UCSF Secondary Application Essay Prompts

UCSF Secondary Application Essay Prompts

UCSF Secondary Application Essay Prompts by Year
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    Getting accepted to UCSF School of Medicine is hard. Very hard. Submitting an OUTSTANDING UCSF secondary application is vital to receiving an interview invite, which ultimately can lead to an acceptance. The Admissions Committee is selective in choosing who it sends a UCSF Medical School secondary application to. So, if you receive a secondary from the UCSF, that means the school is interested in you! 

    Our Cracking Med School Admissions team has a track record of helping our mentees receive acceptances to UCSF School of Medicine year after year. Get started and read our UCSF Medical School secondary application tips below. To learn more about student life, read our “How to Get Into UCSF Medical School” school profile.

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2021 – 2022

    1. Provide additional info below (dates, best way to contact) if you will be out of the country during interview season (Late September to February, interviews conducted remotely). (300 characters max)
    2. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
    3. If you are 2021 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (350 words max)
    4. Do you identify as being part of a marginalized group socioeconomically or in terms of access to quality education or healthcare? Please describe how this inequity has impacted you and your community. (350 words max)

    Tips to Answer UCSF Secondaries

     
    UCSF Secondary Application Tip #1: Answer as many questions as possible on the UCSF secondary application. And, make sure you answer the questions thoroughly. For example, for the UCSF secondary essay, “please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree” use all the space to discuss everything you’ve been doing in your gap year(s). 

    UCSF Secondary Application Tip #2: Highlight your leadership, passion to change healthcare, and impact on society. After reading your entire UCSF secondary application, the reader should understand: what is your vision to improve healthcare

    UCSF Secondary Application Tip #3: Tell stories to convey your impact and leadership. For example, if you conducted research over a gap year, tell a story about a challenge you faced or a patient you met while conducting a clinical trial. 

    UCSF Secondary Application Tip #4: Don’t forget to incorporate a little bit about “Why UCSF” throughout the UCSF secondary questions. Talk about projects and research you want to do at UCSF. Convey if you want to do any projects in San Francisco city. Read our UCSF School of Medicine profile to learn more about UCSF’s curriculum and student culture. Additionally, read our blog post why this medical school to gain insights on how to incorporate a strong “Why UCSF.” 

    UCSF Secondary Application Tip #5: Get our help to edit your UCSF secondary application essays. We can help you through our secondary essay packages. Have questions about how you can stand out? Contact us below.

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    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2020 - 2021

    1. Please let us know if you will be out of the country during the interview season. (300 words max)
    2. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
    3. If you are 2019 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (350 words max)

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2019 – 2020

    Applicants are interviewed by invitation only. Please note that we do not conduct regional interviews. Interviews are scheduled from September to February (days vary).

    1. Please let us know if you will be out of the country during the interview season. (300 words max)
    2. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
    3. If you are 2019 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (350 words max)

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2018 – 2019

    1. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
    2. If you are 2018 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (400 words max)

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    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2017 – 2018

    1. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
    2. If you are 2018 or earlier college graduate, please use the space below to tell us what you have done since completing your undergraduate degree. (350 words max)

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2016 – 2017

    1. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2015 – 2016

    1. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)

    UCSF Secondary Application Questions: 2014 – 2015

    1. If you wish to update or expand upon your activities, you may provide additional information below. (500 words max)
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