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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Although there are no prerequisite courses required, it is strongly recommended that applicants applying should complete two semesters each of: General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Physics, and Biochemistry, also recommended is one semester each of: Introductory Psychology and Introductory Sociology.

A: We take a holistic approach to our selection process. GPA and MCAT scores are a large factor in obtaining an interview, at which point we are looking for the other traits essential to becoming great physicians. These include personality traits, leadership experience, volunteering, clinical exposure, and shadowing experiences.

A: Tours are offered many Fridays throughout the year. For more information please e-mail COM-Admissions@musc.edu if you are interested. You can also view virtual tours of our campus and program. Should you be invited for an interview, a campus tour will be provided at that time as well.

You can also tour the Medical University of South Carolina from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad with this application available in the Apple App Store. The Explore MUSC App provides a self-guided overview of the campus, complete with maps, over 100 images, and videos.

A: We strive for a diverse class and welcome all majors as long as your degree is from an accredited college/university.

A: There is not a minimum GPA to apply. The current class GPA average is a 3.7. Students with GPAs lower than 3.4 typically must complete a graduate degree to become a more competitive applicant.

A: South Carolina applicants must score at least a 21 on the previous MCAT or a 491 on the MCAT2015 exam to be considered for an interview, Out of State applicants must score at the average (30 or 506) or higher to be considered for interviews. The average MCAT for the current class is a 30 or 509-510 on the MCAT2015 exam.

NOTE: We will continue to accept previous scores within three years and will not require a MCAT2015 score if you have valid scores from the older version. For more information about the MCAT changes and the MCAT 2015 exam, please visit the AAMC website.

A: Because we are a state funded institution, first preference is given to in-state applicants, second preference is given to out of state applicants with close South Carolina ties to the state, and then consideration is given to regular out of state applicants. Please visit the Office of Enrollment Management's webpage on residency for more information.

A: We are unable to admit international students into the regular MD program. International students can apply for the MD PhD program, for more information please contact Amy Connolly in Graduate Students (connalla@musc.edu).

A: Transfer students are very rarely admitted to our institution. Of primary importance, the student must have a “hardship” reason for wishing to attend medical school at MUSC. Those considered must be in good standing at one of the LCME accredited medical schools within the US. They must also have taken, and passed Step I of the LCME.

A: We will waive our secondary application fee on a case by case basis if you have been approved for the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP). Most approved fee waivers are for in-state applicants. You will need to send your FAP e-mail from AMCAS to com-admissions@musc.edu and we will verify your eligibility then follow up with you.

A: After completing your application with AMCAS, a supplemental MUSC application will be sent to you. Please note it can take 4-6 weeks for applications to be verified by AAMC. Your complete application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for an interview and, if so, you will be notified of your interview date by e-mail. Early Decision interviews are scheduled for September 2015. In our rolling admissions cycle, regular interviews will continue through March of 2016.

A: You can find the tuition and fees information here. As well as information about College of Medicine scholarships.

A: College of Medicine Dean's Office
Attn: Admissions
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Suite 601, MSC 617
Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: 843-792-3283, Fax: 843-792-0204, COM-admissions@musc.edu

 
 
 

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