Our Admissions Process

Welcome to the process of applying to the UNC School of Medicine. We know that this is an exciting and important time in your life, and we also realize that this process can be demanding. We will work hard to make our admissions process as easy and pleasant as possible for you. Please contact us at any point with any questions. We look forward to working with you.

Please note: We have made changes to our admissions process in order to comply with a mandate from the North Carolina General Administration. From this point forward, all applicants applying to the UNC School of Medicine must complete a supplemental application in addition to a military survey. The Committee on Admissions will continue to pre-screen the AMCAS applications to select candidates for interviews. It is important that you take into consideration the admissions policies, guidelines, and criteria we have indicated on our website to ensure that your academic credentials meet our criteria. Keep in mind that the process for receiving a supplemental is automated, and that you need to make sure that your academic metrics are within the parameters indicated below. 

The Admissions Process Checklist:

  1. Review our list of considerations. 
  2. Take the MCAT.
  3. Garner your letters of recommendation.
  4. Make sure we are able to communicate with you. 
  5. Complete and submit an application.
  6. Schedule your interview, if selected.
  7. Receive your final decision.

Step One: Consider these things before preparing to apply to medical school.

    • You should have a competitive GPA. If you are applying to medical school, your GPA should reflect strong academic ability especially in the natural sciences. If your GPAs are significantly below our averages, which are 3.59 for the science GPA and 3.76 for non-science, we strongly recommend that you consider a post-baccalaureate or science graduate program, and take at least 30 credit hours or more. This gives you the opportunity to show an improvement in your academic ability. It is also important that you have your post-baccalaureate or graduate work completed before applying, as this will enable us to consider and evaluate your success in the program. Check out the AAMC website for a list of post-baccalaureate programs, or consider a program at your local college or university. 
    • It is more competitive for out-of-state applicants. 
      • In-state applicants are expected to have minimum science (BCPM) and cumulative GPAs of >=3.2 and minimum MCAT scores of 25 (old MCAT) or 500 (new MCAT) in order to be considered for an interview.
      • The criteria for out-of-state applicants is very competitive and it is also our largest applicant pool. The applicants who meet the following academic criteria at the undergraduate level will typically be considered for an interview: science GPA (BCPM)  >3.49, cumulative GPA > 3.59, and MCAT scores 33 or greater (old MCAT) or 514 (new MCAT). Please note that these criteria must be on your AMCAS application at the time of submission.
    • In addition to a strong academic record, applicants are expected to be involved in medical and non-medical experiences. Both significant volunteer service and research experience enhance an application. 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 caregiving within a healthcare setting, and exposure to the healthcare system are desirable. It is vitally important that you are able to demonstrate longitudinal exposure to direct-patient care. 
    • For more information about who we consider to be our ideal candidate, click here.  

Step Two: Take the MCAT.

Your first step in applying to the UNC School of Medicine is taking the MCAT. For more information on our MCAT requirements, click here. 

Step Three: Garner your letters of recommendation.

You should begin requesting your letters of recommendation well in advance of the deadline, which is in early June, to give your professors, advisors, and mentors enough time to compose and submit their letters. We begin our interviewing season in September, so to ensure that your applicant profile is complete by the time the season begins, our deadline for submission of letters to AMCAS is August 31. All letters are to be submitted through the AMCAS Letter Service. Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure that you designate the UNC School of Medicine as one of the schools to receive your letters (within AMCAS). If you have questions about how to do this, please contact AMCAS directly or refer to the online AMCAS instruction manual

As you consider who to ask for a letter of recommendation, keep in mind that the purpose of these letters is to shed light on the character and ability of the applicant. Choose someone who knows your character and ability, and can help reviewers of your application gain a deeper understanding of you as well. 

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. 

Step Four: Make sure we are able to communicate with you.

It is important that we are able to stay in touch with you throughout the application process. The majority of our communication will come via email. We suggest that you obtain a reliable email address separate from your academic institution, and check it on a regular basis. Failure to maintain communication with us could cause you to miss important information we have for you or jeopardize your application status. 

If your contact information has changed after you 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.

Step Five: Complete and submit an application. 

Applications are available online through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) or by calling 202-828-0600. Do not forget to indicate on your AMCAS application when you are taking the MCAT.

Current Deadline: Beginning with the 2017 application cycle, AMCAS applications for the regular MD Program at the UNC School of Medicine must be submitted to AMCAS by October 15.

For more information on our prerequisites and requirements, click here.

Please note: We do not accept updates to your AMCAS application or your supplemental application after you have submitted them. The only exception to this is if an official from the Office of Admissions has requested that you send an update. If you are offered an interview, and have a significant change or added activity, you may share that information with your interviewer at the time of your interview.

Step Six: Schedule your interview, if selected.

If you are selected to be interviewed, the Interview Coordinator will contact you via email to schedule your interview. Interviews will be conducted between September and February on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. We do not offer weekend or regional interviews. 

If you are traveling at any time during the interview season, it is your responsibility to contact the Admissions Office with alternative contact information and scheduling conflicts. 

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

Step Seven: Receive your final decision.

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. 

Notification of Withdrawal from Consideration or Declination of Acceptance

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 the UNC School of Medicine, please notify us by using the Withdrawal/Declination Form. The deadline for notifying medical schools that you do not intend to matriculate is April 30. 

North Carolina Residency

If you have any questions regarding residency for North Carolina, please contact Ms. Reid at 919-966-9931. 

Helpful Resources

Potential applicants and parents may find the following resources helpful as they begin to navigate the medical school application process: