Applicants to the UCR School of Medicine must be a US citizen, permanent resident, DACA recipient, or eligible to enroll under California AB540, prior to beginning the first year of medical study. Information for undocumented applicants can be found here.
- All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited US institution prior to matriculation.
- Students must complete all premedical requirements before beginning the first year of medical study, although these requirements need not be completed at the time application for admission is filed.
Types of Bachelor's Degrees Accepted
The UCR School of Medicine accepts applicants with bachelor's degrees from all undergraduate majors. The degree must have been completed at a regionally-accredited institution within the United States.
Online bachelor's degrees are not accepted and we typically do not accept any online prerequisite coursework.
Online Course Exceptions During COVID-19
Because of instructional changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will accept prerequisite courses and/or labs completed as part of online or hybrid programs since March 2020.
- Coursework completed prior to March 2020 must have been taken through in-person instruction.
- All students are encouraged to sign up for in-person instructional courses whenever possible.
- If your institution holds online classes for an upcoming term, we will accept the coursework.
- If your program reverts to in-person instruction, you should adhere to the standard policy.
Applicants Who Fail to Meet Minimum Unit Requirements
Students who have completed the necessary coursework but still fall below minimal unit requirements will not be disqualified from receiving a secondary application or being admitted to the program and may not necessarily need to complete additional coursework.
Students who are invited to complete a secondary application will have the opportunity explain the circumstances to the admissions committee, which will assess the coursework and determine if the candidate is sufficiently academically prepared to enter the medical program.
Pass/Fail Grades During COVID-19
We understand that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a pass/fail basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants to the UCR School of Medicine should not feel pressured to choose the graded option.
It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a unique and compelling context.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The MCAT should be taken no later than fall 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 an application.
We will accept MCAT scores dating back three years from your application submission date. You will be required to retake the MCAT if your score expires before your secondary is submitted to us.
Requests for test reports and all other correspondence and requests for information concerning the administration, processing, and scoring of the MCAT should be directed to the MCAT Program Office.
MCAT Test Results During the Pandemic
For applicants who are applying during the 2023-2024 admissions cycle and who are experiencing delays completing their first MCAT exam may submit their MCAT score through January 31, 2024. This means that your application could be screened without the MCAT score.
Once your secondary application is submitted and the November 1 primary deadline has passed, the admissions committee will review the contents of the application as-is. If the committee decides to offer you an interview without a score, they will revisit your file and make a final admissions decision once the score is received.
Applicants who plan to retake the MCAT exam should submit your new score no later than November 1, 2023. If you cannot submit your score before the primary deadline, you application will be reviewed with your current MCAT score.