, it is highly recommended that additional coursework be taken in these areas. CLEP courses are not accepted.
Online courses may be considered on a case by case basis.
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine does NOT consider any transfer requests or advanced standing due to the unique integration of our curriculum.
Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your tuition cost as defined by Florida state statute 1009.21 and the State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044. All applicants must submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. A Florida resident for tuition purposes is defined as an individual who has resided in the state for 12 consecutive months while not enrolled in an institution of higher learning, prior to the beginning of classes, and who has established legal ties in Florida according to Florida Statute 1009.21. For updated Florida Statute 1009.21 information, please click here.
Our hospitals are organized into a northern cluster and southern cluster.

North Cluster Hospitals (Palm Beach County):
 Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Delray Medical Center, Bethesda Hospital East, St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center.
South Cluster Hospitals (Broward County): Cleveland Clinic Florida, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital
In order to be considered for admissions, all applicants to the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University are required to complete a mandatory online 90 minute computer-based test (CASPer™), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
You are allowed to make 3 updates to your secondary application using the Medical Admissions Portal (MAP). You may add information or additional experiences you would like the Admissions Committee to consider when reviewing your application. Please do not email the Office of Admissions with any application updates, as we do not have the capability to make changes or append updates to your electronic application.

Last Modified 8/7/18