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MD Program Accelerated and Early Assurance Linkage Programs

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Early Assurance Program for High School Seniors – Starting in 2018

Drexel University College of Medicine has a BA/BS + MD Early Assurance Program for undergraduate students enrolled at Drexel University. This 4 + 4 combined degree program is designed to provide outstanding high school students who are highly motivated toward the medical profession the opportunity to gain provisional early acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine. During their undergraduate career, combined-degree students will also participate in the Drexel Co-op program where students pursue six months of professional employment related to their field of study. This unique feature distinguishes this BA/BS + MD Early Assurance Program from others in the nation.

Admissions Process Overview

Please see the Drexel University Undergraduate Admissions website for a detailed timeline of the application process.

Students are selected for the BA/BS + MD Early Assurance Program during their senior year of high school. Candidates must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have a combined SAT score of no less than 1360 on the "old" SAT or a 1420 on the "new" SAT, or an ACT score of no less than 31. Students must complete four years of high school math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Maturity, stability, scholarship, flexibility, independence and service to others are personal characteristics sought among applicants.

High school students apply through Undergraduate Admissions at Drexel University, not directly to the College of Medicine. An in-person interview is required.

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must have a diploma from a U.S. high school.
  • A non-refundable fee of $100 is required of BA/BS + MD Early Assurance Program applicants by the College of Medicine. The College of Medicine will email high school students about the fee after the application is received from the undergraduate admissions office.
  • If selected for an interview by the College of Medicine, an on-campus interview is conducted at the medical school. The College of Medicine will email the invitation for an interview to each applicant selected. The medical school Admissions Committee makes all final recommendations for admission to the joint program.

General Medical School Matriculation Requirements

All students entering Drexel University College of Medicine must meet the entrance requirements, in part, as follows:

  • Without repeating a course, maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.6 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.6 in the prerequisite sciences (no rounding).
  • Receive no grade less than a "C" (a "C-" is less than a "C").
  • Students matriculating into the College of Medicine starting in 2018 must meet the following MCAT requirements:
    • Students must achieve nothing less than a subset score of 128 in the following sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, and the Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior sections. The subset score requirement for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section is 127.
    • Alternatively, students must receive a minimum total score of 513 with no subsection score less than 127.
  • Complete all program requirements as stated in the official acceptance letter.
  • If students wish to apply to other medical schools, they must relinquish their provisional acceptance to Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel University College of Medicine reserves the right to revise the MCAT score requirements. Acceptance into the College of Medicine is not guaranteed.

Contact Information

Drexel University College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
2900 W. Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129
   215.991.8202  |     215.843.1766 (Fax)

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