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School of Medicine


Admissions FAQ

We do not have a minimum GPA or MCAT score for interview consideration.  However, the current GPA average for matriculating students is 3.6 and our MCAT average is 506. 

All applicants to the School of Medicine - Columbia are required to take the MCAT.  You should take the MCAT no earlier than four years before you apply to the School of Medicine-Columbia and no later than the last test day in September for the year in which you are applying. 

Although we do not have any prerequisites, a strong preparation in the natural sciences is highly recommended including general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  Further advanced studies in the biological, physical and/or chemical sciences is encouraged.  Courses are always valid for admission consideration and do not have an expiration. 

We give preference to applicants who will, upon enrollment, hold a bachelor’s degree.  We occasionally admit students on the basis of 90 semester hours of outstanding undergraduate achievement.

The Admissions Committee expects that applicants will have some healthcare experience at the time of application (i.e., volunteering at a free medical clinic or hospital, physician shadowing, medical scribing, EMT or CNA experience, etc.).  We do not have a required number of hours.  However, it should be significant enough that the applicant has a reasonable idea of what it means to pursue medicine. 

We give primary consideration to South Carolina residents. We do accept a few out-of-state applications, but we require strong ties to South Carolina for interview consideration.

The applicant must be primarily living, working or attending school in South Carolina or have parents who are current legal residents of the state.  

In general, second and/or vacation homes and extended family living in South Carolina are NOT considered significant ties.

The School of Medicine-Columbia does not make any decisions regarding legal residency.  Decisions for all students are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

Online courses from an accredited college or university are acceptable. However, the admissions committee prefers courses taken in the traditional classroom setting.  Applicants who have successfully completed  courses in the classroom will be deemed more competitive in the selection process.  For the 2020-2021 cycle, students who do not receive standard letter grades or do not elect to receive standard letter grades during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 semesters due to school closures and conversion to online learning, we will accept pass/fail courses and online labs.

We can only consider students currently enrolled and in good academic standing in an LCME accredited medical school in the United States.  We do not allow transfers into the fourth year.

We only accept applications from those individuals who are current citizens of the United States or who are permitted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reside permanently in the United States. We can accept applications only from those individuals who have completed their undergraduate premedical educations at a college or university in the United States or Canada.

Currently, international students are not eligible to obtain medical licensure in the state of South Carolina.  If the licensure process for the state of South Carolina changes, then the School of Medicine - Columbia will revisit the residency requirement.  


We only send the supplemental application to applicants that are invited for interviews.

If you have not heard anything from us, then your application is still being reviewed.  We will contact you by email as your application status is updated.

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