University of Kansas Secondary Application

University of Kansas Secondary Essay Prompts

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



  • Describe your health care experiences that involved direct exposure to physicians’ clinical duties and how they have shaped your desire to apply to medical school. (1000 characters)
  • Describe examples of leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. (1000 characters)
  • Beyond academics (grades and MCATs), describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. (1000 characters)
  • Give an example of what you have done to make your community a better place to live. (1000 characters)
  • Please tell us about your identity. How has your identity impacted the development of your values and attitudes toward others, particularly those with values different from your own? Please include how your values and attitudes will foster a positive learning environment during your training, and benefit your future patients through the practice of medicine. (1000 characters)


  • Please use this space to elaborate on any positive or negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic you want us to be aware of when reviewing your application. (1000 characters)
  • If there are discrepancies in your application that have not been explained in your personal statement, use this space to clarify. Examples may include unexplained gaps in time, multiple undergraduate institutions attended, multiple course withdrawals, inconsistent academic performance, inconsistency between academic performance and MCAT scores. (1000 characters)

Required only for out-of-state students.

  • If you are not a Kansas resident, what is your specific interest in applying to the University of Kansas School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Required only for students currently enrolled in a graduate program.

  • If you are currently enrolled, or plan to be enrolled during the next academic year, in a graduate or professional degree program, please describe your status within the program and your intention to complete the program. You must also request a letter from your graduate program advisor or from the dean of your professional school. This letter must include acknowledgement of your application to medical school and a description of your status in the program. (1000 characters)

Required for applicants who are not currently students.

  • If you are no longer a full-time student, briefly describe your current employment, community, and/or educational activities. (1000 characters)

Required only for re-applicants.

  • Since your last application, note any relevant academic, employment, and personal experiences that enhance your ability to be a better physician. (1000 characters)

Required only for MD/PhD applicants

  • Do you also want to be considered as an “MD-only” applicant? (1000 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Oct 15
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Nov 15th
Secondary Fee: $50
FAP Waiver: Full Fee Waived
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: No
Accepts Application Updates:

University of Kansas School of Medicine Mission:

The University of Kansas School of Medicine commits to enhance the quality of life and serve our community through the discovery of knowledge, the education of health professionals and by improving the health of the public.

University of Kansas School of Medicine Vision:

The University of Kansas School of Medicine will work with its partners to become the premier academic medical center in the region known for its excellent education, innovative scientific discovery, outstanding clinical programs and dedication to community service. It will be known as the place where everyone wants to come to learn, to teach, to conduct research and to receive his or her health care.

University of Kansas School of Medicine Values:

  • Excellence
  • Partnership and Collaboration
  • Teamwork and Participatory Decision Making
  • Ethics, Honesty, and Respect
  • Practicality and Financial Responsibility
  • Openness and Transparency in Decisions and Finances
  • Accountability and Measurable Milestones
  • Diversity
  • Continuous Improvement