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Selection & Interview Process

The UC Irvine School of Medicine seeks to admit students who are highly qualified to be trained in the practice of medicine and whose backgrounds, talents, and experiences contribute to a diverse student body.

Information provided by the AMCAS application is used for preliminary screening to select which applicants will receive a secondary application. Once notified these applicants are requested to submit additional materials that include letters of recommendation, supplemental information forms, and a nonrefundable application fee of $80.

In addition to scholastic achievement and the possession of a solid academic foundation, attributes deemed desirable in prospective students include leadership ability and participation in extracurricular activities. Clinical exposure and research experience, as well as community service are highly desirable. Careful consideration is given to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e., disadvantaged through social and/or economic conditions).

Applicants must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status. The UC Irvine School of Medicine participates in the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program for applicants from certain western states without medical schools. The School of Medicine does not accept transfer students.

Letters of Recommendation
Should you receive a secondary application, a minimum of three to six letters of recommendations are strongly recommended. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS and not sent directly to the admissions office. Letters of recommendation are an integral part of an applicant’s file and should corroborate the main activities an applicant has been engaged in.

The Admissions Committee relies on these letters to get a view of the applicant as seen by others. The letters are used to gain insight into an applicant’s personal qualities and the applicant’s involvement in extracurricular and volunteer activities, research and clinical exposure. It is suggested that two letters be submitted by senior professors that can evaluate an applicant’s academic ability. Keep in mind, letters should be submitted from individuals that can address the quality and extent of involvement that an applicant had in the activities they feel were most meaningful to them.

Interviews
Upon further review by the Admissions Committee, approximately 500-600 of the applicants receiving a secondary application will be interviewed. Applicants are interviewed by both faculty and current medical students.

The scheduling of interviews take place online for specified dates between September and April, with approximately 40 applicants interviewed per session.