The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Our application process is executed through WebAdMIT – a new AAMC product. The AMCAS application opens in early May; applicants may begin submitting materials at the end of May.
Submitted AMCAS applications will be reviewed when received. The office of Admissions will notify the applicant when their AMCAS file has been received. Applicants meeting initial screening criteria will be invited to continue the application process by completing a supplemental application through their Applicant Gateway within WebAdmit.
To clarify our application timeline and evaluation process, important dates throughout the admissions season and a detailed review of our application process are provided below:
|Interview season||September 2018–March 2019||September 2019–March 2020|
|Primary application deadline (Early Decision)||August 1, 2018||August 1, 2019|
|Primary application deadline (Regular Decision)||November 1, 2018||November 1, 2019|
|Supplemental application and fee deadline (Early Decision)||August 15, 2018||August 15, 2019|
|Supplemental application and fee deadline (Regular Decision)||December 15, 2018||December 15, 2019|
|Final MCAT administration date accepted||September 19, 2018||September (TBD), 2019|
|Early Decisions announced (Letter of Intent confirming terms of acceptance must be completed within two weeks of offer)||On or before October 1, 2018||On or before October 1, 2019|
|Regular Decisions announced (Letter of Intent confirming terms of acceptance must be completed within two weeks of offer)||October 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019||October 15, 2019 – March 15, 2020|
|“Plan to Enroll” option for accepted students becomes available through AMCAS||February 15, 2019||February 17, 2020|
|Accepted students narrow offers to no more three medical schools (if applicable)||April 15, 2019||April 15, 2020|
|“Commit to Enroll” option for accepted students becomes available through AMCAS||April 30, 2019||April 30, 2020|
|“Commit to Enroll” must be selected by students accepted to USC School of Medicine Greenville no later than 21 days prior to Orientation||June 24, 2019||June 22, 2020|
|Official Transcripts Due||July 15, 2019||July 15, 2020|
|Orientation||July 15, 2019||July 13, 2020|
|First day of classes||July 17, 2019||July 15, 2020|
Step 1: Primary Application
Applicants must complete and submit a primary application through AMCAS to be considered for admission to the school as an “Early Decision”, “Early Assurance”, or “Regular M.D.” under the USC School of Medicine Greenville. Please keep in mind that the processing time for an AMCAS application can take up to 8 weeks for regular decision applicants, so we strongly advise students to apply as early as possible.
Step 2: Letters of Recommendation
We require at least three letters of recommendation, with a maximum of five letters. If your undergraduate institution prepares a Premedical Advisory Committee letter, we will accept that to fulfill the minimum letter requirements. We do not have requirements for the types of letters you must submit. Letters should be written by individuals who know you well: a faculty professor at your undergraduate institution; a physician with whom you have worked closely; a research mentor; or an employer. It is important to make sure that the individuals or premedical advisory committee members submitting letters on your behalf know you well and are able to comment on your work ethic, interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, passion for medicine and compassion for your future patients.
Step 3: Supplemental Application through WebAdMIT’s
The admissions committee reviews all applications prior to requesting applicants to complete a supplemental application. We will notify you by e-mail within two weeks of receiving your verified AMCAS application regarding our supplemental application or your application status. The USC School of Medicine Greenville houses their supplemental application within WebAdMIT; applicants will be granted access to their supplemental application through the Applicant Gateway. A $95 processing fee is required during submission of your supplemental application. Applicants who qualify for the Fee Assistance Program through AMCAS will be granted an AMCAS fee waiver covering the $95.00 processing fee.
Step 4: Interview Invitations
Selected applicants will be invited by e-mail to The USC School of Medicine Greenville’s campus to participate in an interview day. The day begins with an information session and lunch during which time applicants have the opportunity to meet with current medical students and members of the Dean's cabinet. Each applicant will then have two 30 minute interviews with a member of the Admissions Committee. Applicants will also rotate through a "Multiple Mini-Interview" session before ending the day meeting with our Financial Aid Counselor and Student Success Coordinator, and a tour of the medical school. The interview day begins at 10:00 AM and generally ends at approximately 5:00 PM.
Applicants are asked to sign a form acknowledging they have read, understand and are able to meet the Technical Standards of Admission.
Step 5: Admissions Decisions
Offers of admission are extended on a rolling basis after October 15*. An applicant who is offered a position in the next entering class is required to accept or decline the offer within a two-week period. A $250 deposit must accompany acceptance of an offer of admission. Prior to or on April 30 the deposit is fully refundable upon receipt of written notification that an applicant wishes to withdraw from the entering class. The acceptance deposit is nonrefundable after April 30. An offer of admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all requirements and conditions of admission, including a satisfactory background check. Admitted applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every college and university attended to the Registrar prior to July 15. These transcripts are included in their USC School of Medicine Greenville academic records.
**Early Decision offers are made on or before October 1.
Step 6: Decision Process
The USC School of Medicine Greenville follows the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols established by the AAMC.
Mid-October to mid-March: Decisions announced. For those accepted, a Letter of Intent confirming terms of acceptance must be completed within two weeks of the offer.
Failure to do so will result in the rescinding of the admission offer.
February 15: “Plan to Enroll” option for accepted students becomes available. The USC School of Medicine Greenville highly recommends (but does not require) that accepted students utilize this tool, as this assists us (and other medical schools) in ensuring we do not either over– or undersubscribe the amount of offers we extend.
April 15: The AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols recommends accepted students narrow offers to no more than three medical schools (if applicable). The USC School of Medicine highly recommends (but does not require) accepted students follow this protocol.
April 30: “Commit to Enroll” option for accepted students becomes available. From April 30 to 21 days prior to Orientation, The USC School of Medicine Greenville highly recommends (but does not require) accepted students utilize this tool when they are ready to commit to a school and are intending to withdraw all other acceptances.
21 days prior to Orientation: “Commit to Enroll” is required to be selected by accepted students planning to matriculate to The USC School of Medicine Greenville. Failure to do so will result in the rescinding of the admission offer.