Below are some of the most frequently asked questions for Admissions, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Student Research answered personally by the Faculty and Staff you may encounter on campus. If you don't see what you are looking for, please visit the section of the site listed with each category or give us a call directly.
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If you do not see the answer to your question, please see additional Admissions FAQs for prospective students at the bottom of this page.
Does the David Geffen School of Medicine have rolling admissions?
Can I apply before my MCATS?
Where can I find statistics on admissions?
Do you accept community college credits?
Can I take prerequisites after I'm accepted?
Do you accept international applications?
If you do not see the answer to your question, please visit Financial Aid & Scholarships.
How much debt will I accumulate by graduation?
Do I report my parent’s financial information?
What if I have had a change in circumstances?
Can I work while in Medical School?
If you do not see the answer to your question, please visit the research opportunities for current medical students.
What kind of research can students do?
Who are potential faculty mentors?
How will I present to the larger biomedical community?
Where does first year research lead me?
What focused fellowships can I apply for during the summer after my first year?
What are my opportunities in Global Health?
The average age of our matriculates is 23 years. We encourage people of all ages who have demonstrated exceptional motivation and academic achievement to apply.
No preference is given to state of residence. However many applicants come from California. Acceptees from California are more likely to matriculate at UCLA. Out of 175 freshman, approximately 80 percent were from California.
Students who were not successful in gaining admission to medical school may submit a second application. We would prefer that these individuals remain in an academic environment, either in a graduate degree program or doing remedial work in areas of weakness. The applicant should forward two letters of recommendation from associates during this period of time.
Applicants Who Have a Doctorate Degree
Applicants who have a doctorate degree must apply for freshman standing. The Admissions Committee is aware of the unique background of most of these applicants and, therefore, reviews them accordingly. They must complete all of the normal admission requirements.
Permission for exemption from specific courses and for taking alternate programs, such as teaching or research, must be arranged after matriculation on an individual basis with the particular departments involved and the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who reside in this country on a student visa will have to provide sufficient guarantee of financial support for their educational needs. Due to rapidly diminishing sources of financial assistance, we must exclude students who are neither citizens of the U.S.A. or permanent residents from consideration for institutional need based scholarship and loan funds, and other financial aid in the form of federal student loans. International applicants may still be considered for the Geffen Scholarship.
Application procedures and admission requirements are the same for foreign applicants as for students who are citizens of the United States.
Medical College Admission Test
It is recommended that all candidates take the Medical College Admission Test in the spring, but it must be taken not later than September of the year preceding admission to the School of Medicine. If more than one MCAT was taken, all the test grades must be included when making application.
The test must be repeated if, at the time of matriculation, more than 3 years would have elapsed. After January 2018 (when the old MCAT reaches expiration) only the MCAT 2015 will be acceptable.
For questions about registration and test administration contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MCAT Care Team
Association of American Medical Colleges
Section for Applicant Assessment Services
2450 N. Street N.W.
Washintgon, DC 20037
Letters of Recommendation
3 - 5 letters will be requested after initial review of your application. Please note that only those letters submitted through AMCAS will be accepted.
M.D. and Ph.D. Degrees
The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), a concurrent degree program, is available for exceptional students, some of whom may have tuition and fees paid by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and may receive a stipend in support of their education. Both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees may be earned in seven years, depending on the candidate's course of study and thesis research. The Ph.D. may be awarded in any of the appropriate departments or programs of the School of Medicine or the University. Interested students should consult the MSTP Program Director at (310) 794-1817, http://www.medsch.ucla.edu/mstp.
The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State Laws and University Policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, medical condition, marital status, citizenship, or sexual orientation. The University prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA does not accept transfer students.
Updates to Application
Please note that the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA will not accept any updates to applicants' files until a supplemental invite has been issued. Also, to ensure applicant security, no updates regarding application status will be given over the phone. All application updates should be sent via your applicant portal.
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