University of Alabama at Birmingham Requirements

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Admission Requirements

UAB employs a holistic approach when reviewing candidates for admission to the university. Consideration for admission is based on three critical performance factors: (1) strength of curriculum, (2) grade point average (GPA), and (3) ACT or SAT scores. The academic profile for the 2016 freshman class includes an average high school GPA of 3.65 and average ACT of 25/SAT of 1200. All applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Certain programs have additional requirements beyond UAB’s requirements for general admission. For details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

To be considered for UAB academic scholarships, you have to be admitted by December 1 of your senior year of high school.

*Required Academic Units

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of social science
  • 3 years of math (Algebra I and higher)
  • 3 years of science (including 2 lab sciences)
  • 1 year of a foreign language
  • 3 additional core courses, for a total of 17 core courses

Degree-Seeking Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

  • A completed baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all college coursework attempted

Certain programs have additional requirements beyond UAB’s requirements for general admission. For details, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Potential applicants should meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for an interview.

MCAT Score

The minimal total MCAT score is 24 for the old MCAT or a total score of 495 for MCAT2015 (new MCAT) on either of the most recent MCAT tests reported. The committee will look at both old and new MCAT scores and if either meets the 24 (most recent on old exam) or 495 (most recent on new) then the MCAT minimum for consideration for interview is met. These scores are the minimum score for consideration for an interview and apply to applicants to the Regular MD, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA programs. The total MCAT Score of 24 or 495 does not apply to applicants to Early Decision, EMSAP or Rural Programs. These programs each have different MCAT criteria.

    • Scores from the September 2017 MCAT dates are the latest that will be considered.
    • A 2015 MCAT score is the earliest score considered for the 2018 entering class.

Note: The new MCAT is a different examination from the previous MCAT. The new examination has a different structure, new content and is scored differently. While there are percentile ranks for scores on each of the tests, similar percentile rank of scores on the old and new test do not represent the same performance on the two different tests. The percentile rank of a score for the new test represents how that score on the new exam is related to other scores on the new test and the percentile rank of a score on the old tests represent the relationship of that score to other scores on the old test. When evaluating applicants our Committee will use the percentile rank of an individual score on the new MCAT to compare it to others who took the new exam.

Since our Committee has a great deal of experience with the old MCAT, scores will be used to evaluate individual applicant’s similar to the way they were used in the past.

See the MCAT website for more information.

We will use the most recent MCAT total score for either exam for consideration of interview. The Committee will consider the applicants’ scores from all MCAT tests when evaluating applicants for admission.

Grade Point Average

There are no minimum grade point averages for consideration for admission; however, you must demonstrate solid knowledge of relevant sciences and the ability to manage a rigorous academic curriculum. You must also have received a “C” or better in all required courses.

Credit Hours

Applicants should report at least 90 hours of undergraduate course credit from an accredited U.S. college or university on the AMCAS application. All requirements to complete current degree programs must be completed by July 1st prior to matriculation. All college majors are considered equally; however, you should consider how your major prepares you for the rigorous science coursework of medical school and how your major will be useful if not accepted to medical school.


Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are considered for admission.

Required Undergraduate Courses

General Biology

8 semester hours

  • Embryology and genetics are recommended.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for biology are expected to complete 8 hours of additional advanced biology coursework.
  • Online biology courses are not accepted.
  • Community College biology courses are accepted.


Biochemistry or 8 semester hours of Organic Chemistry (with lab)

  • Any sequence of chemistry courses that includes Biochemistry will satisfy the chemistry requirement. Note: Biochemistry is now included on the MCAT and it is anticipated all applicants will take Biochemistry in preparing for the MCAT.
  • Biochemistry is expected for all incoming students and will likely be a requirement in the near future.
  • Students who do not take Biochemistry must complete two semesters of Organic Chemistry.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for chemistry are expected to complete a college chemistry course sequence that includes Biochemistry.
  • Online Organic and General Chemistry courses are not accepted.
  • Community College Chemistry courses are not recommended.

General Physics (with lab)

8 semester hours

  • We accept AP or CLEP credit for physics.
  • Online and Community College Physics courses are accepted.

College Mathematics

Biostatistics/Statistics or 6 semester hours

  • A 3 hour college course in biostatistics or statistics is expected, but not required.
  • Applicants with 6 hours of college level math coursework other than biostatistics/statistics will also meet the requirements.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for statistics need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a college level biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Applicants awarded AP or CLEP credit for calculus need an additional 3 hours of college math and should complete a statistics/biostatistics course to meet the requirement.
  • Computer science courses are not accepted to meet the math requirement.


6 semester hours

  • If your school requires writing composition, literature or interdisciplinary reading and writing intensive courses in lieu of courses that are listed as “English” on the transcript, please indicate in your secondary application the courses on your transcript that you believe meet this requirement.
  • AP and CLEP credit for English courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Online and Community College English courses are accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to take courses in behavioral and social sciences.  These subject areas are reflected on the new MCAT. Introduction into Psychology or Abnormal Psychology would be potential course options.

Regarding AP and CLEP credit: 
For AP or CLEP credit to meet a minimum requirement, college hour or unit credit for a course must appear on your transcript.


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