University of Chicago Pritzker Secondary Application

University of Chicago Pritzker Secondary Essay Prompts

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



  • Please write a short essay about why you are applying to the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. (550 words)
  • Share with us a difficult or challenging situation you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills you called upon to resolve the dilemma, and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice. (550 words)


  • Please feel free to use this space to convey any additional information that you might wish the Committee to know. For example, if you are not currently completing a degree, please share your planned or current activities for this application cycle. You may also wish to include any impact that COVID-19 has had on your educational, research, or extracurricular plans. (300 words)
  • If your school has a premedical committee or premedical advisor who composes a letter for each applicant from your school and you chose not to avail yourself of this service, please provide an explanation in the text box below for your decision not to do so. (200 words)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 1st
Secondary Fee: $85
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/Email

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Mission:

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.