Answers to frequent applicant questions . . .

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

A: To be eligible for consideration for SMLP, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate college student
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, hold a permanent resident visa, or be a DACA (Dreamer) recipient
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. economically disadvantaged background, racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine or from parts of the country such as rural areas where residents have been historically underrepresented in medicine, first generation college student, meet the American with Disabilities Act requirements and/or identify as LGBTQIA)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a strong personal statement and strong letters of recommendation (2)
  • Note: preference is given to veterans, surviving spouses or children of a veteran killed in the line of duty
  • Submit an on-line application and supporting materials by the application deadline(s)

What are the expectations of students chosen to participate in the program?

A: If admitted, participants must commit full effort, 40 hours per week for six weeks to SMLP. Participants attend all scheduled lectures and events. Participants submit a two-page research essay and give an oral presentation at SMLP’s final symposia. Participants must abide by UVA’s Honor Code.


Q: Is Health Insurance required to participate in the program?

A: Yes, all participants must have health insurance.  If admitted, you will need to provide proof of insurance. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all students apply for Financial Assistance regardless of circumstance.


Q: Who can my letters of recommendation come from?

A: Your letters of recommendation may come from individuals who know you well and can comment on your aptitude for research and academic abilities. They may be people within your institution (advisers, professors, deans, etc.), or without. The letter writers should submitted into the UVA portal. Your recommenders will receive an email prompt from UVA asking for the letter to be submitted.


Q: I am an international student studying in the United States or at a university in my home country.  Am I eligible to apply for your program?

A: Unfortunately, at this time participants are required to be a U.S. citizen, hold a permanent resident visa or are DACA (Dreamer) recipients living in the U.S. We are unable to admit individuals who do not meet the residency requirements.


Q: When will those who have been admitted to the program be notified?

A: We begin reviewing applications in early February and begin making offers starting March 5th.


Q: I have an offer from another program, but I’d rather attend UVA and I have not heard your decision.  What should I do?

A: Please let us know that you have received another offer.  If it is possible, we will expedite the review of your application and give you a decision.


Q: I have an offer from another program and I am accepting.  What should I do?

A: Please let us know that your application should be withdrawn from consideration for SMLP.   This will avoid your needing to complete an offer response form from us, and help us fill our class more efficiently.  Also, please accept our heartiest congratulations.


Q: I have graduated from college recently.  Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Very recent degree recipients are eligible. Students who are just completed their undergraduate in May of the same year that SMLP is running may apply.


Q: I am a first-year college student, or I have only recently become interested in medicine and have little to no experience.  Am I still eligible to apply?

A: Yes.  To be competitive, you will need excellent recommendations and very strong written statements on your application.   We have recently had highly-qualified first-years, as well as non-science majors transitioning to science and pre-medical students moving toward medicine, participate in SMLP and perform very well.


Q: Is there a minimum GPA I must have in order to apply to the program?

A: Yes. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.