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. 

2021 Dates:  

  • Session #1 (online): June 7-11, 2021 
  • Session #2 (in-person): June 21-25, 2021

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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 friendship with others sharing similar interests from across the country

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Application Procedures and Requirements

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    Eligibility

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

    Application Deadline

    • May 24 for Session #1 (online)
    • June 7 for Session #2 (in-person)

    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
      • Contact information for one recommender is required during the online 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). Only one recommendation is required but additional recommendations may be submitted if desired.
      • 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.  

    • $20 application fee (both Sessions)
    • $150 enrollment fee for Session #1 (online)
    • $350 enrollment fee for Session #2 (in-person)
"Meeting one-on-one in the afternoons of ABC and having the morning sessions helped me tremendously with my application and it's so much better than it was before. I feel more confident about my writing and interview abilities and that's all thanks to this program. Thanks for believing in me throughout the program, even though it started with me having to rewrite my entire personal statement. I really can't express enough how helpful the program was and how grateful I am for participating."
Lauren Furst
ABC Student
Summer '20