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Syracuse University's Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnerships afford opportunities for Syracuse University students to be accepted or conditionally accepted to medical schools, at times without taking MCAT.

Some examples of current Early Assurance Program partnerships follow, but for more information, contact a Pre-Health Advisor. 

Albany Medical College (AMC) / Syracuse University Affiliation

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnership between Albany Medical College and Syracuse University provides the opportunity for students to be accepted to medical school prior to the Junior year of Undergraduate study and allows for academic flexibility after acceptance. Students who are accepted into the EAP will not be required to take the typical course of typical medical school pre-requisites and will not be required to take the MCAT. The flexibility provided to accepted students will allow for exploration of majors, ILMs, and minors, as well as study abroad and research.

  • Students must complete specified science coursework, with at least two of the four requirements completed prior to the end of the Sophomore year.
    • One year of general biology (with lab)
    • One year of general chemistry (with lab)
    • One year of organic chemistry (with lab)
    • One year of general physics (with lab)
  • Students must have both a BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 at the time of application (all grades must be B or better)
  • Students must have obtained standardized test scores of:
    • SAT ≥ 1400
    • ACT ≥ 31
  • No MCAT is required, if accepted.
  • Students are expected to participate in meaningful activities to gain experience in clinical service, community service, and/or research.
  • Students apply to the EAP in the Spring semester of Sophomore year into the summer prior to Junior year.
    • Application can be obtained from the Office of Pre-Health Advising
    • Students must participate with the Pre-Health Evaluation Committee in the Fall/Spring semesters to obtain a committee letter in support of their EAP application
  • If accepted, students are expected to:
    • Maintain semester and overall GPA of at least 3.50
    • Consider the agreement binding. Application to any other programs will rescind the acceptance.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine/Syracuse University Affiliations

The Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnership between Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Syracuse University provides the opportunity for students to be accepted to medical school, dental school, or the doctorate of Pharmacy program prior to matriculation at Syracuse University or after the completion of the first year of study. Students are not required to take the MCAT for admission into the EAP or medical school.

DO, DDS, PharmD

  • High School Students
    • Student apply to both Syracuse University and LECOM (http://portal.lecom.edu)
    • Students are deemed eligible for LECOM (Phase I) once accepted to Syracuse University (exceptions: Students must be US Citizens or lawful permanent residents and may not have already earned a four-year undergraduate degree).
    • LECOM notifies Office of Pre-Health Advising that a student has applied to the early admission program (EAP). Advisor approval is necessary to move forward.
    • Typical Admissions Criteria*:
      • SAT ≥ 1240 or ACT ≥ 26
      • High School un-weighted GPA ≥ 3.5
    • Student must interview with LECOM
    • Student will receive provisional acceptance to LECOM and must be enrolled in Phase I for at least two consecutive years prior to LECOM matriculation and matriculate at LECOM within one year from original matriculation date on letter.
    • MCAT is unnecessary (DO); PCAT is unnecessary (PharmD); DAT academic average ≥ 18 (with additional section score requirements)*
    • Students must maintain specified GPA in science and non-science courses*
  • Syracuse University Students
    • Current Syracuse University students may apply to the EAP after they have earned 30 credit hours (but no more than 60).
    • Criteria for admissions remain the same with the exception of the addition of the consideration of the student’s GPA in science courses during the first year of enrollment.

Upstate Medical University/Syracuse University Affiliations (invitation only; Beginning Fall 2020 Applications)

The Upstate Accelerated Scholars program at Syracuse University provides the opportunity for students to be accepted to medical school prior to matriculation at Syracuse University. While at Syracuse University, students can choose to pursue either the 3+4 or 4+4 pathway based upon academic interests. Students are not required to take the MCAT for admission into Upstate Medical University.

Consideration for the Upstate Accelerated Scholars program is open to High School seniors who have applied to and been accepted by Syracuse University. Criteria for the Accelerated Scholars program requires students to meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum standardized test scores
    • SAT ≥ 1360
    • ACT ≥ 29
  • High School GPA 90% or 3.50 or better
  • Extracurricular activities that demonstrate experience in healthcare setting(s) and a commitment to community service or volunteer work.

Qualified applicants that have been accepted by Syracuse University will be reviewed by the Office of Pre-Health Advising to make recommendations to Upstate Medical University for interviews for the program. If admitted to the Upstate Scholars Program, students will be required to maintain academic performance and other criteria, as follows:

  • Minimum GPA 3.50 overall and in the sciences each semester
  • Minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
  • Complete pre-requisite coursework (graded, not pass/fail)
    • General Biology I and II (with lab)
    • General Chemistry I and II (with lab)
    • Organic Chemistry I and II (with lab)
    • General Physics I and II (with lab)
    • Biochemistry
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Statistics
  • Complete and track 40 hours of volunteer service during the undergraduate career, preferably in direct contact with patients and physicians.

 There are two tracks available within the Upstate Accelerated Scholars program.

3+4 BA/MD Program

  • Students would be required to complete coursework for the BA in Biology at Syracuse University, including the liberal arts core, in 3 years.
  • Upon successful completion of the Syracuse University degree, and all requirements for the Accelerated Scholars Program, students would matriculate at Upstate Medical University in the MD program.
  • The fourth year would be spent at Upstate Medical University. Following successful completion of the first-year medical curriculum, the BA degree would be conferred by Syracuse University

4+4 Program

  • Students accepted into this track may choose any college and any major at Syracuse University.
  • Upon successful completion of the Syracuse University degree, and all requirements for the Accelerated Scholars Program, students would matriculate at Upstate Medical University in the MD program.

*Policies are detailed in the EAP Policy Manual (available in the Office of Pre-Health Advising)