For the premedical student wishing to obtain a degree of certainty over the prospect of attending medical school early on in his or her academic career, many medical schools offer early assurance programs. While each program varies in its application process and requirements, there remain certain similarities between programs. Students apply in the second semester of their sophomore year after completing most or all of the required premedical course work, submit high school and college transcripts, letters or recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and demonstrate a strong willingness to enter the medical profession. In turn, medical schools grant the successful applicant a provisional acceptance into their program (usually conditionally based on a student’s performance during the remainder of his or her undergraduate career) and waive the requirement to sit the MCAT. Acceptance into such programs allows the student to explore academic subjects outside of the medical field without the usual stress associated with the medical school application process. Early acceptance programs are very competitive and are only intended for the most academically accomplished students.
Below is a list of medical schools that offer early assurance programs (the list was compiled in 2008, so please consult with each school for the most current requirements and program offerings):
Albany Medical College (AMC) and Union College (UC) (8 year program):
Guaranteed admission into medical school. MCAT not required. Applicants are required to complete and submit the scores for SAT I and two SAT II Subject Tests. The SAT IIs should include one science and one mathematics test. The ACT can replace the requirements for both the SAT I and SAT II. Testing requirements for the Leadership in Medicine Program are a combined 1950 or better on the SAT and a 650 or better on each of the SAT IIs. If a student chooses to submit the ACT, he or she must have a composite of 30 or better. Contact: 518-388-6000 (December 2008)
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Rice University (RU) (8 year program): Guaranteed admission into medical school. The average SAT score for entering applicants is 2100 and applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing medicine. MCAT not required. (December 2008)
Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) (7 year program):
Provisional admission into medical school. Typical applicant has an average 2200 SAT score, 33-34 ACT score, 3.9 G.P.A., and three SAT II subject tests (writing, chemistry and math IIc) Students must take the MCAT (combined score of at least 28) and maintain a minimum 3.2 G.P.A average. Applications are due Dec 1 on the year prior to matriculation. International students eligible for this combined program must contact: Admission representative 617-353-2300. (December 2008)
Brown Medical School (BMS) (8 year program):
Guaranteed admission into the medical school. Applicants have an average 710 verbal SAT score, 730 mathematics SAT score, and graduate in top 2 percent of high school class. Three SAT II subject tests required (one should be in science). Applicants interested in Brown Medical School may also apply to the following undergraduate campuses: University of Rhode Island (RI), Providence College (PC).
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRUSM) (8 year program):
Provisional admission to medical school. As a high school student you must apply for the pre-professional scholars program. Students had an average SAT score of 1410-1510. If students take the SAT I only they are required to take three SAT II tests (writing and 2 other subjects) If a candidate is interested in engineering it helps to take the SAT II tests in math or science. The ACT test can be taken in lieu of the SAT I and SAT II because ACT scores are divided into individual categories (average ACT score between 30-34). Students must maintain a minimum 3.6 undergraduate G.P.A. while in the program. MCAT not required but if it is taken a minimum score of 32 is needed. All applicants considered for the Trustees scholarship, President's scholarship and Provosts scholarship.
Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCM) (7 year program):
Applicants require minimum SAT score of 1360, minimum 3.5 GPA, in top 10% of high school class, and maintain a minimum 3.45 GPA as an undergraduate (no grades less than a C), and a minimum MCAT score of 30. If interested in Drexel University College of Medicine, applicants can choose from the following undergraduate campuses: Wilkes University (WU), West Chester University (WU), Muhlenberg College (MC), Monmouth University (MU), Lehigh University (LU), Villanova University (VU), Rosemont College (RC), and Ursinus College (UC).
Finch University Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School (FUHS) and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) (8 year program):
Guaranteed acceptance into medical school after matriculating into the program. MCAT must be taken but no bearing on acceptance, 3.25 minimum GPA must be maintained while at IIT. Contact phone number: 312-567-3025.
George Washington School of Medicine (GWSM) and George Washington University (GWU) (7-8 year program):
Provisional admission into medical school. Each year a student's progress is monitored. Applicants require minimum SAT 1400, MCAT not required, and must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA as an undergraduate. Students required to take SAT II in writing, science and mathematics. Students must have 100 hours of community service per year. 20 students matriculate into the program every year. Freshman scholarship options (FSO) available. International students: Not eligible for the combined program. Contact phone number: 800-447-3765.
