California Northstate University Secondary Application

California Northstate University Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated June 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • Why have you chosen to apply to CNUCOM? (250 Words)
  • In the medical profession, you will be exposed to students, faculty, colleagues, and patients of various cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. How has your involvement with diverse populations prepared you for potentially four years in Elk Grove, the greater Sacramento area, and the rest of the Central Valley? (250 Words)
  • Did you have a Pre-Health Advisor at your undergraduate institution? If so, please tell us about your experience. How did it help you in your journey to to apply to medical school? If not, please let us know how you worked independently to find out more about applying to medical school and the path of your journey to apply? (250 Words)
  • In which direction would you like to see healthcare progress over the next decade? (250 Words)
  • If your education has not been continuous since high school, please explain why. Examples of discontinuities include time taken off while obtaining your undergraduate degree, in addition to gap years. (250 Words)
  • If you have previously applied to medical school, what have you accomplished since that time that would warrant your admission now? (250 Words)
  • Is there anything you would like the Admissions Committee to know that is not reflected elsewhere in your application? (250 Words)
  • How do you feel about standardized tests? How did you prepare for the MCAT? What tools or preparatory courses/material did you use and how did you study? Do you feel like your score reflects how you will perform in medical school? From what you have learned, do you think it will help you in the way you will study or prepare for USMLE exams? (250 Words)

Primary Deadline:Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Unknown (Try to turn your secondaries around within two weeks after receiving)
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: No
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

California Northstate University College of Medicine Mission:

To Advance the Art and Science of Medicine through Education, Service, Scholarship, and Social Accountability.

California Northstate University Secondary Application