School of Medicine


Learn about Admission at Temple / St. Luke’s School of Medicine.

LKSOM receives over 11,000 applications each year. Of these, about a thousand applicants are invited to interview. LKSOM has high standards. However, the standards are not rigid or purely quantitative. In selecting candidates for interview, the admissions committee looks for academic achievement, strong Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT®) scores, meaningful medical experience, commitment to community service, and supportive letters of recommendation. The admissions committee does not have a narrow image of who should be admitted. Temple / St. Luke’s – like all of LKSOM’s campuses – 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.

Laura Lynn Onderko

“Several aspects of the Temple / St. Luke’s program made it significantly more appealing than the other programs to which I was applying. The first of which was the small class size and the opportunity to stay working and learning at the same hospital for three years of medical school. Also, the enthusiasm of the faculty and staff about the new program and how much they had worked on setting it up really demonstrated the high level of education that we would get by choosing Temple / St. Luke’s.

One of the previous clinical campus students told us about how one of the attendings he worked with on his surgery rotation called him up on his cell phone to tell him about an interesting surgery that he should come watch, even though he wasn’t on his surgery rotation anymore. That kind of experience in medical school in invaluable and is not possible at huge programs where students have to do their rotations at multiple hospitals.

Having the chance to live and work in Bethlehem really appealed to me after living in the city for the past few years. I am excited to have the chance to take advantage of all the outdoor activities the area offers and also have the chance to learn and practice medicine in an area that serves both rural and slightly more urban populations.”
– Laura Lynn Onderko, Class of 2015