Secondary Essay Prompts for the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

2018 – 2019

  1. Have you already completed your undergraduate education, have you had your college or graduate education interrupted, or do you plan not to be a full-time student during your application year? If you select “yes,” this question appears: Describe in chronological order your activities during the time(s) when you were not enrolled as a full-time student. (2000 char limit)
  2. (optional) Describe a time or situation where you have been unsuccessful or failed. (3000 char limit)
  3. (optional) Is there anything else you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions? Some applicants use this space to describe unique experiences and obstacles such as significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, and/or identification with a particular culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. (3000 char limit)

MSTP:

Briefly describe the area of research you would like to explore in graduate school. (1800 chars)

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

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

2016 – 2017

  • (optional) Do you have unique experiences or obstacles that you have overcome that were not covered in your application about which you would like to inform our Admissions Committee? (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)
  • (optional) Describe a time or situation where you have been unsuccessful or failed. (maximum 3000 characters including spaces)
  • If you have already completed your education, if your college or graduate education was interrupted, or if you do not plan to be a full-time student during the current year, describe in chronological order your activities during the time(s) when you were not enrolled as a full-time student. (maximum 1800 characters including spaces)

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Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Secondary Essay

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

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.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.91
Median MCAT = 521
Applications = 4995
Interviewed = 1090
Matriculated = 124

Learn more about this school:

Washington U in St Louis SOM
Office of Admissions
School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO 63110 USA
(314) 362-6858
(314) 362-4658

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  • Where to go to college if you are premed
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  • What medical schools look for in applicants
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