School of Medicine Office of Admissions, Box 0408
521 Parnassus Avenue, Room 0104
San Francisco, CA 94143
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Staff in the Office of Admissions are working remotely. Please email us with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.
COVID-19 Related Information for 2021 Applicants
MCAT – For the 2021 Admissions Cycle, the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine will accept applications without an MCAT score due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All candidates will be screened and interview decisions will be offered without utilization of an MCAT score.
Given the ongoing geographic variation in the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per usual all applications will be reviewed by our admissions decision committee holistically regardless of availability of MCAT scores.
Pass/Fail Grades – UCSF will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. In adopting this policy, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by UCSF to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.
Online Courses – Many undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during the pandemic. We will accept online courses if they are offered by the school at which the candidate was enrolled prior to the current crisis. For students who are beyond undergraduate school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the institution. If you are uncertain about your specific plans, please call the Admissions Office prior to enrolling in the course.