Mission and Eligibility

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Medicine is to promote a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, equitable health care and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond.

Eligibility

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine requires that applicants meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission:

•  Verified American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application.
•  Ninety hours of undergraduate level education in an undergraduate institution in the United States with completion of the required prerequisites.
•  Competitive undergraduate and graduate science grade point average (GPA). 

If an application contains a lower undergraduate total GPA (minimum 3.0 is required) , postbaccalaureate or graduate GPAs will be considered (a minimum of 18 total credit hours is required). It is expected that most postbaccalaureate or graduate total credit hours should be from science classes (BCPM). Beginning with cycle 2024, a minimum of 18 BCPM credit hours will be required. See AMCAS Course Classification Guide for BCPM course classification.

•  Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) earned within two calendar years prior to the beginning of the admissions cycle with a competitive MCAT score.

Other eligibility considerations that reflect our mission are:

  • Commitment to the State: As a state medical school, the UK College of Medicine gives preference to Kentucky residents. Non-residents who are underrepresented in medicine (see the AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine) or who have strong ties to the state (e.g. previous attendance at a Kentucky college or university) may be considered. Regardless of their state of residency, only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are considered. International applicants who graduated from a Kentucky high school or attended (or are attending) a Kentucky college/university may be considered as well.

  • Commitment to Underserved Populations: Certain geographic areas (rural Appalachian counties) and patient populations (low socioeconomic status, underrepresented minority) have challenges in receiving safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable health care. The UK College of Medicine values individuals who have demonstrated interest in serving these areas or populations in the future.

  • Diversity: A diverse educational environment enriches both medical education and patient care. The UK College of Medicine strives for each class to represent the people of the state of Kentucky, and therefore considers each applicant’s educational background, life experiences, cultural identity, and socioeconomic background. The University will not discriminate based on race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or age.

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Transfer Students

Transfer acceptance is limited to the third year of the curriculum on a space-available basis. Transfer spaces are rarely available due to a very low attrition rate. All transfer applicants should be currently enrolled in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school. Transfer applications from non-LCME accredited medical schools, offshore medical schools, and osteopathic schools will not be considered. Students interested in applying to transfer should contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu to discuss their application.

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