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Ellena Peterson, PhD, associate dean, Office of Admissions and Outreach

Whether you are a current or prospective applicant, we are here to help you navigate your way through the exciting but sometimes stressful process of applying to medical school.

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Admissions

Each year the UC Irvine School of Medicine receives more than 6,500 applications for 104 positions in the first-year class. We are often asked how we select the incoming class from such a large applicant pool.

There is no formula used. Each applicant is unique. Our applicants are evaluated by their individual accomplishments and the activities in which they have been involved.

Our goal is to select a well-balanced, diverse class to which each student will contribute their talents and experiences to classmates, professors and eventually their patients.

Examples of factors we use in evaluating an applicant are:

  • Academics
  • Clinical exposure
  • Involvement in research
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Life experiences
  • Personal qualities
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork

Each first-year class includes:

Please refer to the pages on this website to learn more about our admissions process.