An individualized holistic review of each complete application including a review of the academic record, the college attended, MCAT scores, CASPer results, recommendations, extracurricular activities, work experience, medically related experience, and community service activities is used to select candidates for interview. While not required, many students have participated in research activities. There is no academic cutoff for consideration. The admissions committee does not have a narrow image of who should be admitted. Temple/St. Luke’s – like the Philadelphia campus – seeks a diverse student body and accepts many “non-traditional” students, including second career students, and individuals with a wide variety of social, racial, ethnic and scholastic backgrounds.
“I chose Temple/St. Luke’s because it has always been a dream for me to learn and practice medicine in the community I was raised. Prior to medical school, I was a chemistry teacher at a Title I high school. When I learned how to approach my students with compassion, examining stressors in their lives as the causal roots of what often appeared as inappropriate behaviors, I was able create healthy relationships and a restorative learning environment for everyone. My priority when selecting a medical school was to be able to explore my interests in education, service, and medicine simultaneously to learn how to approach my future patients with this level of compassion. When speaking with students who came before me, I learned that there were not only existing efforts to assist underserved populations, but there was also room at the St. Luke’s campus to develop new efforts to give back to the community. When I speak to my friends at other medical schools, they are surprised that students at Temple/St. Luke’s have the autonomy to explore their passions and be changemakers in their community while receiving a high-quality education.
A stark advantage of studying at Temple/St. Luke’s is the opportunity to form close-knit relationships and the positive impact this has on learning. A smaller class size was appealing to me, as I enjoy leaning on close relationships with my peers and faculty members to engage in complex topics on a deeper level. Medicine requires a deep understanding of content, and discussion of content at this rigorous level has helped me succeed on exams. Temple/St. Luke’s is truly a ‘best-of-both-worlds’ experience. We have the connections of two large hospital networks, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Temple University Health System, to explore niche research interests and have a variety of clinical experiences. At the same time, we have a smaller class size that is more conducive to learning. I am so thankful to call this place home!”
– Taj Singh, M.S. Ed, Class of 2025