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Pritzker School of Medicine: How to Get In

May 18, 2022
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About Pritzker School of MedicinePrograms: What UChicago Pritzker Offers Pritzker Application Timeline Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions Requirements Pritzker School of Medicine Class Profile Tips to Get Into Pritzker Medical School Pritzker FAQs

”Luke

Reviewed by:

Luke Hartstein

Former Admissions Committee Member, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Reviewed: 4/13/22

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is a popular choice for medical school applicants across the US. Ranked 17th in the US News medical school rankings, Pritzker upholds a prestigious reputation and is considered a challenging school to get into.

If you’re looking for tips on how to get into the Pritzker School of Medicine, look no further. Here is your guide to getting into Pritzker, from the application timeline and admissions requirements, to how to get in. Let’s get started!

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About Pritzker School of Medicine

Before applying to medical school, you should always do plenty of research on your target schools. Here we’ll go over Pritzker’s values, grading system, and mission statement.

Pritzker School of Medicine Mission Statement

Since 1927, the Pritzker School of Medicine has focused their efforts on developing its world-renowned research institutions and academic programs. Pritzker’s mission statement is as follows:

 “At the University of Chicago, in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery, the Pritzker School of Medicine is dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.”

Pritzker School of Medicine is a mission-driven school, meaning they continuously strive to stay true to their mission statement and core values. The school takes its name from the Pritzker family, who have made sizable donations to the school.

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Programs: What UChicago Pritzker Offers 

Pritzker offers multiple programs that allow MD students to incorporate all their academic interests into their program. Here are the MD program options currently available at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Professional Option Program

Pritzker’s Baccalaureate/MD program (otherwise known as the “Professional Option Program) gives a select group of highly motivated students the opportunity to begin their MD degree during the fourth year of their bachelor’s degree. This program is merit-based and highly competitive. 

Applicants to the Professional Option Program are required to have an MCAT score in no less than the 93rd percentile, and a minimum GPA of 3.7. Students can apply in their third year of college after completing a minimum of 33 credits. They must demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, a strong passion for medicine, leadership skills, and community involvement. 

MD Programs

Pritzker offers both standard and combined MD degree programs. Pritzker’s MD program curriculum teaches a solid foundation of the basic sciences and is “designed to emphasize the relationship between the basic and clinical sciences.” 

*Important Note: Each combined degree program requires two separate admissions and financial aid applications.

MD/MBA

The five-year Pritzker MD/MBA combined degree program is an excellent option for students who aspire to lead healthcare organizations.

MD/MBA students at Pritzker typically complete the first three years of medical school, then complete a year of graduate studies at Chicago Booth before returning to Pritzker for the fifth and final year of their program. In the final year, students can take electives at both Pritzker and Booth.

MD/MA in Public Policy

UChicago Pritzker’s MD/MA in Public Policy is a five-year degree that aims to teach medical students how to “develop, implement and evaluate policy solutions for the problems society faces.”

Students in the MD/MA program will complete the first three years of medical school at Pritzker, complete their fourth year at the Harris School of Public Policy, then return to Pritzker to take electives in both schools during their final year.

MD/MPH

Pritzkers MD and Master of Public Health (MPH) students spend the first three years of their degree in medical school, complete their fourth year studying MPH coursework, and take electives in each subject for their fifth and final year. During their final year, MD/MPH students will also complete their MPH capstone project.

MD/MS in Biomedical Informatics

The combined MD and Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics (MScBMI) program at Pritzker is a new option that aims to prepare students for the future of the medical field. In this program, MScBMI students “will study the whole spectrum of this burgeoning field, with specific emphasis on clinical informatics, genomics, and population health.”

Like Pritzker’s other combined degrees, the first three years are spent completing medical school, while the third year is spent dedicated to the combined major (in this case, third year is spent at the Graham school.) In the final and fifth year, students return to Pritzker to complete their MD degree.

Other Degree Options

Beyond the degrees we’ve mentioned above, Pritzker offers several types of Medical Science and combined PhD degrees. For more information on Pritzker’s program options, refer to their website or schedule a call with an academic advisor. 

Pritzker Application Timeline 

To ensure that you have enough time to complete your application, you should follow along with the Pritzker MD application timeline. Keep in mind that you should begin preparing for medical school applications in your undergraduate degree by taking prerequisites, volunteering, taking the MCAT, and building up your experience.

Table outlining the Pritzker School of Medicine's admissions deadlines

If you are accepted to multiple schools and haven’t made your final decision, you have until April 30th to do so. You can use the AAMC Choose Your Medical School Tool and select “Plan or Commit to Enroll at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine” to accept your offer before the end of April.

Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions Requirements 

Here Pritzker’s MD program admission requirements. Keep in mind that separate admission and financial aid applications are required for combined MD programs, meaning combined degrees have additional admissions requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants to the Pritzker School of Medicine must have completed a total of 90 credit hours from an accredited four-year degree-granting US or Canadian college or university. Although a bachelor’s degree is not required, it is highly preferred. 

Pritzker does not technically have prerequisite courses but requires high levels of competency in relevant topics. Pritzkers required competencies are:

Although Pritzker does not require the completion of these recommended courses, they do require competency in each subject. Their recommendations suggest how you can acquire an adequate level of competency for their MD program.

