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UCLA Re-Application Program

A comprehensive, structured re-application program

Designed specifically for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The UCLA Re-Application Program (UCLA RAP) 2020-2021 Students

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is offering a comprehensive, structured re-application program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S medical school. UCLA RAP is an 11-month program.

Student Eligibility

Students are eligible for UCLA RAP if they meet all of the following prerequisites:

  • Previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S medical school
  • Be committed to practice in an underserved community
  • Come from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S college or university
  • Have a minimum science GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Students who took the MCAT 2012-2014 or later, have a minimum combined score of 20
  • Students who took the MCAT 2015, have a minimum combined score of 491
  • Submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicants must be legal residents of California or provide documentation of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California


Summer 2022 Programs

Campus health and safety precautions

In addition to UC’s vaccination requirement, the campus has implemented a number of health and safety protocols designed to keep the Bruin community safe this fall. For a full list of these protocols, see our UCLA COVID protocols page.

All Students participating in SHPEP, PREP, and RAP are expected to comply with the UC health and safety protocols to participate in our programs.

Please see current precautions, requirements, and information for students.

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Important dates

January 6, 2022 - Application Opens
July 15, 2022 - Application Closes

Final program dates

September 1, 2022 - Start Date
August 1, 2023 - End Date

Application Process

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Re-Application Program is a participant with the consortium of the University of California medical schools' postbaccalaureate programs online application service. To apply for the UCLA RAP Program and all UC postbaccalaureate programs, you must go to the website linked below to complete and send your application through the centralized application portal managed by UC Davis. The finalists will be granted an interview and notified of their acceptance.

How to apply

All inquiries regarding the status of the application and receipt of supplemental documents must be directed to



UCLA RAP program Information

The program begins with an intensive three months session, focused on prerequisite science review and MCAT preparation. Distinguished guest lecturers will also provide seminars and workshops discussing; academic skills; extensive and lively reviews of biology, chemistry, and physics; self-development, time management; financial planning; medical school re-application, and interviewing skills.  Current medical students and former RAP participants provide supporting mentoring and meetings to RAP students.

An individualized academic-year program that consists of a science curriculum will follow. Participants, in close consultation with program advisors, will select their courses through UCLA Extension or a local California State University. Medical school re-application preparation and strategies will be conducted individually. Mock interviews will be conducted and videotaped for participant evaluation and feedback. During the academic year segment, students will meet regularly with program advisors and mentors. Occasionally, the RAP program makes recommendations that will require more than 11 months to strengthen the participant’s application to medical school.   In such cases, we continue to monitor the progress of these candidates after the 11 months program to assure completion.

September - December

The program begins in September 2022 and ends in August 2023. Please be aware that  September - December requires a commitment of 5 days and some evening participation each week in addition to homework and group study.

  • MCAT review and preparation workshops
  • Mentoring from current UCLA medical students, faculty, and RAP alumni
  • Personal and professional development sessions to build confidence to re-apply
  • Individual and group advising with other re-applicants to medical school
  • Service and volunteer opportunities with local community health fairs, and nonprofit and healthcare facilities

January - August

  • Upper division coursework through UC Extension or Cal State schools (as recommended)
    • UCLA Extension Summer session starts June
  • Medical school re-application preparation and strategies
  • Group and one-on-one mentoring and advising with program advisors, faculty, RAP alumni, and current UCLA medical students
  • Interview preparation
  • Regular meetings with program advisors, faculty, RAP alumni, and current UCLA medical students
  • Continued opportunities for professional development and involvement in service opportunities


Financial Responsibility and Assistance

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Re-Application Program is made possible by funding from the University of California Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. There is no tuition or enrollment fee for participation, however, students are expected to meet the responsibility of their own living expenses for both sessions of the program, in addition to any tuition and/or fees for courses during the academic-year session to be paid directly to the institution they will be enrolling. Participants may be eligible for a stipend depending on the availability of funds


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Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs 

***The Office of Outreach and Pathway Programs will be closed during the UCLA Winter Closure from Dec. 23, 2022 through Jan. 2, 2023.***

Location: Geffen Hall, Suite 305
Main Number: (310) 825-3575