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Early Assurance Programs

Universities Participating in Early Assurance Programs

What is an Early Assurance Program?

Early Assurance programs allow Hunter College Pre-Health students from any major to apply for early assurance of acceptance into a medical school without the stresses and expense of applying to multiple medical colleges during their final year of undergraduate study.

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If a student is accepted into an early assurance program, the student is contractually expected to matriculate at that medical school. If the student chooses to reject the offer and apply broadly to medical schools, the Pre-Health Office will not support an applicant who defaults on their early assurance agreement and who seeks to apply to another or multiple other medical schools.

What is the difference between Hunter College Affiliated vs.
Unaffiliated Early Assurance Programs?

Hunter College affiliated early assurance programs are available exclusively to students at Hunter College. Unaffiliated programs are available to all students, regardless of the institution, who meet their program requirements.

Hunter College Affiliated Early Assurance Programs:

Hunter College Affiliated Early Assurance Programs:

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Dental Medicine

Deadline: November 1
Supplemental Application Deadline: January 1

The 4 + 4 Early Acceptance Program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue a career in dentistry at LECOM, following successful graduation with a degree in a pre-approved pre-dental program at Hunter College.

 

In the 4 + 4 Program, students will get early acceptance to medical school, then spend a full four years at Hunter College. Our 4+4 Bachelor’s/DDM Early Acceptance Program with the LECOM School of Dental Medicine gives you the best of both worlds, including four years of dental school in Florida.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and minimum science GPA of 3.2.
  • No final grade below a C in any course.
  • MCAT is waived.
  • The student must submit a LECOM on-line College of Medicine Application by November 1 of the junior year.
  • Attend a LECOM On-Campus Day (Erie, PA)– Held in August of each year.
  • Must complete a satisfactory interview with LECOM School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.

For more information, visit LECOM School of Dental Medicine's EAP page.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Dental Medicine

Deadline: November 1
Supplemental Application Deadline: January 1

The 4 + 4 Early Acceptance Program with LECOM School of Dental Medicine (Brandenton, FL) offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue a career in dentistry at LECOM, following successful graduation with a degree in a pre-approved pre-dental program at Hunter College.

In the 4 + 4 Program, students will get early acceptance to dental school, then spend a full four years at Hunter College. Our 4+4 Bachelor’s/DDM Early Acceptance Program with the LECOM School of Dental Medicine gives you the best of both worlds, including four years of dental school in Florida.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and minimum science GPA of 3.2.
  • No final grade below a C in any course.
  • Take DAT the summer between the students' junior and senior year. Must earn an Academic Average that is satisfactory at the time for LECOM School of Dental Medicine.
  • The student must submit a formal ADEA AADSAS centralized aplication by Novermber 1 of senior year. The supplemental application must be completed by January 1 or senior year.
  • Attend a LECOM On-Campus Day held in august of each year.
  • Must complete a satisfactory interview with LECOM School of Dental Medicine Admissions Committee
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.

For more information, visit LECOM School of Dental Medicine's EAP page.

SUNY Downstate EME
The State University of New York at Downstate

Application Opens: N/A
Deadline: February 21

The Early Medical Education (EME) Program is a 2-summer initiative to increase the competitiveness of pre-medical students, early in their college career by providing exam preparation and academic support. Students will learn time and stress management skills, and have an opportunity for hands-on exposure to medical disciplines through shadowing experiences with clinicians. Successful participants are guaranteed admission to SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Juniors and Seniors with a science GPA of 3.2 and non-science GPA of 3.5
  • Must have completed all MCAT suggested courses by 1st summer

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation Required:

  • 1 from a science professor
  • 1 from a math professor

For more information on eligibility and program description, please visit EME Program.

University of Rochester Medical Center
University of Rochester School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Application Opens: May 1
Deadline: July 30

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry offers an early assurance program to a select number of highly qualified college applicants from a select group of colleges, including Hunter College. Student applicants must demonstrate a clear interest in and commitment to a career in medicine, are mature, and 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.

Students interested in applying to this program must be committed to becoming physicians and have well-defined plans for how to use the flexibility offered by this program.

