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Admission Requirements

Overview

Admission to the College of Medicine is highly competitive. The college seeks students who demonstrate personal and intellectual characteristics expected of physicians including compassion, communicativeness, character, captaincy and competence. Out of over 1,800 completed secondary applications, only 135 are accepted into the final class.

There are four routes of admission to the University of Florida College of Medicine:

  • Regular Admissions  – Applicants who have or will have at least a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Junior Honors Medical Program  – Seven year BS/MD honors program. Current college students do not apply until their second year at a state-accredited university. Around 12 are selected each year.
  • Rural & Urban Underserved Medicine - Seven year BS/MD program. Students apply during the spring of their undergraduate second year and spend their third undergraduate year doing a research project related to rural or urban medicine and in practicing medicine to underserved populations; up to 4 students can be selected each year.
  • Transfer/Advanced Standing Admissions  – transfers are considered from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school. The availability of transfer spots is rare.

2013-2014 Admissions Cycle

 

Letters of Recommendation

For the 2013-2014 Application Cycle, all letters must be submitted through AMCAS. AMCAS only accepts 10 letters, so you may need to consolidate your letters into packets.

The University of Florida College of Medicine requires the following five letters of recommendation:

  • 2 academic letters of recommendation from science coursework
  • 1 academic letter of recommendation from non-science coursework 2 character letters, 1 of which can be a character reference from a peer (friend, classmate, non-supervising co-worker). For more information on your peer letter, click here. Please consider getting a letter from someone who knows you very well, these letters are usually more helpful than letters from
  • A Pre-Health Advising Committee letter/packet may substitute for the 3 academic letters
  • Additional recommendation letters are ACCEPTED via AMCAS.
If you have cannot provide one or more academic letters of recommendation, you may submit three letters from people who can speak towards your academic abilities (employers, superior officers, science mentors, etc).

Make sure your letter writer includes your AMCAS ID# on the top of the letter. Have the letters sent to:

AAMC Medical School Application Services

attn: Letters of Recommendation

P.O. Box 18958

Washington D.C. 20036

You will use the same method for sending two character letters as was used to send academic letters of recommendation. You can create an entry in the letters section of their AMCAS application, including information such as author name, contact info., which school(s) they want the letter to go to, etc. Once you create the entry, you can print out a letter request form and have the letter writer attach it to the peer letter when mailing to AMCAS.