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2021 MED APPLICATION UPDATES:

As we announced earlier this year, due to Covid-19, the MED 2020 accepted students are deferred to MED 2021.

In order to honor that deferment we are unable to accept new applications for MED 2021, thus the MED application will not open October 2020.

We have a wait-list in place and do not anticipate any additional positions becoming available for summer 2021.

We hope you will check back in the fall of 2021 when we anticipate the MED 2022 application will open.

We understand this pandemic continues to greatly impact educational and career opportunities and goals and will continue to update our website frequently as we work to add new digital resources. We also invite pre-health students to review our events page and join us for one of our virtual Q&A events or to visit our contact page and email us regarding our Tuesday advising appointments.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at:

Claudis Polk – claudis_polk@med.unc.edu
Lisa Long – lisa_long@med.unc.edu


MED Program Requirements

Students must be a rising senior in college or a post graduate student. Academic prerequisites are passing grades in Organic Chemistry (Part 1) and your other science and math courses to prove a solid background in the major biological and physical sciences that are preparatory for medical or dental school.
A cumulative science GPA of 2.75 or higher is strongly recommended for realistic consideration. Other factors may include a passion for health professions, motivation to help people, and personal story as it relates to your journey.

The program consists of selected students admitted to the medical and dental schools at UNC and pre-medical or pre-dental applicants with one year remaining before desired application to professional school. All such participants are either rising seniors or postgraduates and must be deemed as underrepresented in some way to be eligible. Refer to FAQ for clarification of underrepresented status. Current applicants to professional school whose results are still pending by the program’s deadline are invited to submit an application along with an explanation of the circumstances. The program typically enrolls at least 90 students per summer (70 pre-medical, 20 pre-dental).

North Carolina residents receive preference and typically constitute 80-85% of participants. Applicants from other states are also welcome to apply.

Application Process

The online component of the application must be completed & all transcripts received for your application to be considered complete. Due dates are examples of a typical admissions timeline:

DECEMBER – Online applications are due for submissions electronically. The online application includes:

  • All essay questions
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV

Students who complete the online application will be invited to submit their transcripts and financial documents (financial hardship status).

JANUARY  – Official transcripts & financial documents:

Transcripts

Official transcripts may be sent directly from the college/university attended, or, if you are submitting multiple transcripts (more than one), we ask that you collect all transcripts in signed/sealed envelopes and mail in one envelope with your name & applicant ID. Transcripts and/or financial documents may be mailed to:

Financial documents

If, and only if, you are claiming financial hardship do you need to submit any financial documents. Your FAFSA and/or 2019/2018 tax information should be mailed to the Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity:

The Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity
041 MacNider Hall
CB# 7530
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Note: MCAT / DAT scores are not required for admittance to the MED Program.

The Schools of Medicine and Dentistry cover all instructional costs (i.e. tuition, texts, housing, etc.) for all participants. A stipend is awarded to qualifying applicants.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap. Moreover, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is open to all people of all races and actively seeks to promote racial integration.

Application FAQs

Please see Frequently Asked Questions regarding the MED application. Don’t see your question? Please email us at claudis_polk@med.unc.edu or lisa_long@med.unc.edu with your question.

Applying to the Program

Who is eligible to apply?
Applicants must have completed at least three years of college course work including Organic Chemistry (Part 1) and possess a strong background in the major biological and physical sciences that are preparation for medical and dental school. A cumulative science GPA of 2.75 or higher is highly recommended. Criteria for selection are based on a number of factors, including educational promise, a strong commitment to a health career, and lack of past opportunities. You must be considered underrepresented in medicine/dentistry in some way to be eligible. Refer to question below regarding underrepresented status for clarification. The program is designed for rising seniors in undergraduate school and post-graduates. There is no age limit and you do not have to currently be enrolled in school. As long as you fulfill the requirements of the program, your application will be considered with the same consideration as other applicants.
What is the definition of underrepresented, in terms of being eligible for the MED Program?
The definition for underrepresented status is any student who is considered educationally, economically, or socially underrepresented within medicine/dentistry. Examples of each are as follows:

