2020-2021 Programs

Applications to our 2020-2021 programs can be accessed using this link: https://postbac.meded.uci.edu/ starting on January 6, 2020.


  • First-time and re-applicants to UC Irvine: March 11, 2020
  • First-time applicants to UC Davis and UC San Francisco: March 11, 2020
  • Re-applicants to UC Davis and UC San Fransisco: May 4, 2020
  • All applicants to UC Los Angeles (re-applicants only): May 4, 2020

Please visit the following link to access our application portal: https://postbac.meded.uci.edu/.

Applications are considered complete only when all supporting documents are submitted and uploaded by midnight Pacific Time.

First-time applicants are defined as those who have never applied to medical school but have completed the requirements for entrance into the postbaccalaureate programs. Re-applicants are those who have applied to a US medical school in the past but were not granted admission.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be committed to practice in the underserved communities of California
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in an accredited US college or university
  • Have completed all, or the majority of the requirements, for medical school
    • UC San Francisco only accepts applicants who have completed 1 year of Biology, Chemistry, O Chem, Physics with appropriate labs, and 1 semester/quarter of Biochemistry
  • Have attained the minimum MCAT scores required by each program
    • The MCAT is not required for first-time applicants
  • Have attained the minimum GPA required by each program
    • UC San Francisco: overall GPA of 2.93 or higher; minimum science GPA of 2.8
    • UC Davis: overall and science GPA of 2.7
    • UC Los Angeles: minimum science GPA of 2.7
    • UC Irvine: minimum overall and science GPA of 2.8
  • Be a resident of California, as defined by the University of California Office of the President
  • Come from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background
    • The UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium programs are committed to serving students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Typically, applicants are considered disadvantaged if "from an early age, you resided in a low-income community or experienced enduring family and/or societal hardship that significantly compromised your educational opportunities." More information regarding disadvantaged definitions can be found within the application under the disadvantaged status section.
    • If you are uncertain of your status, we encourage you to apply.
    • If you are not from a disadvantaged background, please be advised there are other postbaccalaureate programs in California and throughout the country that do not focus on students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please visit the AAMC website for a list of those programs.

Personal Statements

Please prepare an answer to the essay prompts below. All essays must be entered into the online application portal.

  • Personal Comments: Explain why you want to go to medical school. The available space for your response is 2,500 characters including spaces.
  • Postbaccalaureate Essay: Explain why you would like to participate in a postbaccalaureate program. Discuss your expectations of the program and what you will contribute to it. Explain any weakness in your academic record and what areas you would like assistance in improving. The available space is 2,500 characters including spaces.
  • Community Service Essay: Describe your experience volunteering with or living in an underserved community. The available space is 2,500 characters including spaces.

Information collected on this site is secure and will only be shared within the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium. Please note that admission into a postbaccalaureate program at a UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium School of Medicine in no way guarantees admission to the UC Schools of Medicine. On an annual basis, the Consortium recommends to the UC medical schools students who have successfully completed the requirements of the postbaccalaureate programs. Acceptance decisions are made solely by the Schools of Medicine.

Supplemental Documents

Your application is considered complete only when all of your supplemental documents have been received by the central office. Please send only one copy of your documents to the central office. Supplemental documents sent to the central office will be uploaded to your application. All UCs you choose to apply to will be able to access these documents.

Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation.

  • Applicants to UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA must submit one letter from a science faculty member, one from a community service experience, and one from the following list:
    • Research Director or Principal Investigator (if you have research experience)
    • Representative from volunteer program (if you have medical-related volunteer experience)
    • Medical/Research Pathway Program Director (if you a current participant or have completed a pathway program)
    • Current employee (if you have paid work experience)
    • Faculty member (science or non-science professor)
  • UCSF prefers two academic letters (one science and a second of your choosing)
  • Please note that "science faculty member" is defined as the faculty member who assigned your grade; a teaching assistant or graduate student will not qualify as a science instructor.
  • Re-applicants may use two of the letters of recommendations that were submitted for medical school, but the third must specifically address the applicant's suitability for the postbaccalaureate program.
  • Letter writers must submit their letters electronically using the application portal. Please note that letters must be in PDF format, under institutional letterhead, and include a signature.

Official transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts for all college-level work.

  • You must submit transcripts for all institutions attended including summer course work.
  • Even if grades at one school are reported on the transcript of another school (as is sometimes done for summer courses), you must submit an official transcript from the school at which the courses were actually taken.
  • You may not send us your transcripts yourself. Transcripts must be sent directly from your institution to the UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium via email at pbcentraladmin@ucdavis.edu, via Interfolio, or to the mailing address listed below. Please note that the central office requires up to 10 business days to process and upload your transcripts to your application regardless of email or mail delivery. We do not accept walk-ins to drop off your transcripts.

UC Postbaccalaureate Consortium
UC Davis School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 4101
Sacramento, CA 95817

AMCAS or AACOMAS Application: If you are a re-applicant, you must include a copy of your verified AMCAS or AACOMAS application.

Checking on the Status of your Supporting Materials: Applicants can check the status of their application and supporting documents by logging into their Application Portal. Once logged in, visit the “Status” tab on the left navigation bar.


Program costs are unique to each campus based on undergraduate tuition/fees, graduate certificate tuition/fees, and other program stipends/assistance, if offered.  Please visit each individual campus’ website or contact their program for tuition and fees.