Keck School of Medicine (USC) Secondary Application

Keck School of Medicine Secondary Essay Prompts:

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



  • What is the most fun you’ve had lately? (65 Words)
  • If you had to give yourself a nickname, what would it be? (65 Words)
  • What are three things you don’t care about at all? (65 Words)
  • Describe a situation in which you didn’t get something you felt you deserved. (65 Words)
  • What do you see as the physician’s role in Public Health? (150 Words)


  • Is there anything else you would like us to know? (Y/N) (200 Words)
  • Have you previously applied to medical school (M.D. , D.O., international)?(Y/N) IF yes, Upon reflection, what do you think went wrong? (65 Words)
  • Are you a member of a group that is under-represented in medicine?(Y/N) IF yes, Which Group? How does under-representation affect your community? (65 Words)

Primary Deadline:Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Fee: $100
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates: No

Keck School of Medicine of USC Mission:

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and society by promoting health, preventing and curing disease, advancing biomedical research and educating tomorrow’s physicians and scientists.

  • Groundbreaking discoveries in basic science clinical research
  • Excellence in educating the next generation of academic clinicians and basic scientists
  • Advanced university-level patient care with breakthroughs that fundamentally change the practice of medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC Vision:

Our vision is to be the heart of the most influential medical center of the Pacific Rim, resulting in an extraordinary transformation in the ways we understand, treat and cure diseases, thus improving the quality of life for individuals and families. We invite you to support the school’s outstanding medical research, patient care programs and medical education. We greatly appreciate your support and partnership as we strive to realize this vision.


Keck School of Medicine (USC) Secondary Application