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COVID-19 Updates

P/F Grading and Online Formats, MCAT Exams and Interviews

(Updated April 5, 2021)

  • We want to reassure you that online format courses WILL be accepted for any course (including course requirements) from the Spring 2020 semester through the Summer 2021 semester.
  • We want to reassure you that P/F grading WILL be accepted from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021 semesters.  Although we may have a preference for letter grading in required courses, your application will still be given a holistic review and thoughtful consideration without letter grades during these four semesters.
  • We understand the MCAT exam has been rescheduled for many, and that these results will come later than originally planned for most. We also know that although this test will occur at a later date for many, those whose MCATs were canceled have been able to reschedule and we will wait for these test results to arrive before making interview/admissions decisions. Finally, we have increased the window of MCAT scores and will accept MCAT scores beginning January 2018 through September 2021.
  • Given all the uncertainty and the financial burden the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we have decided to conduct all 2022 cycle interviews virtually. This will eliminate the potential for undue bias, either positive or negative, toward an applicant based on the format of the interview, will eliminate uncertainty regarding quarantining and travel restrictions, and will reduce interview-related financial costs. We will work to keep these interview experiences meaningful and interactive so that applicants will be able to engage with students, faculty and staff from our institution.

The AAMC has provided tips for a successful remote interview, which we hope will be helpful for you on your UMSOM interview day.


Contacting the Office of Admissions Staff

(June 2021)

For the months of June and July 2021, the Office of Admissions staff is working in the office on a hybrid schedule. The office is open Monday - Thursday. Staff members will continue teleworking on Fridays. 

Beginning August 2021, the office will be open Monday - Friday and staff will continue to work a hybrid schedule.

To contact our office, please email admissions@som.umaryland.edu and/or call 410-706-7478.