How to Apply

UNMC College of Medicine 

Office of Admissions Response to COVID-19 – 

 Information for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle and beyond 

UPDATED: January 1, 2021 

Please note the following information regarding pre-requisite courses, including laboratory courses, and letters of evaluation effective May 2020:  

Pass/Fail Coursework – 

  • UNMC will accept Pass/No Credit grades for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently we consider courses likely to be impacted as those offered in Spring 2020 (Quarter/Semester) and Summer 2020. In implementing this policy, we understand some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for letter grades or on a Pass/No Credit basis during the COVID-19 pandemic period. UNMC will accept Pass/No Credit without conditions. Students and their families are facing many challenges at this time – maybe even life-and-death challenges. UNMC believes that the pressure for grades need not be one of them.  

Online Coursework and Laboratory Courses – 

  • Online coursework, including laboratory courses, will continue to be accepted in fulfillment of some pre-requisites. UNMC has historically accepted the completion of coursework online in limited situations, but highly encourages classroom application for lectures/labs for science entrance requirements.  

Letters of Evaluation – 

  • Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty members are required; one in the Pre-medical science area. An official report of a pre-medical advisory committee will fulfill the two-letter requirement. Please limit recommendation letters that you designate through AMCAS for release to UNMC to a total of four.  

Clinical Exposure and Volunteer work – 

  • UNMC will look at the total body of clinical exposure and volunteer work with the understanding that opportunities are likely to be limited in Spring, Summer and Fall of 2020. Non-medical volunteer work done during this time should be included in your application. 

 

Applications to UNMC’s College of Medicine must be submitted online through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The centralized site will allow you to submit your application and select which medical school(s) will receive it for review.

2021-2022 APPLICATION INFORMATION 

Applications to UNMC’s College of Medicine must be submitted online through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The centralized site will allow you to submit your application and select which medical school(s) will receive it for review. 

The regular deadline is November 1. 

GUIDELINES FOR 2021-2022 Application 

EDP: UNMC participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP). In this program, applications are accepted between June 1 and August 2. The last MCAT considered for EDP is the 7/30/2021 test date with a score release date of 8/31/2021. EDP applicants will be notified regarding their admissions decision on October 1.  

Regular Cycle: All other AMCAS applications are due by 11/1/2020. All MCAT tests completed in the 2021 calendar year are accepted for the 2021-2022 Application cycle. 

Upon receipt of your verified application from AMCAS you will receive an electronic supplemental application from UNMC. Once BOTH you AMCAS and UNMC supplemental application are received, your application is eligible for review by the College of Medicine for an interview. If you do not complete your supplemental, your application is not considered for an interview.  

If selected to interview, you will be provided with an electronic secondary application to select an interview date and upload your photo. During this process, you will also be notified of any course deficiencies. 

Application Deadlines 

EDP: 8/2/2021 AMCAS Submission; 8/31/2021 MCAT Score release 

Regular MD, MD/PhD, MD/GRAD: 11/1/2021 AMCAS Submission; Any MCAT completed in the calendar year will be considered. Supplemental Applications are due by 11/16/2021. 

Letters of Recommendation Guidelines: 

Two letters of recommendation (LOR) from undergraduate faculty members are required; one in the pre-medical science area. An official report of a pre-medical advisory committee will fulfill the two-letter requirement. Questions regarding the letters of recommendation requirement should be directed to COMAdmissions@unmc.edu

Additional letters from employers, directors of graduate programs, or individuals with whom the candidate has had a significant life experience may be essential in some instances and are welcomed for all. Letters from clergymen, family, friends or persons in influential positions are discouraged. 

Please limit recommendation letters that you designate through AMCAS for release to UNMC to a total of four. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all letters of recommendation are available on AMCAS. NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS ARE GRANTED. 

LOR Regular Deadline: 11/15/2021 

LOR EDP Deadline: 9/3/2021 

Other Application Requirements: 

  1. One recent professionally posed color photograph (.jpeg). Your photograph will be requested by the Admissions Office if you are selected to interview. 
  2. Interview -UNMC COM Interview Day and Interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 cycle. UNMC will be utilizing the Zoom platform for the Interview Day presentation and interview process. Interview Day typically is from 9:00AM-2:00PM CST on a date selected by the applicant. The primary objective of the interview is to focus on the applicant's personality, general functioning, and capabilities, not upon intellectual achievements. Therefore, the applicant's academic credentials are not shared with the interviewer until the interview has been completed. Applicants can expect to be asked to respond to questions about the development of their thinking about a career in medicine, the positions of responsibility they have held, their leisure time pursuits or people who have been influential in their lives. Interviewers are especially interested in assessing candidates' abilities to develop rapport and to communicate ideas effectively. During the interview, applicants are given the opportunity to discuss or display those factors about which they feel particularly positive and explain aspects of their application which may raise questions. 

Re-Applying 

All re-applicants must reapply through AMCAS as outlined in the application procedure section. Re-applicants are strongly encouraged to identify, if possible, any factors which influenced the unfavorable decision and alter them before reapplying.