Hunter College Eligibility Criteria:

  • College sophomores
  • Must have completed 2 semesters of college Biology, Chemistry w/ labs, and accrued 60 credits
  • Must have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.85
  • Students must apply through the Pre-Health Advising Office.

Three (3) Letter of Recommendation Required:

  • One from a Science Professor
  • One from a Clinical Supervisor
  • One from a reasearch supervisor or other Hunter instructor

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

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St. George's University
School of Medicine—MedStart

4 + 4 program offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine at Saint George's University, following successful graduation with a degree in a pre-approved pre-medicine program at Hunter College, allowing the students to obtain the BS/MD.

In the 4 + 4 Program, students will begin their studies at Hunter and after successfully completing the four-year premedical currisulum at Hunter, having met all prerequisite coursework for entry into SGU's School of edicine, and meeting the requirements for promotion, qualified students who meet the standards of admission at SGU will proceed to Grenada and enter the first year of SGU's School of Medicine.

The qualified medical students will be eligible to complete the first two years of medical study in Grenada, or can complete year on at Northumbria University in the UK, year two in Grenada, and the final two years of this program in clinical rotations at SGU's affiliated hospitals in the United States and/or the United Kingdom.

Students may apply to this pathway at the time they apply to Hunter or while a matriculated student at Hunter. SGU application fees will be waived for applicants, and they will be given fast track statu and will be prioritized for review, interviews, processing, and decisions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.2.
  • Within 5 points of the average MCAT score (The current average is approximately 498)
  • Must meet all admissions criteria of SGU School of Medicine.
  • Students should apply to the join program when applying for admission at Hunter college.

For more information, visit St. George's University's Medical School page.

University of Touro
Touro University
Touro College of Pharmacy

Priority Deadline: November 1
Deadline: June 21

4 + 4 program offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue a career in pharmacy at Touro College of Pharmacy, following successful graduation with a degree in a pre-approved pre-pharmacy program at Hunter College.

In the 4 + 4 Program, students will begin their studies at Hunter, and interested students will follow Hunter's pre-pharmacy track and apply to TCOP in their sophomore year. If they meet all requirements, after four years, accepted students will matriculate into TCOP.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and minimum science GPA of 2.75.
  • Demonstration of a commitment to study pharmacy and core requirements shown through volunteering, shadowing, and becoming knowledgeable about pharmacy.
  • Completion of Hunter College's .
  • Three favorable recommendations from:
    • One from a Pre-Health Advisor
    • One from a Science professor
    • One from a healthcare professional
  • Application must be processed and completed through PharmCAS during the final year of study at Hunter.

For more information, visit Touro College of Pharmacy's admissions page.

Unaffiliated Early Assurance Programs:

University of Rochester Medical Center
FlexMed Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Application Opens: August 15
Deadline: January 15

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. Upon graduation from Hunter College, accepted students are assured admission to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Students interested in applying to this program must be committed to becoming physicians and have well-defined plans for how to use the flexibility offered by this program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • First semester college sophomores with a first year GPA above 3.70 and very high SAT or ACT scores
  • Must have completed 2 semesters of college Biology, Chemistry, or Physics by the January 15th application deadline.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation Required:

  • 1 from a high school teacher
  • 1 from a Hunter professor or faculty advisor
  • 1 from a person who knows the student well academically or professionally

The MCAT is neither required nor permitted to be taken.

If accepted, additional course requirements as specified in the program material must be completed prior to graduation. For more information, visit: FlexMed Program Requirements.

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Zucker Pipeline Program (ZPP)

Application Opens: January 15
Deadline: April 1

The mission of the Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program (ZPP) at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (Zucker School of Medicine), is to enhance the matriculation of underrepresented in medicine (URM) students and economically disadvantaged students to the Zucker School of Medicine. This three-year, summer intensive, academic enrichment program is designed to provide high achieving college students who are interested in a career in medicine an opportunity for direct matriculation to the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • College Freshman
  • Must have a 3.2 GPA
  • Must have demonstrated success in a biology and chemistry class. Completion of a physics class is preferred, but not required.
  • Must have a composite score of 1200 or higher on new SAT and/or a score of 25+ on the ACT.
  • Must identify with a group that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Must come an economically disadvantaged background.

