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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to UC Irvine, School of Medicine?
The School of Medicine is a member of the Association of American Medical  Colleges (AAMC) and applicants must submit the on-line American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) application.

Can you send me an application?
The School of Medicine does not have its own application. We belong to American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) and all applications are submitted through this service.

What is the AMCAS application deadline?
Applications are accepted June 1 through November 1 of the year before you intend to enter.

How does AMCAS know that I want to apply to UC Irvine School of Medicine?
When submitting your application to AMCAS, you need to select University of California, Irvine when you are choosing schools to send your application to.

Do all applicants receive secondary applications?
No. Approximately 2,500 applicants are sent secondary applications upon a preliminary review by the Admissions Committee. Applicants are notified by email that they have been granted a secondary application. Applicants are advised to check their online status page frequently since information about their status is posted on this site. Although applicants are also notified by e-mail when they are invited to submit a secondary application, on occasion emails are missed.

How much is the secondary application fee?
The secondary application fee is $80. The fee can either be paid online, via the secondary application, or you can mail a check payable to the “UC Regents” to the UC Irvine School of Medicine Office of Admissions and Outreach. The secondary application fee is waived for applicants who have been granted the AMCAS fee waiver.

What is the deadline for the secondary application process?
Applicants have one month from the date of the invitation email to complete the secondary application. Applicants are encouraged to check their online status page frequently to make sure their application is complete and that the Office of Admissions and Outreach has received all application documents.

How do I submit letters of recommendation?
UC Irvine participates in the AMCAS Letter Service. The UC Irvine School of Medicine will not accept letters of recommendation sent directly to the school. The Admissions Committee will only review letters of recommendation from those applicants who received a secondary application.
NOTE: Even if we have received your Letters of Recommendation from AMCAS, if you did not receive a secondary application invitation, your on-line status page will not reflect a “Letters Complete Date” and your letters will not be acknowledged on the status page.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?
Three to six letters are suggested. We recommend that at least two of the letters be from senior professors who can evaluate your academic abilities. If you have been involved in research, clinical, community service, or other significant extracurricular activities, it is recommended that you submit a letter from your mentor, supervisor or advisor. The Admissions Committee will only be reviewing letters of recommendation from those applicants who received a secondary application.
NOTE: Even if we have received your Letters of Recommendation from AMCAS, if you did not receive a secondary application invitation, your on-line status page will not reflect a “Letters Complete Date” and your letters will not be acknowledged on the status page.

Does the School of Medicine accept transfer students?
No. The School of Medicine does not accept transfer students at any level.

Do I have to be a science major to apply to the UC Irvine School of Medicine?
No. We look for candidates who come from a variety of majors, backgrounds and experiences. We select candidates who show mastery in the sciences and have met the prerequisites. As long as you can demonstrate those criteria, you can apply with any major.

Do I need to have all of my prerequisites complete prior to applying to the UC Irvine School of Medicine?
No. All prerequisites must be completed and recorded on official transcripts by July 15 of the matriculation year.

Does the UC Irvine School of Medicine accept AP credit?
Yes. We accept AP credit for Statistics, Calculus, Physics, and English Composition. The AP credit and subject must appear on your college or university official transcript.

Does the UC Irvine School of Medicine accept online coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities to fulfill prerequisites?
In some cases, the UC Irvine School of Medicine does accept online courses for prerequisites. We do not accept online laboratory courses for any prerequisites. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and Outreach at medadmit@uci.edu with specific questions.

How will I know if I have been invited to interview?
Interviews are scheduled from September through April. Invitations are sent to the email address you provided to AMCAS. Interview information will be posted on your on-line status page. Applicants invited to interview will schedule their interview date online. Applicants are encouraged to frequently check their on-line status page for any updates in case the email was missed. Please make sure AMCAS and the UC Irvine School of Medicine has your most current contact information

When should I send official transcripts to the UC Irvine School of Medicine?
Transcripts will be requested upon acceptance.

Does your school conduct a criminal background check on applicants?
Yes. All applicants who are accepted into the UC Irvine School of Medicine and selected applicants on the alternate list will receive a background check. The UC Irvine School of Medicine participates in the AAMC Background Check Service. As a result, ALL offers of acceptance are CONDITIONAL until the Admissions Committee has received the report and reviewed its content for each accepted applicant. For more information, please visit AAMC Criminal Background Service.

Does the School of Medicine give preference to California residents?
No. The Admissions Committee uses the same criteria to evaluate applicants whether they are in-state or out-of-state residents. Preference is given to applicants who are US citizens, Permanent Residents with a Green Card, or approved under DACA with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

I grew up in California, but I’m going to school out of state. Am I able to apply to the UC Irvine School of Medicine as a California resident?
In most cases, yes. Applicants who leave the state for educational purposes may still be considered California residents. However, only the UC Irvine Registrar can make a final decision about an applicant’s residency. If you have specific questions or concerns about state residency, it is best to contact the UC Irvine Registrar’s Office.

Are the application requirements different for me if I’m from another country?
Application requirements are the same for all applicants. However, the UC Irvine School of Medicine gives preference to US citizens; those that have been granted Permanent Resident status and have a Green Card; and those approved under DACA with an EAD. All applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of coursework from a regionally accredited US college or university.

I’m interested in applying to the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). How do I apply?
If you receive a secondary application, you can complete the PRIME-LC application. Please note: to be considered for acceptance into PRIME-LC, you must first be accepted into the School of Medicine.

How do I apply for the MD/PhD (MSTP) program?
The AMCAS application allows you to indicate whether you want to be considered for the UC Irvine School of Medicine MD/PhD program. If you do wish to be considered, there are additional items you will need to complete on the AMCAS application. There is no separate UC Irvine School of Medicine application for the MD/PhD program.

Can I get an MD/MBA at the UC Irvine School of Medicine?
Yes. Medical students at the School of Medicine can obtain an MD/MBA. This is a five year program where students will apply in their second year and begin the MBA portion of their education between their third and fourth year in medical school. The UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business allows for candidates who have completed three years of medical school training in good standing and passage of USMLE Step 1 as a waiver for the GMAT.

What if there’s a change in my contact information?
It is very important that you report all changes in your contact information to AMCAS as well as the individual schools to which you are applying. In addition, please forward all changes to medadmit@uci.edu.



For any additional questions not answered above, please email medadmit@uci.edu.