As one of the nation's oldest medical schools, we are proud of our history and excited about our future.

We are the state of Georgia's only public medical school and are committed to educating physicians who will lead the state of Georgia and the world to better health by providing excellence in biomedical education, discovery, and practice.

Meeting this challenge demands the most exceptional and talented students to train to become our next generation of outstanding physicians and world-class researchers. lt also requires that our physician workforce be as diverse as the population it serves, culturally and socioeconomically. We seek students who are committed to academic excellence and Augusta University's core values of collegiality, compassion, excellence, inclusivity, integrity, and leadership.

No matter where you are in your educational path, our office is available to answer any questions you may have about the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and about the admissions process.

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Admission Requirements

MCG participates in the American Medical College Application Service or (AMCAS) a centralized application service administered by the AAMC.

Early Decision Program Guidelines

Only Georgia residents will be considered for MCG’s Early Decision Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Committee aims to notify applicants as quickly as possible after admissions decisions are made. It is not possible to provide verbal status reports to the several thousand applicants to the Medical College of Georgia. Hence, the Committee notifies applicants by email when the statuses of their applications change.

MD/PhD Program

The University System of Georgia MD-PhD Program offers an integrated basic science and clinical training curriculum to provide the next generation of physician-scientists with the skills to engage compassionate patient care and lead efforts in translational and diseased-oriented biomedical discovery.

Harrison Scholars

MCG is excited about this incredible opportunity for our students made possible by the generosity and devotion of the late Dr. Harrison and his wife Sue. His total gift of $66 million to MCG will enable more scholarships and faculty endowed chairs.

MCG Campuses

The educational experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta, as well as regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students and another four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia.

 

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The 2020-21 Application Cycle

Applications for the Medical College of Georgia's Class of 2025 will officially open through AMCAS on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Students wishing to apply will need to fill out a centralized medical school application through AMCAS by visiting: www.aamc.org/amcas

Please note that in addition to submitting the appropriate applications, completing the required prerequisites and taking the MCAT exam, students are also required to complete the CASPer exam, a ninety-minute online test used to assess key personal and professional characteristics. In addition, beginning with the 2018-19 application cycle, the Medical College of Georgia moved to a Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) format. Competitive applicants who are invited to interview at MCG will experience eight mini interviews, over a ninety-minute time period. 

*Given the highly competitive nature of the applicant pool, applicants with GPAs less than 3.0, or MCAT scores less than 496, are not considered competitive for interview.


The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 

All applicants to the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Medicine test (CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your AMCAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Augusta University for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takecasper.com. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.

To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.

Last Test Date for 2020-21 Early Decision: June 28, 2020

Last Test Date for 2020-21 Regular Decision: September 24, 2020

For questions regarding admission, please call 706-721-3186 or email mcgadmissions@augusta.edu 


For 2019-20 Accepted Applicants

MCG Acceptance & Withdrawal Procedures

All accepted applicants to the Medical College of Georgia will need to indicate their interest in accepting their admission through the "Choose Your Medical School Tool" in AMCAS. A full list of dates/deadlines can be found in the MCG Acceptance & Withdrawal Procedures.


Inspiring Students

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Kelli Clemons

  • Hometown: Hampton, GA
  • Campus: Augusta
  • Year: Current M2

"The atmosphere at MCG is very inviting and supportive. The faculty genuinely wants us to succeed and often express that they are willing to help in any capacity."

Fast Facts

  • Graduated from Louisiana State University
  • Co-Vice President of Medicine/Pediatrics Interest Group
  • Student National Medical Association MCG Chapter Community Service Chair 
Tell us a little about yourself.
  • I was born and raised in Hampton, GA. My parents made sure that my older brother and I were well- rounded so I was a busy body with lots of interests. I started dance training at age 3, which quickly became a passion of mine. I began cheerleading a few years later. These activities were part of my life through grade school, along with playing the violin, science fairs, and doing everyday kid things. I graduated from Lovejoy High School in 2012 then attended LSU in Baton Rouge, LA as a Biological Sciences major on a pre-med track. I was also in the Honors College and graduated in 2016 with thesis honors for my work in melanoma research. After an unsuccessful medical school admission attempt, I spent two years in Nashville, TN working as a Research Assistant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division where I researched COPD and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I left there in 2018 after getting admitted to medical school.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • I have always been a science geek, but becoming a physician became an interest to me in high school when a large collection of various illnesses invaded my family. The characteristics, circumstances, and outcomes of the diseases were all widely different. Since this experience, I have acquired a strong passion for combining patient care with research and becoming a physician- scientist.

Why did you choose the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University?

  • I chose MCG because the proximity to home is perfect, in state tuition is a gift, and the passion for service that is embedded here is outstanding.