MCAT 

Although Pritzker does not have a minimum MCAT score, you should keep in mind that it is a competitive school. The current entering class at Pritzker has MCAT scores that range from 506-527. You can submit MCAT scores from up to three years prior to the date of your application.

GPA

Pritzker does not have a minimum GPA requirement. The GPAs of the current entering class can be used as a jumping-off point, which ranges from 3.24 to 4.00.

Immunizations Required

The Pritzker School of Medicine currently requires students to have up-to-date vaccinations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Proof of vaccination is required and may otherwise result in facility penalties. For more information on the required immunizations, check the Student Health Service website

Secondary Application

During the Pritzker School of Medicine application process, every student who submits an application through AMCAS will receive a secondary application via email. The secondary application requires a (waivable) fee of $85.00 and must be submitted alongside your letters of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation

Pritzker requires a minimum of three letters of recommendation, one of which must be a committee letter, composite letter, or premedical advisor’s letter. Your Pritzker Letters of recommendation must be submitted alongside your mandatory secondary application. It is recommended that if you are submitting individual letters, two of them should come from the science faculty.

Interview 

If your primary and secondary applications are successful, you will be invited to an interview via email. Pritzker does not offer much information about their interview process but states that information will be given to each individual who is invited. To prepare for a Pritzker interview, try watching mock interviews, practicing with a friend, or enlisting the help of an interview coach.

Pritzker School of Medicine Class Profile 

As a potential future Pritzker student, you may be wondering about who you’ll be studying alongside. Let’s take a look at the Pritzker School of Medicine class profile and other helpful statistics.

Class Profile

The entering class at Pritzker is composed of 81 MD and 9 MD/PhD students. Of those students, 72% come from out of state, and 28% belong to groups that are underrepresented in medicine. The disclosed gender identities of the entering class are quite balanced, with 48% of students identifying as men and 52% identifying as women. 

Academics

The average MCAT score of the Pritzker entering class ranges from 506 to 527. Additionally, the cumulative GPA for Pritzker students currently ranges from 3.24 to 4.00. Gap years do not seem to have any effect on admissions, as 66% of students report having one or more gap years before attending.

Pritzker School Of Medicine Acceptance Rate

The Pritzker acceptance rate is currently 4.65%. Although Pritzker is a highly competitive school, the acceptance rate has slightly improved in recent years. In the 2021-2022 application cycle, 7,361 people applied to the Pritzker School of Medicine for one of the 90 available spots. 

Tips to Get Into Pritzker Medical School 

If you’re looking for ways to improve your Pritzker application, look no further. Here are our top tips for getting into the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

1. Take Every Recommended Course

You may have noticed that UChicago Pritzker does not have a minimum GPA, MCAT, or prerequisite course requirements. However, this is not a sign that you don’t have to push yourself as hard academically. On their website, Pritzker recommends several ways to obtain an ideal level of knowledge and understanding to be at their expected level.

Our number one tip is not to take these recommendations lightly. You should take every course, lab, extracurricular, and additional opportunity to show your commitment to attending Pritzker med.

Remember, this is a highly competitive school, so you should do everything in your power to present yourself as a motivated student who will make the perfect contribution to Pritzker.

2. Learn About Pritzker

As you should with any school you apply for, you should do plenty of research on Pritzker’s history and what it has to offer. This is especially important for your interviews, as you will most likely be asked why you want to attend Pritzker or what drew you to their program. Doing your research shows commitment,and can help you stand out from other candidates. 

3. Speak From the Heart

In your personal statement, your supplemental essays, your interviews, and anytime you get the chance - you should express yourself genuinely. Express why you love medicine, why you’re passionate about Pritzker, and tell your story.

Pritzker encourages diversity and devotes a lot of resources to the community. Connecting your personal journey and passions to the school will help them get to know you and may ultimately help you get admitted to Pritzker.

Pritzker FAQs 

Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions about the Pritzker School of Medicine.

1. What is the Pritzker School of Medicine Tuition Fee?

Pritzker tuition costs $57,681 for the first two years and $76,908 for years three and four of a four-year degree.

2. Is Pritzker a Good Medical School?

Yes, the UChicago Pritzker School of Medicine is considered a competitive and highly prestigious medical school. It is ranked number 17 in the US News world medical school rankings. 

3. What is the Best Medical School in Chicago?

The UChicago Pritzker School of Medicine is ranked the #1 best medical school in Chicago by the College Gazette and several other university publications. Pritzker is known for its research programs and academic excellence. 

4. Does Pritzker have Combined Degrees?

Yes, the Pritzker School of Medicine offers several combined MD programs, including MD/MBA, MD/MA, MD/MPH, MD/MS, and MD/PhD degrees.

5. How Long is the MD Program at Pritzker?

The standard MD program at Pritzker takes four years to complete. However, the several combined MD degrees offered at Pritzker take at least five years to complete, depending on your course load. 

Final Thoughts 

The Pritzker School of Medicine is an excellent school and would be a great decision for any medical student, especially if you are particularly interested in research. Although the application requirements do not have minimum grade requirements, you should follow each recommendation on their website to ensure your application will stand out.  

Pritzker is a competitive school, so your application should represent the very best of your passion, leadership skills, and academic achievements. If you’re ever stuck on a part of your application, reach out to an admissions expert to help get you into your dream medical school. 

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