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BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program

Drexel offers a BA/BS+MD Early Assurance program, a 4 + 4 combined program that allows students to gain early acceptance into both their undergraduate program and medical school at the same time.

The program is open to the following majors:

  • Biological Sciences or Chemistry four-year programs (one co-op)
  • Biomedical Engineering four-year program (one co-op)

Students interested in the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program cannot apply to the Health Sciences major or the Nursing BSN Co-op program.

Admission Requirements

For consideration to the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program, applicants must:

  • Submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application and all required documents prior to November 1 (students may not apply Early Decision).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident applying for first-year admission.
  • Be on track to graduate from an American High School Accredited by a United States Agency.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale (subject to change).
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1420 on the SAT (for Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math sections) or a minimum ACT composite score of 31. Please note that SAT or ACT scores are required to be reviewed for this combined program. Students who select to apply to the undergraduate program through the Test Optional policy will not be eligible for consideration by Drexel's College of Medicine. The Admissions Committee is aware that the SAT II Subject Tests are no longer being offered by College Board; however, if you did take them, please request that they be submitted electronically by College Board.
  • Be on track to graduate, having satisfactorily completed four years of laboratory science with one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics.

As a point of reference, first-year students admitted to the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance program had an average GPA of 4.26 and an average combined SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math) of 1535 or ACT 35 composite.

A select number of students will be invited to attend an interview with the Medical School Admission Committee. The format of the interviews is not known at this time; however, dates and format will be communicated as soon as possible.

Application Process

The following timeline refers to the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance program application.

Please note, applicants will not have access to the Discover Drexel portal and the College of Medicine supplemental application until approximately three days after the Common Application or Coalition Application is submitted.

  • November 1 – All application materials and College of Medicine Supplemental Application must be received. Refer to Required Materials list below.
  • December – The Drexel University College of Medicine will review qualified applications.
  • Late December – All qualified applicants will be emailed with details for paying the medical school processing fees.
  • Late December – The College of Medicine will email eligible applicants to pay the processing fee.
  • January 15 – Deadline to pay the processing fee.
  • January 31 – Applicants will be notified by email regarding whether or not they will be invited for an interview.
  • February 1 – Deadline to apply to the Pennoni Honors College via Discover Drexel (strongly encouraged).
  • February 12 – Deadline for students who are invited for interviews to confirm their BS/BA+MD interview.
  • February–March – Invitation-only interviews will be held. The format of the interviews is not known at this time; however, dates and format will be communicated as soon as possible.
  • March 1 – All BA/BS+MD Early Assurance applicants who are invited for an interview must provide Drexel College of Medicine with a CASPer test score. Applicants who have previously taken the test during this application cycle may have their scores sent to the College of Medicine by CASPer. Please contact CASPer directly to have the scores sent. Applicants who need to take a CASPer exam should visit the College of Medicine website for for more information.
  • April 1 – The College of Medicine will notify applicants of their BA/BS+MD Early Assurance program decision via Discover Drexel.
  • May 1 – Enrollment Form and tuition deposits due.

Required Materials for the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program

Applicants to an undergraduate program at Drexel University and the BA/BS+MD Early Assurance program at the Drexel University College of Medicine must submit the following materials. All application materials and College of Medicine Supplemental Application must be received by November 1.

All application materials should be sent to Drexel's Office of Undergraduate Admissions unless otherwise noted. We will only accept the following items:

  • Drexel's Undergraduate Full-Time Admission Application
    You must submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application and and indicate that you are applying to the BA/BS/MD program. Apply via the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • The College of Medicine Supplemental Application
    The College of Medicine Supplemental Application is available in the Discover Drexel portal. Discover Drexel is the University's portal for prospective students who have applied to Drexel. Applicants can access the portal and supplemental application approximately three days after the Common Application or Coalition Application is submitted.

