UCLA Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Enrichment Program

UCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical and pre-dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there.

Program Components

  • Group and individualized medical/dental application preparation sessions
  • Problem-based learning
  • Learning Skills
  • MCAT/DAT preparation workshops
  • Shadowing experience
  • Volunteer/service opportunities
  • Interview Skills workshop and Mock MMI’s.
  • Mentoring
  • Career Guidance and personal development
  • Exploration to other Health Sciences field/career
  • Networking opportunities with UCLA PREP alumni, Medical and Dental students, & UCLA Faculty & staff

Student Eligibility

Students are eligible for UCLA PREP as long as they have not previously applied to medical and/or dental school and are not applying to medical or dental school in 2018. We accept community college, out-of-state and post-baccalaureate students. Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background.
  • Applicants must be a U.S citizen or hold a permanent resident visa, or documentation of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California
  • Minimum 2.5 science GPA for freshmen and sophomores
  • Minimum 2.8 science GPA for juniors and seniors
  • One year of biology or chemistry completed by the beginning of the program
    • Semester System: 2 courses
    • Quarter System: 3 courses
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, one from a science professor and one from a counselor/premedical advisor or employer/internship recommending participation in the PREP program
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing issues affecting underserved populations in healthcare.
  • Compelling personal statement.

How to Apply:



All documents below needs to be uploaded through the online application portal (PDF COPY REQUIRED)

  • Copy of your financial aid award letter from your undergraduate institution for the current year.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (PDF Form)
  • Personal Essay of 2-3 pages describing your personal, family and community background; your motivation for a medical career; what you have done to develop your interest and knowledge of modern medicine; and what you hope to accomplish by participation in UCLA PREP

Letter of Recommendation: Letter writers will receive an e-mail (the letter writers email address that the applicant inputed in their application) granting them access and instructions on how to upload their letters online.

  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a science professor (math, biology, chemistry and other science course) and one from a premedical advisor or employer.
    • The applicant will receive an auto generated email confirmation whenever an LOR has been submitted in their behalf by their writers. 
    • It is the applicants responsibility to follow-up with their letter writers for a timely submission of their letter of recommendations.

Helpful Links:

PREP 2019 Application process


SAMPLE PREP 2018 Application

PREP 2017 Calendar

For more information, please visit our website below:

PREP WEBSITE:  https://medschool.ucla.edu/current-ucla-prep

Please send all inquiries to: UCLAPREP@mednet.ucla.edu

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