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MEDPREP | Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program

Application Instructions

2019 Applicants

  (applying to the 2019 admissions cycles 1 & 2, beginning in Summer 2018 and ending in Spring 2019)

  For Cycle 1, the application closes on September 17, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Central Time.
  For Cycle 2, the application deadline is January 22, 2019, 4:30 p.m. Central Time.


1. The 2019 MEDPREP Application for Cycle 1 opens July 20, 2018.

2. You MUST use the Consolidated Packet method to send your application materials to MEDPREP, in order to ensure that there are no delays in receiving and processing your MEDPREP Application. Instructions for Consolidated Packets can be found below, under the General Considerations section.

3. To allow time for processing, you should submit your application at least two weeks before the posted deadline. Applications submitted at the deadline may experience delays in processing and/or be moved to a later cycle and/or be deferred to the following year.

4. The link below is provided to display all the application essay questions on a single page. You can print this page to begin preparing your responses to the questions.

General Considerations

Applicants are encouraged to submit in Cycle 1 if possible. You MUST use the Consolidated Packet method to send your application materials to MEDPERP. If Cycle 1 becomes full, applicants will be moved to Cycle 2, and notified of the change. Please note that for both cycles, your application and all supporting documents must be received by MEDPREP by the deadline date and time for admissions consideration. This includes:

Consolidated Packet method: Please note that you MUST submit a Consolidated Packet of recommendation letters and transcripts. All applicants must follow these steps:

Electronic transcripts. MEDPREP cannot accept any electronic transcripts. All transcripts must be printed on paper and sent via mail (US post office, UPS, etc.) to the MEPDREP admissions office, as part of your Consolidated Packet.

Step 1. View a Sample Application (Optional)

To view a Sample 2019 MEDPREP Application, no log-in is required. Please use this feature to review the application before creating a log-in and beginning the formal application process.

Step 2. Create an Application Login

Existing 2019 Applicants (already have created a 2019 cycle login)

If you are an existing 2019 user, you do not need to create another application login. Existing users should proceed to the application link in Step 3 below. Enter your e-mail address as your user name and the password you created on first access to the application. If you have forgotten your password, please use the password reminder link.

To receive a password reminder for your existing 2019 login via e-mail, enter your last name and your date of birth in the password reminder form. Your password will be sent to the e-mail address you provided as your user name.

First Time 2019 Applicants (need to create a 2019 cycle login)

If this is your first access to the 2019 application, you'll need to establish a new login. Please create a login only if you seriously intend to complete your MEDPREP application and formally apply. All first-time users must create a login to proceed.

To create a login, when clicking on the application link in Step 3 below for the first time, you'll need to enter your e-mail address as your user name, but leave the password blank.

Please note you must use an e-mail address that will be valid for the entire duration of the admissions process (until July 2019) and that will be checked even during school breaks, vacations, or holidays.

During the log-in, you will be asked to create a new password for all future access. This password will be used for both your MEDPREP application and your application status web page. Your password must be eight characters in length.

Step 3. Enter the MEDPREP Online Application

Please review the instructions in Step 2 above for logging in as a 2019 applicant. Note the procedure is slightly different for existing or first time users (first-time users must create a password during login). Then click the link below and login to enter the application.

If you have technical difficulties with the application functions:

If you have questions about how to fill out the MEDPREP application or how to enter your transcript data:

The MEDPREP mission is to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students from southern and central
Illinois who will enter and graduate from health professions schools and who will serve in U.S. health professions shortage areas.