For ‘Legacy’ Applicants, a First Interview is Guaranteed

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Would he or she like to follow in your footsteps, by attending the UA College of Medicine?

Under a College of Medicine policy that took effect three years ago, “legacy” applicants – those who have a sibling, parent or grandparent who graduated from the UA College of Medicine – are guaranteed a first interview.

“We researched what other schools do, and most have some sort of legacy process in place,” said Tanisha Price-Johnson, PhD, the College of Medicine’s executive director of admissions and financial aid.

Apart from the first interview, legacy applicants receive no special treatment. They must meet all the requirements, and go through the same review process, as other applicants, Dr. Price-Johnson emphasized. 

Of the 117 students enrolled in the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2019, 14 were legacy applicants. And of the 115 enrolled in the Class of 2018, 10 met the definition of “legacy.”

As for overall admissions, the students in the Class of 2019 were selected from a pool of 5,600 applicants, the highest number ever. And it may be surpassed this year, Price-Johnson said.

As of Sept. 20, the College had received 5,159 applications for the Class of 2020, for which the application deadline is Nov. 1.

By Jane Erikson

Photo: Rachel Manzo, MD, left, UA College of Medicine - Tucson Class of 2015, and her mother, Susan Baumann, MD, UA College of Medicine Class of 1985