Admissions FAQ's | Kent State University

What are the academic requirements for admission?

KSUCPM requires that candidates complete at least 90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter hours, including the following pre-requisites:

  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Biology* 
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of General/Inorganic Chemistry*
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Organic Chemistry*
  • 8 Semester or 12 Quarter Hours of Physics*
  • 6 Semester or 9 Quarter Hours of English

(*All science coursework must include labs, when applicable)

Please check out the KSUCPM viewbook for additional information.

How does the application process work?

Once your application is submitted electronically to the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service (AACPMAS), and your transcripts/scores verified, the school which you've chosen to apply to will receive your verified application. Your application will be reviewed by the Enrollment Management Committee to determine the next steps in your admission process. Applicants may be interviewed, denied, or asked to provide additional information before continuing int he admission process.

Does KSUCPM require any supplemental materials (research publications, additional personal statement, etc.) mentioned in the application?

KSUCPM only requires applicants to complete the required portions of the application; therefore, submission of those additional materials can be done at the discretion of the applicant. 

How is my GPA calculated?

AACPMAS takes all your earned grades from any US college or university, and calculates one GPA from all courses taken. Courses repeated are also included in the GPA. There is a separate calculation for all biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and math courses taken to compile your science GPA.

Students entering in August 2015 as part of the Class of 2019 had an average overall GPA of 3.43, an average science GPA of 3.30, an average organic chemistry GPA of 3.11, and an average biology GPA of 3.33.

When is KSUCPM’s application deadline?

KSUCPM participates in AACMPAS. The application service accepts applications beginning August through June 30. KSUCPM operates on a rolling admissions basis. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who submit their admission materials by March 1st of each year for the academic year to begin that same fall.

Which entrance exam does KSUCPM accept?

KSUCPM only accepts the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). KSUCPM will not consider DAT or GRE scores at this time. A traditional candidate will score a 23 on the MCAT exam or a 496/497 on the MCAT 2015. KSUCPM will consider results from the MCAT for 3 years from application date. Candidates may apply and even be invited to interview without an MCAT score on file; however, KSUCPM will not make final admissions until an official MCAT score has been received by AACPMAS.

Candidates may find MCAT preparation courses beneficial. For more information about the MCAT, how to prepare or to obtain practice tests, please visit

What additional documents are required for admission?

KSUCPM requires the following letters of recommendations from an applicant:

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor
  • A letter of recommendation from a podiatrist or other medical professional

Letters can be submitted via Interfolio, VirtualEvals or mailed directly to the college at the address below:

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
6000 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH  44131

How many students will KSUCPM accept?

KSUCPM will traditionally have an incoming class of 125 students. We will interview approximately 200-225 candidates for those 125 seats.

How does KSUCPM award scholarships?

Each year KSUCPM awards approximately $700,000 to incoming and current students. Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based upon recommendations from the Enrollment Management Committee. Scholarships for incoming students traditionally range from $2,500-$10,000.

Can I speak with current KSUCPM students?

Absolutely! Please email the Enrollment Management office at to be put in contact with one of the college's Student Ambassadors.

Is there a residency shortage for graduating students?

Yes. While there are currently more residency positions than graduating students, there is a "backlog" of graduates from previous years who did not match previously and have the option to enter the residency match. The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) is working with each college to develop additional programs and positions to help create more residency programs and residency positions. For more information, please visit the CPME website:

Can I visit KSUCPM?

We cannot wait to meet you! Schedule an individual visit by filling out the online form. Your visit will include a tour of the campus with a current student, and a one-on-one meeting with a representative from the Office of Enrollment Management.

What are the board pass rates, graduation rates and residency placement rates for KSUCPM Students (Standard Curriculum)?

Click Here to locate the 2017-2018 CPME Outcomes.

Where is the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Campus located?

KSUCPM is located in Independence, Ohio. The city of Independence is a beautiful and vibrant suburb of Cleveland. Independence is located just 10 miles south of downtown Cleveland, 8 miles west of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and 20 miles north of Akron. The interchanges of I-77 and I-480 are readily accessible to every major residential suburb, as well as downtown Cleveland, making the city a prime and central location in relation to Greater Cleveland. Kent State University's Main Campus is located in Kent, Ohio. Kent, Ohio is a 40 minute drive from the KSUCPM campus in Independence. Podiatric Medicine students will have access to all resources available at the Main Campus of Kent State University.

More questions?

Call KSUCPM at 216-231-3300 or e-mail us at