Ssom Admissions Essay

Admissions Timeline

AMCAS Application: June 1-November 1

The first step in applying to Stritch is to complete a standardized application, which is provided by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) beginning in early April. Students submit this application electronically to AMCAS and designate which medical schools are to receive a copy.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20001-2399
(202) 828-0400

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Stritch Supplemental Application: July-December

Candidates who complete the AMCAS primary application and select Stritch as an option to receive their primary will be sent the Stritch Supplemental Application. Our supplemental application includes short-answer and essay questions that allow candidates to present their personal experiences and insights. As part of the Supplemental Application, prospective students must also have letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Stritch accepts applications from June 1 through November 1 each year. We accept supplemental applications through Friday, December 15. Since the school uses a rolling admissions process, however, those who submit their AMCAS application and all supporting materials in the summer and early fall will enhance their potential for being offered interviews.

First-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to the Stritch School of Medicine may reapply. Third applications, however, are not encouraged. Stritch’s Committee on Admissions will consider these applications only if significant improvement is evident in a letter requesting permission to submit a third application.

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Letters of Recommendation - UPDATED

Letters of recommendation are critical in assessing your candidacy for SSOM.  We prefer to have letters from individuals who can honestly and accurately attest to your performance, character, personal qualities, and aptitudes via direct interaction and observation.  We appreciate hearing from individuals who know you well.  We offer guidelines below, and we leave latitude for your judgment as to whom are the ideal persons to help us determine your candidacy for medicine.  In order for your file to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions at the Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), please adhere to the following guidelines regarding letters of recommendation.

  1. Letters are accepted through the AMCAS letter service. Your file is not complete until we receive all expected letters of recommendation that you indicated in AMCAS.  If you change the number of expected letters in AMCAS you MUST inform us via phone or email, as our system will not automatically update the expected number of letters.
  2. Any letters sent via postal mail or email may be added to the file as applicant updates upon request, but will not serve to meet the letter requirement.
  3. Applicants should submit at least 3 letters, but not more than 6.
  4. You may submit a packet from your Premedical Committee with their evaluation AND the original letters used to compile it.  (This fulfils the recommended minimum for letters.)  NOTE: A single committee letter without complete corresponding letters from faculty does not constitute a packet. 
  5. A committee letter is preferred, but not required.  If your school does not offer a committee letter, it is not a problem.  If your school offers a committee letter and you DO NOT have one, you may wish to provide a brief explanation in your supplemental application under question 4.  If you have already submitted your supplemental application, you may upload an explanation using the applicant portal. 
  6. All original faculty letters must contain signatures.  Letters are preferably on official letterhead.
  7. We strongly recommend at least one letter from someone who has taught you in a science class.  We suggest two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter.
  8. If you have transferred during your undergraduate career, you may wish to include at least one letter from a faculty member at the previous school(s) you attended.
  9. If you are or were a graduate student, it is in your best interest to request a letter from your graduate advisor and/or any appropriate professors.
  10. Although confidential letters of evaluation are of most use to the Committee on Admissions, it is not required that you waive your right of access to these letters. It is necessary, however, that you inform all appropriate parties of your decision to waive or not waive your right of access to letters of evaluation written on your behalf.
  11. You may wish to submit a letter from a supervisor or professional contact.  This is acceptable and generally helpful, especially if the person knows you well and can speak to your qualifications for medicine.  These letters are most helpful when accompanied by letters from faculty who have taught you in a classroom or laboratory setting.

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The Interview: August-February

Completed files are reviewed to determine if the applicant is eligible for interview. Interviews take place at the medical school from late August through the end of February and allow prospective students to speak with faculty members and students. Applicants also tour Loyola’s facilities with a current medical student who can describe the educational experience and what it’s like to attend the Stritch School of Medicine.

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Acceptance Notice: October 15-Until Class is Filled

Earliest Date: October 15
Latest Date: Until class is filled

Orientation for new students takes place in late July and classes begin the first Monday in August.

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Secondary Essay Prompts for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL.

2017– 2018

  1. Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. What does this Jesuit ideal mean to you? (500 words max)
    • SSOM seeks students who are resourceful and lifelong learners who are both self-aware and adaptable.
  2. Please describe a personal or professional challenge or conflict that you have experienced. How did you resolve it? What skills, resources and/or strategies did you employ? DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue. (500 words max)
  3. How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute?
  4. Please use this space to bring the information in your AMCAS application up-to-date. Please indicate additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, address changes, additions to your list of activities, and anything else you feel we should know. If you have not been enrolled in coursework, please let us know what you have been doing since coursework ended.
  5. Have you or any of your relatives attended or been employed by Loyola University Chicago or the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine?
  6. Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc. (this response limited to 1500 characters)
  7. Have you applied to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine prior to this application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to Loyola SSOM.
  8. Have you applied to any medical school prior to this year’s application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to AMCAS. Please also tell us how your application has improved since your previous application.

2016 – 2017

MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.

  • Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. Please describe your own development in becoming a person for others. How have you demonstrated this value?
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • Please describe a personal challenge that required resiliency or adaptability (and the skills, resources and strategies you employed to take on the challenge). DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue.
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute?
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc.
  • This optional response is limited to 1500 characters.

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