Howard University College of Medicine (HU) and Howard University (HU) (6 year program):
Contact phone number: 202-806-7231 (December 2008).
Indiana University School of Medicine (IU) and Indiana State University (ISU) Rural Health Program:
Provisional admission into medical school. Applicants require a minimum G.PA. of 3.5, minimum 1200 on SAT, and applicant must have spent a majority of their life in a rural area. At ISU, students must maintain a 3.5 G.P.A, obtain the mean average score on the MCAT to receive acceptance into Indiana University School of Medicine and complete interview process at IU. Contact phone number: 812-237-2781 (December 2008).
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (JMC) and Penn State University (PSU) (6 or 7 year program):
Guaranteed admission into medical school upon matriculating into the six year accelerated program. Applicants requires minimum SAT 2100, higher than 32 on ACT, top 10 percent of high school class. MCAT needed in junior year. Contact Robert Mitchell at 814-865-5471 (Dec 2008).
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (KSM) (8 year program):
Provisional admission into medical school based on maintenance of GPA and MCAT scores. Contact phone number: 213-740-5930.
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine (MMC) with Tennessee State University (TSU) (7 years):
Contact: Dr. Harlston
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine (MMC) with Fisk University (FU) (7 year program):
Applicants not guaranteed admission into Meharry Medical School upon applying to Fisk University. Applicant must enroll in Fisk University and will be evaluated on the following: Grades (minimum GPA 3.3), high school ranking and SAT scores. A joint committee screens and interviews the applicants for medical school. In the junior year, the MCAT is taken and a minimum score of 24 is needed. After matriculating into Meharry Medical School for one year, a BA degree is granted from Fisk University.
Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU College of Human Medicine (MSU) (8 year program):
Contact phone number: 517-353-9620
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NOU) (6 year program): Guaranteed admission into the medical school. Preference given to Ohio residents. To be admitted to the BS/MD Program, a student must first be selected for an interview. The selection of students to be invited for an interview is based on academic credentials, extracurricular activities, and other information provided in the student application. Students need at least a 3.5 unweighted grade point average. While there is no absolute minimum for ACT/SAT scores, for the last several years only students with at least a 26-27 ACT or 1170-1210 SAT* total/composite score were offered an interview. Accept ACT or SAT scores and will use the highest total/composite score despite the number of times the exams are taken. We do not accept or use SAT II scores. International applicants: Must have a green card to apply. If interested in Northeastern College of Medicine, applicants can choose from the following undergraduate campuses: University of Akron (UA), Kent State University (KSU) and Youngstown State University (YSU). Contact: University of Akron at 330-972-7880. (December 2008)
Northwestern University- Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFS) (7 year program): Applicants require SAT I and SAT II subject tests in writing, mathematics level IIc, and chemistry. You must take a year of calculus, including differential/integral calculus and simple differential equations. Contact phone number: 312-503-8649. (December 2008)
Rush Medical College (RMC) and Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) (6 year program):
Applicant not guaranteed admission into medical school. Applicant applies after second year at IIT, students must complete research at IIT, and students have the option to apply to MD/PH.D program. Contact phone number: 312-567-3025.
State University of New York Upstate Medical University (SUNY) and Wilkes University (WU):
Applicants must be from rural counties in the southern tier of New York. Applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1200 and rank in the top 10% of their graduating class. Binghamton University, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Educaition (SBD).
Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (SBU) (8 year program):
Must apply to the Scholars in Medicine Program. Applicant must achieve a minimum 1350 SAT score, complete the undergraduate Scholars Program at Stony Brook, maintain a minimum 3.4 G.P.A, obtain a minimum average MCAT score.
Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) (8 year program):
Provisional admission into medical school based on undergraduate performance at Temple. Must apply to the TempleMed Scholars program. Applicants require a minimum 3.2 GPA and minimum MCAT score of 9 on each section. International Students: Not eligible for the combined program. Contact: William Nathan 215-204-8669; Wiedener University (WU).
Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM):
Provisional admission into medical school. Applicants apply in sophomore year after being students at Brandeis, Tufts or Boston College. Applicants require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and applicants must take the MCAT exam the before the August of their senior year. In addition it helps to have volunteer training.
