If applicable, please comment on any science grade(s) listed on your application for which you received grades lower than a B.
If applicable, please comment if there is a downward trend in your science and/or total grade point average (GPA).
In UVA's admissions blog, Notes from Peabody, Lalonde wrote that word limits on the essays are there “so you know that we are expecting short statements, not term papers.” Her advice: “Be concise and thoughtful in your statement and try to convey your voice and style in your words.
This is the one spot on your application where your personality gets to shine, so don't treat this like a formal school assignment.” Related: Introverted?
“Think of it like a second or third date: If the person you're with asks, ‘Why do you like me?
’, you can't just say, ‘Because you're hot’ or ‘Because your student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1.’” Be specific in your reasons, with concrete examples.
This book includes examples of application entries, “most meaningful” experiences, personal statements, secondary essays, and letters of intent.
This is comprehensive and up to date guide offers realistic advice for applicants on many topics including: University of Arizona College of Medicine (Tucson) University of Arizona College of Medicine (Phoenix) A. Still University–School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA), Mesa Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM), Glendale University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), Dothan Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Auburn Campus (VCOM-Auburn), Auburn California Northstate University School of Medicine, Elk Grove Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Sacramento University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Irvine University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, Riverside University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine–California (TUCOM-CA), Vallejo Western University of Health Sciences/ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (Western U/COMP), Pomona Florida Atlantic University Charles E.
(optional) (250 char) If you have taken time off during your undergraduate training or if you have already graduated, please provide information to explain this time by providing a line-by-line description of activities or explanation delineated by month/year to month/year. Jessica Freedman, a former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member, offers concrete guidance to help applicants distinguish themselves in the medical school admissions process.
Read full personal statements and applications by students who were accepted to medical school!