University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

Address

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid / University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine / 3450 Hamilton Walk / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA 19104

Overview

Savvy Rank
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2
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
Private
Year Founded
1765
US News Rank - Research
3
US News Rank - Primary Care
14
Cost
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
$$$
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()

City Size
< 9M

Getting In

Median GPA
3.92
Median MCAT
521
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 ()
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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)?
Early
Secondary Fee
$90
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?
Yes

Secondary Essay Prompts

Our mission is to advance knowledge and improve health through research, patient care, and the education of trainees in an inclusive culture that embraces diversity, fosters innovation, critical thinking, supports lifelong learning and sustains our legacy of excellence.




Essay Topics (2019-2020)

The following questions are part of the Perelman School of Medicine's holistic review process. We recognize that many applicants may not have check boxes or narratives in these areas.

1. Have you taken any online courses for credit? Y/N

2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? Y/N and list

3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation?

If Y: Please describe your activities during this time in 500 characters or less.

4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? Y/N (Probably a prompt if you select yes, I selected no)

5. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) Y/N

If Y: Please explain and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? Y/N

If Y; Please explain briefly in 1,000 characters:

7. Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates Y/N

8. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters:

9. Sexual and Gender Identity (optional)

The Perelman School of Medicine seeks to foster a safe and welcoming environment for all students. In this spirit, the following optional questions are asked about sexual orientation and gender identity.

You may choose to answer, one, both or none of these questions. This will not have any impact on your application and will not be shared as part of the admissions process. Rather, this information will enable us to better facilitate any visit that you have to the School of Medicine.

If none of the following designations adequately describe how you identify, please feel free to elaborate in the option marked Other. We recognize that improving our understanding of sexual and gender identities are a continuous process, and welcome your input.

Essay Topics (2018-2019)

1. Have you taken any online courses for credit?

2. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization?

3. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? If you answer yes, a 1,000 char prompt to elaborate appears.

4. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?

5. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) (1000 characters if you answer yes)

6. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters if yes)

7. Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates

8. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

9. Sexual and Gender Identity (optional)

Do you identify as (please check all that apply):

Heterosexual/Straight

Gay

Lesbian

Bisexual

Asexual

Queer

Other

Do you identify as (please check all that apply):

Cisgender

Transgender

Gender non-conforming

Gender non-binary

Other

Please let us know if you have a preferred name and/or preferred Gender Pronouns.

MSTP:

Additional pages to check your preferred research group at the time of application (History and Sociology of Medicine, Anthropology, and Business/Economics have further requirements). Also a 500 character box to list keywords related to your research interests.

Essay Topics ('17 - '18)

1. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? Yes/No... "Add Award"

2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? Yes/No... If yes, 500 characters given.

3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? Yes/No... If yes, 1000 characters given.

4. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.) Yes/No... If yes, 1000 characters given.

5. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? Yes/No... if yes, 1000 characters given.

6. Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates.

7. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

Essay Topics ('16 - '17)

1. Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe; each line allows 100 characters. (Please do not list awards from high school or earlier.)

2. Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? (500 characters to describe plans, if yes)

3. Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? (1000 characters to describe, if yes)

4. Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.)(1000 characters if yes)

5. Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1000 characters, if yes)

6. Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine and limit your response to 1,000 characters.

Essay Topics ('15 - '16)

Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe; each line allows 100 characters. (Please do not list awards from high school or earlier.) (3 lines)

Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation?

Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application? What country? (1,000 char)

Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging aspects of your personal background or circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions, not addressed elsewhere (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.). (1,000 char)

If you are traveling outside of the U.S. during the application year, will you need special scheduling if invited for an interview? If so, please describe and indicate dates that you are in the U.S. (255 char)

Have you or your family experienced economic hardships? (1,000 char)

Have you been employed at the University of Pennsylvania Health System or Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a Penn faculty mentor? If yes, please indicate name, department, phone number of faculty, and start/end dates.

Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1,000 char)

Essay Topics ('14 - '15)

Have you been nominated for or received an award from any state, regional or national organization? If so, please describe; each line allows 100 characters. (Please do not list awards from high school or earlier.) [3 entry fields]

Have you taken or are you planning to take time off between college graduation and medical school matriculation? [250 characters, limit not explicitly stated]

Have you participated in any global activities outside of the U.S. prior to submitting your AMCAS application?

Are there any special, unique, personal, or challenging circumstances that you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions (siblings/relatives at Penn, applying as a couple, educational environment, culture, ethnicity, etc.)

Please explain your reasons for applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. (1000 characters)

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