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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.


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:


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.