Applying to medical school is a grueling and stressful process — you could say this is common knowledge. Is it necessary though? Do you really need to go through all the hassle, ripping your hair out at every turn as you traverse the maze of the medical school admissions process?I don’t think so.
Life could be a lot easier with guaranteed admission to medical school, wouldn’t it? Some colleges offer this to exceptional pre-meds and give them the option of going to their respective medical school right after the pre-med program (given you do well in your required classes). In this case, you would apply to BOTH college AND medical school simultaneously, and get accepted to both. Plus, you don’t have to take the MCAT.
Interested? I think you should be. In this article I will explore the possibilities of guaranteed admissions programs.
Your Options: Specific Schools
I decided to round-up some guaranteed admissions programs that stand out. Here they are!
- The University of Pittsburgh
- Temple University’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Mercer University
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- Baylor University
- Saint Louis University
- University of South Florida
- Brown University
- Boston University’s 7-Year Medical Program
- Brooklyn College
To help you better visualize these schools, here’s a nifty table with all the info.
|The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Guaranteed Admit Program||Minimum SAT1 score of 1450 (Critical Reading and Math) or ACT score of 33. Also must be one of the best-performing students in their high school GPA-wise.||Unknown, likely very small.||Well-known and established, University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Program is very sought after and because of its sheer size as an institution, it has plenty of resources.|
|Temple University School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate Medical Program||No minimum requirements. However, the average GPA is about a ~3.5 and an MCAT score of 30.2.||109 last year.||The second-highest ranked medical school in the Philadelphia area.|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Preferred Applicant Track (Medicine)||All freshmen entering VCU as pre-meds are eligible. You must receive an MCAT score of above 26 also.||Over 100.||The school is under heavy reconstruction and over $3 billion has been invested since 2011. Big plans.|
|Mercer University Medical School Guaranteed Admission Program||At least 1300 on the Math and Verbal sections of the SAT1 or at least a 29 on the ACT, three letters of rec, and an interview.||Unknown.||Has heavy connections to the Medical Center of Central Georgia which is the 2nd largest hospital in the entire state.|
|University of Illinois at Chicago Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions||Limited to Illinois residents.||~50 into the medical program.||An absolutely massive school in the heart of Chicago.|
|Baylor2 Medical Track Program||1400 SAT1 score on Verbal and Math or 32 ACT score. You must also rank in top 5% of high school graduating class or have a GPA above 3.7.||Unknown, likely small.||It has been given the title of a “High Research Activity” school by the Carnegie Foundation.|
|Brooklyn College BA-MD Program||No requirements for eligibility.||~50.||Known for its academic excellent and low tuition. It is also located in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City.|
|Seven Year Liberal Arts/Medical School Program at Boston University||No requirements for eligibility.||Unknown, but likely very small.||Integrated into the Boston city which allows you to experience city life along with campus life simultaneously.|
|Brown University Program for Liberal Medical Education||No requirements, but getting into Brown University is hard enough.||50 students.||Brown University is an exceptional school, but I think you already knew that.|
|University of Florida 7-year BS/MD Program||3.8 weighted high school GPA, and an SAT1 score of 1350 (Math and Verbal) or an ACT score of 30.||Unknown, probably larger than most.||A top choice for residents of Florida with an expansive program.|
|Saint Louis University Medical Scholars Program||Attend special orientation during the first semester of freshman year and maintain above a 3.65 GPA. Also requires an SAT1 score of 1330 (Math and Verbal) or an ACT score of 30.||Not known.||A Jesuit Catholic college with an accompanying campus in Madrid, Spain.|
Most of these programs are 7-year commitments and require you to be enrolled in their pre-med program for three years, and then transition immediately to medical school. Applications begin early so I would suggest contacting individual schools you are interested in starting in the spring so you can apply in the fall.
Extra Material to Help You Find a Program
In addition to these specific schools, there are certain places to look if you want general information on guaranteed admissions programs.
- Special Master’s Programs for Medical School — created by UC Davis, this lists potential programs from a variety of top-tier universities that will accelerate your medical school training.
- List of BA/MD and BS/MD Programs — gives you the average stats and guaranteed admissions programs offered for each university.
- Dr. Rubin’s B.A. (B.S.)-M.D. Program List — updated as of December 2014, an alphabetical list of guaranteed programs in the United States along with links for each.
- My High School to Medical School Guide — walks you through the whole process of college and medical school admissions. (Add link to my guide)
I would advise looking through all of these programs and find one that’s best for you. Most importantly, make sure you can comfortable with the school before making any long-term commitments.
If you have any other advice on guaranteed medical admissions programs, I’d love to hear it and include it in this here roundup. Post it in the comments below!