Strong consideration for admission to the program will be given to candidates who are:

  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class
  • Willing to commit to participating in the three-year program.
  • Willing to maintain a good attendance records

One (1) Letters of Recommendation Required:

  • 1 from a Pre-Health Advisor

If you have questions about the application, please email the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. To learn more information about this program and the application requirements, please visit their program web page.

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Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) with the opportunity of Early Assurance Program

The School of Medicine offers a seven-week residential Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program. SPAEP is designed specifically to prepare and support talented and motivated students who wish to pursue careers in the profession of medicine. The program targets applicants who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine with particular emphasis on those with disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.

Program participants will spend seven weeks strengthening academic skills and enhancing their knowledge in science, scientific writing and public speaking through enrollment enrolled in two non-credit courses MedBio and Med English. They will also learn more about careers in medicine.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • College Sophomores
  • Must have completed 2 semesters of college Biology, Chemistry with labs, and accrued 60 credits.
  • Must have a science GPA of 3.6.

Students who attend the first summer of SPAEP and meet program requirements will be invited to rejoin the program for a second summer of research, career and professional development. At that time, eligible participants will be permitted to apply for Early Assurance through SPAEP to the UPSOM.

The Early Assurance Through SPAEP is a multi-summer residential program leading to matriculation at UPSOM. For more information regarding the summary of requirements for Early Assurance through SPAEP, please contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at 1-(412) 648-8987.

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The University of Toledo
School of Medicine—MedStart

Application Opens: July 1
Application Deadline: October 1

MedStart is an early assurance program designed to accept exceptional students during their junior year of their undergraduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university. The program allows students to matriculate into the MD program at the College of Medicine and Life Sciences (COMLS) at The University of Toledo (UToledo) for the academic year following completion of their four-year baccalaureate degree.

Students are accepted into the MedStart program participate in a mandatory program on the Health Science Campus during the summer between their junior and senior years of undergraduate school. This program provides participants with an opportunity to learn more about the MD program, the campus, and the Greater Toledo community. Additionally, participants get to know each other better, as well as engage with current students, faculty, and staff who give them a "sneak peak" into life as a UToledo medical student!

“We are looking for applicants who demonstrate superior motivation and enthusiasm for medicine as indicated through community service, healthcare-related activities, leadership skills, and research experiences. Further, we are looking for applicants with the highest levels of maturity, professionalism, collaboration, and cultural competence in alignment with our COMLS mission to ‘improve health in the communities and region we serve.’”

Eligibility Criteria:

  • College juniors
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher with a science GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application.
  • Must provide an ACT or SAT score. An SAT score of 1980 or higher or ACT score of 30 or higher is strongly recommended.
  • Students must complete a minimum of:
    1. one (1) semester of general chemistry with labs
    2. one (1) semester of organic chemistry with labs
    3. either one (1) year of biological sciences or one year of physics
  • Must be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status.

For more information, visit Toledo University's MedStart page.

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Cornell BS/DVM Accelerated Pathway

Application Opens: March 1
Application Deadline: June 1
Application Decision: July 1

The Early Acceptance Pathway gives exceptionally well-qualified applicants the opportunity to apply to veterinary school after their sophomore year. This pathway is unique because it is based not only on academic criteria, but also a written plan for the junior year prior to entering the DVM curriculum. Activities include study in challenging courses in diverse areas of interest, initiation or completion of a research project, or time spent in a unique life experience.

important: If the goal is to take additional pre-vet course work and/or gain additional veterinary experience, applying in the regular cycle is a better choice.

Accepted students enter the DVM program after the completion of their junior year.

Admission is based on outstanding academic performance in the first two years of college and the applicant's plan for their intended use of the third year in college. Completion of a baccalaureate degree strongly recommended.

Applications for the Early Acceptance Pathway should not be sent through VMCAS. Send or email the application (preferred) directly to Cornell DVM Admissions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.7.
  • Must have completed one (1) semester of organic chemistry and one semester of upper-level biology, biochemistry, or physics course at time of application.
  • Must complete all prerequisite course work by the end of the junior year with a grade of B or better.
  • Must provide written plan about how the time between acceptance and matriculation will be used.

For further information, please visit the Cornell Accelerated BS/DVM Pathway page.

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