- Do you have a Brochure or more information about the program?
- I’m just getting started on preparing for medical school, where do I start?
- I am a high school student or college freshman with lots of AP/IB college credits and volunteer experience. Can I apply before my second year in college?
- Do I have to take the MCAT?
- Do I have to be in an honors program or attend UF to be accepted into the MHP?
- I am not a Florida resident, nor do I have any ties to Florida. Can I still apply?
- Do you accept non-US citizens?
- What is the range of GPAs of accepted students?
- What are the criteria for acceptance into the program?
- If I do not get accepted into the Medical Honors Program, can I still apply to general admission MD program at UF?
Prerequisites and Co-Curricular Experiences
- Can I take the pre-requisite courses at my local community/junior college?
- Can I take the pre-requisite courses through distance learning or through the internet?
- Do I need volunteer experience in order to apply?
- Do I need to have research experience prior to applying?
- How exactly does one get research experience?
Application Forms and Processing
- What is the deadline for the preliminary application for the 2016-2017 year?
- When is the deadline for the secondary application for the 2016-2017 year?
- I have received a secondary application and it asks for 3 letters of reference. Who should write these letters?
Medical Honors Program Structure
- Once accepted into the Medical Honors Program, how do students from other universities transfer to the University of Florida?
- When is the research thesis performed?
- What are the tuition costs for the MHP students?
General Questions and Eligibility Requirements
A: The most current and up-to-date information can be found on our webpage.
A: An excellent resource for prospective medical school applicants is the Aspiring Docs section of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ website. There are many general tools and resources available to applicants that can help provide general preparation for applying to medical school.
Q: I am a high school student or college freshman with lots of AP/IB college credits and volunteer experience. Can I apply before my second year in college?
A: No. This program is designed for undergraduate students who are in their second post-high school year of enrollment at a 4 year accredited science degree granting academic institution (University of Florida or equivalent institution). Students who bring in significant AP/IB credits may still apply however they must do so in their second year of enrollment at a 4 year accredited science degree granting academic institution (University of Florida or equivalent). Students who transfer to UF from another College as juniors are not eligible to apply. Students who enter UF after earning their AA degree through high school dual enrollment are considered on a case by base basis. The University of Florida has an excellent pre-health advisement staff, and a website geared for those interested in a medical career that can be found here.
A: No, you will apply to the program during the spring of your second year of enrollment and if accepted, you will matriculate into your first year of medical school, after your Medical Honors year, without being required to take the MCAT.
A: No. Any undergraduate second year student who meets the eligibility requirements can apply to the MHP.
A: You must either be a United States Citizen or be a United States Permanent Resident and in possession of the assigned ‘green card.’
A: The GPA (in prerequisite classes) of accepted students ranges from 3.7 to 4.0.
A: Major criteria are academic excellence, history of service and leadership, proven motivation for a career in medicine, and letters of recommendation.
Q: If I do not get accepted into the Medical Honors Program, can I still apply to general admission MD program at UF?
A: Yes, we encourage those of you who did not get accepted to apply for general admission to the MD program.
Pre-requisites and Co-Curricular Experiences
A: In order to create the most academically competitive application you should take all pre-requisite courses at the most competitive bachelors degree granting institution where you can gain entrance.
A: Pre-requisite courses must be taken in a traditional classroom environment at a four year accredited science degree granting academic institution.
A: Yes, you need to have volunteer and service activity, in particular in a medical environment. For local clinical volunteering opportunities, please visit Shands’ site here. For community service-related volunteering opportunities in Gainesville, please visit this site. In addition, you may review our resource page “How Do I Get Into Medical School?” for further information on the comprehensive process of preparing for medical school applications.
A: No, it is not necessary to have previous research experience. However, it is an advantage in that Medical Honors students produce an Honors Research Thesis.
A: If you attend the University of Florida, there are research opportunities in nearly every department. Please visit this site for advice and tips.
Application Forms and Processing
A: Preliminary applications will be available online by January 11, 2016. They will be due February 5, 2016.
A: The secondary applications are due by February 26, 2016.
Q: I have received a secondary application and it asks for 3 letters of reference. Who should write these letters?
A: One of the letters of recommendation must be from one of your university science professors. One of the letters can come from another science professor, or from your High School science teacher, or a research mentor. The third letter can be from your research mentor, a physician you have shadowed, or from the person who has coordinated your volunteer activity.
Medical Honors Program Structure
Q: Once accepted into the Medical Honors Program, how do students from other universities transfer to the University of Florida?
A: Accepted students from universities other than UF must apply to UF as an Upper Division Transfer Applicant, and details of this process will be sent following the student’s acceptance. Our MHP Liaison and Pre-Health Advisor will be available for support throughout the application process to the university.
A: The research thesis is performed during the Fall and Spring semesters of the MHP year, and (if needed) during the summer before matriculation into medical school.
A: Tuition is the same as our undergraduate program. Subsequently, once entering the College of Medicine after one year in the MHP, tuition will be the same as every other first year College of Medicine student. To get an idea of what current students’ tuition fees are, please follow this link.