Application Boot Camp (ABC) at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, is a 5-day interactive workshop designed to assist students in completing their graduate health applications across different disciplines, such as AMCAS, AACOMAS, CASPA, PTCAS, and AADSAS. The program consists of personalized advising along with support in the areas of personal statement, extracurricular activities, school selection, and interview prep. 

2023 Dates:  

  • Session #1 (online): June 26–30

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Highlights of the program: 

  • Gain valuable insight into the overall application process
  • Learn how to create a strong narrative for your candidacy
  • Write a personal statement that truly captures your unique story
  • Receive honest and constructive feedback on your interview skills
  • Develop a friendship with others sharing similar interests from across the country

Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Current undergraduate student or recent graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Application Deadline

    • May 1

    Priority Deadline

    • March 1

    Application Requirements 

    An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:

    • Personal Statement
      • Please describe your decision to pursue a career in healthcare (2-page maximum)
    • Resume
    • Letter of Recommendation (optional)
      • Contact information for one recommender is optional during the application process. This person should be able to evaluate your qualification and potential for success in our program (such as an instructor, advisor, mentor, etc). More than one recommender can be submitted but is not required. 
      • Recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their recommendation online. If they prefer otherwise they can email or mail a copy to the Admissions Office along with this recommendation form.
    • Transcripts
      • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. Official transcripts are not required for admission but may be substituted for unofficial transcripts for admission review

    Application Review

    We will review applications on a rolling basis. We take a holistic look at each applicant and place great importance on letters of recommendation and your personal statement. We will strive to notify you about the status of your application as soon as possible.

    Note for prospective international students: KGI has filed a petition update to Form I-17 “Petition For Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student” for this program with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Upon approval, KGI will be able to issue I-20s to students wishing to apply for an F-1 student visa.

  • The program is best geared for those applying in the upcoming cycle, but it’s beneficial for anyone who will be applying soon.  

  • There is a $20 application fee. If you are in need of an application fee waiver, please contact

    Students participating in the in-person program sessions are financially responsible for their transportation, housing, and food throughout the program.

"I am a low-income, first-generation college student, and I was very clueless when it comes to the financial and admissions process of applying to dental school. I was always really shy and lacked confidence because of my upbringing in a small village in China. Joining ABC really helped me to build up my confidence and become more hopeful about applying to dental school. "
Long Gao
ABC Student
Summer '20