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Admission Requirements

The following minimum course requirements for admission have been adopted by the Admissions Committee. These requirements have been designed to provide flexibility for the Admissions Committee in evaluating the varied backgrounds of qualified applicants.


  • English composition and literature- two semesters or three quarters
  • Biology with laboratory- Work in general biology, general zoology, or botany is acceptable. No more than four semester hours may be botany. Two semesters or three quarters
  • General inorganic chemistry* with laboratory- Work in qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, or physical chemistry is acceptable. Two semesters or three quarters
  • General organic chemistry* with laboratory- This course work should include studies of aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Two semesters or three quarters
  • Strongly Preferred- Physics, Histology and Biochemistry. Clinical experience

*All science course work must be acceptable for continued study by department majors.

  • For most applicants, a strong preparation in the natural sciences is the best basis for the study and understanding of the medical sciences. For this reason, the Admissions Committee recommends that most applicants complete more than the minimum requirements in the area of natural science.
  • College Level Examination Placement (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable, provided that such credits have been accepted by an undergraduate school toward a degree, are clearly indicated on the official transcript, and do not represent more than 25 percent of all undergraduate credit awarded. Applicants with CLEP or AP credit in basic premedical courses are advised to take a full year of course work in the same area at the more advanced level.
  • Preference is given to applicants who will, upon enrollment, hold a bachelor's degree. Applicants occasionally are admitted on the basis of 90 semester hours of outstanding undergraduate achievement.
  • As a matter of policy, the School of Medicine can accept applications only from those individuals who are currently citizens of the United States or who are permitted by the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reside permanently in the United States.
  • Applicants who are residents of South Carolina or have a significant tie/connection to South Carolina are given priority in consideration for admission.
  • The School of Medicine can accept applications only from those individuals who have completed their undergraduate premedical educations at a college or university in the United States or Canada.


All applicants to the School of Medicine are required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCAT should be taken no more than four years prior to the time of application and no later than the fall by the end of September of the year of application. The MCAT is offered several times each year and is administered in colleges and universities throughout the country. It is recommended that applicants consider taking the MCAT at least two times.

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Required academic work from an accredited institution (as listed on “Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education”, authorized and published by the American Council on Education, One DuPont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036).

The School of Medicine utilizes a holistic review process to select applicants to interview and to be considered for admissions. The rigor of the applicant’s courses/course of studies and grades are among the factors that are evaluated to determine if an interview is warranted. The School of Medicine does accept prerequisites completed at two-year colleges and will consider courses taken on-line on a case by case basis. All applicants accepted to the School of Medicine are expected to enroll and complete successfully all required courses.

Occasionally an applicant with specialized training will enter the School of Medicine and apply to exempt specific required courses. With the concurrence of the Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum and the appropriate Department Chair, the applicant may be given an examination to measure the applicant's degree of proficiency in the appropriate area. Any exemption should be granted before matriculation in the course and must be granted no later than one academic week after matriculation.