Ciara, Patrick, and Nishtha at White Coat ceremony

Ciara Styles, Patrick Bliven, & Nishtha Garg ~ Class of 2020

Thank you for your interest in the Medical Honors Program at the University of Florida! The 2018 application cycle will begin in mid-December of 2017. Specific dates will be posted soon. In the mean time, we invite you to review our website for detailed information about the program, including our FAQ page.


This program is designed for students who are in their second year of enrollment at a 4-year accredited science degree granting institution (University of Florida or equivalent institution).  This program is open to students who are both Florida and non-Florida residents.

Students apply for admission to the MHP through the University of Florida College of Medicine Admissions Office.

The application process is two-fold. The primary application is intended to verify basic eligibility for the program, and will gather information such as college coursework completed and biographical data.  A one-time $30 application fee for the program is included in this step. The application opens this year in mid-December. Please refer to this AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide for guidance regarding the coursework you list on your application.

Important Dates & Deadlines from the 2017 cycle (2018 cycle dates will be posted soon):

  • January 9, 2017- Primary application opens
  • January 10, 2017- MHP Application Launch Information Session
  • February 3, 2017- Primary application & official transcripts deadline
  • February 24, 2017- Secondary application & letters of recommendation due. Application closes 11:59pm, EST.

Transcripts:  All applicants, including current UF students, must order official transcripts from their current college/university. These transcripts must reflect all college credit attempts, including but not limited to, dual enrollment, transfer, transient coursework, withdrawals, incomplete, etc- if applicable.  If not, an official transcript is also required from any college/university attended for which coursework is not reflected on the home institution’s transcript. All students will be expected to submit another official transcript if admitted to the program.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Medical Honors Program
UF COM Admissions
PO BOX 100216
Gainesville, FL 32610


Note: Official electronic transcripts can be sent in lieu of physical transcripts if offered by your institution. Please note that electronic transcript requests should list as the intended email recipient to ensure that your transcripts are sent properly. Electronic transcripts that are not sent to will not arrive to our office and can cause further delays in processing your application. Electronic transcripts should not be handled by the applicant. Electronic transcripts should not be sent to the applicant then forwarded to our office or emailed to the applicant then mailed to our office.

All applicants who submit a primary application and transcripts by the deadlines and who meet the minimum program requirements will receive an invitation to complete a secondary application. The secondary application is designed to resemble both the AMCAS application and the UF College of Medicine secondary application.  Information requested in the secondary includes details of Extracurricular Activities (including research), Medical and Non-Medical Volunteer Activity, Physician Shadowing, Interests/Hobbies and Employment (if any).  Applicants also respond to several essay prompts addressing various aspects of their motivation for pursuit of a medical career.

Letters of recommendation: These are collected during the secondary application stage. Of the three required letters of recommendation, two should be from your university science professors (you may substitute either a letter from a high school science teacher, or a letter from your research mentor, for one of these). The third letter can be from your research mentor, a non-science professor, a physician you have shadowed or from a volunteer coordinator. An additional two letters (academic or character) may be submitted for a maximum of five letters.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead, dated and signed by the writer. The secondary application includes an area where applicants can identify recommenders and generate an online letter request which will be emailed to the recommender with instructions to upload the letters.  Only letters submitted via the secondary application online process will be included in an applicant’s file. Letters should not be mailed directly to the UF COM Office of Admissions.

Letter guidelines for recommendation providers can be found here. Applicants are welcome to send the Letter Guidelines information sheet to their recommendation providers.

Selection Process

Materials in the completed secondary application are reviewed by the Program Director of the MHP, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions and faculty members of the Admissions Committee. Secondary applications are usually due by the end of February. Competitive applicants are invited for interview.

Interviews are held from approximately late March through late April at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants meet with the Director of the MHP and have interviews with two members of the Medical Student Interview Committee. Criteria taken into account during the selection process include academic credentials, personal statement, supplementary essays, medical volunteer activity, research interest, and letters of recommendation for the applicants.

Recommendations of the interviewers are sent to the Admissions Committee, and a decision is made as to the acceptability of the applicant.  Applicants accepted into the program are given formal notification once a  transcript containing their spring grades is submitted, usually in early to mid-May.

Following acceptance, a candidate has one week to provide a written statement of intent to the Admissions Office.


An applicant who is not successful in gaining admission into the MHP and who wishes to apply for regular admission to the College of Medicine must initiate a new application process through AMCAS. Applying to the MHP is not considered an application to medical school, as asked on the AMCAS application.