Secondary Essay Prompts for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in Columbia, MO.

2016 – 2017

  • Please describe any element within your candidacy not fully addressed on the AMCAS application that you want the Admissions Committee to consider. Please include information regarding how you heard about our school, and any factors(programs, people, mission, geography etc.) that led you to apply. (limit to 2000 characters)
  • Please outline how you might add to the overall diversity of the medical school and the practice of medicine. This could reference specific personal traits, education, life experiences, etc. (limit to 2000 characters)


For Reapplicants:

  • In the space provided below, please provide the Admissions Committee with a brief application history (including when you first applied and the number of application attempts). Please describe in detail the ways in which this application is superior to your previous application(s). (limit to 3000 characters)

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University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

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Below are the secondary essay prompts for the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.81
Median MCAT = 509
Applications = 2227
Interviewed = 378
Matriculated = 128

Learn more about this school:

U Missouri Columbia SOM
Kevin Schaefer, Director of Admissions and Recruitment
University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, MO 65212 USA
(573) 882-9219
(573) 884-2988

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