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School of Medicine Greenville


Admissions

Admissions FAQ

Do you consider out-of-state applications?

We do accept out-of-state applications. Out-of-state students comprise approximately 30% of each class. They have the option to establish SC state residency during their first year of medical school so they can pay SC resident tuition rates for their second through fourth years.

How can I determine if I will be considered a South Carolina resident by your institution?

All residency determinations are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

Do you accept transfer students?

The admissions committee is unable to accept transfer applications into any year of our program at this time.

Do you accept applications from international applicants?

Currently, the USC School of Medicine Greenville is only able to accept applications from US Citizens and applicants who hold a Permanent Resident Visa. We are in the process of gaining approval to consider international applicants. View our International Applicant page for a list of criteria. Prospective international applicants are encouraged to review this information prior to submitting an application.

What is your minimum GPA and MCAT?

We do not have a minimum GPA or MCAT score. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to the review of all applications. They consider GPA and MCAT along with letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, clinical experiences and information provided through review of an applicant’s personal statement and AMCAS and supplemental applications. The average GPA and MCAT scores for matriculating students are typically 3.7-3.75 and 28-29 respectively. The average MCAT 2015 score for matriculating students is 506.

Do you accept the old MCAT and the new MCAT 2015?

We prefer that all applicants take the MCAT 2015 version of the exam but will accept all scores from exams taken during the three years prior to matriculation. In the 2019 application year, we will accept scores from 2016, 2017, and 2018 only

I have taken the MCAT more than once. Which score(s) will you consider?

The admissions committee will consider your highest composite score, but they will look at scores from all attempts, considering section scores and trends.

Should I wait until I have taken the MCAT and received my score before submitting my AMCAS application?

No, we recommend that you submit your AMCAS application as soon as possible. Please indicate the date of your future MCAT exam on your AMCAS application. The score will automatically populate in your AMCAS application once it is available. You do not need to alert us of the new MCAT score. If you indicate in your AMCAS application that you plan to retake the MCAT then later cancel the test, please let us know so we can continue processing your application without the additional MCAT score.

Can I update my application once I have submitted my AMCAS and supplemental applications?

Yes. Please be as thorough as you can on your AMCAS and supplemental applications, but if you have new experiences, research or coursework you would like to submit later in the application cycle please use this form to do so. Your update will be considered by the admissions committee during continued review of your application.

Do all applicants receive a supplemental application?

No. The admissions committee reviews all applications prior to requesting applicants to complete a supplemental application. We will notify you within two weeks of receiving your verified AMCAS application with information regarding our supplemental application or your application status.

What are your application deadlines?

If you are applying for the Early Decision Program, your AMCAS application must be submitted by August 1 and your supplemental application by August 15. Be sure to submit all application materials to AMCAS by August 15 (MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, etc).

If you are applying as a Regular Decision applicant, your AMCAS application is due no later than November 1 and your supplemental application on or prior to December 15. Due to the rolling admissions process, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early in the application cycle as possible. We receive a very large number of qualified applications for a relatively small number of interview slots.

I haven’t heard anything from the USC School of Medicine Greenville in a while. What is my application status?

If you have not heard anything from us, then your application is still being reviewed. We will contact you via email as your application status is updated (interview offered, rejected, need more information, etc). If you are concerned that there is a problem with your application or that something may be missing, please email us at admissions@greenvillemed.sc.edu.

Do I need to complete all of the required coursework prior to applying?

You are eligible to apply, as long as you plan to take the remaining courses in the upcoming academic year, with completion prior to matriculation in July.

How many applications do you receive each year?

Our applicant pool grows each year; we received around 4,000  applications for 100 positions for the class entering in 2018. We interview around 8% of the applicant pool  each year.

Do you accept AP credits for prerequisites?

We do accept AP credits for prerequisites as long as it appears on your college or university official transcript. However, it is advisable to take upper level courses which evidence your ability to successfully complete more rigorous academic material.

Will you accept pre-medical coursework completed at a community/technical college?

Courses taken at the community/technical college level will satisfy our pre-requisites. However, the admissions committee does prefer that the bulk of courses be completed at a four-year college or university. Applicants who have taken the required courses at a four-year college or university and have done well will be deemed more competitive in the selection process.

Will you accept online courses?

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. 

We do not advise taking online classes to complete your prerequisite coursework. This is due to our belief that the in-classroom experience will better prepare students for our rigorous curriculum. Please note that we will not accept online lab courses.

What are your requirements for 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 you have worked with closely or an employer. It is important to make sure that the individuals or committee members submitting letters on your behalf know you well and are able to comment on your work ethic, communication skills, passion for medicine and compassion for your future patients.

What opportunities are there to see the campus?

Register for one of our weekly tours!  This is a great opportunity to see the school and have your questions answered at the same time. To see available dates and sign up use this link.

Typically, confirmation emails are sent the week of the tour.

If you are a leader of your college pre-med group and are interested in bringing your peers for a visit email admissions@greenvillemed.sc.edu to discuss scheduling a group visit. Currently, we do not offer the opportunity to sit in classes. If you have been accepted and would like to experience a second look please contact the admissions office at admissions@greenvillemed.sc.edu.

To be on campus you will need to schedule an appointment or register for a tour. Our security office does not allow individuals to wander around the school by themselves.

Should I apply Early Decision?

The Early Decision program is most beneficial for applicants who both are 100% sure they want to attend USCSOM Greenville and have a competitive application.  This is a binding program; applicants who apply Early Decision are not allowed to apply to other medical schools during this time. Our admissions committee reviews in a holistic manner, taking into account Letters of Recommendation, Clinical Experiences, Extracurricular Experiences and Personal Statement/Essays as they decide who to interview and accept.  While there are currently no minimum requirements for Early Decision – applying with a lower MCAT and GPA could put you at a disadvantage. If you are not accepted as an Early Decision applicant you would not be able to apply to other schools until October.