University of California- Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA) and University of California, Riverside (UCR) (7 year program):
Contact phone number: 908-787-4333
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD) and University of California, San Diego:
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UC) and University of Cincinnati (UC) (9 year program):
University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UCSM):
Connecticut residents receive special preference and 25 applicants chosen for interview. Candidates will present a high school grade point average of 3.5 on a four-point scale, a class rank in the top 5 percent of their class, and an SAT 1 combined score of 1300 or ACT composite score of 30. Additional factors considered include, strength of recommendations, maturity, range and depth of extracurricular involvement, and commitment to the health sciences. As an undergraduate student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and minimum MCAT score of 28 with no individual score less than 7. Contact: 860-486-3137. (December 2008)
University of Florida College of Medicine (UFCOM) (7 year program - does not accept high school students):
This program is intended for current undergraduate students who have demonstrated superior scholastic ability and personal development during their first two academic years of college enrollment. Applications are taken during the second full-time year of college enrollment at a major university. If accepted, they spend their junior year of undergraduate studies on a research thesis. Once completed, they are guaranteed direct admission into the College of Medicine; essentially skipping their senior year of undergraduate studies. Typically students accepted in the past have had an average college GPA of 3.94, and an average SAT of 1469. There are usually only 12 students accepted each year. Contact phone number: 352-273-7987. U.S. Citizens and Residents only.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (UIC) (8 year program):
Guaranteed admission into medical school. Minimum composite ACT score of 28 or minimum SAT score of 1240, top 15% of graduating class, and applicant must be Illinois resident. GPPA Scholarships available to deserving candidates. International students: Not eligible for this program. Contact phone number: 312-996-8365.
University of Miami School of Medicine (UM) (HPME program; 6 year program) Guaranteed admission into the medical school. Applicants requires minimum SAT score of 1360, be in the top 10 percent of high school class, take SAT II by Jan. 15 of senior year in high school, must maintain a 3.2 science GPA and 3.4 cumulative GPA. International students: Not eligible for the combined program. Contact: Maria Fallon at 305-284-4323
University of Miami School of Medicine (UM) (6-7 year program):
Apply to medical school in second year at the undergraduate school. Applicants require an SAT 1 score of 1270 and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.4. Applicants will be interviewed by faculty members. Contact: Maria Fallon at 305-284-4323.
University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine (UMKC) and University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) (6 year program):
Contact phone number: 816-235-1870.
UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ) and Boston University (BU) (7 year program):
Applicants must be New Jersey residents. The program requires research experience during one summer at UMDNJ.
UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ) in conjunction with Drew University (DU) (7 year program):
Provisional admission into medical school. Applicants must have minimum SAT I score of 1400, an interview on Drew University campus, and graduate in the top 10% of graduating class. Students required to take their MCAT their junior year. Students are not required to attend NJMS if they are interested in another program. Drew Merit Awards available.
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ) in conjunction with Rutgers- New Brunswick (Rutgers) (8 year program):
Applicants matriculate after sophomore year, need five letters of recommendation from Rutgers faculty, minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3, and must provide high school/college transcripts.
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ) and Rutgers- Newark (Rutgers) (7 year program):
Guaranteed admission to medical school. Applicants require minimum SAT of 1400, must be ranked in top 10% of high school class, and must maintain a 3.4 GPA while in the undergraduate program. If you are interested in UMDNJ Medical School, you may apply to the following undergraduate universities: The College of New Jersey (CNJ), Montclair State University (MSU), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (RSC).
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSM) (8 year program- Rochester Early Admission Scholar Program):
Guaranteed admission into medical school. Applicants require SAT scores in top quartile of Rochester entering class and exemplary grades. International students: Eligible for this combined program. Contact: Chris Antal 585-275-8595.
University of South Florida College of Medicine (USF) (7 year program):
Guaranteed admission into medical school. Applicant requirements: Florida resident. SAT score minimum 1300, minimum GPA of 3.7, ranked in the top 10% of high school class, maintain a science GPA of 3.5 while in the undergraduate program.
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine (USC) and University of Southern California (USC) (8 year program)
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VDUSM) (8 year program):
Guaranteed admission into the medical school. Students must fulfill requirements of honors program, maintain a 3.5 GPA, combined SAT I score 1910 with no score below 530 or ACT composite score of 29, and graduate in the upper 15% of high school class. (December 2008)
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