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JABSOM Residency Screening

The John A. Burns School of Medicine’s first priority is to admit resident applicants with strong ties to the State of Hawaiʻi.  All applicants go through two screening processes.  The initial Residency screen is to determine an applicant’s ties to Hawaiʻi, not to eliminate an applicant at this stage of the application process.

To determine status as a ‘resident’ or ‘nonresident’ for application purposes to the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine, an applicant is scored on the following criteria on the Residency Screen:

  1.   Legal residence of the applicant
  2.   Legal residence of the applicant’s parents
  3.   Birthplace
  4.   Location of high school graduated
  5.   Location of college or university attended

The information will be accessed from the applicant’s primary AMCAS application and JABSOM’s secondary application.  An applicant is required to have a minimum of two out of the five criteria to be considered a ‘resident’ for application purposes.  An applicant will have the opportunity to explain their ties to Hawaiʻi in the secondary application.  An applicant who has less than the minimum two points will be considered a ‘nonresident’ for application purposes.

For Information regarding establishing Hawaiʻi residency for tuition purposes, please visit University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements page.

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