Frequently Asked Questions | College of Podiatric Medicine | Kent State University

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 2017 as part of the Class of 2021 had an average overall GPA of 3.34, an average science GPA of 3.20, an average organic chemistry GPA of 3.00, and an average biology GPA of 3.20. The average MCAT score was a 495 (MCAT 2015) or 23.

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. Students may submit an application with pre-requisites in progress or planned. In addition, students may submit an application with a planned MCAT date.

Which entrance exam does KSUCPM accept?

KSUCPM only accepts the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). KSUCPM will not consider DAT or GRE scores. A traditional candidate will score a 494 - 500 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 https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

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, as well: Office of Enrollment Management Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine 6000 Rockside Woods Blvd North Independence, OH  44131

In addition to letters of recommendation, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine will require accepted candidates to submit final transcripts from any institution where a degree was earned. The Office of Enrollment Management will provide details to admitted candidates.

Admitted students will also be required to submit a background check and drug test through vendors designated by KSUCPM. Details about these items will be sent to admitted candidates.

 

How many students will KSUCPM accept?

KSUCPM will traditionally have an incoming class of between 110 - 125 students. We will interview approximately 250 candidates for those seats.

 

How does KSUCPM award scholarships?

Each year KSUCPM awards approximately $800,000 to incoming and current students. Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based upon GPA, MCAT score, Interview, and recommendations from the Admissions Committee. Scholarships for incoming students traditionally range from $2,500-$10,000. Continuing scholarships for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students are awarded based upon performance while enrolled in the program. Please visit the Financial Aid site for more information.

Does KSUCPM have Partnerships with any Undergradaute Programs?

KSUCPM cooperates in articulation agreements with several national institutions.

This program permits qualified undergraduate students at participating institutions to enter KSUCPM after the completion of three years of college study. Entrance into the program is predicated on proven academic abilities including the completion of courses normally associated with a general pre-med curriculum, commitment to the profession and its advancement, and demonstrated moral and professional character.

In addition to the intellectual standards which have been established for admission, students are expected to possess superior personal qualifications.

Depending on undergraduate contractual requirements, students in the binary program will receive the B.S. or B.A. degree from their cooperating undergraduate institution upon successful completion of the first and/or second year of study at KSUCPM.

The DPM degree will be awarded following the successful completion of the remaining years of the required medical curriculum at KSUCPM.

The following is a list of currently cooperating undergraduate institutions:

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland, OH
  • Elmira College - Elmira NY
  • Cuyahoga Community Colleges - Greater Cleveland, OH area
  • Gannon University - Erie, PA
  • Juniata College - Juniata, PA
  • Lewis University - Romeoville, IL
  • Lorain County Community College - Lorain, OH
  • Marshall University - Huntington, WV
  • Maryville University - St. Louis, MO
  • Mercyhurst College - Erie, PA
  • Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR
  • Ursuline College - Pepper Pike, OH
  • Viterbo University - La Crosse, WI
Does KSUCPM Accept International Students?

International students attending an institution outside the Continental US are required to have their academic transcripts submitted and evaluated through World Education Services to meet base requirements. KSUCPM also requires International applicants to show proficiency in the English language. If English is not the applicant's primary language, and they have not attended an accredited US undergraduate institution, they are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with acceptable scores.

World Education Services
P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
212-966-6311

http://www.wes.org/

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
1-877-863-3546

http://www.ets.org/toefl

International students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program in an accredited US college or university may have the fore-mentioned requirements waived upon individual review by the Dean of Student Affairs. A limited number of loans and scholarship resources for international students are available. Most lenders or guarantors will require the signature of an eligible US citizen as co-borrower. International students are required to provide proof of economic stability throughout their student tenure at KSUCPM. Upon satisfactorily meeting all admissions criteria, data will be electronically submitted for review to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for F-1 travel clearances and relevant SEVIS authorizations.

Does KSUCPM Accept Transfer Students

Students who have had successful attendance at another college of podiatric medicine and are in good academic and personal standing may apply to KSUCPM for transfer. Decisions regarding transfer admission status are at the discretion of the Dean and Enrollment Management Committee members.

Applicants for transfer admission must meet the criteria for initial admission as outlined in the requirements section and follow the procedures outlined below. Submit a letter to the Office of Enrollment Management requesting transfer consideration.

  • Submit a statement outlining the reasons for requesting transfer.
  • Provide an official transcript of academic performance in all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study, domestic and international. If there was international institutional enrollment, reports from a recognized foreign credentialing agency must be jointly submitted for full consideration.
  • Provide a letter of status from the Academic Dean or Dean of Student Affairs at the College currently being attended. Official transcripts must indicate GPA of 3.5 or higher from previous podiatric college for transfer consideration.
  • Upon notification of eligibility, the applicant must schedule and complete an official campus visit at KSUCPM for final determination.

Transfer status for students who have attended an institution of another professional discipline will be reviewed at the discretion of College administrators on a case-by-case evaluation and will not necessarily meet "advanced standing" upon admission.

Can I speak with current KSUCPM students?

Can I speak with current KSUCPM students?

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

Can I visit KSUCPM?

We cannot wait to meet you! Schedule an individual visit by filling out the online form or by calling our office at 216-916-7485. You can also e-mail us at podiatry@kent.edu. 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.

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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.

Check out our Virtual Tour of campus.