How to Apply

UNMC College of Medicine

Office of Admissions Response to COVID-19 - Information for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle 

UPDATED: May 6, 2020 

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 and Summer 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.

The regular deadline is November 1.

GUIDELINES FOR 2020-2021 Application

UNMC participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP). In this program, applications are accepted between June 1 and August 3. Your MCAT score must be released by 9/4/2020 or earlier for EDP consideration for the 2021 entering class. You will be notified of your acceptance by October 1. Regular cycle AMCAS applications are due by 11/1/2020. All MCAT tests completed in 2020 are accepted for the 2020-2021 Application cycle.

Upon receipt of your verified application from AMCAS you will receive an electronic supplemental application from UNMC. Once your AMCAS and UNMC supplemental application are received, all documents are reviewed by the College of Medicine. 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. During this process, you will also be notified of any course deficiencies.

Application Deadlines

EDP: 8/3/2020 AMCAS Submission; 9/4/2020 MCAT Score release

Regular MD/MD/PhD/MD/GRAD: 11/1/2020 AMCAS Submission; Any MCAT completed in the calendar year will be considered

Letters of Recommendation Guidelines:

Two letters of recommendation (LOR) from undergraduate faculty members are preferred; 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

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: 11/16/2020

LOR EDP Deadline: 9/4/2020

Other Application Requirements:

  1. One recent professionally posed color photograph (.jpeg). Your photograph will be requested by the Admissions Office ONLY if you are selected to interview.
  2. Interview - 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 also explain aspects of their application which may raise questions.


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.