Selection Criteria

Our focus on training physicians to serve the citizens of North Carolina and tomorrow's leaders in health-care delivery, education, and research influences selection to this community of learners – a community diverse by interests, life experience, and economic and racial backgrounds with shared passion for scholarship, service, and innovation.


Applicants for admission are evaluated on the basis of criteria that include:

  • Academic Record
  • MCAT Scores (MCAT Requirements)
  • Service
  • Research
  • Experience in Health Care
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Life/Work Experiences
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Communication Skills
  • Diversity


The Admissions Committee identifies applicants who demonstrate academic excellence in the sciences and other disciplines, including scholarly endeavors beyond the classroom, accompanied by development of skills essential to service and leadership within community.  Experiences in health-related fields that foster collaborative engagement in care, counseling, teaching or research are preferred to primarily observational exposures.  Development of interests in patterns that show initiative, independence, innovation, persistence, growth, resilience, and compassion among other attributes are highlighted along with skill in communication as demonstrated in essays and on interview. The selection process reflects our deep commitment to diversity and invites applications from minority groups, including (but not limited to) African-Americans, Hispanics, and those from rural backgrounds.