Secondary Essay Prompts for the Medical College of Wisconsin

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.

2018 – 2019

  • Explain how your unique background, identity, interests, or talents will contribute to the MCW learning community and how MCW will uniquely prepare you for your future goals. (2000 characters)
  • Recount a time when you failed or made a decision you regret. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? (2000 characters)

MCW values the unique backgrounds and identities of our incoming students. Please indicate if any of the following apply to you. Check all that apply.

  • I belong to a race or ethnicity considered underrepresented in medicine.
  • I identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
  • I am the first person in my immediate family to attend college (excluding siblings).
  • I was born or grew up in a rural community.
  • I come from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • I attended an underperforming elementary, middle, or high school.
  • My primary language is NOT English.
  • I have overcome a significant hardship.
  • Checking any of the above boxes creates a text box titled “Please provide additional details.” 2000 characters.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Medical College of Wisconsin.

2017 – 2018

  • The Medical College of Wisconsin strives to ensure that its students become respectful physicians who embrace all dimensions of caring for the whole person. Please describe how your personal characteristics or life experiences will contribute to the Medical College of Wisconsin community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 characters)
  • Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1000 characters)
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the Medical College of Wisconsin and how do you think your education at Medical College of Wisconsin will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

2016 – 2017

  • Why Medical College of Wisconsin?
  • 1000 character limit, including spaces.

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Medical College of Wisconsin Secondary Essay and Medical College of Wisconsin Secondary Application

Medical College of Wisconsin Secondary Application

Topics covered in this presentation:

  • When should I submit my secondary essays?
  • Pay attention to the word/character limits.
  • Can I recycle secondary essay prompts for multiple schools?
  • Identify topics that you left out of your primary application.
  • And, much more.

Medical College of Wisconsin Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.79
Median MCAT = 511
Applications = 7197
Interviewed = 757
Matriculated = 254

Learn more about this school:

MCW Medical School Admissions Office
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509 USA
(414) 955-8246
(414) 955-0121

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Medical School Admissions Guide

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This is comprehensive and up to date guide offers realistic advice for applicants on many topics including:

  • Where to go to college if you are premed
  • When to take the MCAT
  • Whom to ask for letters of reference
  • How to write a personal statement
  • How to write application experience entries
  • How to write “most meaningful” experience application entries
  • What medical schools look for in applicants
  • Medical school admission requirements
  • What applicants can do to market themselves most effectively
  • How medical school admissions committees decide whom to interview
  • What to do if you are “waitlisted”
  • Deciding where to apply and attend

Medical School Secondary Application Help

*Data collected from MSAR 2017-2018, 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book, and institution website.

Disclaimer: The information on this page was shared by students and/or can be found on each medical school’s website. MedEdits does not guarantee it’s accuracy or authenticity.


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