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School of Medicine Greenville


Admissions FAQ

We do accept out-of-state applications. Out-of-state students comprise approximately 30% of each class. They have the option to establish SC state residency during their first year of medical school so they can pay SC resident tuition rates for their second through fourth years.

All residency determinations are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

The admissions committee is unable to accept transfer applications into any year of our program at this time.

Currently, the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville is only able to accept applications from US Citizens and applicants who hold a Permanent Resident Visa. We are in the process of gaining approval to consider international applicants. View our International Applicant page for a list of criteria. Prospective international applicants are encouraged to review this information prior to submitting an application.

We do not have a minimum GPA or MCAT score. Our admissions committee takes a holistic approach to the review of all applications. They consider GPA and MCAT along with letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, clinical experiences and information provided through review of an applicant’s personal statement and AMCAS and supplemental applications. The average GPA and MCAT scores for matriculating students are typically 3.7-3.75 and 509 respectively.

The admissions committee will consider your highest composite score, but they will look at scores from all attempts, considering section scores and trends.

No, we recommend that you submit your AMCAS application as soon as possible. Please indicate the date of your future MCAT exam on your AMCAS application. The score will automatically populate in your AMCAS application once it is available. You do not need to alert us of the new MCAT score. If you indicate in your AMCAS application that you plan to retake the MCAT then later cancel the test, please let us know so we can continue processing your application without the additional MCAT score.

Yes. Please be as thorough as you can on your AMCAS and supplemental applications, but if you have new experiences, research or coursework you would like to submit later in the application cycle please use this form to do so. Your update will be considered by the admissions committee during continued review of your application.

Yes. Upon receipt of the AMCAS application all candidates during the 2021-2022 application cycle will receive a supplemental application from UofSC School of Medicine Greenville.

If you are applying for the Early Decision Program, your AMCAS application must be submitted by August 1 and your supplemental application by August 15. Be sure to submit all application materials to AMCAS by August 15 (MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, etc).

If you are applying as a Regular Decision applicant, your AMCAS application is due no later than November 1 and your supplemental application on or prior to December 15. Due to the rolling admissions process, we strongly recommend submitting your application as early in the application cycle as possible. We receive a very large number of qualified applications for a relatively small number of interview slots.

If you have not heard anything from us, then your application is still being reviewed. We will contact you via email as your application status is updated (interview offered, rejected, need more information, etc). If you are concerned that there is a problem with your application or that something may be missing, please email us at

You are eligible to apply, as long as you plan to take the remaining courses in the upcoming academic year, with completion prior to matriculation in July.

Our applicant pool grows each year; we received approximately 4,000 applications for 100 positions for the class entering in 2020. We interview approximately 8% of the applicant pool each year.

We do accept AP credits for prerequisites as long as it appears on your college or university official transcript. However, it is advisable to take upper level courses which evidence your ability to successfully complete more rigorous academic material.

Courses taken at the community/technical college level will satisfy our pre-requisites. However, the admissions committee does prefer that the bulk of courses be completed at a four-year college or university. Applicants who have taken the required courses at a four-year college or university and have done well will be deemed more competitive in the selection process.

Online courses from an accredited college or university may be acceptable. However, the admissions committee values much more highly those courses taken in the classroom setting. Applicants who have successfully completed required courses in the classroom will be deemed more competitive in the selection process. For the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, students who do not receive grades during this semester, we will accept pre-requisites as pass/fail courses and online labs to meet the requirements if they were taken during a semester when your University offered online-only schedules for health and safety reasons.

We require at least three letters of recommendation, with a maximum of five letters. If your undergraduate institution prepares a Premedical Advisory Committee letter, we will accept that to fulfill the minimum letter requirements. We do not have requirements for the types of letters you must submit. Letters should be written by individuals who know you well: a faculty professor at your undergraduate institution, a physician you have worked with closely or an employer. It is important to make sure that the individuals or committee members submitting letters on your behalf know you well and are able to comment on your work ethic, communication skills, passion for medicine and compassion for your future patients. For 2020-2021 application cycle and during our evaluation of applicants, we will remain cognizant of the fact that clinical and observation experiences may be more difficult to obtain during this application cycle.

** Until further notice, we are unable to offer tours or campus visits to protect the health and safety of all members of our learning community.**

We look forward to seeing you in the future for one of our weekly tours!  This is a great opportunity to see the school and have your questions answered at the same time. Typically, confirmation emails are sent the week of the tour.

If you are a leader of your college pre-med group and are interested in bringing your peers for a visit or if you have been accepted and would like to experience a second look, please contact admissions office @

To be on campus you will need to schedule an appointment or register for a tour. Our security office does not allow individuals to wander around the school by themselves.

The Early Decision program is most beneficial for applicants who both are 100% sure they want to attend the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville and have a competitive application.  This is a binding program; applicants who apply Early Decision are not allowed to apply to other medical schools during this time. Our admissions committee reviews in a holistic manner, taking into account Letters of Recommendation, Clinical Experiences, Extracurricular Experiences and Personal Statement/Essays as they decide who to interview and accept.  While there are currently no minimum requirements for Early Decision – applying with a lower MCAT and GPA could put you at a disadvantage. If you are not accepted as an Early Decision applicant you would not be able to apply to other schools until October.



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