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School of Medicine

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Admissions

COVID-19 Information for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle:  Please note the following.

  1. Pass/Fail & Online Coursework and Labs:  For students who do not receive standard letter grades or do not elect to receive standard letter grades during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 semesters due to school closures and conversion to  online learning, we will accept pass/fail courses and online labs.  Although the School of Medicine Columbia does not have prerequisites, there are strongly recommended courses.
  2. Letters of Evaluation:  During the committee review, the School of Medicine Columbia will remain cognizant of the fact that clinical and observational experience may be more difficult to obtain along with letters accompanying these experiences. 
  3. MCAT:  The School of Medicine Columbia will continue to require a MCAT score to be taken no later than September 2020 to be considered for this application cycle.
  4. Until further notice, we are unable to offer tours or campus visits.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office as needed.  We also encourage prospective students to check our website for updates.  These changes continue to evolve over time, and we will do our best to keep you informed.

Your Background

We're looking for a diverse group of students who are interested in making a big impact on the health of our state. We use a holistic process to review each application, taking into account your unique academic and professional background. As a South Carolina based school, we prioritize applicants who have a significant connection to South Carolina.

Our students are getting hands-on clinical experience, exposure to state-of-the-art technology and the opportunity to explore specialties like rural health. Are you ready to join them?


Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQs page for additional information.


Exams and Standards 

You should plan to take the MCAT exam before applying. We also ask each student to review our technical standards to ensure that they are able to meet the physical, emotional and social demands of our program.


Staying on Track

We keep our class sizes small so we can give you the attention you deserve. That also makes our admissions very competitive, so it's important that you stick to our timeline in order to be considered for admission.


Getting a Solid Background 

Our school offers a certificate program in biomedical sciences, which is a great way to improve your medical knowledge, grades and test scores before applying to our medical program.


Important Information About Licensure

Programs Leading to Licensure
Each state has its own licensing board with specific medical licensure requirements. The Doctor of Medicine program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). Graduates are eligible for professional licensure in the state of South Carolina, but must complete the process and requirements for professional licensure in the state of their residency. For students who are not living and completing residency in South Carolina, please look at this information regarding medical licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S.

The University of South Carolina maintains a site for Professional Licensure Information for all programs.


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