Our Admissions Process
All applicants will receive a supplemental application. Keep in mind that the process for receiving a supplemental is automated.The non-refundable supplemental application fee is $68. 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.
The Admissions Process Checklist:
- Review our list of considerations.
- Take the MCAT.
- Garner your letters of recommendation.
- Make sure we are able to communicate with you.
- Complete and submit an application.
- Schedule your interview, if selected.
- Receive your final decision.
- 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. Information about our minimum GPA requirements can be found here: https://www.med.unc.edu/admit/requirements/academic-requirements/
- If you do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, we require that you either enroll in a post-baccalaureate or science graduate program, in the natural sciences, and complete at least 30 credit hours or more before applying. This gives you the opportunity to show an improvement in your academic ability, and to prepare for graduate level coursework. Check out the AAMC website for a list of post-baccalaureate programs.
- 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 care-giving 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.
Your next step in applying to the UNC School of Medicine is taking the MCAT and CASPer examinations. For more information on our MCAT and CASPer requirements, click here.
You should begin requesting your letters of recommendation in early spring, well in advance, of the AMCAS submission verification deadline in June. This will give your professors, advisors, and mentors enough time to compose and submit their letters (LORs from faculty should be on the educational institution’s letterhead). 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. However, we do understand that our timeline may not coincide with your school’s Pre-Health Committee, and that is fine. Just know, until your required letters are sent to AMCAS, your applicant profile will not be considered complete. The total number of letters, including the three optional, is five (5). 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. 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 your character and ability.
All applicants may submit up to three (3) additional letters, which must be submitted no later than October 1st. Suggestions for these additional letters are 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. We suggest 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 – OR –
- 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.
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, and/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.
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: Our AMCAS submission deadline is October 15th.
Updates to AMCAS and or Supplemental Applications
- We do not accept updates to your AMCAS or Supplemental application post-submission (e.g. new experience, job, etc.). The only exception is if an official from the Office of Admissions has requested that you do so. If you are offered an interview and you have a significant change or an added activity, you may share that information with your interviewer at the time of your interview.
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 or Fridays. We do not offer weekend, regional or remote interviews via Skype or phone calls. Interviews are conducted on campus one-on-one with our interviewers. Read more about what to expect on interview day.
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 919-962-8331.
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.
North Carolina Residency
If you have any questions regarding residency for North Carolina, please contact Ms. Reid at 919-966-9931.
Potential applicants and parents may find the following resources helpful as they begin to navigate the medical school application process: