FAQs

General Information

The UNC School of Medicine website provides a comprehensive overview of the outstanding educational, clinical service, scholarly, and extracurricular activities available to students. If you still have questions after reviewing the website, please contact us

Check out our directions page. If you are using a GPS, try using these addresses instead of our mailing address: 

  • Our Building: 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • Our Parking Deck: Search: “Corner of East Dr. and Manning Dr.” or “East Dr. + Manning Dr.”

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 any time. You are also 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 , and one of our students will contact you about setting up a tour. Personal tours are only for people who are not currently applying to medical school. Please be considerate of this guideline, as we do not have the resources to accommodate current applicants. If an applicant is selected to be interviewed, they will receive the same tour on the day of their interview. 

At UNC, we deliver about half of our 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 during AHEC rotations.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Barring extraordinary circumstances, a bachelor's degree is required for admission. In fact, all students in recent years have had a bachelor's degree, and some have also had a graduate degree. Students are encouraged to pursue one or more scholarly interests in depth during their undergraduate years, but course work must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences. A student who earns a degree in less than four years may apply, but should recognize that understanding the human condition and developing good judgment require experience. Without unusual qualifications, questions about breadth of education, maturity, experience, and motivation may put such an applicant at a disadvantage. 

For more information about our prerequisites and requirements for admission, click here or view our full Admissions Policies document here

MCAT scores cannot be more than three years old at the time of application. For a breakdown of MCAT dates, click here. 

The Admissions Committee will use the MCAT scores from the current exam in the same way they have used previous scores - in conjunction with other academic information presented on the AMCAS application and in letters of recommendation. Because these scores are new to Admissions Committee members, they will use the percentile ranks for the new scores to see how individual applicants compare to others who took the new exam.

For more information about MCATs, click here. 

No, CLEP credits are not accepted for required classes. For more information on prerequisites, click here.

Applying

The current mean GPA in science courses is 3.59. The current mean cumulative GPA is 3.76. Weightings are not used in the evaluation process, as each application we consider is given a holistic review. For more information on our ideal candidate and selection criteria, click here. 

No. We require all accepted applicants who will matriculate into our program to submit all final, official transcripts from any US institutions attended by July 1 of the matriculating year. If a degree was earned, the date conferred must be included on your transcript.

Yes, we do. Reapplicants are limited to an initial application plus three reapplications, for a total of four applications. For more information on reapplying, click here. 

Our medical student transfer policy stipulates that requests will only be considered for transfer into the first clinical year (third year of medical school), if all of the criteria is met. You can find more information about transfer guidelines and requirements in our Admissions Policies Document

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, longitudinal 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.

For more information on our ideal candidate and selection criteria, click here.

All applicants may submit up to three additional letters, which must be submitted no later than December 31. Suggestions for these additional letters are non-professor leaders with whom you have interacted closely in service, research, or healthcare training experiences. 

For applicants who are currently undergrads or have graduated fewer than two years ago:

    • We require at least two letters of recommendation from professors who know you well and have taught you in a formal classroom setting. One of the two letters should be from a professor in your most recent major or degree-granting department, and the other may be from any professor of your choice.
    • If the undergraduate institution has a Pre-Health Committee, it would be preferable to have letters from this committee and this compilation would meet our requirement.

For applicants who graduated undergrad more than two years ago:

    • Two letters of recommendation are required from mentors who know you well and have interacted with you in an academic setting. This could be a professor with whom you have maintained regular contact, a research PI, or another advisor. These mentors should have recent knowledge of how you work in an academic setting.

For applicants who have completed, or are currently completing, an advanced degree program or significant post-grad work experience:

    • For applicants who have advanced degrees or significant post-grad work (one year or more), two letters of recommendation are required from mentors who have interacted with you in an academic setting. You should have at least one letter from your post-grad education and/or major work experience.

Our goal is to give your application thorough consideration, then let you know the outcome as quickly as possible. 

After your interview, the Admissions Committee will meet to review and discuss your application. Applications are under continuous review, which allows for admissions to be made throughout the interview season until the class is filled. 

All final decision notifications, including acceptance, wait list, and unsuccessful application, will be sent to applicants by early April.

Generally, around 7,000 prospective students apply, around 600 are interviewed, and 180 matriculate into our medical school. 

For more information about our students, click here.

The average MCAT score for the 2020 UNC School of Medicine class is 31.06. The average score for Physical Science is 10.40, the average score for Biological Science is 10.80, and the average score for Verbal Reasoning is 9.85. 

For more information about the MCATs, click here.

If you decide to withdraw your application from consideration, or if you are offered an acceptance in the future and decide not to matriculate at UNC School of Medicine, please notify us using this Withdrawal/Declination Form. The deadline for notifying medical schools that you do not intend to matriculate is April 30.

Interviews

Interviews will be conducted September through February on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. We do not offer weekend or regional interviews.

If you are ill and not able to make it to your scheduled interview, please call us immediately at 919-962-8332.

If your contact information changes after you have submitted your AMCAS application, please contact AMCAS directly at 202-828-0600. Please do not contact us to make these changes, as they can only be updated through AMCAS.

International Applicants

International students who are permanent residents of the United States can apply as a North Carolina resident if they qualify. Non-US citizens with visa types: F-1, H-1, J, etc., are not eligible to apply as NC residents, but may apply as a non-resident and 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 will have the resources to do so.

For more information about financial aid, click here. 

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 US out-of-state applicants. If your undergraduate degree is from an educational institution outside the U.S. or Canada, AMCAS, the academic verification service we use, will not verify or certify your academic credentials. Therefore, UNC School of Medicine requires that you complete all of the prerequisites at an accredited college or university within the U.S. or Canada prior to applying through AMCAS.

For more information on the academic criteria for admission, click here.

North Carolina Residency

We do. However, as a state-assisted institution, we give preference to North Carolina residents. Approximately 20 non-residents are accepted each year.

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 about North Carolina residency may be obtained here. You can direct any questions about your residency status to Ms. Randee Reid by calling 919-966-9931.

Special Programs

Our Charlotte campus offers two special programs for students in the third and fourth years, one traditional and one longitudinal. Find more information about the Charlotte program here.

Our Asheville campus offers a longitudinal program for third and fourth year students. Find more information about the Asheville program here.

Our Asheville campus also offers a unique program that begins in the first year of medical school for students interested in rural and underserved populations. Find more information about this program here.

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 about the MD/PhD program, click here or contact Alison Regan at 919-843-6507.

 

MD/MPH

Master of Public Health degrees are offered through several departments and programs in the School of Public Health. Each year, 20-30 students earn MPH degrees in Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, Health Care and Prevention, or Maternal and Child Health. Typically, students who pursue a public-health degree take a leave of absence from their medical studies for at least one year, usually between the third and fourth years of medical school. For more information about the MD-MPH Program, click here.

 

MD/MBA

UNC medical students have the opportunity to earn these two degrees in five years. For more information about the MD-MBA Program, click here. 

 

MD/JD

We do not have a formal program; however, in the past students have earned both degrees independently. 

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.

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).