The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA welcomes applicants from around the country who meet the medical school requirements. The mission statement of the Office of Diversity Affairs announces the school's commitment to creating a vibrant and diverse student population by fostering "institutional awareness and commitment toward gender equity and equal opportunity." Although 85 percent of the current freshman class are from California, Dr. Theodore R. Hall, Interim Associate Dean for Admissions, says that the school "does not give preferential status to in-state or out-of-state resident applications." The school strongly encourages interested students from across the country to apply and offers a variety of financial aid options for out-of-state residents.
The medical school received 7,248 applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. After a rigorous evaluation process, 600 applicants were invited for an interview. Although the medical school welcomes international students, only permanent residents are eligible for scholarships and other financial aid.
Students with a record of high academic achievement and who have demonstrated a "capacity to develop mature interpersonal relationships" are given admission preference. In addition to completing several interviews with members of the Admissions Committee, applicants must provide the following requirements to be considered for admission to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA:
Although a bachelor's degree generally is required, students who have completed three years of undergraduate school sometimes are considered. While coursework in both humanities and Spanish are "highly recommended," the school requires completion of one year each in English, college physics, biology and mathematics, including calculus and statistics. Two years of college chemistry — quantitative analysis and both organic and inorganic chemistry — also are required.
Prospective students are encouraged to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the spring, and no later than the September before the academic year to which they are applying. UCLA does not accept transfer students during the academic year.
To ensure that prospective students have the most recent information about medical school requirements, they should visit the website for the Office of Admissions. The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA provides an excellent venue for prospective students from around the nation to experience the beautiful and richly diverse world of Southern California.