Early Assurance Program

How many students apply to the traditional MD Early Assurance Program, and how many are admitted?

We receive between forty and fifty applications for this program each year. Of the applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, a majority are invited to interview. Of those who are interviewed, approximately fifty percent are admitted to the Early Assurance Program.

I know that to be eligible to apply, I must have taken at least 5 science courses by the end of my sophomore year (a year of biology, a year of general chemistry, and at least one semester of organic-chemistry). Can I apply if some of those courses were taken during the summer, at another school, or as AP courses in high school?

Because we do not want to exclude high-achieving students who may be treading a curricular path that has diverged from the standard pre-med course sequences, we are reluctant to issue inflexible rules concerning this question. However, our admissions committee does have expectations; we hope the following statement will be helpful in clarifying the committee’s concerns.

When evaluating an Early Assurance program applicant’s academic record, the admissions committee is interested in observing the applicant’s academic performance in at least five rigorous science courses taken in a challenging environment. For many applicants, this will mean that the five courses will have been taken at the applicant’s undergraduate institution during the regular academic year in the context of a full course load.

Some applicants, however, have taken even more rigorous paths that may include AP courses and/or summer courses as well as advanced (beyond the introductory level) science and/or math courses. Such applicants present the committee with ample evidence of their academic ability and are by all means encouraged to apply.

Other applicants, while meeting the minimum eligibility requirements, may have taken a somewhat less rigorous path. In general, AP courses and summer school courses are considered less rigorous than courses taken during the academic year and may weaken an application that does not also contain additional evidence of academic achievement. Summer courses taken at other schools that are considered less rigorous than the same courses offered at the applicant’s home school may also weaken the application.

What happens if I am admitted to the Early Assurance Program but do not finish my premed courses during my junior year following admission? What if I schedule physics for my senior year?
In this case, we would wait until we had the opportunity to review your performance in that course before issuing a formal admission to the medical school. Assuming your academic performance met the program’s requirements, you would receive a medical school admission letter in the spring or summer prior to medical school enrollment as opposed to the preceding fall or winter.