Thank you for your interest in our program. The goal of the UNC School of Medicine is to produce outstanding physicians who are well-prepared to meet society’s rapidly evolving health care needs. Our Admissions Committee seeks to find students who will thrive in our rigorous educational setting, and who demonstrate the altruism, integrity, leadership, communication skills, motivation, and passion for service that set Tar Heel Doctors apart.
***Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle***
MCAT (updated 6/5/2020)
The latest MCAT considered for cycle 2021 will now be September 28, 2020.
Pass/Fail Coursework (updated 4/05/2020)
We recognize the challenge faced by students during the COVID-19 crisis. We will accept P/NC grades and online courses taken during the semesters impacted by COVID-19. This will include the Spring 2020 semester and summer coursework, as applicable.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation from faculty and organizations must be on their letterhead and signed. Requirements and deadlines can be found at: https://www.med.unc.edu/admit/requirements/admissions-process/#step-three–garner-your-letters-of-recommendation-
All of the minimum criteria, including the undergraduate requirements, must be met regardless of the AMCAS cycle you are applying to.
- In-state applicants are expected to have a minimum science (BCPM) and cumulative GPAs of 3.2, and a minimum total MCAT score of 500 in order to be a competitive applicant.
- Out-of-state applicants – the criteria is very competitive and it is also our largest applicant pool. The applicants who meet the following academic criteria at the undergraduate level , as well as, the total MCAT score indicated, are considered competitive applicants. The criteria are: a minimum science GPA (BCPM) of 3.49, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.59, and a minimum total MCAT score of 514.
- We no longer require the CASPer exam
Students should plan to take the MCAT no later than September prior to the year they are planning to matriculate. Remember, AMCAS identifies the application cycle for the year you will matriculate into medical school.
If you took your MCAT exam between January and December in one the calendar years below, look to the right to find the AMCAS cycles your scores will be valid Your MCAT scores will be valid only for the application cycles listed below.(AMCAS names the application cycle for the year you would begin medical school) 2016 (no longer valid) AMCAS CYCLES: 2017, 2018 and 2019 2017 AMCAS CYCLES: 2018, 2019 and 2020 2018 AMCAS CYCLES: 2019, 2020 and 2021 2019 AMCAS CYCLES: 2020, 2021 and 2022 2020 AMCAS CYCLES: 2021, 2022 and 2023
If you submitted your AMCAS application prior to taking the MCAT for the first time, or if you are retaking the exam, please note that your application will not be reviewed until the scores have been reported by AMCAS.
There is no need to call us to give us your scores because AMCAS will automatically upload them to your application. We do not average MCAT scores but will use the most recent valid score on your AMCAS application. Once again, pay attention to the table above to make sure that your MCAT scores are valid for the application cycle you are applying for.
To prepare for the MCAT, we recommend checking out the AAMC Pre-Med Navigator at Khan Academy.
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. 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, and should recognize that understanding the human condition and developing good judgement require experience. Without unusual qualifications, questions about the breadth of education, maturity, experience, and motivation may put such an applicant at a disadvantage.
Please note that CLEP credits are not accepted for required courses, and we do not accept verification from the World Education Services (WES) or a similar type of organization for the required coursework.
Typically, the prerequisite courses are taken during an undergraduate, post baccalaureate (after college), or graduate degree program. Your grades must be documented in letter-grade format on your transcript and not pass/fail. There is a five-year limit on prerequisite coursework. We begin calculating the elapsed time from the YEAR you graduated from the given program, not the year the course was taken.
Example for clarification
Program completion year (undergrad, post baccalaureate, or graduate)
AMCAS cycle begins in May of
Year of matriculation into medical school
Course work valid
If you are not within the five (5) year limit then you are required to complete one of the choices below before applying to our medical school:
- Demonstrate current mastery in the natural sciences by satisfactorily completing a graduate science program in the natural sciences prior to applying – OR –
- Complete 30 credit hours of post baccalaureate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, etc. to demonstrate mastery within the natural sciences.
International Educational Institutions
If your degree is from an educational institution not located in the United States or Canada, then AMCAS, the degree verification service, will not certify your credentials. Therefore, our prerequisites must be met from an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada to allow eligibility for verification by AMCAS.
After your prerequisites have been successfully completed and AMCAS has verified your credentials, UNC School of Medicine will review your application and take into consideration all of your educational degrees.
Beyond the fixed requirements, a variety of undergraduate educational experiences are appropriate to medicine. UNC School of Medicine values a pattern of preparation for medicine that shows serious and mature use of your undergraduate years. Course work in the humanities and social sciences as well as advanced work in the sciences and mathematics is preferred. Proficiency in English is essential. Please note, all degree granting programs and coursework must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. If you are accepted, we require confirmation of successful completion of all coursework and degree granting programs. Therefore, all final official transcripts from all U.S. and Canadian institutions attended will need to be submitted by July 1st of the matriculating year.
Academic preparation should include the prerequisite courses on our website regardless of your field of study or advanced degree.
- All prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited institution in the U.S. or Canada
- A minimum of 30 credit hours of natural science coursework is required at the time of application.
- Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate coursework cannot substitute for the prerequisites. We require college level coursework for all of the prerequisites.
- We require seated (in-class) prerequisite coursework in order for you to acquire the interpersonal skills required to succeed in our curriculum and in medical practice. On-line courses will only be considered if your institution is unable to offer you a place in a seated class. We recommend contacting our Admissions office for confirmation of acceptability.
- Substitutions are not allowed for the coursework identified in the categories. For example, Biochemistry cannot substitute for one of the Biology Sciences, as we have identified Biochemistry as one of the required courses for the Chemistry requirements.
- Mathematics – One statistics course is required. Biostatistics is an acceptable course to fulfill the requirement.
- Chemistry – Three chemistry courses are required including a biochemistry course. Two of the chemistry courses must include the associated laboratories. Organic chemistry would be one of the acceptable courses to fulfill the requirement.
- Biological Sciences – Three biology courses are required. Two must be advanced biology courses and one must include a laboratory. Acceptable advanced biology courses include: Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, and Genetics.
Three courses are required. Humanities coursework in the following categories are acceptable: English, Philosophy, Ethnic and Gender Studies or foreign language study.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Three courses are required. Social and Behavioral Science coursework in the following categories are acceptable: Behavioral Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology.
Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is open to all people of all races, is committed to equality of educational opportunity, and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office has primary responsibility for administering this policy. Moreover, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill actively seeks to promote diversity by recruiting and enrolling disadvantaged students and students from underrepresented groups.