Regular Admission Requirements
Regular Admissions is the standard process by which students enter the College of Medicine. Students apply initially through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Some are invited to submit a secondary application. Applications are reviewed by the Medical Student Admissions Committee Chair and selected committee members, and competitive applicants are invited to interview. Each year, the College of Medicine accepts approximately 118 students through Regular Admissions.
Applicants must receive a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution prior to matriculation in the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants will be carefully appraised on the basis of personal attributes, academic record, evaluation of achievements, references, performance on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and personal interviews, if granted by the medical selection committee.
Applicants currently pursuing graduate level work toward a Ph.D. degree or other professional degrees are obligated to complete all degree requirements prior to matriculation to the College of Medicine for study toward the M.D. degree.
The College of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, age, national origin or disability. Further details on technical standards for medical school admission may be accessed from the Admissions home page. Although Florida residents are given preference in admission, the College of Medicine does consider a limited number of nonresident applicants each year. Nonresident applicants must demonstrate superior qualifications. The College of Medicine welcomes applications from underrepresented minorities. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree conferred prior to matriculation from a regionally accredited United States institution. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or United States permanent residents (in possession of the USCIS assigned ‘Green Card’). All prerequisite courses must be taken in a traditional classroom setting (no distance learning or internet online courses), However, those unable to complete a traditional biochemistry course may enroll in the UF Biochem 4024 online course. To be a competitive applicant, we recommend that these courses be taken at a university.
Basic Science Requirements
The minimum science admissions requirements include basic introductory courses and laboratories in the following subjects:
- Biology – 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)
- General Chemistry - 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)
- Organic Chemistry – 1 semester, with lab (4 credit hours)
- Biochemistry - 1 semester (3 or 4 credit hours)*
- Physics – 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)
* Due to variations between schools, a 3 or 4 credit hour Biochemistry course will fulfill our requirement. However, if an additional 1 credit hour lab is offered, we recommend taking the additional course. There are no substitutions or waivers for prerequisite courses.
For students who desire additional background in science, courses in genetics, microbiology and physiology might be considered. It is not necessary to choose one of the sciences as a college major. We welcome applicants with either non-science majors or substantial work in liberal arts fields.
Every applicant must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at a time that enables scores to be received by the Admissions Office prior to the application deadline. Scores must be achieved no more than three years prior to anticipated enrollment. IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN THE MCAT SINCE AUGUST 2010, YOU WILL NEED TO RETAKE IT BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2013 TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMITTANCE IN AUGUST 2014. Further information is found at http://www.aamc.org.
Important information regarding the January administration of the MCAT exam:
Selection of applicants for the medical school class entering in a given calendar year will be based, in part, on MCAT scores achieved during the previous three years from the date of matriculation. MCAT scores achieved during the same calendar year as matriculation may be considered as additional information during the selection of alternates, but will not be considered valid MCAT scores for application/admission purposes if the MCAT had not been taken in the previous valid time stated above.
We require that all medical students have access to a computer where they live. Students may either purchase, share, lease or borrow the hardware and software necessary to fulfill this requirement.
No specific requirement is set in the area of mathematics since, at most colleges, some mathematics is prerequisite to physics and chemistry. Some college work in calculus is strongly recommended. Familiarity with the principles of statistics and their application to the analysis of data is an important asset for any medical student. A knowledge of computer programming is valuable in medical education, but is not required.
Individuals planning to apply to medical school should consider participation in honors courses, independent study and scientific research. These activities present opportunities for an unstructured learning experience.
The remainder of the college work should be distributed throughout the humanities, social and behavioral sciences. The student should select subjects that tend to broaden one’s educational experience.
Extracurricular activities and employment both during the academic year and summers are important contributions to an individual’s development. Experience in medical and paramedical areas often contributes toward an understanding of health care delivery problems and helps to solidify the basis of the student’s motivation toward a career in medicine. We recognize the additional time required of either those who must work substantial hours to finance their education or those who participate in a major sport. We understand the potential impact of such activities on a student’s achievement. Also, non-healthcare related experience (preferably with the underserved) is important. A substantial amount of meaningful, medically related research is also a plus.
The Medical Student Admissions Committee includes approximately 60 members appointed by the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, and the Assistant Dean for Admissions, who also serves as Chair of the Committee. Members include clinical and basic science faculty, community physicians and 4th year medical students. The Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Health Equity are permanent members.
