UCLA Medical School Admissions: How to Get Accepted

Hey pre-meds!

This page serves as a high-yield resource for the UCLA Medical School Admissions. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from UCLA medical school acceptance rate data, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA website, and most importantly, from UCLA med school students themselves! You will have facts such as UCLA medical school admissions statistics And you’ll get an insider perspective about how to get into UCLA medical school, including the student life and curriculum.


Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about med school, keep reading!

UCLA Medical School Admissions – Secondary Applications
UCLA Medical School Admissions

UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Secondary Application Essay Prompts:

The UCLA School of Medicine secondary is one of the most daunting in the nation. Why? There are at least 8 essays to write in any given year.

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Essay 1) Describe your involvement in the one most important non-academic activity that has been important in your life.

Essay 2) What has been the one most unique leadership, entrepreneurial or creative activity in which you participated?

Essay 3) What has been the one most important volunteer work you have done and why was it meaningful?

Essay 4) Has there been of will there be a gap between achieving your last degree (baccalaureate or other degrees post baccalaureate) and the expected time of medical school matriculation? (Yes or no). If yes, please explain.

Essay 5) What is the one most important honor you have received? Why do you view this as important?

Essay 6) What has been your most scholarly project (thesis, research or field of study in basic or clinical science or in the humanities)? Describe one and give number of hours, dates, and adviser.

Essay 7) Describe a problem in your life. Include how you dealt with it and how it influenced your growth.

Essay 8) List major paid work experience during (or since) college. Give dates, description, approximate hours worked (list the most recent first).

Essay 9) Please list any major paid work experience during or since college. Include: Company Name, Hours Worked, Start Date, End Date

Describe your work experience: (4000 characters for each experience)

Essay 10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What experiences have led you to this goal?


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UCLA Medical School Admissions – Interview Style:

Interviews at UCLA School of Medicine are a mix of short traditional interviews and multiple mini interviews (MMIs), closed file interview (interviewers do not read your application before interviewing you). Be prepared for both!

Want to learn more about how to prepare for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)?

Read our 2 popular MMI blogs here:

  1. The Multiple Mini Interview: What it is, and How to do Well
  2. 5 Tips to Ace the MMI Interview

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UCLA Medical School Admissions Statistics







Admit Rate


UCLA Medical School Median GPA: 3.70

UCLA Medical School Median Old MCAT: 33 Total (10 Verbal / 11 Physical Science / 11 Biological Science)

UCLA Medical School New MCAT: 511 (127 chemical & physical / 128 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)

Your UCLA School of Medicine Admissions Advisors

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
Rishi Mediratta, MD, MSc, MA

Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View On UCLA Medical School Admissions

How to Get Into UCLA Medical School – Know the Curriculum:



As a David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine student, your first two years are spent as a pre-clinical student, mainly learning through lectures. Then, you take USMLE Step 1. Finally, you spend your last two years in clinical rotations.

Pre-Clinical Years:

The first two years are pre-clinical years, divided into various blocks, based on organ system. Aside from classroom learning, you also have a class on “doctoring & clinical skills.”

The first year consists of the following blocks:

  • Foundations of Medicine
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal & Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Endocrine
  • Reproductive
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroscience

The second year consists of the blocks organized by organ system, similar to the first year. However, you go more in-depth with each organ system.

Clinical Years:

During the 3rd and 4th years of medical school, students are in clinical rotations. While there is ample time to pursue electives during your fourth year of medical school, there is less time (compared to other medical schools) for free time to pursue non-clinical related activities and travel.

The third year curriculum consists of:

  • Surgery (12 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • OB/GYN (6 weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Psych/Neurology (8 weeks)
  • Ambulatory/Family Medicine (8 weeks)

The fourth year curriculum consists of 30 weeks minimum of electives.

To check out more details about the UCLA School of Medicine curriculum:



Grades for pre-clinical years are pass/fail.

Grades for clinical years are Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail (basically like grades).

Taking Time Off:

Most MD candidates at UCLA graduate within 4 years. There is less flexibility in the curriculum to take time off, even in the 4th year, because of the large work-load of clinical requirements. Additionally, because you are placed in a cohort of students in your 3rd and 4th year, there is less flexibility to take 1-2 months off during your 3rd and 4th years.

Learn more about UCLA:

Why choose UCLA? Check it out!


What students are saying about UCLA Med School

You are in the heart of Los Angeles and can live close to the beach if you choose. You can't beat this quality of life!

The curriculum is very structured and thorough. I feel like I received a great medical education at UCLA.

UCLA has one of the larger medical school classes, but there is a great sense of community. Everyone is friendly, and easy to find a great group of close friends.

Several students do clinical research projects during their pre-clinical years. There are numerous professors to work with - both at UCLA and at the hospitals. Opportunities are endless! There is also a large group of students who are interested in public health and community-based research.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:


UCLA med students are collaborative and work together to learn the pre-clinical program.

Although the campus and the UCLA community is spread out, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of through UCLA (partnerships with both the undergraduate students and other graduate schools). For example, UCLA’s mobile clinic serves the poorer communities in Los Angeles; students from the undergraduate school, medical school, law school, and public health schools all get involved.

Watch more about UCLA’s walk-in and mobile clinic around downtown Los Angeles.

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Students have the opportunity to work at several hospitals and through different types of hospital systems.
  • Advanced clinical electives are a requirement and are a large bulk of your 4th year (30 weeks); as a results, there are plenty to choose from.

Main Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • UCLA Olive View Hospital
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • Harbor UCLA
  • Kaiser Sunset
  • Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
  • Ronald Regan Medical Center at UCLA
  • Santa Monica – UCLA Orthopedic Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • West Los Angeles Veteran’s Affairs

What students are saying about clinical rotations at UCLA Med School

I loved rotating through different hospital systems. I saw various patient populations and allowed me to think about what type of clinical setting I want to practice in one day.

With the Longitudinal Preceptorship, I was able to work with one awesome attending over 2 years. She really fine-tuned my clinical presentations and physical exam skills.

I continued to do research and volunteer in the greater-Los Angeles community during my clinical rotations. It was a great complement to my training.

I always felt a sense of purpose at UCLA. Every day of medical school, I was surrounded by inspirational physicians and students who wanted to improve the patients' lives and communities around them.


Where do students live?

Students can apply for graduate housing during medical school, however most students find off-campus housing.

Getting around:

You will need a car to get around, preferably all 4 years of medical school. And be prepared for traffic! Although, when you are doing your clinical rotations, you often commute during non-rush hours. So the commute times don’t have to be too bad :).


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for grants and financial aid with UCLA Med School’s financial aid office.
  • UCLA Medical School Tuition: ~$33,000 in-state and ~$45,000 out-of-state
  • Average indebtedness of UCLA Med School graduates: ~$118,000

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