University of North Dakota

Address

Secretary, Committee on Admissions / Room 2912 / School of Medicine and Health Sciences / 501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037 / Grand Forks, ND USA 58202

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
102
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
1905
US News Rank - Research
Unranked
US News Rank - Primary Care
Unranked
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
City Size
< 100K

Getting In

Median GPA
3.82
Median MCAT
507
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
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 ()

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)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$50
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?

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('22-'23)

We would like to know more about you. Answer the following questions to help us understand who you are. Do not leave any questions 1-8 blank.

1) "The School of Medicine & Health Sciences is a community-based medical school, and because of the unique circumstances of our regional location, we place special emphasis on the unique skills needed to provide care for patients and populations in rural and Native American communities across all competencies. The primary purpose of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Other purposes include the discovery of knowledge that benefits the people of this state and enhances the quality of their lives." Please explain the steps you have taken towards, and how you will fulfill different aspects the school’s mission.0/1200

2) Reflect on personal experiences of resilience and emotional intelligence throughout your life and how this has prepared you in your pursuit of a career in medicine.0/1200

3) Describe your experiences with diverse populations. Examples include a summary of a volunteer experience, study abroad, employment, self-taught endeavor or a formal course on diversity that includes direct interaction with individuals or groups from socio-economic disadvantaged, diverse cultures, rural, or other backgrounds.0/1200

4) Describe your research activity. Examples include the outcome of a formal research experience, course-dependent undergraduate research, thesis, or capstone project.0/600

5) Describe your creative activity. Examples include the on-going production of art forms, artistic performance, or other creative efforts, such as photography, painting, musical talents, needlework, cooking, wood-working, building cars, yoga instructor, dancing, theatre performance, writing, gaming etc.0/600

6) Expand and reflect on medical and/or clinical experience as it relates to the mission of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. This may include a summary of physician shadowing, clinical observation, community service, volunteer work, and/or employment. Examples include, but are not limited to, work in a clinic, hospital, as a first responder, clinical lab, public health, home health visits, assisted living, nursing home care, youth camps, or relevant military duty.0/1200

7) Expand and reflect on leadership and team experience. This may include a summary of leadership roles or teamwork in employed positions, extracurricular activities, organizations, volunteer services, or any other leadership or team experiences.0/1200

8) What are your career plans if you do not ever get admitted to medical school?0/600

9) If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal and institutional infractions, etc.).Optional0/600

10) Are you currently enrolled in a grant-funded and/or degree-granting post-baccalaureate program and/or advanced degree? If so, what is your timeline for completion?

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. "The School of Medicine & Health Sciences is a community-based medical school, and because of the unique circumstances of our regional location, we place special emphasis on the unique skills needed to provide care for patients and populations in rural and Native American communities across all competencies. The primary purpose of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Other purposes include the discovery of knowledge that benefits the people of this state and enhances the quality of their lives." Please explain the steps you have taken towards, and how you will fulfill different aspects of the school’s mission. (1200 characters)

2. Reflect on personal experiences of resilience and emotional intelligence throughout your life and how this has prepared you in your pursuit of a career in medicine. (1200 characters)

3. Describe your experiences with diverse populations. Examples include a summary of a volunteer experience, study abroad, employment, self-taught endeavor or a formal course on diversity that includes direct interaction with individuals or groups from socio-economic disadvantaged, diverse cultures, rural, or other backgrounds. (1200 characters)

4. Describe your research activity. Examples include the outcome of a formal research experience, course-dependent undergraduate research, thesis, or capstone project. (600 characters)

5. Describe your creative activity. Examples include the outcome of a creative activity, capstone project, senior recital, performance, debate, product creation or any other major production or installation. (600 characters)

6. Expand and reflect on medical and/or clinical experience as it relates to the mission of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. This may include a summary of physician shadowing, clinical observation, community service, volunteer work, and/or employment. Examples include, but are not limited to, work in a clinic, hospital, as a first responder, clinical lab, public health, home health visits, assisted living, nursing home care, youth camps, or relevant military duty. (1200 characters)

7. Expand and reflect on leadership and team experience. This may include a summary of leadership roles or teamwork in employed positions, extracurricular activities, organizations, volunteer services, or any other leadership or team experiences. (1200 characters)

8. What are your career plans if you do not ever get admitted to medical school? (600 characters)

9. UND SMHS REAPPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience. (1200 characters)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. The primary purpose of the UND SMHS is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people." Given the purpose of the School, please explain how you will fulfill this mission. (600 word limit)

2. Reflect on personal experiences of resilience and emotional intelligence throughout life and how has this prepared you in your pursuit of medicine. (600 word limit)

3. Describe your experiences with diverse populations. Examples include a summary of a volunteer experience, study abroad, employment, or a formal course on diversity that includes direct interaction with individuals or groups from socio-economic, cultural, geographic, rural, or other backgrounds different from your own. (600 word limit)

4. Describe your research or creative activity. Examples include the outcome of a formal research experience, course-dependent undergraduate research, thesis, capstone, senior recital, performance, debate, product creation or any other major production or installation.
Expand and reflect on medical and/or clinical experience as it relates to the mission of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. This may include a summary of physician shadowing, clinical observation, community service, volunteer work, and/or employment. Examples include, but are not limited to, work in a clinic, hospital, as a first responder, clinical lab, public health, home health visits, assisted living, nursing home care, youth camps, or relevant military duty. (600 word limit)

