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Drexel Pathway to Medical School How to Apply

Drexel Pathway to Medical School program applications are now being accepted for 2018.

Apply to the Drexel Pathway to Medical School Program

Below you'll find details about the types of students who apply to the program as well as admission requirements, tuition, fees and financial aid information. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Who Should Apply?

The Drexel Pathway to Medical School program is designed for students who want to attend Drexel's MD program and have taken traditional premed coursework and the MCAT before applying. Our typical applicants include:

  • Students from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Students who are underrepresented in health professions
  • Students who have MCAT scores in the 27th percentile or greater in each section and overall
  • Students who have undergraduate science and overall GPAs of 2.9 or better
  • Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or an international equivalent, and are a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

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Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Future Admission Recommendations

In recent years, the scientific knowledge important to the learning and practice of medicine has changed and expanded dramatically. Drexel recognizes that future physicians must be equipped with a strong scientific foundation to practice modern medicine. In addition, they should have certain personal competencies that will allow them to have a successful career as a culturally proficient, ethical health care professional.

Therefore, beginning in 2016, Drexel will consider applicants based upon a mixture of scientific and personal capabilities, based on the recommendations of the HHMI and AAMC in their publication, "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians."

Learn more about these recommendations

In order to fulfill the basic requirements for matriculation at Drexel University College of Medicine, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an international equivalent.
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Have taken a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. In addition, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to take a course in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, or other higher level science courses, as well as a variety of liberal arts and social science courses, such as philosophy, ethics, history, psychology and other humanities classes.
  • There is no minimum required GPA requirement, but we like to see applicants with a 2.9 or better science and cumulative GPA.
  • Have taken the MCAT. While we do not have a minimum required score, competitive applicants have generally scored in the 27th percentile or better overall, and in each section.
  • A completed application includes MCAT scores, transcripts, letters of evaluation/recommendation, an essay and a $75 application fee. Please see the application materials section below for more information.

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Instructions for Applying Online

  • Click on yellow "APPLY NOW" box on the right side of this page
  • Login to "Returning User" or create a new account "First Time User"
  • Click on "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page
  • Select Application Type "Fall 2018-Summer 2019"
  • Next, choose drop down menu option "2018-2019 Graduate"
  • Click on "Create an Application" box
  • Open Application
  • All information in "Personal" must be completed first
  • Then, go to "Application Information"
  • For Academic Area of Interest choose "Medicine"
  • For Program choose: "Drexel Pathway to Medical School" (DPMS Program)

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Application Materials

Prospective students will apply to the program via the online application system, where they will provide personal and demographic information, academic history, and answers to several essay questions that address the student's achievements, activities, work experience and goals, as well as a personal statement.

In addition to the information provided via the online application system, a complete application to the Drexel Pathway to Medical School includes the following materials:

  • Official MCAT score (GRE not accepted). There are no minimum MCAT requirements for the program, but we look for a score in the 27th percentile or better overall and in each section. Please go to and release an official copy of your MCAT scores to our program "Drexel Medical Science Program."
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement, but to be competitive we recommend a 2.9 or better science and cumulative GPA.
  • Evaluations in the form of a composite letter from pre-medical faculty or three letters of reference (two science professors that have taught you, one additional letter). Letters of evaluation sent electronically must be on letterhead, have a hard signature and come from an .edu account. Letters of evaluation may be submitted through Interfolio.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities where coursework was attempted or taken.
  • Personal statement essay:
    The personal statement may be taken from a prior application to medical or other health professional schools. Use your personal statement as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Consider and write your personal statement carefully. Some questions you may want to consider while writing this essay are:
    • Why have you selected the field of medicine or another health profession?
    • What motivates you to learn more about medicine or another health profession?
    • What do you want medical or other health professional schools to know about you that hasn't been disclosed in other sections of the application?
    • In addition, you may wish to include information such as:
      • Unique hardships, challenges, or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.
      • Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record that are not explained elsewhere in your application.
  • DPMS essay (required)
    Describe ways in which you consider yourself an appropriate applicant to the program including what qualifies you as a disadvantaged applicant.
  • Résumé
    For fall 2017 and future terms, upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.
  • Application fee: $75 payable through Drexel Online Application Portal.
  • The deadline for receipt of these additional materials is May 2, 2018.
  • Completed online math science GPA calculation form. Please note, you will need to start your application before you can use the form.


Mailing Application Materials

Please send your application materials to:
Drexel University
Application Processing
P.O. Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101

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Application Review Process

Completed applications are screened by Drexel Pathway to Medical School program and College of Medicine faculty.

Applications are reviewed in their entirety. GPA, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, essays, personal characteristics, evidence of service and extracurricular activities are all taken into consideration through our holistic review process.

Applicants who are invited for an interview are notified by email from the College of Medicine Office of Admissions. Interviews are conducted on the medical school's Queen Lane Campus.

Following the interview, applications are reviewed and considered by the Admissions Committee of the College of Medicine. Decisions are sent from the College of Medicine Office of Admissions. Accepted applicants also receive information from the Drexel Pathway to Medical School and Graduate program.

Because the Drexel Pathway to Medical School is an early assurance program, students may not apply to other medical schools during their program year unless they choose to relinquish their spot at Drexel.

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Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid


For current costs associated with the program, go to the Drexel Central billing page. Click on "Tuition and Fee Rates," then "2017–2018 Tuition and Fees Rates." Choose "College of Medicine" and then "Full-Time" to find the current tuition and fees for the program.

Application Fees & Deadline

  • Application fee: $75 (check or money order payable to Drexel University or pay application fee online)
  • Application deadline: May 2, 2018, for summer 2018 matriculation (all application materials MUST be received by this date to be considered for the upcoming academic year.)

Students accepted into the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program are given conditional acceptance to enter Drexel University College of Medicine following successful completion of this one-year program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or part-time employment. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

Financial Planning Services

Financing a graduate school education can be a daunting task, but at Drexel University College of Medicine it doesn't have to be. Our students have access to a certified financial planner who specializes in financial planning services for graduate and medical students.

Drexel University College of Medicine's financial planner is on staff full time to assist all students and their families with counseling and financial planning during and after their medical and graduate school years. This service is designed to address the student's entire financial picture beyond financial aid.

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Apply online to the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program