  • Education: Attending schools that are considered disadvantaged in ranking or are located in under-served areas of the state (such as Eastern & Western NC)
  • Economic: Low family income and individual income
  • Social: A member of certain groups that are considered underrepresented in the medical/dental professions, such as African-American, American Indian, Hispanic or Pacific Islander.
  • Non-traditional students: An older applicant may be considered non-traditional, as well as students with military background and students who are changing their career path.
Can out-of-state applicants apply?
Yes, non-North Carolina residents are encouraged to apply. Each summer approximately one-third of the participants are from other states.
Are international/foreign students eligible?
Eligible: US Citizens or Permanent Resident Alien (green card)
Ineligible: Any visa type that is NOT Permanent Resident Alien
Are current medical/dental applicants eligible?
Yes, students currently applying to medical and dental schools are able to apply. If you have completed the AMCAS or the AADSAS application and applied to either UNC School of Medicine or Dentistry, you should email our office at osee@med.unc.edu requesting release of your application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts to our program. Please provide your application ID and name. You will still need to complete the online MED application and submit financial information (if applicable) by the deadline.
What if I am a re-applicant to the MED program?
Re-applicants are eligible to apply. Re-applicants should notate on the online application that their previous year’s application be added to the current year application. From your previous application, your picture, essay, transcript and letters of recommendation can be used for the current year’s application. However, re-applicants must still complete and submit the following items:

  1. Current online MED Application
  2. Updated Transcripts
  3. One new additional letter of recommendation.

Completing The Application

When do applications become available?
Currently the application for MED 2021 is not expected to open. MED 2020 was deferred to MED 2021 due to Covid and we do anticipate opening the application for additional applicants.
When does the applications close?
Currently the application for MED 2021 is not expected to open. MED 2020 was deferred to MED 2021 due to Covid and we do anticipate opening the application for additional applicants.
Where are applications available?
Applications are typically available online via the website.
What is the deadline for submission of the application supplemental materials?
Dependent upon each year’s timeline, but usually the third week in January.

DECEMBER Online applications are due for submission electronically. The online application includes:

  • All essay questions
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV

Students who complete the online application will be invited to submit their transcripts and financial documents (financial hardship status) and thus, have a second deadline to meet:

JANUARY Official transcripts & financial documents must be postmarked 

Transcripts

Official transcripts may be sent directly from the college/university attended, or, if you are submitting multiple transcripts (more than one), we ask that you collect all transcripts in signed/sealed envelopes and mail in one envelope with your name & applicant ID. Transcripts and/or financial documents may be mailed to:

Financial documents –

If, and only if, you are claiming financial hardship do you need to submit any financial documents. Your FAFSA and/or 2019/2018 tax information should be mailed to the Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity:

The Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity
333 S. Columbia Dr.
041 MacNider Hall
CB# 7530
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

I was not born in the U.S. What should I put for birth state?

Under the state drop down menu, please choose “OC”, which stands for out of the country. List your birth city as, “City, Country”


Academic Background

What is the minimum overall GPA?
2.75
What is the minimum science GPA required?
2.75
What courses should be included in the science GPA?
All biology, chemistry, math, and physics courses should be included. This includes courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, physics, and mathematics. Courses in psychology, sociology, public health, etc should not be included. Courses should also be included that were taken at other institutions and during postgraduate work.
How do I calculate my science GPA?
Tally all your math and sciences courses to determine an average. We will do the official calculations for our purposes.
What are the Organic Chemistry requirements?
Our program requires one level of organic chemistry because students are at a disadvantage in the biochemistry course if they have not successfully completed the first session of organic chemistry prior to MED. This requirement is met with successfully passing Organic Chemistry I with a grade of C or higher.
What does it mean to have a “strong background in the physical sciences”?
This means you have taken and successfully completed (a grade of B or higher) classes in the biological and physical sciences.
How should I explain any grade discrepancies?
You should explain any poor performance in courses, repeated courses, course withdrawals, etc. in writing and submit with your transcripts.
What date should I enter if I am currently enrolled in school?

Leave blank if you have not completed your degree yet.

What SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, or DAT scores should I list?

You should list the highest score in each section of each test that you have taken, even if the scores are from tests taken at different times. You list scores for all tests that you have taken, no matter how long ago the tests were taken. Official copies of test results are NOT required.


Transcripts

Where should I send my transcripts?

UNC School of Medicine
Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity
c/o MED Program
333 South Columbia St.
041 MacNider Hall CB# 7530
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Please remember to include your name on all materials submitted to the program.

