A distinguishing feature of IU School of Medicine is the statewide campus system that allows students to benefit from different learning environments—each with distinct advantages—while progressing through the school’s MD medical education curriculum.
After acceptance into the IU School of Medicine MD program, all applicants must log into the Applicant Portal and rank their campus preference (numerically 1-9). While all campuses provide a comparable high-quality and collaborative medical education, each location offers unique characteristics that are important to some students. Each applicant should take some time to carefully explore the unique aspects of each IU School of Medicine campus to determine what the best learning environment may be for him or her.
Campus assignments are determined by computerized lottery based on applicant rankings and campus capacity. Assignment notifications begin in late April. Applicants not receiving their top choice may participate in a Second Chance Lottery at a later date. Assignments are not guaranteed until a confirmation email has been sent from the MD Admissions Office.
Students may spend all four years at their assigned campus or transfer to Indianapolis for clinical clerkships and electives in the third and fourth years of training. All students assigned to Indianapolis are required to take clerkships outside of Indianapolis.
Campus Placement FAQ
Accepted students receive an email asking them to rank their campus preferences, 1-9. After preferences are received, a lottery for placement takes place, and applicants are notified of their assignment beginning in late April.
Students can remain at any campus for all four years of medical school (based upon space availability). After completion of the second year at the matriculated campus, students may opt to remain at that campus or request a change of campus for the third and fourth years. Note: All students, regardless of initial campus assignment, who elect to complete their third year at the Indianapolis campus, are required to take some clerkships outside Indianapolis.
Applicants not assigned to their preferred campus may participate in the Second Chance Lottery. If placement is still not acceptable to the applicant, then he or she should plan to matriculate at the original-assigned location. If that is not acceptable to the applicant, he or she can elect to withdraw from IU School of Medicine and reapply the following year in hopes of a different campus placement.