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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.

Application Timeline

Current Drexel students and incoming 2017 freshmen 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 2014 quarter

  • Four year students apply for Early Assurance in the Fall 2016 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2018
  • Five year/three co-op students apply for Early Assurance in the Fall 2017 for matriculation at DUCOM in 2019

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.

Program overview

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 grade point average of 3.5 with at least six science courses completed is 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.

Application Requirements

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 to the start of the Fall 2017 quarter.

  • Students apply in fall of 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

In addition to academic ability, the University Health Professions Committee looks for the following qualities in candidates:

  • Maturity
  • 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

The application form for the University Recommendation for the Early Assurance Program will be available during the Summer 2017 quarter.

The deadline to apply for the Early Assurance Program for students who wish to matriculate at DUCOM in August 2019 will be Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 5 pm.

Email Mary Beth Davis, the Drexel pre-health advisor, if you have questions about the Early Assurance program.

Early Assurance Program Statistics

  Applied Accepted
2016 13 
2015 11 8
2014 15 14
2013 11 8
2012 7 7
2011 8 5
2010 7 5