5. What are your career plans if you do not ever get admitted to medical school? (600 word limit)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

2. The primary purpose of the UND SMHS is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Given the purpose of the school, please explain how you do or will fulfill this mission. (1600-character maximum)

3. Describe your experience with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600-character maximum)

4. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school this year? (1600-character maximum)

5. What are your career plans in the event that you don't ever get admitted to medical school? (1600-character maximum)

6. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal and institutional infractions, etc.). (1600-character maximum)

7. Please see Residency Preferences on the UND SMHS Admissions website. Describe your ties to the state of North Dakota or how you qualify for the other residency groups described there. (1600-character maximum)

8. Are you an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe? If yes, please describe your connection to this or other Native American communities and indicate whether you agree to have your application forwarded to the Indians Into Medicine office. If no, you do not need to complete this question. (1600-character maximum)

9. Are you currently enrolled in a grant-funded and/or degree-granting post-baccalaureate program? If so, what is your timeline for completion? (1600-character maximum)

10. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience. (1600-character maximum)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

2. The primary purpose of the UND SMHS is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Given the purpose of the school, please explain how you do or will fulfill this mission. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

3. Describe your experience with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

4. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school this year? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

5. What are your career plans in the event that you don't ever get admitted to medical school? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

6. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal and institutional infractions, etc.). (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

7. Please see Residency Preferences on the UND SMHS Admissions website. Describe your ties to the state of North Dakota or how you qualify for the other residency groups described there. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

8. Are you an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe? If yes, please describe your connection to this or other Native American communities. If no, you do not need to complete this question. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

9. Are you currently enrolled in a grant-funded and/or degree-granting post-baccalaureate program? If so, what is your timeline for completion? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

10. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

2. The primary purpose of the UND SMHS is to educate physicians and other health professionals for subsequent service in North Dakota and to enhance the quality of life of its people. Given the purpose of the school, please explain how you do or will fulfill this mission. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

3. Describe your experience with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

4. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school this year? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

5. What are your career plans in the event that you don't ever get admitted to medical school? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

6. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal and institutional infractions, etc.). (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

7. Please see Residency Preferences on the UND SMHS Admissions website. Describe your ties to the state of North Dakota or how you qualify for the other residency groups described there. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

8. Are you an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe? If yes, please describe your connection to this or other Native American communities. If no, you do not need to complete this question. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

9. Are you currently enrolled in a grant-funded and/or degree-granting post-baccalaureate program? If so, what is your timeline for completion? (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

10. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience. (1600 characters or less, not including spaces)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. What do you consider to be your hometown? Explain. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

2. Given the purpose of the school, please justify why you should be accepted for admission. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

3. Describe how your experiences (health care or social care) will help you develop into a compassionate physician. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

4. Describe how familiar you are with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

5. Describe how you have contributed to your family or community. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

6. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school: This year? Ever? (1600 character limit not including spaces)

7. Describe your connection to the state of North Dakota. Minnesota applicants, describe your connections to your respective communities and/or to North Dakota. (1600 character limit not including spaces)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

2. What do you consider to be your hometown? Explain.

3. Given the purpose of the school, please justify why you should be accepted for admission. INMED students, please explain how you fulfill the purpose of the Indians into Medicine Program.

4. Describe how your experiences (health care or social care) will help you develop into a compassionate physician.

5. Describe how familiar you are with life in a rural and/or Native American community.

6. Describe how you have contributed to your family or community.

7. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school: This Year? Ever?

8. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal infractions, etc.).

9. Describe your connection to the state of North Dakota. WICHE, INMED and Minnesota applicants, describe your connections to your respective communities and/or to North Dakota.

10. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience.

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. Residency History: List each permanent residence starting with your place of birth

2. What do you consider to be your hometown? Explain. (1600 characters)

3. Given the purpose of the school, please justify why you should be accepted for admission. INMED students, please explain how you fulfill the purpose of the Indians into Medicine Program. (1600 characters)

4. Describe how your experiences (health care or social care) will help you develop into a compassionate physician. (1600 characters)

5. Describe how familiar you are with life in a rural and/or Native American community. (1600 characters)

6. Describe how you have contributed to your family or community. (1600 characters)

7. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school this year?Ever? (1600 characters)

8. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal infractions, etc.). (1600 characters)

9. Describe your connection to the state of North Dakota. WICHE, INMED and Minnesota applicants, describe your connections to your respective communities and/or to North Dakota. (1600 characters)

10. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience. (1600 characters)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. What do you consider to be your hometown? Explain.

2. Given the purpose of the school, please justify why you should be accepted for admission. INMED students, please explain how you fulfill the purpose of the Indians into Medicine Program.

3. Describe how your experiences (health care or social care) will help you develop into a compassionate physician.

4. Describe how familiar you are with life in a rural and/or Native American community.

5. Describe how you have contributed to your family or community.

6. What are your career plans in the event that you are not admitted to medical school:

7. If needed, update the information in your AMCAS application (i.e., grades in recent courses, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation, additions to extracurricular activities, unreported legal infractions, etc.).

8. Describe your connection to the state of North Dakota. WICHE, INMED and Minnesota applicants, describe your connections to your respective communities and/or to North Dakota.

9. UND SMHS RE-APPLICANTS ONLY: When was your previous application, and, subsequently, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? Note any relevant academic, employment, clinical, and personal experience.

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