Uf Essay Prompt 2011


Ciara Styles, Patrick Bliven, & Nishtha Garg ~ Class of 2


Thank you for your interest in the Medical Honors Program at the University of Florida! The 2018 application deadline has passed. We invite you to review our website, including our FAQ page, for detailed information about the program and for questions you may have regarding the application.


This program is designed for students who are in their second year of enrollment at a 4-year accredited science degree granting institution (University of Florida or equivalent institution).  This program is open to students who are both Florida and non-Florida residents. Students apply for admission to the MHP through the University of Florida College of Medicine Admissions Office.

The application process is no longer two-fold. The application is now combined, which means there will be more time to complete it. Applicants are responsible for understanding the application requirements. A one-time $30 non-refundable application fee will be collected.

The application is designed to resemble both the AMCAS application and the UF College of Medicine application.The information requested for the application includes biographical data, college coursework, personal statement, extracurricular activities (including research), medical and non-medical volunteer activity, physician shadowing, interests/hobbies, employment (if any), and letters of recommendation. Please refer to this AMCAS Application Course Classification Guide for guidance regarding the coursework you list on your application. Applicants also respond to several essay prompts addressing various aspects of their motivation for pursuit of a medical career.

Important Dates & Deadlines for the 2018 cycle:

  • December 20, 2017 – Application opens.
  • January 9, 2018 – MHP Application Information Session 5:30-7pm in the HPNP Auditorium.
  • January 23, 2018 – Application workshop with current MHP students 5:30-7:30 in HPNP G-210.
  • February 18, 2018 – Complete application due, including official transcripts and all letters of recommendation. Application closes at 11:59pm, EST.


Transcripts:  All applicants, including current UF students, must order official transcripts from their current college/university. These transcripts must reflect all college credit attempts, including but not limited to, dual enrollment, transfer, transient coursework, withdrawals, incomplete, etc. – if applicable.  If not, an official transcript is also required from any college/university attended for which coursework is not reflected on the home institution’s transcript. All students will be expected to submit another official transcript if admitted to the program.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Medical Honors Program

UF COM Admissions

PO BOX 100216

Gainesville, FL 32610

Note: Official electronic transcripts can be sent in lieu of physical transcripts if offered by your institution. Please note that electronic transcript requests should list med-admissions@ufl.edu as the intended email recipient to ensure that your transcripts are sent properly. Electronic transcripts that are not sent to med-admissions@ufl.edu will not arrive to our office and can cause further delays in processing your application. Electronic transcripts should not be handled by the applicant. Electronic transcripts should not be sent to the applicant then forwarded to our office or emailed to the applicant then mailed to our office.


Letters of recommendation: Of the three required letters of recommendation, two should be from your university science professors (you may substitute either a letter from a high school science teacher, or a letter from your research mentor, for one of these). The third letter can be from your research mentor, a non-science professor, a physician you have shadowed or from a volunteer coordinator. An additional two letters (academic or character) may be submitted for a maximum of five letters.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted on letterhead, dated and signed by the writer. The application includes an area where applicants can identify recommenders and generate an online letter request which will be emailed to the recommender with instructions to upload the letters. Only letters submitted via the application online process will be included in an applicant’s file. Letters should not be mailed directly to the UF COM Office of Admissions.

Letter guidelines for recommendation providers can be found here. Applicants are welcome to send the Letter Guidelines information sheet to their recommendation providers.

Selection Process

Materials in the completed application are reviewed by the Director of the MHP, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions, and faculty members of the Medical Student Admissions Committee. A holistic review is given for each applicant. This review includes biographical data, college coursework, personal statement, extracurricular activities (including research), medical and non-medical volunteer activity, physician shadowing, interests/hobbies, employment (if any), and letters of recommendation. Competitive applicants are invited for interview.

Interviews are held from approximately late March through late April at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applicants meet the Director of the MHP and the Assistant Dean for Admissions, and have interviews with two members of the Medical Student Interview Committee.

