Early Decision


Due to disruptions in the application cycle timelines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending the EDP option for the 2020-2021 application cycle.  We will revisit this program in early 2021 for the next cycle. 

The CWRU School of Medicine University Program (4-year MD) participates in the AMCAS Early Decision Program (EDP). The EDP allows applicants to choose the CWRU School of Medicine University Program as their first choice of medical school and if accepted, attendance to our school is mandatory. The EDP is not available for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Program or MSTP.  EDP is also limited to US citizens and permanent residents only.  International students are NOT eligible for the EDP program.   Prior to application submission, applicants should familiarize themselves with the AMCAS EDP guidelines.

Given the short application cycle of this program, there is a preview process before prospective applicants can be granted authorization to apply as an Early Decision applicant.  If you are interested in this application option, you should initiate this process in April or May prior to the application year and before July 1. 

Step 1.  Email your resume, including your GPA, MCAT score, medically-related experiences, and a brief statement as to why you are interested in the University Program EDP to casemededp@case.edu.

Step 2. A review of these materials will take place to assess your competitiveness for this unique program.  You will be notified if you are invited to continue the assessment process for an in-person or video meeting with an Admissions representative.

Step 3.  After the meeting, you will notified if you will be authorized to apply through AMCAS as an EDP applicant.  More instructions will be provided at that time. 

EDP Eligibility Requirements

While preference will be given to EDP applicants who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, equally important are other attributes such as interpersonal skills, service, medically-related experiences, humanitarianism, teaching, interest in research, and/or other meaningful life experiences.

Participating in the EDP

After receiving approval from the Admissions Office to apply to the EDP, applicants must apply through AMCAS and designate their application as Early Decision; only CWRU may be selected for application. Note that if the AMCAS application is submitted prior to designation as an Early Decision, there is no way to change this status at a later date.

While all AMCAS application materials must be received in our office by August 1, authorized EDP applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to AMCAS as early as possible. Required materials include a verified AMCAS application, a completed CWRU secondary application, secondary application payment, all letters of recommendation (refer to admissions requirements), and a valid MCAT score.

Interviews for Early Decision candidates will take place in September and applicants will be notified of an Admissions Committee decision by October 1. If you are not accepted through the EDP, your application will automatically be placed in our regular pool of candidates for further consideration and you can then apply to additional schools.