COVID-19 Information for 2021 Applicants
We understand that the coronavirus pandemic may have affected your preparation for the medical school application process in a number of different ways. Our approach this season will be to do everything in our power to make sure our process does not disadvantage students affected by current circumstances. Below are just a few of the ways we are adapting for the upcoming cycle.
Delayed MCAT – You should not delay submitting your application because your MCAT score is not available yet due to test cancellations. We will send out secondary applications based on the information that is available to us at the time of initial application and hold for MCAT scores later in our review process. You should continue to list any future test dates for which you are registered on your primary application. If this date changes due to further cancellations, you should contact the Office of Admissions at your earliest convenience and notify us if you were able to reschedule for an alternate date. We continue to work closely with the AAMC and will adjust our process as the extent of test cancellations becomes clearer.
MCAT Age – We have increased the age of acceptable MCATs. We will now accept MCATs that have been taken within four years prior to intended matriculation for the entering class of 2021. Applicants must have taken the MCAT between January 2017 and September 2020.
Pass/Fail Grades – We will accept pass/fail graded courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of whether you opted in or if pass/fail was implemented school-wide by your current university. A grade of “pass” is required for the course to be accepted.
Online Courses – We continue to accept online courses from regionally accredited institutions to meet any of our prerequisite course requirements.
Letters of Recommendation – We will continue to review applications as long as we have at least one letter of recommendation on file. The deadline to submit additional letters of recommendation is currently November 30, 2020, or October 6, 2020, if you are applying for the MD/PhD program. If you are in a situation where you will not be able to meet the minimum three letters of recommendation we require for admission, you should contact us directly for more information.
Activities/Experiences – We understand that some opportunities may have been scaled back or canceled during this pandemic, including student group activities, clinical experiences and volunteer or research opportunities to name a few. We will be adding a question to our Secondary Application where you can explain how your involvement in these activities has been affected by the current reality.
Deadlines – We have extended the deadline for primary applications.
If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact us at COMPHX-Admissions@arizona.edu.
The selection of students is aligned with the mission and core values of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Our core values include: Collaboration, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, and Servant Leadership. While all values are critical to our success, championing diversity is a core value within our mission, as we believe acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing, nurturing and celebrating differences in people best meets the needs of the communities we serve and is critical in the selection of our students.
To accomplish meeting our core values in the application process, our medical school follows a holistic review of each applicant. This includes a thorough review of the personal attributes, professional experiences, and academic preparedness each candidate presents. Moreover, additional requirements (citizenship, essential qualifications, residency requirements, and background check) are verified prior to acceptance. Each of these components are paramount to your success and central to our medical school to ensure we meet our mission and hold to our core values.
Please review each section to ensure a correct fit.