The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

The College is committed to the recruitment, selection and retention of a highly-qualified and diverse student body. Applicants must attain at least a 2.5 GPA; a bachelor’s degree; US citizenship, permanent residency or asylum. Factors considered: overall academic record; science GPA; MCAT; service commitment; personal qualities; on-site interview. 70% of admitted students are Iowa residents.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Kathlene Huebner
Application fee $60
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
November 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 15 (Begins)
August 19 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.76
Oldest MCAT considered 2007
Average MCAT scores 10.6 MCAT composite score
11.1 biological
10.6 physical sciences
10.2 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology humanities
biology/zoology mathematics
English behavioral science
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry social sciences
physics general chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 5
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​www.​medicine.​uiowa.​edu/​md/​combined

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

family medicine pediatrics
geriatrics rural medicine
internal medicine women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.6:1 – Medium
Full-time faculty 911
Part-time faculty 112
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 91
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 2
Full-time faculty in clinical program 820
Part-time faculty in clinical program 110

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $157.9
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 330
Principal investigators (PIs) 214
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 397

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Allen Memorial Hospital Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa
Blank Children’s Hospital Mercy Medical Center- Sioux City
Broadlawns Medical Center St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital
Covenant Medical Center St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center
Genesis Medical Center University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa Lutheran Hospital VA Central Iowa Health Care
Iowa Methodist Medical Center Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
Case-based and small-group learning, clinical correlation and integration of material are emphasized. Year 1: normal structure/function; Year 2: abnormal structure/function. Medical history-taking, physical diagnosis, patient contact are offered in the first two years through Foundations of Clinical Practice. The clinical years provide a broad base of knowledge and skills required for residency.

Medical School Ranking

#29 Best Research
#12 Best Primary Care

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#16 in Family medicine
#18 in Internal medicine
#9 in Rural medicine

Research Ranking Scores

Score 57
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.7
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $157.9
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $173.30

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 75
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.7
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 40.1% – Medium

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.76
MCAT composite score 10.6
Acceptance rate 8.7% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 1.6:1 – Medium
Total medical school enrollment 586

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 586
In-state students 66.7%
Minority students 23.5%
Underrepresented minority students 10.2%
International students 0.2%
Non-traditional students 22.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Linda G. Bissell
Financial aid phone (319) 335-8059


Full-time: $30,328 (in-state)
Full-time: $41,142 (out-of-state)
Required fees $1,650
Room and board $9,810
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $125,594

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 95%
Students receiving loans 90%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 65%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology pediatrics
emergency medicine psychiatry
family practice radiology – diagnostic
internal medicine surgery – general
obstetrics and gynecology transitional year

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 40.1% – Medium
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 30.8%