Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Minnesota Medical School

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN.

2016 – 2017

  1. Beyond what you have written in your AMCAS Personal Comments and the Experience section, please describe your medically related experience(s) and how they have contributed to your understanding of medicine and your motivation to pursue this career? (character limit 900)
  2. Please describe a challenging life experience and how you dealt with it. (character limit 900)
  3. The University of Minnesota strives to ensure diverse educational experiences appreciating individual differences by creating learning environments that promote acceptance, respect and inclusivity. Please describe your experiences with diversity and diverse groups of people by reflecting on your background and the impact it has had on developing your own values and attitudes toward others. Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (character limit 900)
  4. We invite you to share information about important aspects of your personal background and identity as they relate to your desire to pursue medicine. Examples might include, but are not limited to, information about your culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, lived experiences, race, religion or spirituality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. (character limit 900)
  5. Are you a resident of the state of Minnesota? (characters – min: 1, max: 900)
  6. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending the University of Minnesota Medical School. (character limit 900)
  7. Briefly describe what you are currently doing. If you have already graduated, please indicate what you have been doing since graduation, and what your plans are for the coming year? (character limit 900)
  8. Please explain any gaps in your education and/or work experiences since high school graduation that are not previously described in your application. (character limit 900)
  9. Please talk about what you might do if you are ultimately not accepted to medical school. (character limit 900)
  10. What other pertinent information would you like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee? This is an opportunity for you to discuss or highlight any aspect of your journey to medicine that you may or may not have already presented in your application. (character limit 900)
  11. If you are a re-applicant to the University of Minnesota Medical School, how has your current application changed or what additional information would you like to highlight for the Admissions Committee? (character limit 900)

Secondary essay webcast with Dr. Jessica Freedman, founder and president of MedEdits Medical Admissions.  Read more about Dr. Freedman.

University of Minnesota Medical School Secondary Essay

University of Minnesota Medical School

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.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Minnesota Medical School.

2017 – 2018

  • The University of Minnesota Medical School 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 University of Minnesota Medical School 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 University of Minnesota Medical School and how do you think your education at University of Minnesota Medical School will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

University of Minnesota Medical School Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.82
Median MCAT = 511
Applications = 4743
Interviewed = 836
Matriculated = 238

Learn more about this school:

University of Minnesota Medical School
B639 Mayo Memorial Building
Duluth, MN 55812 USA

(218) 726-8511

(218) 726-7057

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Medical School Admissions Guide

Dr. Jessica Freedman, a former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member, offers concrete guidance to help applicants distinguish themselves in the medical school admissions process. Read full personal statements and applications by students who were accepted to medical school! This book includes examples of application entries, “most meaningful” experiences, personal statements, secondary essays, and letters of intent.

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

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*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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