University of South Carolina - Columbia

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Office of Admissions / School of Medicine / Columbia, SC USA 29208

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
134
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
1977
US News Rank - Research
91
US News Rank - Primary Care
90
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
3.8
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 ()
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)?
Late
Secondary Fee
$95
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

(No character limit listed for any question)

1. What are your medical practice goals?

2. Describe your employment status since you completed your bachelor's degree (part-time, full-time, and dates) (only if you have graduated)

3. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why?

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue?

5. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant?

6. Explain any impact that COVID-19 may have had on your educational, research, volunteering or employment plans.

7. We desire to train students and physicians to work with the diverse patients of our state and nation. Please share at least one experience that has impacted your appreciation for diversity and your ability to relate to those who are unlike you. Do share what you learned from the experience as well.

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. What are your medical practice goals?

2. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor’s degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates).

3. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why?

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue?

5. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant?

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. What are your medical practice goals? (2000 Character Limit)

2. Does this application represent a career change? If so, please describe your most recent career. (2000 Character Limit)

3. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates). (2000 Character Limit)

4. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 Character Limit)

5. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 Character Limit)

6. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 Character Limit)

7. Explain any impact that COVID-19 may have had on your educational, research, volunteering or employment plans. (2000 Character Limit)

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. What are your medical practice goals? (2000 Character Limit)

2. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates). (2000 Character Limit)

3. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 Character Limit)

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 Character Limit)

5. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 Character Limit)

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. What are your medical practice goals? (2000 Character Limit)

2. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates). (2000 Character Limit)

3. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 Character Limit)

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 Character Limit)

5. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 Character Limit)

Essay Topics ('17 – '18)

1. Do you have any relatives who graduated from USC School of Medicine-Columbia? (yes or no) If so, please list any relatives who graduated from USC School of Medicine-Columbia, year of graduation (if known), and their relationship to you.What are your medical practice goals?Does this application represent a career change? If so, please describe your most recent career.If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates).In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (2000 Character Limit)

2. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (2000 Character Limit)

3. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (2000 Character Limit)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. What are your medical practice goals? (1000 characters limit)

2. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates). (1000 characters limit)

3. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why? (1000 characters limit)

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue? (1000 characters limit)

5. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant? (1000 characters limit)

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. What are your medical practice goals?  (2000 character limit)

2. Does this application represent a career change? If so, please describe your most recent career.  (2000 character limit)

3. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates).  (2000 character limit)

4. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why?  (2000 character limit)

5. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue?  (2000 character limit)

6. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant?  (2000 character limit)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. What are your medical practice goals?  (2000 character limit)

2. Does this application represent a career change? If so, please describe your most recent career.  (2000 character limit)

3. If it has been more than six months since you completed your bachelor's degree, please describe your employment status since that time (part-time, full-time, and dates).  (2000 character limit)

4. What areas of medicine are you interested in at this time, or what areas do you plan to pursue?  (2000 character limit)

5. In what region of the country do you want to practice medicine? Why?  (2000 character limit)

6. Do you have any accomplishments or experiences that make you a unique applicant?  (2000 character limit)

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

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