State University of New York - Upstate (SUNY)

Address

Office of Admissions & Financial Aid / 766 Irving Avenue / Syracuse, New York 13210

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
106
School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
MD
Public/Private
Public
Year Founded
1834
US News Rank - Research
84
US News Rank - Primary Care
94-122
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 1M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.79
Median MCAT
514
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()

International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Yes
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
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Application
AMCAS
Letters of Rec Required
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
No
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Medium
Secondary Fee
$110
Other Tests

Interviews

Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
MMI
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 - '23)

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please provide a brief statement indicating your plans for the upcoming academic year:

2. You might consider yourself disadvantaged if you grew up in an area that was medically or underserved or had insufficient access to educational opportunities. Do you consider yourself within this description? If you answer Yes please explain your particular circumstances regarding why you consider yourself a disadvantaged applicant.

3. If you are interested in Primary Care, are you interested in receiving more information about potential scholarship opportunities?

4. We understand that the COVID-19 crisis disrupted many aspects of our lives. Please share if you had any curricular impacts during this time, for example, change to pass/fail courses or to online coursework or if you anticipate any deficiencies in experiences as a result of COVID-19.

5. Please upload an essay, under 500 words, answering the following question: Upstate Medical University is strongly committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for the patients we serve and all who work at, study at, or visit our campus. As a potential partner in this effort, please describe your commitment to eliminating health inequities, discrimination, or other forms of social injustice. (500 words)

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year. (1800 character limit)

2. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point? (1800 character limit)

3. We understand that the COVID-19 crisis in Spring 2020 disrupted many aspects of our lives. Please share if you had any curricular impacts during this time, for example, change to pass/fail courses or to online coursework or if you anticipate any deficiencies in experiences as a result of COVID-19. (1800 character limit)

4. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee? If yes, please describe. (1800 character limit)

5. Upstate Medical University is strongly committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for the patients we serve and all who work at, study at, or visit our campus. As a potential partner in this effort, please describe your commitment to eliminating health inequities, discrimination, or other forms of social injustice. (500 words)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. We understand that the COVID-19 crisis in Spring 2020 disrupted many aspects of our lives. Please share if you had any curricular impacts during this time, for example, change to pass/fail courses or to online coursework or if you anticipate any deficiencies in experiences as a result of COVID-19. (No character limit)

2. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee? If yes, please describe (no character limit)

3. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year (1800 character limit)

4. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point? (1800 character limit.)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Has anyone in your family graduated from the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University? (1500 characters, name, program, year)

2. Please indicate the last MCAT exam you have taken and/or are you planning to take any upcoming MCAT exams and if so, when? Please remember that the deadline for completing your application is December (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

3. Have you completed your baccalaureate degree? If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year: (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

4. If you haven't completed your baccalaureate degree yet, will you be doing so this academic year?

5. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point? (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Has anyone in your family graduated from the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University? (1500 characters, name, program, year)

2. Please indicate the last MCAT exam you have taken and/or are you planning to take any upcoming MCAT exams and if so, when? Please remember that the deadline for completing your application is December (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

3. Have you completed your baccalaureate degree? If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year: (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

4. If you haven't completed your baccalaureate degree yet, will you be doing so this academic year?

5. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point? (Please note, answers have a 1500 character limit.)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year:

2. Which medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point?

3. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee? Yes No No Response. If yes, Please describe.

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. If you earned your baccalaureate degree prior to this past June, please indicate your plans for the upcoming academic year.

2. What medical specialty are you thinking about pursuing at this point?

3. Are there any areas of weakness in your application that you would like to clarify for the Admissions Committee?

Rural Medicine prompts (No character limit specified):

1. Why do you consider yourself suited to rural medical practice?

2. If you have lived in a rural community, please describe it and indicate how long you have lived there.

3. Describe your understanding of an issue or challenge facing rural communities now or in the future.

4. Describe any relevant medical encounters that either you or your family has experienced. How has this influenced your desire to practice rural medicine?

5. What are your future career goals?

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

No essays.

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

No essays.

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

No Essays

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