The School of Medicine at University of South Carolina

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

The Admissions Committee is composed of School of Medicine basic science and clinical faculty, alumni, and medical students. All aspects of an application are considered. The selection criteria include: academic performance/MCAT, personal essay, letters of recommendation, work/volunteer experiences, and interviews/personal attributes. Preference is given to SC residents for admission.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Jeanette H. Ford, Ed.D.
Application fee $95
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
December 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification October 16 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered Yes
Early decision application period June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date October 1
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.62
Oldest MCAT considered 2007
Average MCAT scores 9.4 MCAT composite score
9.9 biological
8.9 physical sciences
9.4 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology
English
organic chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Occasionally
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.7:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 239
Part-time faculty 80
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 84
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 17
Full-time faculty in clinical program 155
Part-time faculty in clinical program 63

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $12.1
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 29
Principal investigators (PIs) 21
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 51

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Greenville Hospital System
Palmetto Health Richland

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The 1st and 2nd year curriculum focuses on normal structure and function as well as pathology and general therapeutic principles. 3rd year includes 8 weeks in medicine, surgery, and pediatrics; 6 weeks in family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and psychiatry; 2 weeks in neurology and 4 weeks of electives. 4th year includes required 4-week rotations in medicine, surgery, and an acting internship.

Medical School Ranking

#86 Best Research
#57 Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score 31
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $12.1
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $50.73

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 59
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 49.1% – High

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.62
MCAT composite score 9.4
Acceptance rate 5.9% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.7:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 346

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 346
In-state students 94.5%
Minority students 19.4%
Underrepresented minority students 8.7%
International students 0.0%
Non-traditional students 22.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Jerel Arceneaux
Financial aid phone (803) 216-3629

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $31,820 (in-state)
Full-time: $71,360 (out-of-state)
Required fees $1,080
Room and board $13,310
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $154,325

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 92%
Students receiving loans 86%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 33%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 46.3%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 65.0%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
emergency medicine otolaryngology
family practice pediatrics
internal medicine psychiatry
obstetrics and gynecology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 49.1% – High
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 39.2%