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Waitlist

How many people are usually admitted from the waitlist?

The number of applicants admitted from the waitlist varies greatly from year to year. In some years, we have filled as many as a quarter of the seats in the entering class from the waitlist.

What is the size of the entering class?

We expect to enroll 300 students in the incoming first-year class.

What is the earliest and latest date that I may be admitted?

You may be admitted at any time after you have been placed on the waitlist until the week before the entering class matriculates in June. Typically, the greatest movement on the waitlist occurs from late April to mid-May. For Canadian applicants, May 1 is the latest admission date due to the time needed to process student visas/I-20s.

What are my chances of being admitted from the waitlist?

The greatest factor affecting your chances is the number of withdrawals we receive before our class matriculates in June. Any number of individuals currently holding positions in our entering class may also be holding multiple waitlist positions at other schools, and any number of those individuals may receive an offer from another school and withdraw from MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine to accept an offer. We cannot predict how many withdrawals we will receive between now and matriculation, and hence we cannot give you any meaningful assessment of the likelihood of your admission to the college.

Should I make alternative plans for next year?

Some candidates in this position intend to apply to medical school for the following year if not admitted this year, and those candidates often begin the reapplication process in June. Other candidates consider employment opportunities or other academic programs. You must decide how much risk you are willing to tolerate to remain available for a medical school offer, or at what point in time you feel it is in your best interest to withdraw from the waitlist and make other commitments for the fall.

What will happen if I am not admitted?

After the class matriculates in June, we will notify everyone who is still holding a waitlist position and announce that we have concluded the admissions process for the incoming first-year class. You may choose to schedule an advising appointment to discuss opportunities to improve your application for the next admissions cycle.

What can I do to improve my chance of being admitted? May I add new documents to my file?

You may upload updated transcripts by logging into the admissions system. However, it is not necessary for you to do this, and at this point in the process such material is unlikely to change the outcome of your application. 

If offered admission, what can I expect?

You will be provided a link with thorough information about next steps within the offer of admission including a list of books required, guide to searching for an apartment, and access to specific resources. Even if you are notified close to the beginning of the start date you will have enough time to get everything organized before and during orientation.