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Competitive applicants to the UF Medical Honors Program will have fulfilled the following basic requirements.
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:
- 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 taken at least 7 to 9 credit hours of science (math also counts) per fall and spring semesters. Eligible applicants must have a cumulative science GPA of at least 3.7 (including all college level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math classes). 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.
AP and IB credits will be taken into consideration, but will not be used in the GPA calculation. To be most 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).
The Medical Honors Program recognizes that undergraduate institutions have had to adapt the delivery of prerequisite course content in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not wish for any applicant to be at a disadvantage due to mandatory changes made by their institutions. Prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring, summer, and fall 2020 will be accepted to meet required courses. In addition we will accept a pass, satisfactory, or letter grade of “C” or better for any prerequisite course (or higher level substitute). We will remain attentive to ongoing institutional changes that may affect undergraduate course offerings as the national and global situation continues to unfold.
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: http://cur.aa.ufl.edu/
This program is open to non-Florida residents. Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Please review this page to see if you are eligible.