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School of Medicine Greenville


Admissions Criteria

In an effort to accommodate a number of questions that are emerging due to the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to inform our applicants that we continue to have increased flexibility regarding requirements for the 2021-2022 application cycle. We recognize that students have been impacted in complex, diverse, and unique ways. Please remember that we use holistic review of applicants in an effort to offer fair and thoughtful review of all applicants.

Applicants admitted to the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville are selected by an admissions committee composed of members of the biomedical science and clinical science faculties of the medical school and the offices of diversity, academic services and research at Prisma Health–Upstate. 

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.

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. For 2021-2022 application cycle and during our evaluation of applicants, we will remain cognizant of the fact that clinical and observation experiences may be more difficult to obtain during this application cycle.

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 UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is committed to selecting applicants with distinctive personal attributes and lived experiences who bring added value to an inclusive learning community.

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 UofSC 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 applicant's credentials are considered from the perspective of the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville's guiding principles. The medical school strives for a student body 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.


Early Decision Program

The Early Decision Program gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1.  Applicants who choose to apply as an Early Decision applicant will only be able to submit an application to one school. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville participates in the AAMC Early Decision Program. For more information, please visit the AAMC's website. Application for the Early Decision Program can be made through AMCAS until August 1. MCAT scores and Supplemental Applications are due for Early Decision applicants on August 15.

Early Decision applicants are informed of their program status in September and offers of acceptance are made by October 1. If an applicant is accepted through the Early Decision Program process, they are committed to attending the UofSCSOM Greenville and are not able to apply to other medical schools.  If they are not accepted as an Early Decision applicant, their application will be released and they can apply as a Regular Decision applicant to other medical schools.  At this time, their application will also be considered by the UofSCSOM Greenville as a Regular Decision application.


The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

All applicants to the UofSC 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. We will accept MCAT scores from 2019, 2020, and 2021. *For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, those who wish to retake the MCAT after an initial score, we will accept MCAT scores through February 2022 (the MCAT must be taken by January 2022). We suggest reviewing MCAT materials.


Technical Standards for Admission, Retention and Graduation

All candidates for admission to, and all current students at the UofSC 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.


International Applicants

The UofSC 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.


Current Requirements


  • Two semesters of biology with lab
    •  If using AP or IB credit, an additional semester in advanced biology such as cell biology, genetics, physiology, or molecular biology is required
  • Two semesters of general inorganic chemistry with lab
  • One semester of organic chemistry with lab (a second semester  of organic chemistry with lab is only required if a prerequisite for biochemistry)
  • One semester of biochemistry, lab is not required
  • One semester of physics with lab
  • Three semesters of humanities, social and behavioral sciences (including at least one semester of English composition/literature)
    • AP or IB credit acceptable to the applicant's undergraduate college is allowed for a maximum of two semesters



  • Cell biology
  • Genetics


  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits acceptable to your undergraduate college may be used to satisfy prerequisites as long as the courses appear on your official transcript. However, it is advisable to take upper level courses which evidence your ability to successfully complete more rigorous academic material.
  • Courses taken at the community/technical college level will satisfy prerequisites. In order to be competitive in the selection process, we encourage applicants with community college prerequisites to supplement these courses by taking advanced courses in related subjects at a four-year college.  Applicants who have taken the required courses at a four-year college and have done well are generally deemed more competitive in the selection process.
  • Online courses from an accredited college or university may be acceptable. However, the admissions committee values much more highly those courses taken in the classroom setting. Applicants who have successfully completed required courses in the classroom will be deemed more competitive in the selection process.
  • Extension or evening courses taken in fulfillment of premedical course requirements are not acceptable unless they are identical to courses offered in the undergraduate college’s regular academic program.
  • Prerequisites do not need to be completed to apply but must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. Until documentation of successful completion of the requirements is received, acceptance is considered conditional.
  • All coursework submitted in fulfillment of admission requirements must be evaluated on the basis of a traditional grading system which employs a range of numbers or letters to indicate the comparative level of performance.


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.

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