What is a typical day for you like?

  • My alarm is set for 6:00 A.M. every morning. I do my morning routine, then I am out of the house by 7:00. Class starts at 8:00, so I kill time by having some “me time” in the car before heading in to start the day. Most of the time, lecture takes 4 hours, so we are out by noon. After lecture, I eat lunch then head to meetings or prepare for whatever clinical based class I have. My clinical based classes are every Tuesday and Wednesday. The end of the school day happens for me at either noon, 3:00 P.M., or 5:00 P.M., depending on the day. Once I arrive home, I take a 20 min nap and eat dinner. This allows me a break before studying. I average about 2 hours of summarizing/studying per 1 hour of lecture for the day. I don’t like getting behind, because it’s hard to play catch up! After I complete all that I can, I do my night routine and unwind with 30 minutes of TV or music before going to sleep.

What has been your most meaningful experience in medical school?

  • We were able to have powerful patient encounters, ranging from transgender individuals to boys with Down syndrome. The fact that these patients were willing to sit in a lecture hall filled with aspiring physicians, tell their life stories, and trust us to do good with them, shows just how much of a gift being a doctor is. Those moments awarded me time to reflect on how thankful I am to have been called to serve in this profession. 

What is your favorite thing to do at your campus?

  • I love our house system! My favorite thing to do is go the house (yay House L!), get a snack, a few good laughs, and take a breather.

What do you hope to do after completing medical School?

  • I hope to help advance treatments for aggressive cancers, while working to eliminate disparities within the cancer field by combining patient care and research.

What advice do you have for students just starting their journey in Medicine?

  • Be stubborn in your pursuit, but flexible in your path.

 

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Ashton Kelly

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • Campus: Augusta
  • Year: Current M2

"We are such a tight-knit community and are always there for each other. The best friends I have ever had in my life I have met since being at MCG."

Fast Facts:

  • Graduated from Georgia State University
  • Georgia State Royal Flame Leadership Award 2018
  • North Gwinnett High School Slam Dunk Champion 2012

Tell us a little about yourself.

  • I went to Georgia State University for my undergraduate studies and received a B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Chemistry. Outside of medicine, I enjoy working out, playing basketball, and hanging out with my classmates. I am a die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan and watch every game religiously. My family currently lives in Brookhaven, so now and then it’s nice to take a weekend trip and visit them.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

  • During my time as a personal trainer, I discovered my love for working with and helping people achieve all-around healthier lives. One specific client of mine, Dr. Melvin Bullock, a gastroenterologist, and MCG graduate, played an enormous part in this process. As I worked with Dr. Bullock, our friendship grew, and he eventually asked me if I'd like to shadow at his GI clinic. Seeing Dr. Bullock provide compassionate care and change the lives of his patients through his medical expertise is what truly made me want to explore medicine further.

Why did you choose the Medical College of Georgia?

  • I recall the very first time I visited MCG telling myself it was the perfect fit. The tradition behind the Medical College of Georgia is extraordinary, and as soon as you step foot on campus, the faculty and staff make you feel at home. The facilities are state-of-the-art, the curriculum is second to none, and the student body is always there to support you. Overall, I could not be happier with my choice.

What is a typical day like for you?

  • A typical day for me consists of a mixture of studying and working out, with a bit of socializing here and there. Fortunately, I have made incredible friends at MCG, which makes the workload of medical school much more manageable. Outside of my studies, I enjoy going to the student wellness center and either lifting weights or playing basketball with my classmates. 

What has surprised you the most about MCG?

  • I was extremely surprised by how much fun my classmates and I have in medical school. While our class is on the larger side, we are such a tight-knit community and are always there for each other. The best friends I have ever had in my life I have met since being at MCG, and I am confident these relationships will be lifelong.

What has been your most powerful experience at MCG?

  • My most powerful experience in medical school was during the dissection of the brain with my anatomy group. I recall holding our first patient's brain in my hands and reflecting on how privileged I was to have this opportunity. It was surreal to think about how all the memories this man ever formed were once in this structure in front of me. Experiences like this remind me that while the journey towards becoming a physician is arduous, I am blessed to be able to care for people at their most vulnerable times.

What advice do you have for students just starting their journey in Medicine?

  • The best advice I can give is to take the process one step at a time. Medicine is a marathon, not a sprint. That said, prioritize your grades and extracurricular activities, but never forget to take care of yourself. It is impossible to take care of others if you are not well.

 

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Medical College of Georgia office of Admissions

Health Sciences Campus

G. Lombard Kelly Building

706-721-3186

MCG Admissions

1459 Laney Walker, AA 2040, Augusta, GA 30912

706-721-0959

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