Updates in response to COVID-19
UF College of Medicine recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many applicants’ current and planned academic, volunteer, research, professional and other activities. Our office has adjusted our prerequisite and MCAT policies as indicated below to accommodate interruptions and changes in coursework and MCAT test availability beyond applicants’ control. Furthermore, our committee understands that applicants have been impacted in many ways, and we have expanded our secondary to allow you to explain your unique situation. We will remain flexible and adaptive as events unfold.
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). Upon receiving a verified AMCAS, we will invite applicants to submit a secondary application.* All completed applications undergo holistic review that includes consideration of academic performance, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, essays, personal attributes, and experiences including but not limited to medicine, service, leadership, and research. Applications are reviewed by the Assistant Dean for Admissions, faculty committee members and Office of Admissions staff, and competitive applicants are invited to interview. Each year, the College of Medicine accepts approximately 120 students through Regular Admissions.
Eligible applicants must be United States citizens or United States permanent residents (in possession of the USCIS assigned ‘Green Card’).
Applicants who have previously matriculated to a medical program are ineligible to apply to UF College of Medicine unless they meet the requirements to apply through the Transfer/Advanced Standing Admissions Policy.
Applicants must receive a bachelor’s degree from a US post-secondary college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) prior to matriculation to the University of Florida College of Medicine. A graduate or professional degree earned in the US at a regionally accredited post-secondary university may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree. 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 student admissions 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 welcomes applications from nonresidents and is able to admit a limited number each year. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree conferred prior to matriculation from a regionally accredited United States institution.
Basic Science Requirements
The Office of Admissions recognizes that undergraduate institutions have had to adapt the delivery of prerequisite course content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not wish for any applicant to be at a disadvantage due to mandatory changes made by their institutions. Prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring and summer 2020 will be accepted to meet required courses. In addition we will accept a pass, satisfactory, or letter grade of “C” or better for any prerequisite course (or higher level substitute). We will remain attentive to ongoing institutional changes that may affect undergraduate course offerings as the national and global situation continues to unfold.
The College of Medicine values all majors and fields of study and welcomes applicants with strong backgrounds in both the basic sciences and liberal arts.
The following minimum science admissions requirements must be completed at a regionally-accredited, degree-granting United States post-secondary institution with letter grades, and no grade less than a “C” (not counting courses taken in Spring 2020 for P or S grades). Competitive applicants will have demonstrated the ability to engage in rigorous full-time course loads that include “stacked” science courses (at least two per semester plus associated labs, if applicable). There are no waivers for prerequisite courses, but substitutions of higher level coursework in the same discipline are accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee.
The minimum science admissions requirements include the following basic introductory courses and laboratories, suitable for a science curriculum:
- General Biology – 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)
- General Chemistry – 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)**
- Organic Chemistry – 1 semester, with lab (4-5 credit hours)
- Biochemistry – 1 semester survey course, upper-division, content and level appropriate to a biology or chemistry curriculum (3 or 4 credit hours)**
- Physics – 2 semesters, with labs (8 credit hours)
**Due to variations between schools, if only one semester of general chemistry is offered by a program, organic chemistry II with lab can substitute for the second general chemistry course. 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. Those without access to a traditional biochemistry course may enroll in the UF Biochem 4024 online course (offered every semester).
For students who desire additional background in science, we recommend courses in genetics, microbiology, immunology and/or physiology.
MCAT – **COVID-19 UPDATE**
For 2021 entry, in light of the extensive challenges applicants are facing due to the pandemic, we have updated our MCAT policy as follows:
- We will accept MCAT scores earned in 2016 and 2017
- *We will suspend the requirement of an MCAT score in order to receive a secondary invitation
- Although we will still require an MCAT score prior to offering an interview, we will adjust our interview cycle to start later than normal, in order to accommodate as many applicants as possible who take late summer/fall MCAT administrations.
Further information is found at http://www.aamc.org.
Letters of Recommendation – updated for entry 2021
- All letters must be submitted through AMCAS. A letter packet submitted by an undergraduate institution is treated by AMCAS as 1 letter.
- The University of Florida College of Medicine requires a minimum of 3 letters and we will accept up to 6 and no more, regardless of the AMCAS allowance. Please do not designate more than 6 letters to UF; only the first 6 will be included in your application for committee review. Letters cannot be exchanged once sent to UF, so select carefully.
- A specific distribution of recommenders is not required; however, the letters are a very important part of the application. Applicants are advised to select recommenders who can collectively best address the range of competencies in all 4 categories outlined by the AAMC here: https://www.aamc.org/download/349990/data/lettersguidelinesbrochure.pdf
- A Pre-Health Advising Committee letter/packet will fulfill our letter requirements. Please note that our preference is for the committee letter to be appended with the individual letters submitted to the Pre-Health Office/Committee to support that letter. Please check with your Pre-Health Advising Office on the format of their committee letter if you are not sure. If individual letters are not included with the committee letter, the applicant may wish to solicit individual letters in addition to the committee letter.
