How can I get more information about the UNC School of Medicine?
The UNC School of Medicine homepage provides a comprehensive overview of the outstanding educational, clinical service, and scholarly activities available to students. After you have reviewed our web site, if you find that you have specific questions about the admissions process, please contact us at (919) 962-8331.
During the interviewing season, as part of the interview day, current medical students give applicants a tour of the medical school. Otherwise, we invite you to tour our campus, and you are welcome to visit us in the Admissions Office at 1001 Bondurant Hall. So that we can better serve you, send your request for a personal tour to firstname.lastname@example.org, and one of our students will contact you.
What are the degree requirements for admission to the School of Medicine?
Barring extraordinary circumstances, a Bachelor's degree is required for admission, and in fact, all students in recent years have had degrees. Any accredited program of study leading to Bachelor's degree is acceptable. We encourage prospective applicants to choose both an undergraduate institution and a program of study that will suit their academic needs. For example, we have accepted applicants into our program who have held degrees in romance language, English, history, religion, music, and law. A student who obtains a degree in less than four years may apply but should recognize that understanding the human condition and developing good judgment require life experience. Without unusual qualifications, questions about breadth of education, maturity, experience, and motivation may put such an applicant at a disadvantage. (See our prerequisites.)
What is the grade-point average (GPA) of accepted applicants for the current class, and what is weighted the most when the committee evaluates applications?
The average GPA in the science and mathematics courses was 3.59, and cumulative GPA was 3.65. Weightings are not used, as each application we consider is given a holistic review.
Do you consider students who are not North Carolina residents?
As a state-assisted institution, we give preference to North Carolina residents. Approximately 20 non-residents are accepted each year.
Other than the UNC Hospital, does the UNC School of Medicine use any other hospitals for rotations?
At UNC, we deliver about half of clinical education in our highly regarded Area Health Education Center (AHEC) sites all over the state. We send students to clerkships at Moses Cone Hospital (Greensboro), Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte), New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington), Nash General Hospital (Rocky Mount), Mission Memorial Hospital (Asheville) and Wake Medical Center (Raleigh), among others. Apartment-style or dormitory-style housing is provided, and it would be advantageous to have a car in order to get to the various locations for the AHEC rotations.
How do you determine if your county is either medically underrepresented or rural?
The Shortage Designation Branch in the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions National Center for Health Workforce Analysis develops shortage designation criteria and uses them to decide whether or not a geographic area or population group is a health professional shortage area or a medically underserved area or population.
What other special programs does the UNC School of Medicine offer?
Our Charlotte campus offers two special programs for students in the third and fourth years, one traditional and one longitudinal. Find more information at http://www.med.unc.edu/md/charlotte.
MD/PhD The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in conjunction with the Graduate School, offers an MD/PhD program to exceptional students who seek to combine clinical medicine with a career in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. For more information, visit our website at MD/PhD program, or contact Alison Regan at 919-843-6507.
MD/JD We do not have a formal program; however, in the past students have earned both degrees independently
Do you have a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program?
The School of Medicine does not offer a post-baccalaureate program, but the prerequisite science courses are available through the Division of Continuing Studies (800-862-5669 or 919-962-1134).
Do you consider reapplications?
Yes, we do, but applications are limited to an initial application plus three reapplications for a total of four. See Tips for Re-applicants.
What is your transfer policy?
Our medical student transfer policy stipulates that requests will only be considered for transfer into the first clinical year (third year of medical school) and that all of the criteria must be met. You can access transfer guidelines and requirements at Medical Student Transfer Policy.
What can I do to demonstrate that I am a well-rounded applicant?
Volunteer service and research experience both enhance an application, but neither is weighted more highly than the other. The decision to spend time as a volunteer or doing research must be made by the individual in the context of his or her own goals. However, applicants are expected to demonstrate some knowledge of the demands of a medical career. For this reason, direct patient contact, one-on-one care giving within a health care setting, and exposure to the health care system are desirable.
One who seeks to be a successful physician embodies many qualities beyond those reflected in numerical scores. It is difficult to assess qualities relating to commitment, motivation, and compassion, but interviews, letters of recommendation, and essays all help to shape the admissions decision.
The School of Medicine accepts students from the full range of post-secondary institutions. The more selective the school, the more rigorous will be the academic program and the more opportunity a student will have to participate in scholarly and other extracurricular activities. These are important considerations to an admissions committee, but they are not the only considerations. The opportunity to attend a highly selective college or university is not available to all students. Excellence, regardless of the setting, is considered favorably.
If you have an interest in obtaining an advanced degree before applying to medical school, a graduate study program will provide specialized knowledge and expertise that will enrich your future medical career. The effect of graduate study on an individual’s admission to the School of Medicine can only be evaluated in the context of that individual’s complete portfolio. Also note that applications are considered from students in the last year of their graduate program.
International students who are permanent residents of the United States (i.e., permanent resident alien status) can apply as a North Carolina resident if they qualify. Individuals with other visa types, such as F, H-1, J, etc., are not eligible to apply as residents, but may apply as non-residents. Non-US citizens holding one of the aforementioned visa types are not eligible for federal loans or grants. Also, if accepted into our medical school program, you will be responsible for the funding of your four-year medical school education. It will be necessary for you to complete a financial certificate that will provide evidence that you and/or whoever is sponsoring your education has the resources to do so.
Degrees Earned Outside of the U.S. or Canada
Undergraduate degrees and coursework earned at educational institutions outside of the United States or Canada will not be verified by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the verification service used by UNC as well as over 130 other medical schools. Therefore, the UNC School of Medicine requires that you complete all of the prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada. Our prerequisites can be accessed at http://www.med.unc.edu/admit/requirements-1/academic-requirements. After all of your prerequisites have been successfully completed, which should be 30 or more credit hours, you will be eligible to apply to our school via AMCAS. UNC School of Medicine will review your application and take into consideration all of your educational degrees.
If I am not a citizen of the United States, would I be considered for admission and federal financial aid?
We do consider and offer admission to international applicants, but we do not have a special category for international applicants, as they are considered out-of-state applicants and are evaluated by the same criteria as our U.S. out-of-state applicants. For more information on the academic criteria, see http://www.med.unc.edu/admit/general-info/admissions-process.
How is North Carolina residency determined for tuition purposes?
To qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, you will be required by North Carolina law to prove that a bona fide domicile was established in North Carolina at least twelve months before the beginning of the term, that it was maintained continuously, and that you were physically present in the state during that time, and for purposes other than attending school. Additional information may be obtained at http://registrar.unc.edu/academic-services/residency/.