Early Assurance Program with Drexel University College of Medicine for Drexel Juniors
The Early Assurance program was established for outstanding Drexel undergraduate students who are firmly committed to a career in medicine and who are interested in attending the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM).
Following the matriculation of freshmen in September 2017, this Early Assurance Program for Drexel juniors will be phased out. No applications to the program will be accepted from students who enroll at Drexel subsequent to the start of the Fall 2017 quarter. This program is not open to transfer students.
Current Drexel students should refer to the section below that corresponds to their term of entry at Drexel; individual sections will outline the application timeline for this Early Assurance Program.
Select your entrance term to view the application timeline.
Fall 2015 quarter
- Four year students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2017 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2019
- Five year/three co-op students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2018 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2020
Fall 2016 quarter
- Four year students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2018 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2020
- Five year/three co-op students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2019 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2021
Fall 2017 quarter
- Four year students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2019 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2021
- Five year/three co-op students apply for Early Assurance in Fall 2020 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2022.
Students in a four-year program must apply in the fall of their third year. Students in a five-year program must apply in the fall of their fourth year. Currently a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and a science GPA (see below) of 3.5 with at least six science courses completed are necessary to be considered.
Students who are granted provisional medical school acceptance through the Early Assurance Program and meet all of DUCOM’s requirements will be eligible to matriculate at DUCOM in the August following their college graduation. More information about DUCOM’s matriculation requirements will be provided to students who are selected for the Early Assurance Program.
The first step is to complete the application for the University Recommendation for the Early Assurance Program. This application will be reviewed by the University Health Professions Committee (composed of the pre-health advisor and Drexel faculty and deans), and only students selected to receive the University Recommendation will advance in the application process to DUCOM.
Students selected by the University Health Professions Committee will then be sent the DUCOM Early Assurance Program Supplemental Application Form and information on the next steps of the application process.
The current requirements to apply to the Early Assurance Program are listed below; note that Drexel University and DUCOM reserve the right to make changes to these requirements prior for each application cycle.
- Students apply in fall of their junior year
- Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- All science courses must be completed at Drexel. The only exceptions are courses earned through AP scores or college credit earned while enrolled in high school.
- Non-science majors must have at least six science courses completed and have taken at least two science courses in one single term
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
- Minimum science GPA (defined as the GPA derived from courses taken in the biology, chemistry, physics, and math departments) of 3.5
Meeting the GPA requirements does not guarantee selection to the Early Assurance Program.
In addition to academic ability, the University Health Professions Committee looks for the following qualities in candidates:
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to articulate career and personal goals
- Sustained clinical volunteer and community service experience during college
- Knowledge and awareness of the challenges of medical school, physician practice in the era of managed care, overall trends in U.S. health care and restrictions on lifestyle choices
The MCAT results are not required at the time of application to the Early Assurance Program. Students accepted to the Early Assurance Program should be prepared to take the MCAT in the spring or summer of their junior year.
Note: The Drexel University College of Medicine holds applicants to special programs to a higher standard than the regular applicant pool. If you have a grade of "C" or lower in any course or a withdrawal from any course, it is highly unlikely that you will be chosen for an interview.
Application for the University Recommendation for the Early Assurance Program
In order to apply to the Early Assurance Program, you need a unique individual link to the online application. You must email Mary Beth Davis, pre-health advisor to receive the link.
- The deadline to request the link is Wednesday October 10, 2018.
- The deadline to submit the application is Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern Time.
To preview the Early Assurance Program application, you can download a PDF, but you must submit an online application.
Email Mary Beth Davis, the Drexel pre-health advisor, if you have questions about the Early Assurance program.
The deadline to apply for the Early Assurance Program for students who wish to matriculate at DUCOM in August 2020 will be Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern Time.
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