University of Southern California (Keck) (USC)

Address

Keck School of Medicine / Office of Admissions / 1975 Zonal Avenue, KAM 100-B / Los Angeles, California USA 90089-9020

Overview

Savvy Rank
The Savvy Rank is a combination of admissions selectivity (MCAT, GPA, acceptance rate), research ranking, and primary care ranking.
37
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
1885
US News Rank - Research
31
US News Rank - Primary Care
47
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
9M+

Getting In

Median GPA
3.81
Median MCAT
517
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
$100
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?
No updates after supplemental app. is submitted

Secondary Essay Prompts

Essay Topics ('21 – '22)

1. What does health equity mean to you? (150 words max)

2. Describe a situation in which you did not get something you felt you deserved. (3-5 sentences)

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5 sentences)

4. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)

5. What is the most fun you’ve had lately? (3-5 sentences)

Essay Topics (’20 – ’21)

1. What is the most fun you’ve had lately? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

4. Describe a situation in which you didn’t get something you felt you deserved. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

5. What do you see as the physician's role in Public Health? Please answer the question in 150 words or less.

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Is there anything else you would like us to know? If yes, please answer the question in 200 words or less.

Essay Topics ('19 – '20)

1. What is the most fun you've had lately? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

4. Describe a situation in which you didn't get something you felt you deserved. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

5. If you had the power to change anything, what would it be? Please answer the question in 150 words or less.

Essay Topics ('18 – '19)

1. What is the most fun you've had lately? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

4. Describe a situation in which you didn't get something you felt you deserved. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

5. If you had the power to change anything, what would it be? Please answer the question in 150 words or less.

Essay Topics ('17– '18)

1. What is the most fun you've had lately? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

2. If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

4. Describe a situation in which you didn't get something you felt you deserved. Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

5. Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were. (200 words)

Essay Topics ('16 – '17)

1. What is the most fun you've had in the last year? (3-5 sentences)

2. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5 sentences)

4. What aspect of the future of medicine causes you the most concern? (3-5 sentences)

5. Describe a situation in which you didn't get something you felt you deserved. (3-5 sentences)

6. Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true. (200 words)

OPTIONAL QUESTION:

1. Do you consider yourself to be a member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine?

Essay Topics ('15 – '16)

1. What is the most fun you've had in the last year? (3-5 sentences)

2. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5 sentences)

4. What aspect of the future of medicine causes you the most concern? (3-5 sentences)

5. Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true. (200 words)

Essay Topics ('14 – '15)

1. What is the most fun you've had in the last year? (3-5 sentences)

2. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (3-5 sentences)

3. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? (3-5 sentences)

4. What aspect of the preparation for applying to medical school did you find most challenging? (3-5 sentences)

5. If you believe that you are a member of a group that is under-represented in medicine, describe what this designation means to you.

6. Write a sentence that is not true, then tell us why you wish it were true. (Please answer the question in 200 words or less.)

MD/PhD:

1. Briefly describe your reasons for pursuing a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree and your most relevant research or scholarly experiences that have influenced your decision.

2. List of publications and papers submitted including one or two sentences describing your role on each publication.

3. Please provide the names of faculty at USC and Caltech with whom you would like to meet, if invited for an interview.

Essay Topics ('13 – '14)

1. What is the most fun you've had in the last year? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

2. What is the most beautiful sight you've ever seen? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

3. If you couldn't be a health professional, what occupation would you choose? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

4. If you could give yourself a nickname, what would it be? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

5. If you had enormous wealth, how would you allocate your charitable donations? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

6. What aspect of the preparation for becoming a physician did you find most challenging? Please answer the questions in 3-5 sentences.

7. Have you indicated that you represent a group that is Underrepresented in Medicine? If yes, what does this designation mean to you? Please answer the question in 250 words or less.

8. How will you be remembered by your medical school classmates 50 years from now? Please answer the question in 250 words or less.

9. Have you ever applied, been accepted, or matriculated to any medical school (M.D., D.O., international)? If yes, tell us about your previous cycle(s). Please answer the question in 300 words or less.

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