Frequently Asked Questions - Prospective Students

What types of disabilities has UCSF had experience accommodating?

UCSF has a long history of admitting and accommodating students with all types of disabilities in the professional and graduate programs. UCSF has welcomed Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, students with physical, visual, psychiatric, and learning disabilities and students with chronic health conditions. UCSF works closely with the academic programs to determine appropriate accommodations for all aspects of the academic curriculum, including clinical requirements. If a student is admitted with a disability that UCSF has not had specific experience accommodating, SDS and the academic program will work closely with the student to understand how their disability impacts them and determine reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to the program.

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If I didn’t receive accommodations on graduate entrance exams (e.g. the GRE, MCAT, DAT), is it still possible to receive accommodations at UCSF?

SDS considers requests for accommodations from students individually, regardless of whether they were deemed eligible for accommodations on entrance or licensing exams. Accommodations are determined holistically in light of disability documentation, student report of how their condition impacts them and perceived need for accommodations, history of accommodations (if any), and program requirements including technical standards. Lack of accommodation history should not stop a student from making a request for accommodations with SDS.

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I received accommodations historically (as an undergraduate, in high school, on entrance exams). Will I be automatically eligible for the same accommodations at UCSF?

Not necessarily. Each institution reviews accommodation requests independently. SDS takes into consideration documentation of a student’s disability, the student’s report of how their condition impacts them, and program requirements when reviewing a request for accommodations. While historical accommodations are certainly taken into consideration with a student’s request, some accommodations may not be deemed appropriate or necessary given the requirements of the current program, or any changes in a student’s disability status.

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The decision to request accommodations is a personal one. Students may want to consider what has contributed to their success historically, as well as the requirements of their UCSF program in order to determine whether they want to request accommodations at this level. Students should know that the schools and programs at UCSF are accustomed to arranging accommodations for students, and that students with disabilities are registered and receive accommodations in all of the professional schools and the graduate division. SDS is happy to discuss a student’s individual circumstances and program with the student in an effort to assist them in making a decision about registration and possible accommodations.

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Do I have to inform UCSF that I have a disability?

No, a student can decide whether or not to disclose their disability status. However, the student is not eligible for accommodations until the registration process is completed. This process can take two to three weeks. Eligibility for accommodations is not retroactive.

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Should I disclose my disability on my application for admission to UCSF?

UCSF does not require that students with disabilities disclose their disability status on the admissions application. Decisions around disability disclosure are personal ones that should be carefully considered. Once students are admitted, they should contact Student Disability Services to begin the Disability Services registration process if they wish to ensure that accommodations and services are in place for the start of their courses. Students are also welcome to contact SDS with any questions or concerns during their exploration and application process, including if they require accommodations in order to apply to UCSF.

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