Acceptance
Selection of Entering Class

The Admissions Committee consists of several faculty members in the School of Physician Assistant Studies and is chaired by the Admissions Coordinator.

Applicant Pool

Class 2017 2018 2019
Applications Initiated 1,757 1,860 2,185
Applications Completed 1,548 1,240 1,409
Invitations for Interview 147 147 147
Accepted 60 60 60

Finalists

When all weeks of interviews have been completed, the Admissions Committee will meet in December to select the 60 finalists whom the committee considers to be “best fits” for the School. These applicants will receive an offer of a seat in the new entering class. Finalists will be given two weeks to either accept or decline the offer by returning a signed form indicating their decision. The UF School of Physician Assistant Studies requires a non-refundable deposit of $200 in order to hold a seat in the class. The $200 deposit will be applied to your Summer B tuition. If you do not matriculate in the PA School, the deposit will be forfeited. It is the expectation of the School that finalists will give careful thought to their response on the acceptance form since, by indicating their acceptance of a seat in the class, they deny another qualified applicant from the alternate pool (see below) the possibility of obtaining a seat in their stead.

Alternates

In addition to the 60 finalists, the Admissions Committee will also identify approximately 30 alternates whom the committee views as well-qualified but to whom the School cannot extend an offer of a seat in the new entering class because of funding restrictions which limit each entering class to no more than 60 students. In the event that a finalist either declines the School’s offer or withdraws from the applicant pool, the highest ranked alternate will be offered the empty seat. Alternates may be contacted as early as mid-January or as late as the week immediately preceding matriculation of the new entering class, depending on when a finalist notifies the School of his/her withdrawal.

Student Mentors and Faculty Advisors

Shortly after the acceptance notice has been sent out, each current academic-year class assigns a class member as “mentor” to each new entering student. The role of the student mentor is to provide the current student’s perspective on problem-solving and to be a helpful resource for the new entering student as questions and concerns arise prior to matriculation and beyond. The extent to which a new student utilizes his/her mentor for information and guidance is an individual matter which is not governed by the PA Program.Upon matriculation, each new student will be assigned a full-time PA faculty member as faculty advisor to the student. The role of the faculty advisor is to meet regularly with the advisee, to monitor the advisee’s progress in the curriculum, and to direct the advisee to resources and appropriate assistance as the need arises.