Interviews

Application Year:  2020-2021

Applicants will be considered for an interview once their application is complete. We receive approximately 7,500-8,000 applications annually and conduct around 1,200 interviews across our three programs. The number of outstanding candidates will exceed the number of individuals who can be accommodated in our interviewing schedule. Therefore, the granting of interviews remains at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Due to COVID-related travel and health concerns, we will be implementing virtual interviews for all of our MD programs for the 20-21 application cycle.  A personal interview is an essential component of our candidate selection process and we intend to continue with this practice despite the recent challenges and disruptions. 

The virtual interview process is new not just for applicants, but also for our office and faculty. All interviewers, including medical student interviewers, will receive additional training in this regard, and will be required to also complete implicit bias training.  

Virtual interviews will be conducted via Zoom, which will be embedded within our secondary application portal, iApply.  Please note that if you are invited for an interview you will need access to:

  • Computer or other device that can support Zoom video conferencing; this device should have a microphone (headsets generally have better sound) and camera.
  • Strong & reliable internet connection.
  • A quiet location that has limited distractions. 

We understand that these requirements may pose a challenge for some applicants, and are ready to work with you on alternate arrangements should this be the case. Again, further information will be provided in the interview invitation.


The University Program interviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and the College Program interviews on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. If you are offered an interview you will be notified via email and instructions will be provided for selecting your interview date. The interview day will consist of a full agenda of information sessions and interviews; this will include a meeting with the Dean and/or Director of Admissions, Curricular and Financial Aid information sessions, “lunch/brunch” with current students, and a virtual tour of the Health Education Campus.  We are also planning additional opportunities for interactions with current students. 

For the University Program, you will have one interview with a health education professional (HEP), which includes faculty and members of the medical education team,  and one with a current medical student. The College Program incorporates two interviews with faculty members and one with a current medical student. 

After the Interview

Shortly after your interview day the Admissions Committee will meet to discuss your candidacy for acceptance to our School. We will vote for one of three outcomes; immediate acceptance, alternate list, or deny acceptance. You will be notified of a decision electronically within a month after the Admissions Committee meeting.

The University Program utilizes a rolling admissions process and accepts applicants throughout the year. The College Program admits on a non-rolling basis, notifying applicants at two points during the cycle. The Admissions Committee very judiciously accepts applicants throughout the interview cycle to ensure equal opportunity for those interviewing later in the season.

Once interview season ends and positions become available in the entering class, we offer acceptance to students on the alternate list on an individual basis. Since many students who eventually matriculate are accepted from the alternate list, this should not be construed as an unfavorable decision by the Admissions Committee.

Second Look Weekend (SLW)

The Office of Admissions typically sponsors a weekend in the spring to allow newly accepted applicants an opportunity to return to CWRU and learn more about the School, meet future classmates, and explore Cleveland. It is not intended to function as a second interview. In fact, you will probably enjoy the CWRU Second Look Weekend experience even more since there aren't the pressures of interviews and you won't be wearing uncomfortable suits and shoes! In the past, as many as 73 percent of the students who attended Second Look Weekend matriculated to the CWRU School of Medicine.

Given the vagaries of the novel Coronavirus, we will be assessing throughout the year our ability to host such an event for accepted applicants.   If we are unable to conduct SLW in person, we will offer virtual programming.