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Your application takes you one step closer to a Tier 1 research university, exciting partnerships with the Prisma Health hospital system and an innovative curriculum that will set you up as a leader in your chosen field. 

How to Apply

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service.  We use the AMCAS application service as well as a secondary application for the School of Medicine Columbia.


After you Apply 

It takes AMCAS four to six weeks to verify all your information before turning it over to us. Use this valuable interim to prepare for your interview and continue any clinical or volunteer opportunities with which you are involved. Be sure to review our Admissions Timeline and ensure all your supplementary materials are submitted. 


Letters of Recommendation

You'll need to submit three individual letters of recommendation or a committee evaluation with your AMCAS application. We highly recommend that two of these letters be from faculty in the sciences, so that we may better understand your abilities in the basic sciences. We will consider a maximum of five letters.  AMCAS has helpful information on how to request letters from your recommenders and what information should be included in the letters. 



Like many medical schools across the United States, our interviews for the 2023 application cycle will remain virtual and will be conducted via Zoom in our AMP application system, on Wednesday afternoons from September 2022 – March 2023. Interviewing does help us get to know you better and help you decide if our program is right for you. We plan to hold several on campus events for accepted students and applicants invited for interviews in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, dates are still TBD.

At the interview stage, we are extremely selective. We typically only interview 375 students out of 3,800+ applicants.

How to Prepare for Your Interview

  • Do a series of mock interviews with your undergraduate career services 
  • Dress professionally
  • Be prepared to talk about your clinical and volunteer experience


South Carolina Residency

The School of Medicine is unable to answer questions or provide advice regarding an applicant’s legal residency.  Applicants should contact the SC Residency Office for advice on their specific situation.

Residency affects both your tuition and eligibility for scholarships. The University of South Carolina is required by state law to determine the resident classification of all applicants interested in claiming South Carolina as their state of legal residence. South Carolina Residency makes initial determinations for all students at the time of their admission. The School of Medicine Columbia does not make any decisions regarding legal residency. Decisions for all students are made by the Residency Office at the University of South Carolina.

Upon admission, all students claiming South Carolina as their state of residence must complete SC Residency Certification in Self Service Carolina. Any new student claiming South Carolina as their residence who does not apply for residency will be billed at non-resident tuition rates.

You will receive an email once a preliminary determination has been made. The preliminary decision will also be available on Self Service Carolina. Your official status will only be updated to resident upon receipt and processing of any additional documents.

The SC Residency Office reviews its records to determine if a student’s residency status may have changed. The office may request additional information to determine if you still meet residency eligibility requirements.

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