University of North Carolina

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Office of Admissions / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / School of Medicine / Chapel Hill, NC USA 27599-9500

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
18
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
1879
US News Rank - Research
23
US News Rank - Primary Care
1
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
< 500K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.81
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 ()
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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
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?
Yes
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
$68
Other Tests

Interviews

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

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. Tell us about a peer who is deserving of recognition but whose accomplishments may not be acknowledged adequately. Why do you think their accomplishments have gone relatively unacknowledged? (400 words)

2. Please share your thoughts and experiences with navigating the Covid-19 pandemic. This could include the barriers you have faced in applying to medical school, creative ways you have overcome those barriers, feelings of grief and loss, thoughts on the role of health care professional, challenges associated with racial health inequities, or other reflection on living through a global pandemic crisis. (400 words)

3. How will your values and attitude foster a positive educational environment and benefit your future patients? Tell us about the sources of those values and attitude (e.g. family, places you've lived in, things you have read, life experiences, etc) (400 words)

4. Tell us about a time when you observed or personally experienced biased behavior. What did you do to address this situation or what would you do in the future? Through either situation we are interested in what you learned. (400 words)

5. What motivates you to apply to the UNC SOM? (200 words)

Essay Topics ('20 – '21)

1. Give an example of how you made a difference in someone’s life and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (500 words)

2. What motivates you to apply to UNC School of Medicine? (500 words)

3. UNC School of Medicine values diversity and inclusion across the institution. We believe that education and professional development are enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe how your background and/or experiences would contribute to the UNC SOM community? (500 words)

4. Please use the space below for anything you might wish to discuss related to the COVD-19 public health crisis. Possible topics might include: your biggest lessons and insights from the pandemic, creative ways in which you were able to serve your community during the crisis, hardships you may have faced as a result of the virus, and/or quarantine. (750 words)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Describe a situation, or an experience, you've had when you were unsuccessful. Tell us what you learned from this experience.

2. Give an example of how you made a difference in someones life and explain what this experience taught you about yourself.

3. What motivates you to apply to UNC School of Medicine?

4. UNC School of Medicine values diversity and inclusion across the institution. We believe that education and professional development are enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe how your background and/or experiences would contribute to the UNC SOM community?

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. We have all tried something and failed. Describe a situation, or an experience, you've had when you were unsuccessful. Tell us what you learned from this experience. (1000 chars)

2. Much of health care delivery involves teamwork. In what endeavor have you engaged that required a team approach? What was your role and what did you learn from working with this team? (1000 chars)

3. Give an example of how you made a difference in someones life and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (1000 chars)

4. What motivates you to apply to UNC School of Medicine? (1000 chars)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (1000 character limit)

2. Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (1000 character limit)

3. Give an example of how you made a difference in someone's life-whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member-and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (1000 character limit)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (1000 character limit)

2. Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (1000 character limit)

3. Give an example of how you made a difference in someone's life-whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member-and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (1000 character limit)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (1000 char)

2. Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (1000 char)

3. Give an example of how you have made a difference in someones life whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (1000 char)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (150 words total)

2. Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (150 words total)

3. Give an example of how you have made a difference in someones life whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (150 words total)

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1. MD/PhD Applicants Only: Research Interests

Please list your top 5 areas of research interest below. This list will help us determine which research faculty you should meet if you are invited for an interview.

2. Re-applicants: Explain why you have decided to reapply. Please respond in no more than 1-2 paragraphs (150 words total).

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. We have all tried something and failed, whether it was something big or something small. Describe a situation or an experience you had when you realized that you were not up to the task, and tell us what life-lessons you learned from this experience. (150 words total)

2. Much of medical school education is based on team-learning. What important activity have you accomplished that required a team approach, what was your role in the outcome, and what did you learn from it? (150 words total)

3. Give an example of how you have made a difference in someones life whether it is a patient, friend, classmate, or a family member and explain what this experience taught you about yourself. (150 words total)

OPTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1. MD/PhD Applicants Only: Research Interests

Please list your top 5 areas of research interest below. This list will help us determine which research faculty you should meet if you are invited for an interview.

2. Re-applicants: Explain why you have decided to reapply. Please respond in no more than 1-2 paragraphs (150 words total).

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