How do I check the status of received transcripts?
Our office staff will contact you if any materials are missing from your file as the application deadline nears.
Which transcripts should be submitted?
Official transcripts only, in a signed sealed envelope from all institutions that you have ever attended to be sent in a single packet with the other requested items to our office. This includes summer session courses and bi-institutional programs, such as the Robertson Scholar’s Program. Please note, you do not need to submit any community college transcripts with ONLY non-science courses; if a science course(s) was completed, you must submit an official transcript.
Should I send a transcript if the courses were transferred to my primary institution?
Yes. Even if you received transfer credit for courses taken at an institution, you still need to send an official transcript from the other institution. Grades and credit hours for transferred courses do not routinely appear on primary institution transcripts.
What is the deadline for transcripts?
All transcripts should be postmarked by the supplemental application deadline date usually set in January of each year, along with all the other requested information. Please realize that it can take weeks for registrars to process transcript requests, so please allow sufficient time to meet the deadline.
What if the transcript cannot be postmarked by the deadline?
You should contact the MED Program by telephone or email to inform us. Then you should submit unofficial copies the transcript(s) by the deadline. Please note that official transcripts are still required and should be submitted (by mail) as soon as possible. Delay in receiving your transcripts can delay review of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Two academic letters of recommendation are required. At least one of your required letters of recommendation should be from a science professor who knows you academically/professionally, who is able to speak on your academic standing, and your ability/suitability to pursue a degree in medicine and dentistry. The best letters of recommendation are personal, and thus should come from people who you know well and that know you well. A third letter from a non-academic person can also be submitted for additional support.
What format should they submit the letters of recommendation?
A standard formal letter is appropriate. The letter should be uploaded to your application via you the upload link on your application homepage. It can be addressed to the “MED Program Admissions Committee.”

Personal Essays

There are five essays in the personal statement section. Is the word limit 500 - 750 for each or combined? Should I submit one essay answering all questions or should I answer them separately?

The word limit is 500 – 750 for each question. Please answer each question separately in the given slots. There may be some overlap since your question responses may be related, but all questions must me answered separately.


Financial Information

Do I need to submit financial documentation?
You are only required to submit financial documentation if you claim socioeconomic disadvantaged status. If you do not claim socioeconomic disadvantage status, you have the option to submit financial documentation if you deem it a necessary supplemental to your application.
What financial documentation should I submit?
The only acceptable forms of financial documentation are the Student Aid Report (SAR) compiled from your most current FAFSA application or IRS Tax Forms (not W-2 Forms). You should submit the most current financial documentation available.

  • If you are an undergraduate/graduate student, who is claimed by their parents/guardian, then submit a copy of the most current year SAR and/or your parents/guardian tax forms (not W-2s)
  • If you are an undergraduate/graduate student, who is not claimed by their parents/guardian, then submit a copy of the most current year SAR.
  • If you not currently an undergraduate/graduate student and are working, who is not claimed by their parents/guardian, then submit a copy of your most current year IRS Income Tax Return forms (not W-2s).
What is the most current year financial information?
In order to most accurately assess economic disadvantaged status, the most current available financial information should be submitted. For example, if you are applying for the MED program for the summer of 2020, then the 2016-17 or 2018-19 SAR or 2018 or 2019 Tax Forms would be acceptable.
How do I know if I am independent or dependent?
You are considered independent if you were not or will not be claimed on anyone’s taxes. You are considered dependent if you were or will be claimed on another’s taxes.
What is a Student Aid Report (SAR)?
The SAR is a summary of the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA applications are available online at www.fafsa.gov are used to assess financial need. Do not send a copy of the FAFSA. Several days after submitting your FAFSA, you will be able to access a SAR, which should be mailed to our office.
What if I do not fill out the FAFSA?
If you are no longer in school, a copy of your 2018 or 2019 Income Tax Return will suffice for our records. If you are claimed as a dependent on your parent(s) taxes, you must also submit a copy of their income tax returns for 2018 or 2019.
Can I just indicate on my FAFSA that I want it to be sent to UNC-CH?
No. The Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity is a distinct office separate from the UNC undergraduate campus. Therefore, we will not receive documents sent to UNC-CH. Please mail the SAR directly to our office.

General Application

Can I leave items blank on the application?

No. All fields in the entire application should be completed. If a certain question does not pertain to you, simply put N/A, but do not leave the item blank.

I get an error message every time I try to save my page and move on to the next one. What should I do?

Please check to see that you have filled out all fields before proceeding forward. Review the page being saved. All errors will be annotated in RED.

When I input information, I get an error page. What do I need to do?

You may need to complete the application using a different browser, and clearing out your cookie cache. Otherwise, please take screen shots of 1) the page that shows what you keyed into the form, 2) of the error. Specify the section with the problem and email this and the screenshots to lisa_long@med.unc.edu and any additional explanation of your application issue.

*Note – please do not take a picture of your screen with a camera. It is more difficult to view than the screenshot.

What if I cannot open the online application?

Try cleaning out your cache of websites and then try to log in to our system. When your cache of internet sites is full, our system does not work too well. You may also encounter problems with one browser and may need to switch to a different browser. If you are still unable to log in, please contact our office.

What type of photograph should I upload?

The photograph should only be a head-shot of only you, and professional. Passport style photographs are the most professional and best suited for this type of application.

Where do I find the link to upload my photo and CV?

Once you have completed the application and submitted it for review, log back in and the system will provide you with links to upload those items.