In making selections from each year's group of applicants, members of the admissions
committee recognize that they are selecting future physicians. The admissions procedure
is therefore an effort to select applicants who possess the individual characteristics
required for both the study and practice of medicine. The admissions committee is
intent upon selecting not only the most academically qualified applicants but also
those applicants with distinctive personal qualities and life experiences.
Prior to extending an offer to interview, the admissions committee will evaluate previous academic performance to include undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, clinical and research experience, work and volunteer experience, leadership roles, unique accomplishments, ability to overcome adversity, long-term goals and extracurricular activities.
Following an initial review of the AMCAS application, a supplemental application (and a $95.00 processing fee) will be requested from selected applicants. The supplemental application is due in December each year. Students granted an AMCAS fee waiver are granted a waiver for the $95.00 processing fee.
At least three, and no more than five, individual letters of recommendation or a pre-medical committee evaluation packet are required. Each application is screened for attainment of minimum academic achievement requirements on a rolling basis by staff members in the Office of Admissions. Complete applications are forwarded to a subset of the admissions committee for selection of applicants to be interviewed. The school interviews those applicants judged to be highly qualified who exemplify our high standards. The committee determines competitiveness for admission based on aptitude and suitability for a career in medicine. In its effort to include diversity among its students, the USC School of Medicine Greenville is intent upon selecting not only the most academically qualified applicants but also those applicants with distinctive personal qualities and life experiences who will bring added value to the learning environment.
If you are a current applicant and wish to update your application, please complete the Application Update Form. This form is for applicants who have submitted an AMCAS and supplemental application to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. We will accept updates at any time in the application cycle. Your update will be forwarded to the admissions committee and added to your application file. The only update we will not be able to accept is an MCAT score from 2018.
The applicant's credentials are considered from the perspective of the USC School of Medicine Greenville's guiding principles. The medical school strives for a student class that exhibits diversity commensurate with the population it serves. It seeks to enroll students with diverse backgrounds who have achieved academic excellence and who exhibit exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, integrity, honesty, empathy, a propensity for team work, maturity, emotional stability, leadership, a strong work ethic, self direction and passion for becoming a doctor.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
All applicants to the USC School of Medicine Greenville are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For any given year, the MCAT must be taken during or no more than two years prior to the year of application. For the 2018 admissions cycle, the MCAT deadline is December 2017. We will accept MCAT scores from 2015, 2016 and 2017. For this admissions cycle, we will accept either the old MCAT or the 2015 MCAT. The MCAT is offered on multiple dates during the year and is administered at sites throughout the country. We suggest reviewing MCAT materials.
Technical Standards for Admission, Retention and Graduation
All candidates for admission to, and all current students at the USC School of Medicine Greenville should possess sufficient intellectual capacity, physical ability, emotional and psychological stability, interpersonal sensitivity, and communication skills to acquire the scientific knowledge, interpersonal and technical competencies, professional attitudes and clinical abilities required for the practice of medicine. Review a description of the technical standards necessary to meet the requirements of the M.D. curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective medical practitioners.
The USC School of Medicine Greenville is in the process of gaining approval to consider international applicants. Prospective international applicants are encouraged to review the international applicants criteria.
The MCAT exam has changed as of 2015, and with these changes our admissions committee is adjusting our minimum course requirements. For this application year, the committee will accept applications from those who have completed (or will have completed prior to matriculation) the requirements from either list. In the coming years, and as the old MCAT scores are phased out, the admissions committee will completely convert the course requirements to the current/future list below.
Required course work includes two semesters each of:
- Biology, with laboratory
- General inorganic chemistry, with laboratory
- Organic chemistry, with laboratory
- Physics, with laboratory
- English composition/literature
- Cell biology
- Conversational Spanish
Current and Future Requirements
- Two semesters of biology with lab
- Two semesters of general inorganic chemistry with lab
- One semester of organic chemistry with lab
- One semester of physics with lab
- Three semesters of humanities, social and behavioral sciences (including at least one semester of English composition/literature)
- Cell biology
Preference is given to applicants who will, upon enrollment, hold a bachelor's or higher degree. Applicants may be admitted on the basis of at least 90 semester hours of outstanding undergraduate achievement.
For most applicants, a strong preparation in the natural sciences is the best basis for the study and understanding of the medical sciences. For this reason, the admissions committee recommends that applicants complete more than the minimum requirements in the natural sciences. However, the committee welcomes applicants with preparation in the humanities and liberal arts who have completed the minimum course requirements.