Please note: All correspondence from the admissions office regarding the application is via e-mail. It is imperative that an applicant have a valid email address at all times throughout the process. It is also suggested that an applicant have an address to be used only for medical school application purposes and remove any spam blocker to prevent missed communication. All address changes should be made through AMCAS, then notify the Admissions Office.
All applicants selected for a secondary will receive an email from the UF Admissions Office with a link to the Professional School Application. This application is required of all applicants regardless of whether they have attended UF or not and has a non-refundable $30 fee. Please direct all questions about the Professional Schools Application such as tuition, residency, etc., to the UF Graduate School at 352-392-1365 and ask to speak to someone about your grad school residency status.
The regular admissions process is as follows:
- Students submit their application for admission through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) beginning in June. The application should be submitted as early as possible, but the deadline for AMCAS is December 1st. Students are encouraged to have prerequisite courses / basic science requirements completed prior to application. The AMCAS application is found on http://www.aamc.org
- Personal statements, extracurricular activities, academic performance and MCAT scores are reviewed and verified by AMCAS. Competitive applicants are then sent materials for formal (secondary) application. The deadline for submitting formal application materials, including letters of recommendation, is January 15th. We require five letters be sent to AMCAS: two from science professors, one from a non-science professor or volunteer coordinator, and two character letters, one of which may be from a peer. Incomplete files will be canceled from further consideration. No application materials will be accepted after this date and there are no extensions of the deadline.
- Materials in the completed secondary application are reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Admissions with additional review by other members of the committee at the Assistant Dean’s request. On the basis of personal qualifications, academic record, essays, and letters of recommendation, applicants are invited for interview.
- Interviews are held on Fridays from September through March at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants meet with the Director of Admissions and the staff of the Admissions Office, Financial Aid Director, Associate Dean for Diversity & Health Equity, and the Assistant Dean for Admissions for orientation and follow-up discussion. Tours of the facilities are provided. Each applicant has interviews with two members of the Selection Committee. A subset of the Committee is designated to interview applicants on a particular Friday. Interviewees also meet with currently enrolled students during lunch and on tours.
- The subset of committee members who interviewed applicants meet to review and discuss the applicants and make recommendations to an Executive Admissions Committee of 6 College of Medicine faculty members, led by the Assistant Dean for Admissions. The Executive Admissions Committee is responsible for weighing these recommendations and the qualifications of each applicant against those of the entire interviewee pool. With the approval of the Dean, the Executive Admissions Committee makes the final determination of each applicant’s status. Beginning October 15 acceptance follows a “rolling admission process” whereby acceptances are made throughout the interview cycle. The class is filled by the middle of March. Those interviewing later in the cycle are at no disadvantage in gaining acceptance.
- Following acceptance, a candidate is required to indicate intent within two weeks to the Admissions Office. A $100 deposit is also required from accepted applicants. If the applicant is subsequently accepted by another school that he or she prefers, the applicant is obligated to notify the College of Medicine Admissions Office immediately with a written letter of intent to withdraw acceptance. If an accepted applicant withdraws prior to May 15 the $100 deposit is refunded; withdrawals after May 15 do not qualify for a refund. Matriculants’ deposits are reimbursed in the Fall.
- At the completion of the interview cycle a non-ranked alternate list is established by the Assistant Dean for Admissions based on academic and personal qualifications and the recommendations by the Committee. As withdrawals occur, positions are filled from the alternate list. Updates are accepted and are important for alternate list decisions.
- An applicant who is not successful in gaining admission and who wishes to reapply for the next entering class must initiate a new application through AMCAS.
- Deferments are processed on an appeal basis once an applicant has been accepted. The appeal should be directed to the Chair of the Medical Student Admissions Committee. The plans for the deferred year should reflect thoughtful consideration by the applicant. The resulting experience of that year’s actions should result in personal growth and enhancement of life experience. Deferments are approved for one or two years and the applicant will enter with the appropriate fall’s matriculating class. Two-year deferments are granted for those accepted applicants who wish to participate in the Teach for America program. Additional information about the program can be found on the web site www.teachforamerica.org
- Deferred applicants are restricted from applying to other medical schools during year/years of deferment. If this restriction is not followed the applicant’s offer of acceptance will be rescinded and the other programs applied to will be notified of the breach of the restriction, which can result in loss of acceptance into medical school. AAMC requires that an AMCAS application be filed for the appropriate year’s matriculation. During the time deferment the Director of Admissions will contact you with specific instructions for the application process, including a fee waiver for the AMCAS application.
The above procedures follow the guidelines of the Association of American Medical Colleges.