Reapplicants

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Getting a letter declining admissions from our office is not the ideal result of your application process. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the road. We have accepted many students who have previously applied to our program. These successful re-applicants made changes in their application that improved their applicant profile. We have compiled tips that may be useful for you in your journey to become a Tarheel doctor. Please note that you are limited to a total of four (4)  applications, which includes an initial application plus three (3) re-applications.

  • If your GPAs are significantly below our average, which is 3.55 for the science GPA, and 3.62 for the non-science, we strongly recommend that you consider a post baccalaureate or science graduate program, and take at least 30 credit hours or more, which gives you the opportunity to show an improvement in your academic ability. It is also important that you have the post baccalaureate or graduate work completed before reapplying, as this will enable us to consider and evaluate your success in the program.  We recommend looking at the AAMC website for a list of post baccalaureate programs, or consider a program at your local college or university.
  • If your MCAT score is significantly below our average, which is 32, consider retaking the MCAT to improve your score. For instance, an MCAT score below 25 is not considered to be competitive. Before retaking the exam, make sure you have the time to devote to restudying the material (a recommended timeframe is at least four to six months). The amount needed varies considerably from applicant to applicant. Use practice exams at the AAMC website to help gauge your progress. You may also consider taking a formalized review course.
  • Because we at UNC School of Medicine are committed to serving the public, we look for students who similarly have a commitment to giving back to the community. You may consider becoming more involved in service activities in your community.
  • Additionally, we strongly recommend that students have health care experiences to show them what medicine may be like. You might also decide to pursue health care related training and career opportunities (e.g. certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, clinical research lab assistant, etc.).
  • Consider revising your personal statement to include new experiences
  • Continue to keep in contact with mentors and health professions advisors
  • Consider summer programs like the Medical Education Development Program which is UNC's summer program for disadvantaged students that exposes them to a first year medical or dental school curriculum.
  • Hang in there!  The reapplication process takes somewhat longer than the initial application process.  We will contact you as soon as we have made a decision about offering you an interview.