    To provide you with the best possible application experience, we ask that you gather all of the following information before beginning the supplemental application:
    • High School Information:
    • AP or IB Coursework (please include AP or IB course work that you are currently enrolled in, as well as course work that does not have an exam score):
      • Test Date
      • Subject
      • Score
    • Honors Coursework (please include honors coursework that you are currently enrolled in):
      • Years completed or in progress
      • Subject
      • Grade received
    • Extracurricular and Employment Information (provide the organization name, your position/title, approximate hours per week, dates of involvement, and whether you held this position only during school breaks):
      • Medically related volunteer activities
      • Extracurricular, research, other volunteer, or community service activities
      • Employment experience
    • Family Affiliation with Drexel:
      • Relative's name
      • Relationship to you
      • School attended and year MD received
      • Affiliated hospital of employment
    • If your education has not been continuous (other than vacations), describe what you have done while out of school.
    • Essay: Tell the Admission Committee why you are applying to the joint program with the Drexel University College of Medicine. Be sure to explain why you want to be a physician and, more specifically, why you want to obtain your medical education at the Drexel University College of Medicine. The essay should be approximately 500 words long.
  • Undergraduate Admission Application Fee, $50
    Drexel applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 U.S., which should be paid online when you submit the Common Application or Coalition Application. Students who feel the application fee would be a financial hardship can request a fee waiver on the Common Application or Coalition Application.
  • College of Medicine Supplemental Application Fee, $100
    If your application is forwarded to the College of Medicine Admissions Office, you may be required to submit an additional processing and activation fee of $100 by January 15. If your completed application is forwarded to the College of Medicine, you will be notified via email — notifications are usually sent in late December. Please do not send the processing fee with application materials to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts must be sent directly from your high school to Undergraduate Admissions. You are required to submit transcripts from each high school attended. Please include a list of your senior year coursework.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters must be from a high school counselor and a science teacher. You should request recommendations through the Common Application or the Coalition Application.
  • Standardized Test Scores
    You must take either the SAT or ACT and request that the official results be forwarded to Undergraduate Admissions. All students should use the following codes to send score reports to Drexel: SAT 2194 or ACT 3556. Drexel does not accept self-reported scores from the Common or Coalition Applications.

Track Your Application Status

You can monitor the progress of your application using Discover Drexel. By logging in to Discover Drexel, you can receive important status updates about your admission application. Discover Drexel will only provide information related to first-year admission.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

While in the undergraduate portion of the program, students must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.6 GPA in all coursework, including all BCPM classes (all biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and math), without repeating a course and with no grade less than a C.
  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service that is documented and approved by the advisor.
  • Complete a six-month co-op in research, clinical, or health informatics, health law, or bioengineering. A co-op of 20 or 40 hours a week is possible.
  • Complete 12 quarters of study, including no classes during the summer between their first and second years and a full course load in the fall, winter, and spring of their fourth year. One quarter of a Drexel-approved study abroad program may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Based on AP and/or transfer credit and completion of all degree requirements, graduation can occur after the winter quarter of the fourth year, but not sooner.
  • Complete a rigorous plan of study which includes at least 14 credits and two STEM courses each quarter.
  • BS/BA+MD Early Assurance program follows a full 4-year with co-op plan with the following schedule of classes and co-op terms. Students must follow this layout of full-time terms in class and co-op (see below).

Fall Winter Spring Summer
First Year Class Class Class Vacation
Second Year Class Class Class Class
Third Year Class Class Co-op Co-op
Fourth (Senior) Year Class Class Class Graduation
  • The MCAT is required prior to matriculation into the College of Medicine. Students must receive minimum MCAT scores of 128 in three sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; and Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and a score of 127 in Critical Analysis and Reasoning for a total score of 511 or a total of 513 with no section score less than 127.

Please note that acceptance into the College of Medicine is not guaranteed.

Fall 2021 Applicant Profile

For fall 2021, the applicant pool for the BS/BA+MD Early Assurance Program comprised the following:

  • 2,348 total applicants.
  • 716 applicants met the minimum GPA, SAT/ACT and deadline requirements to be reviewed by the Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • 123 applicants were selected for an interview.
  • 60 students were admitted to the program.