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Early Assurance Programs



The FlexMed Program at the Icahn  School of Medicine at Mount Sinai:
The FlexMed Early Assurance Program  at the Icahn School of Medicine provides a path to medical school that offers maximum flexibility in the undergraduate years for Hunter students to explore their  educational interests unencumbered by the traditional pre-medical science requirements. Students must be committed to becoming physicians and have well-defined plans for how they plan to use the flexibility provided by this program. The FlexMed program assures highly motivated undergraduates admission to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from Hunter College. The MCAT is neither required nor permitted to be taken. The FlexMed Application opens on August 15 and must be submitted by January 15. Three (3) letters of recommendation are are required: 1)high school teacher, 2)Hunter professor or faculty advisor, and 3)other person who knows the student well academically or professionally.

Who should apply: First semester sophomores with a first year GPA over 3.70 and very high SAT or ACT scores. Applicants must have completed 2 semesters of college Biology, Chemistry, or Physics by the January 15th application deadline. If accepted , additional course requirements as specified in the program material must be completed prior to graduation.

For more information, visit: FlexMed Program Requirements.



The University of Rochester School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Aim of the Program: To offer an early assurance program (Rochester EAP) (conditional acceptance) to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to a select number of highly qualified college applicants from a select group of colleges, including Hunter College. The Rochester EAP is not an accelerated program. Rather, it is a competitive program offered to sophomore students from a select group of colleges (including Hunter College) who are clearly interested in and committed to careers in medicine, mature, and who wish to make the most of their undergraduate experience without the pressures associated with taking the MCAT exam or applying to multiple schools during their final year in college.  The Application opens on May 1 and the final date for submission is June 30.

Scope of the Program: By its very nature, the Rochester EAP is designed to free up time in the remainder of the undergraduate experience in the hope that accepted applicants will use this time to broaden their educational horizons,  participate in semester abroad programs, and focus on their education unencumbered by the normal application process to medical school, including MCAT preparation, the AMCAS application process, and the time and expense associated with multiple medical school interviews during your senior academic year. Rochester seeks students with superior academic records and significant extracurricular activities with sustained participation in medically-related activities and community outreach who will benefit from Rochester’s unique academic environment and enrich the medical school class through the diversity of their educational and experiential backgrounds. Rochester does not require a high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, or the MCAT exam. The Application does require a letter of recommendation by the Pre-Health Advising Office and submission of an official college transcipt.

Moreover, any applicant who is conditionally accepted into the Rochester EAP may, by notifying Rochester before May 15th of the year they would normally matriculate at Rochester, request a deferment for one or more years if there is a compelling reason. For example, the accepted student may wish to complete or continue an ongoing research project, pursue an advanced degree, or participate in a service-based or prestigious scholars program. Finally, accepted students also will be afforded the option of coming to the University of Rochester Medical Center campus to do research for a paid eight-week period during the summer between their junior and senior undergraduate years. As part of this optional program, you may participate in an overview course of human anatomy and physiology taught by Rochester’s medical school faculty. 

For more information, please contact the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office.



SUNY Upstate Medical School Early Assurance Program

Aim of the Program: The SUNY Upstate Medical School Early Assurance Program (SUNY Upstate EAP) offers early acceptance of undergraduate students during their second year at Hunter College. Applicants must have sophomore standing. Hunter students who have completed two years of college study but have advanced standing due to AP credit are eligible to apply.

The SUNY Upstate EAP is designed to free students from the pressures associated with applying to numerous medical schools, allowing them more freedom to pursue unique academic interests and experiences. It is NOT intended to accelerate the length of time of an undergraduate education.

Accepted students are required to complete their remaining two years of college, maintain a 3.5 science GPA (in required medical school prerequisites) and a 3.5 overall GPA, and must achieve a recommended score of 509 on the MCAT exam by August 31st of the year prior to entry. A maximum of two (2) attempts will be allowed (if needed) to obtain this score. Accepted students are also expected to continue relevant volunteer experiences.

