When was the UCLA Re-Application program established?
The UCLA Re-Application Program (RAP) was established with the charter class in the year 2000.
Who is eligible to apply?
To qualify for the UCLA Re-application Program candidates must meet all of the following:
- Have applied and been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any United States medical school
- Be considered disadvantaged or from a medically under served community
- Have completed an undergraduate degree or higher from an accredited US college or university
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Have a minimum science GPA of 2.7or higher
- Have a minimum combined MCAT score of 20
Does RAP accept out of state students?
Yes, however priority is given to legal residents of California.
Can I apply to RAP if I have not applied to medical school?
No. Only students who applied to United States medical schools and were rejected by all medical schools are eligible.
How long is the program?
RAP is an 11-month program, conducted in two sessions. The summer session is six weeks in length and the academic session is 9 months.
Where will I be taking my academic courses?
In consultation with program advisors, the academic science courses will be taken at the participants’ convenience through UCLA Extension, a local California State University or a private college or university.
Does RAP require me to retake the MCAT?
RAP offers review of the subject areas tested by the MCAT to enhance your fund of knowledge as a foundation to medical education and not solely in preparation for the admissions test during the summer session. Individualized assessments are made to determine if and when a student should retake the MCAT.
Does participation in RAP guarantee acceptance to the David Geffen School of Medicine?
No. However, participants sign a contract with RAP agreeing to an individualized re-application plan. If the objectives of the plan are met students are guaranteed an interview at UCLA.
Does participation in RAP look good on my re-application to medical school?
Yes. RAP has a strong success rate which is well respected by medical schools throughout the nation.
How many students do you accept each year?
Up to 10 students are accepted every year.
How competitive is the selection for RAP?
All applications are carefully screened and selected applicants are invited for interviews each year. From those, the final selection is made by the admissions committee.
What does it cost to participate in RAP?
There is no fee for participation and learning materials are provided by the program. However, participants are responsible for educational expenses during the academic sessions. Participants receive a stipend, determined by the availability of funds during the summer and academic year. Students are responsible for their housing, transportation, and incidentals.
Is housing provided?
No. RAP is a non-residential program, but past participants have been able to find housing easily. Many have been able to live with family or friends in the area; others have shared accommodations with RAP participants or current medical students. In addition the UCLA campus has ample listings of sublet opportunities during the summer.
What type of counseling provided?
RAP participants are provided with in-depth, individualized counseling during the program. After participation, RAP alumni receive ongoing follow-up counseling until they enter a health professions school.
Can I meet with a counselor now to discuss my situation prior to applying to RAP?
Unfortunately, RAP cannot provide potential applicants with premedical counseling.
Can application materials be submitted separately?
Yes. All materials may be submitted together or separately and must be received by May 31st.
Should I include my AMCAS with my RAP application?
Yes. We require a copy of your AMCAS application that includes your verified GPA and the dates your application was forwarded to medical schools.
Can I submit the letters of recommendation used for my medical school application?
Yes. You can submit a copy of the letters used for your medical school application.
Can the program get the letters directly from the medical school admissions office?
No, you are responsible for submitting your letters directly to the RAP program.
What is the success rate of RAP students being admitted to health professions schools?
Currently, 97% of RAP alumni, who have applied to health professions schools, have been admitted.
To which health professions schools have RAP students been admitted?
Some of the choices for professional training that RAP alumni have selected are:
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Drew University of Medicine and Science
Keck School of Medicine at USC
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences