Marshall University Joan C. Edwards Secondary Application

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated June 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • Why did you decide to apply to Marshall? (5000 characters)
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you want to serve or practice medicine? (5000 characters)
  • If you are not presently attending school indicate your employment or other plans for the time prior to your planned enrollment in medical school. If still in school, enter N/A. (2000 characters)


  • Please share any disruptions in your academic, volunteer, work, and/or personal life related to COVID-19 that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider. (5000 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $75 for Residents/$100 for Nonresidents
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: Yes
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes for Nonresidents That Are Not From A Surrounding State
Accepts Application Updates:

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Mission:

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University is a community-based, Veterans Affairs affiliated medical school dedicated to providing high quality medical education and postgraduate training programs to foster a skilled physician workforce to meet the unique healthcare needs of West Virginia and Central Appalachia. Building upon its medical education foundation, the school seeks to develop centers of excellence in clinical care, including primary care in rural underserved areas, focused and responsive programs of biomedical science graduate study, biomedical and clinical science research, academic scholarship and public service outreach. The School is committed to fulfilling its mission by creating a diverse and inclusive academic community that is sustained in a collegial and nurturing environment of life-long learning.