Competitive applicants to the UF Medical Honors Program will have fulfilled the following basic requirements.
PLEASE NOTE, REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED FOR THE 2023 ENTERING CYCLE
By the end of the second year (preferably spring) of undergraduate work as a full-time student at a 4-year regionally accredited science degree granting institution, applicants must have completed the following courses with no grade less than a “C” and a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.90 and cumulative BCPM GPA (including all college level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes) of 3.90.
A complete application requires grades for the fall term of the second year. A cumulative overall and BCPM GPA of 3.90 including fall of the second year is required for eligibility for interview consideration.
- General Biology with lab* – 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours)
- General Chemistry with lab – 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours)
- Organic Chemistry with lab – 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours)
- additional 3000 (or higher) level science course (MCB 3023/L, PCB 3023, AGR 3303, etc). Further examples can be found at the following link.
Applicants should have also taken at least 7 to 9 credit hours of science (math also counts) per fall and spring semesters. Please note, a cumulative science GPA differs from the overall academic GPA as the science GPA is calculated based on the grades obtained in your biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses taken at the college level. Please refer to this AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide for guidance regarding the science and non-science coursework you list on your application.
*The General Biology sequence should be appropriate to a biology major curriculum and cover cellular structure and function, introductory genetics and biochemistry, evolution and biodiversity. Acceptable substitutes can come from upper level (they must have at least biology I as a prerequisite) biology major appropriate courses such as microbiology, genetics, general physiology, immunology, or cell biology. Human anatomy courses cannot be substituted for general biology.
AP and IB credits will be taken into consideration, but will not be used in the GPA calculation nor assessment of course load rigor. To be competitive, students with AP or IB credit in a class (e.g. Biology) are advised to either re-take that class at the university level or complete additional coursework in the same discipline at a higher level (3000 or higher).
A minimum SAT of 1400 (Reading & Math) OR minimum ACT of 32 is required. This score must be earned prior to the application deadline for a given cycle.
The MCAT is not required for application nor admission to the program.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate volunteer activity in a medical area. Preferably, applicants will be able to demonstrate at least one consistent medical volunteer experience. Volunteer activity in a non-medical area is of value, but is not afforded the same weight as consistent medical volunteer work.
For a thorough understanding of the preparation needed for medical school applications, please review our “How Do I Get Into Medical School?” page.
Prior involvement in research is not a requirement for admission to the MHP. However, MHP students complete an Honors Research thesis during their junior year, so a research background may prove to be beneficial.
For a list of research opportunities here at the University of Florida, please visit this page: Center for Undergraduate Research
This program is open to both Florida and non-Florida residents. Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Please review this page to see if you are eligible.