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Admissions FAQ's

How will the affiliation between Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine benefit current and prospective students?

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine will provide the following benefits/resources to students:

1.) The development of dual-degree programs, such as Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Public Health, and Ph.D. programs in various sciences.  In addition, students may be able to take advantage of programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Services. 

2.) Students will have access to all men's and women's sports teams that exist at Kent State.  Students will be able to work with KSUCPM faculty, Kent State trainers and team physicians, and be exposed to a variety of varsity and intramural sports activities involving both males and females.  

3.) Academically, college faculty and students will have the opportunity to engage in research programs with public health, biomedical sciences, and of course sports medicine.

When is KSUCPM’s application deadline?

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

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* and 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.

What additional documents are required for admission?

KSUCPM requires the following letters of recommendations from an applicant:

1.) A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor

2.) A letter of recommendation from a podiatrist or other medical professional

3.) KSUCPM also requires an official MCAT score on file prior to matriculation. A traditional candidate will score a 22+

Does the affiliation with Kent State University change any of the previous established affiliations with local or national hospitals?

No. Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine has retained all affiliations with local hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospital System, Metrohealth, VA, St. Vincent Charity Hospital, etc.The affiliation has opened the possibility for even more affiliations with hospitals in the Northeast Ohio area.

Which entrance exam does KSUCPM accept?

KSUCPM only accepts the MCAT. KSUCPM will not consider DAT or GRE scores at this time. Candidates may apply and even be invited to interview without an MCAT score on file, however, KSUCPM will not take 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

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.

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