Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs
To be eligible for this program, applicants must:
- be considered disadvantaged* or be from an underserved community
- be a resident of California (see link)
- have completed an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
- have a minimum overall GPA of 2.93 or higher; minimum 2.75 GPA in the sciences
*A disadvantaged individual is one who, from an early age, resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family, societal, or other hardship that significantly compromised educational opportunities. An underserved community is a geographic location or an identified population that is determined medically underserved based upon U.S. Census data.
- have been previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to medical school in the U.S.
- have a minimum combined 2015 MCAT score of 494
- submit a copy of their prior medical school application (AMCAS)
First-time applicants must:
- submit their SAT or ACT scores if they have taken these tests SAT College Board
- submit an official copy of their MCAT scores if they have already taken the exam
- enter all of their courses on The California Postbaccalaureate Consortium Program Application, which will calculate your GPA**
and have completed the following courses:
- One year Biology with laboratory
- One year Chemistry with laboratory
- One year Organic Chemistry with laboratory
- One year Physics with laboratory
- One semester of Biochemistry
Note that the MCAT changed in January 2015! Because of the new content areas, we strongly encourage all students considering our program to complete the following undergraduate courses before applying:
- Mathematics (though Calculus)
- 1 semester of Psychology
- 1 semester of Sociology
- English Composition
Federal Financial aid at the graduate level is available to students who qualify. Be sure to complete your FAFSA application when you apply to our program:http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and visit the UCSF Financial Aid website https://finaid.ucsf.edu/newly-admitted-students/post_bac_programs
The 2017-18 Consortium application will open Monday, January 2, 2017.
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - All First-time Applicants
- Monday, May 1, 2017 - Reapplicant - Priority Deadline
- Monday, May 8, 2017 - Reapplicant - Final Deadline
The Consortium is a common application that can be used for UCSF and for the UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Post Baccalaureate Programs.
In addition to submitting a complete online California Post Baccalaureate Consortium application (you must complete all required fields), you must submit supporting materials, which include letters of recommendation, college transcripts, and if you are a reapplicant, a copy of your verified AMCAS application to the centralized service. This centralized service will distribute copies of your materials to UCSF.
Send all supporting materials to:
California Postbaccalaureate Consortium
UC Davis School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 3104
Sacramento, CA 95817
Please do not send any materials to the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Office.
Application Appeal Process
Policy: Applicants who do not receive an invitation to interview for the UCSF Post Baccalaureate Program may appeal the decision by writing to the UCSF Office of Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs.
Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements in order to be considered for appeal. These requirements include California residency status, completion of required coursework, undergraduate degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. college or university, and not have been previously accepted to a U.S. medical school.
Process for Appeal: Applicants who do not receive an invitation to interview may appeal the decision of the Post Baccalaureate Admissions Committee by writing to the UCSF Office of Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs. Appeals should be submitted in an email request to SOMOutreach@ucsf.edu. All appeals will be reviewed by the Post Baccalaureate directors.
Applicants who have been denied acceptance after an in-person interview are not eligible to appeal. However, they may submit a written request via email to speak to a member of the Office of Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs staff about how to make themselves more successful applicants in the future.
The admissions committee of the UCSF School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program is committed to practicing fair and impartial review of each applicant’s file in accordance with the stated criteria for post baccalaureate eligibility and admissions and in accordance with the UC non-discrimination policy.