More than 3,000 students applied to Central Michigan University‘s College of Medicine for its second class.
The college had 3,007 applications for 104 spots in the college compared to 2,765 applications for 64 spots last year. Interviews are nearly complete and college officials so far have filled 96 spots.
Chris Austin, College of Medicine admissions director, said he is impressed with the quality of the applicants, 40 percent of whom are from Michigan. Michigan natives make up 86 of the second class so far.
The average grade-point average for the accepted students is 3.65, which is the same as the first class of 64 students that started in August. The average Medical College Admission Test score is 30, which is two points higher than last year’s average and above the national average of 25.2.
The CMU College of Medicine has a mission to provide physicians to work in under-served regions, particularly in mid- and Northern Michigan. The college opened in August.
Although the first class had 64 students, each class size will have a 104-student capacity. The university will build up to four classes. For two years, students will learn and train at the Mount Pleasant campus before moving to Saginaw and other hospitals throughout Northern and mid-Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
CMU is building two locations in Saginaw, one each at Covenant HealthCare, 800 Irving, and St. Mary’s of Michigan, 800 S. Washington.