University of Alabama

Address

Medical Student Services/Admissions / VH 107 / 1720 Second Avenue South / Birmingham, AL USA 35294-0019

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
73
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
1859
US News Rank - Research
31
US News Rank - Primary Care
34
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
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City Size
< 4M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.82
Median MCAT
509
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
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Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
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International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
No
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 ()
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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
$100
Other Tests

Interviews

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

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22 – '23)

1. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 characters)

2. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application. (750 characters)

3. Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics or experiences that would add to the educational environment for your classmates. (750 characters)

4. Please describe if and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your preparation for applying to medical school. (750 characters)

5. Describe a patient interaction with the healthcare system. This could be a direct patient observation (in person or virtual) during a shadowing experience, a personal experience within the healthcare system, or a family member or friend who had a memorable interaction within the healthcare system. What did you learn from this experience? (750 characters)

6. Describe a fulfilling or challenging community service experience and how you grew personally from the experience. (750 characters)

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 characters)

2. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application. (750 characters)

3. Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics or experiences that would add to the educational environment for your classmates. (750 characters)

4. Please describe if and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your preparation for applying to medical school. (750 characters)

5. Describe a patient interaction with the healthcare system. This could be a direct patient observation (in person or virtual) during a shadowing experience, a personal experience within the healthcare system, or a family member or friend who had a memorable interaction within the healthcare system. What did you learn from this experience? (750 characters)

6. Describe a fulfilling or challenging community service experience and how you grew personally from the experience. (750 characters)

MD/PhD Essays:

  1. If you have already graduated( or will graduate from college prior to May/June), please give a brief description of your activities following graduation. (1500 Characters)

2. What factors prompted you to apply to UAB for MD/PhD training?(1500 characters)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 characters)

2. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application (750 characters)

3. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class:

4. Please describe if and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your preparation for applying to medical school.

5. Describe an observed patient-physician interaction, what you learned from the experience, and how those lessons will impact your approach to patient care.

6. Describe a fulfilling or challenging community service experience and how you grew personally from the experience.

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Non-Alabama Resident with Ties to Alabama: Describe any ties or meaningful experiences you have had related to the state of Alabama or UAB Medical Center (1500 characters)

2. All Applicants: if the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain (1500 characters)

3. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 characters)

4. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application: (750 characters)

5. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class: (750 characters)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Non-Alabama Resident with Ties to Alabama: Describe any ties or meaningful experiences you have had related to the state of Alabama or UAB Medical Center (1500 characters)

2. All Applicants: if the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain (1500 characters)

3. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 characters)

4. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application: (750 characters)

5. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class: (750 characters)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (750 Characters)

2. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application (750 Characters)

3. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class (750 Characters)

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1. Do you consider yourself rural? (Y/N). If "yes", describe life experiences that illustrate this (1500 Characters)

Primary Care track:

1. The concept of community can be described as a geographic region, a demographic group, or a social group among other descriptions. Describe your interest in medicine and how you hope to impact a community or communities. (1500 Characters)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class. (1500 characters)

2. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (1500 characters)

3. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application. (1500 characters)

4. If the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain. (1500 characters)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class. (1500 char)

2. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (1500 char)

3. Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application: (1500 char)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Briefly indicate how you would add diversity to our medical school class. (1500 characters)

2. Non-Alabama residents: Describe any experiences you have had related to the state of Alabama or UAB Medical Center. (1500 characters)

3. All Applicants: if the area you spent most of your life before college differs from where you currently consider your permanent address, please explain. (1500 characters)

4. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now? (1500 characters)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. Where do you see yourself in your medical career fifteen to twenty years from now?Please share any information you want us to know about you that is not included in your AMCAS application or in this secondary application:

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