Applicant Requirements: Applicants to the SUNY Upstate EAP must have:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • A minimum science GPA of 3.50 in required medical school pre-requisites.
  • Must have NEW SAT score of 1350 or better or OLD SAT score of 1300 or better (Combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.
  • Any 5 of the 8 science courses listed below completed prior to application:
  • General Biology I & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Biology II & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Chemistry I & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Chemistry II & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • Biochemistry (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Physics I & Lab (3-4 semester hours)
  • General Physics II & Lab (3-4 semester hours)

All science courses must have the corresponding lab with the exception of Biochemistry. The courses below are additional pre-requisites that do not need to be completed prior to the application; however, they do need to be successfully completed prior to enrolling as a medical student.

  • English elective (3 semester hours)
  • Composition or Writing course (3 semester hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)

The SUNY Upstate EAP application becomes available March 1 and is due no later than July 1.

Please visit the SUNY Upstate EAP website for further information.



University of Toledo Medstart Program


MedStart is an early admission program designed to accept students during their junior year of their undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. College or University. The program allows students to enroll into The University of Toledo's College of Medicine program for the next academic year following completion of the four-year baccalaureate education from an U.S. accredited institution. Students accepted into the MedStart program are required to participate in a 2-week program on the Health Science Campus during the summer between their junior and senior years of college.


*Note: The application period will open August 3rd. Deadline for application and all supplemental materials is September 28th. Please carefully review "How to Apply to the MedStart Program" section. Furthermore, instructions of how to complete the application are provided in a PDF format. 

The applicant must demonstrate motivation and enthusiasm for medicine as indicated from their volunteer and community service, medical related activities, leadership skills and/or research experiences. The MCAT is not required for acceptance into the program.

Important: Students who apply and are considered to the MedStart program must accept an offer of admission to the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the end of their junior year of their undergraduate degree program. Students who apply MUST be available to start medical school no earlier or later than one complete academic year after being accepted.  Failure to enroll in medical school the following year regardless of reason makes the student ineligible for the MedStart program and will result in a withdrawal of the admission offer.

Once the Letter of Intent has been signed, the applicant will not be permitted to apply to other medical schools. The applicant’s position will be held for the following Fall medical school class.  Submission of an AMCAS application to another medical school will be considered as a withdrawal from the MedStart program and the applicant's place in medical school will no longer be held. In addition, the applicant will not be reimbursed for his/her program fees and the applicant will have to apply as a regular applicant in order to be considered for a position in the medical school class.


  1. The student must apply to the program in the junior year of their undergraduate studies degree program at an accredited U.S. College or University. *Note: The MedStart Program will not consider applicants who plan to accelerate their coursework and graduate early.
  2. Completion of a minimum of one year of general chemistry with labs, one year of organic chemistry with labs, one year of biological sciences, or one year of physics at the time of application is strongly recommended. *Note: The minimum prerequisite courses (as indicated below) obtained at an accredited institution of higher education must be completed by the time of matriculation.


·         One Year of Biological Sciences

·         One Year of General Chemistry with Labs

·         One Year of Organic Chemistry with Labs

·         One Year of Physics

·         One Year of Mathematics

·         One Year of English

·         Biochemistry

·         Courses Highly Recommended:

·         Biostatistics

·         Genetics

Applicants are encouraged to acquire a broad undergraduate education including Humanities and Social Sciences.

·         *The University of Toledo Medical School Admissions does not accept virtual online lab courses.

  1. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher with a science GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application is strongly recommended.
  2. An ACT or SAT score is required. Applicants that have taken the exam(s) more than once should submit all their test scores. An ACT/SAT score taken once  the student has matriculated into college will not be accepted.
  3. An ACT score of 30 or higher or an SAT score of 1980 or higher is strongly recommended.



Please review the following thoroughly:

  1. Applicants applying to the MedStart program must be citizens of the United States or have permanent resident status (permanent residency "green" card). If applying as a permanent resident, an applicant must be a permanent resident at the time of application and will be required to submit a photocopy of the front and back of their permanent resident card.
  2. To apply to the MedStart program, first review the instructions on how to complete an application via PDF download then click on this link application website 

3.   All recommendation letters, test scores and updates must be uploaded into the application.

4.   The application period will open August 3rd. Deadline for application and all supplemental materials is September 28th.

If you have any questions, contact the University of Toledo Medical School Admissions Office at 419.383.3680 or

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