Recommendations of the interviewers are sent to the Admissions Committee who are responsible for weighing these recommendations and the qualifications of each applicant against those of the entire interviewee pool. The Admissions Committee makes the final determination of each applicant’s status. Applicants accepted into the program are given formal notification once a transcript containing their spring grades is submitted, usually in early to mid-May.

Following acceptance, a candidate has one week to agree to the terms and conditions in the acceptance policy and follow the requirements stated within.


An applicant who is not successful in gaining admission into the MHP and who wishes to apply for regular admission to the College of Medicine must initiate a new application process through AMCAS. Applying to the MHP is not considered an application to medical school, as asked on the AMCAS application.

The essay should not be the most dreaded part of the application process for any university. Maybe these tips will help you find that you can do this writing task with ease.

1. Tell Your Story In Your Own Voice.

Now is the time to market yourself to the best of your ability. Your college essay gives our admissions officers an insight into what makes you unique beyond your high school grades, test scores and extracurriculars. Your essay tells us how you will add something to UF’s freshman class, what you can bring to our community of leaders, learners and thinkers, and what sets you apart. This is the story of YOU!

2. Does the Essay Matter?

UF will receive more than 30,000 applications for the approximate 6,500 seats in the freshman class. There will be many outstanding students with similar scores and grades—too many to admit. Your essay helps us learn what makes you unique from other equally talented students.

3. Who Reads ‘Em?

Various officers throughout the UF Division of Enrollment Management are trained to read essays, and each essay will be read at least twice by randomly assigned readers. Keep in mind that these individuals may read more than a thousand essays, so it is important to try to catch the readers’ attention quickly with the most interesting example or point at the beginning of the essay. Here’s an example:

When I was in high school, I played the violin in the high school band. It was my favorite activity, and I never missed a practice or a performance. But one day, to my horror, I left my thousand-dollar violin on the school bus…

(from the book, Heavenly Essays)

4. Make the Story Unique to You

If you believe 10 or 20 or 100 students could write your exact essay, then it’s time to rethink your topic. Work on being distinctive. Here are some overused topics that essay readers have seen many (many) times:

  • Winning or losing the big game
  • Loss of friendships or relationships
  • Critiques of others (classmates, parents)
  • Pet deaths
  • Summer vacations

Think about what you would say in three to five minutes to a total stranger to impress or inform them about your terrific qualities or unusual experiences.

5. Show and Tell—Be Vivid with Your Words

If you recall show and tell at school, your essay should follow the same principle. Remember when the student went to the front of the class with something of interest inside the plastic sack? You hear the story. You see the object. With essays, you need to draw the reader out beyond the straight text and use words that trigger imagery and the senses.

6. Big Words Are Just Big Words.

Impress us with your content and who you are; not your ability to use a thesaurus. Most of our readers would prefer if you wrote, “I hung out with a group of friends” instead of, “we congregated as a conglomerate of like-minded individuals”.

7. Don’t Repeat.

Don’t repeat what you’ve already supplied in your application—grades, test scores, etc. Your essay serves to fill in the blanks beyond what you have supplied.

8. This is your essay, not your English class.

We will be reading your essay more for your words and information and less for your grammar. We know you’ve learned to limit use of contractions, eliminate sentence fragments and not to split your infinitives. However, no text-lingo, such as “lol” “ttyl” “kk” etc. We won’t judge you heavily on grammar, but we ask that you keep it appropriately professional. Pick up a best-selling book, and you’ll find that many authors no longer write by the rules. It’s your story that counts!

9. Have Someone Else Read It.

It’s always wise to have someone else read your draft before you submit your essay. You’ll be much more relieved knowing you submitted your very best work.

10. Now, go fine tune your drafts, tell us your story and be confident in your submission.

If you follow these tips, they will take you far on the UF application.

University of Florida’s Current Essay Topics

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

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