UIC Medical School – Insider Review
UIC Medical School is one of the best medical schools in the United States, ranking number 56 in the 2011 US World and News Report medical school rankings.
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need to do to make you a competitive applicant. Probably the best resource to really understand the UIC medical school admissions process is my eBook, 10 Steps to Accepted. I draw from my experience on the UCLA admissions committee to tell you exactly what you need to do to get accepted to medical school.
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Now back to information about UIC medical school!
- Name: The University of Illinois College of Medicine
- Location: Chicago, IL (also has campuses in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana)
- Public or Private: Public
- School Website: Click here
- Competitive. As with any of the best medical schools in America, UIC medical school admissions are very competitive. There were 7,909 applications for the 318 available seats.
- Average MCAT: 32
- Average GPA: 3.69 (science 3.62)
- Selection Factors. The selection factors for UIC medical school are very similar to those of other good medical schools and top medical schools in the US. They look for academic achievement, motivation, and communication skills, among others. Also, as with other public schools, Illinois residents are given preference in admission. Click here for a detailed explanation of criteria schools are looking for. Click on these links to find out how to make these characteristics stand out on your interviews and personal statement.
- Multiple programs available. As other good medical schools do, UIC Medical School offers various combined degree programs for those interested. These include MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/PhD. There are also various programs for specific interests in medical practice, which will be described below.
- Accepts international students: No
- For full information from the admissions page, click here
- Tuition: UIC medical school is $17,000 for IL residents/$35,500 for non-IL residents.
- Loans: Federal loans are available as with other US medical schools.
- Scholarships: As with other medical schools, there are not a lot of scholarships available, and those that are available are need-based. There are, however, a few programs that will help with the cost, which are explained below.
- Cost of Living: The cost of living is very expensive in Chicago. You can expect to pay around $1200 for a 1 bedroom apartment near campus. In Peoria, look for something around $500. Rockford, $400 to $500. Urbana $400 to $500.
UIC Medical School offers great programs and earns its title as one of the best medical schools in America. This school has many opportunities to pursue your passion. Whether you are interested in research, urban, global or rural medicine, there is a program in place for you. There’s even financial assistance if you’re looking for a career in rural medicine! UIC accepted 64 out of state applicants, so there’s still a chance to get in if you’re not an Illinois resident. If you are an Illinois resident, this is a definite must-apply!
Get Accepted to UIC Medical School
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