- Additional recommendation letters are accepted via AMCAS and may be designated to UF up to our maximum of 6 total documents.
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.
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. Independent study and scientific research present opportunities for an unstructured learning 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 Interview 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, faculty from the Office of Diversity and Health Equity and 4th year medical students.
Please note: Most 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 early in the cycle, but the deadline for AMCAS is December 1st. Students are encouraged to have prerequisite courses / basic science requirements completed prior to application, although one or two courses may be in progress. The AMCAS application is found on http://www.aamc.org
- Academic performance and MCAT scores are reviewed and verified by AMCAS. Upon receipt of a verified AMCAS and MCAT scores, our office will send materials for formal (secondary) application. The deadline for submitting formal application materials, including letters of recommendation, is January 15th at 11:59pm EDT. No application materials will be accepted after this date and there are no extensions of the deadline. Incomplete files will be canceled from further consideration.
- We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation. The letters are not required to follow any specific distribution; however, applicants should select recommenders who can collectively best address the following competencies outlined by the AAMC here: https://www.aamc.org/download/349990/data/lettersguidelinesbrochure.pdf. A Pre-Health Advising Committee letter and/or packet will fulfill our letter requirements, although we do prefer that a committee letter have attached the individual letters that were submitted to the advisory committee, if possible. Additional recommendation letters are accepted via AMCAS up to 6.
- Materials in the completed application are reviewed by a committee that includes the Assistant Dean for Admissions, faculty on the Admissions Committee, the Director of Admissions and the Assistant Director of Admissions. On the basis of personal qualifications, academic record, essays, and letters of recommendation, applicants are invited for interview.
- Interviews are held on Fridays from August through late February at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants meet with the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Director of Admissions and Admissions Office staff, Associate Dean for Diversity & Health Equity, and the Financial Aid Director for orientation and follow-up discussion. Tours of the facilities are provided. Each applicant has interviews with two members of the Medical Student Interview 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 the Medical Student Admissions Committee, consisting of 10 College of Medicine faculty members, chaired by the Assistant Dean for Admissions. The Admissions Committee is responsible for weighing these recommendations and the qualifications of each applicant against those of the entire interviewee pool. The 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.
- At the completion of the interview cycle a ranked alternate list is established by the Admissions Committee based on academic and personal qualifications. As withdrawals occur, positions are filled according to the ranking of 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.
Following acceptance, a candidate is required to indicate their intent to accept or decline the seat within two weeks to the Admissions Office. Accepting the offer does not constitute a commitment to enroll, but it does secure an applicant’s seat in the class provided all matriculation requirements are satisfied. Acceptance of the offer of admission must be accompanied by a $100 deposit within two weeks of the offer, refundable if the applicant withdraws prior to May 1. Withdrawals after April 30 do not qualify for a refund. Matriculants’ deposits are applied to tuition and fees for the Fall.
As of February 19, 2020, the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool allows accepted candidates to indicate their first choice by selecting “Plan to Enroll.” Candidates may hold multiple acceptances until April 30; however, we ask that you indicate your intention as soon as possible. In fairness to other candidates and to programs, we ask that you familiarize yourself with each medical school’s admissions policies and deadlines, and communicate your decision promptly to any programs at which you are holding acceptances once you have decided you no longer wish to hold a seat at that program.
No later than April 30, 2020, candidates whose first choice is UF College of Medicine must indicate that choice via the AMCAS Tool and also withdraw any other acceptances they may be holding. It is permissible to remain on other programs’ waitlists. Any applicant who has not indicated “Plan to Enroll” or withdrawn from UF COM by April 30 is subject to a subsequent rescission of their admissions offer by our program.
Should you receive an offer of admission from another program after April 30 and before July 3, the commit to enroll deadline, UF COM’s policy requires you to notify our Admissions Office within 24 hours. Please let us know which program has offered you admission, and their expected time frame for your final decision.
As of April 30, 2020, accepted applicants may select the “Commit to Enroll” action in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool. We ask you to submit this action to AMCAS as soon as you decide to matriculate to UF COM.
The final deadline to select Commit to Enroll, per UF COM policy, is Wednesday, July 3, 2020. At this time, you must withdraw from any programs at which you are waitlisted, and, if applicable, withdraw any other acceptances you are holding. If you do not select Commit to Enroll by July 3, your seat in the entering UF COM class is subject to being immediately rescinded. You must notify us immediately of any extenuating circumstances that may prevent compliance with this deadline.
- Deferments are processed on an appeal basis once an applicant has been accepted. The appeal should be directed to the Assistant Dean of Admissions and will be considered by the 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.