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Pre-Health Advising: Partner Schools and Early Assurance Programs

Early Assurance Programs (EAP)

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. 

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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 (LECOM) /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

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

Upstate Medical University/Syracuse University Affiliations

Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) Program

The Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) Program at Syracuse University provides the opportunity for exceptionally competitive students with demonstrated clinical competencies to be accepted to medical school prior to matriculation at Syracuse University.

Consideration for the UAS Program is open to high school seniors who have applied to Syracuse University. Students intending to apply to the UAS Program are strongly recommended to apply for admission to Syracuse University by December 1.

Please note that applying Early Decision to Syracuse University only applies to your application to Syracuse University, which is considered separate from the selection process for the UAS Program; thus, if you apply Early Decision to Syracuse University and are accepted to your first-choice college at Syracuse then you will be bound to attending Syracuse based on the Early Decision commitment contract, regardless of whether you are accepted or not to the UAS Program. Students who will only strongly consider attending Syracuse University if they are accepted to the UAS Program should apply Regular Decision, while those who will plan to attend Syracuse regardless of whether they are accepted to the UAS Program should consider applying Early Decision.

The UAS Program requires students to meet the following criteria:

  • High School GPA in 90th percentile or 3.50 or better
  • Extracurricular activities that demonstrate experience in healthcare setting(s) and a commitment to community service or volunteer work

Strong candidates for the program will have earned an SAT score of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 or better. Please note: Though Syracuse University will not require SAT/ACT scores for students applying for fall 2022 admission, SAT/ACT scores are still required for the UAS Program.

Though a Syracuse University admissions interview is not required, applicants who meet the criteria above may wish to schedule an interview with the staff from the College of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office. UAS applicants can schedule an admissions interview by submitting a request to visitas@syr.edu.

Qualified applicants whose credentials have been reviewed by Syracuse University’s Admissions Committee and Office of Pre-Health Advising will be recommended to Upstate Medical University for further review. Recommended students will be notified of this decision by Syracuse University, and at that time will be required to complete a brief secondary application for Upstate Medical University and submit a $65 application fee to Upstate Medical University. Following review of their application materials, Upstate Medical University will select a small number of students to interview and notify applicants of their decisions.

If admitted to the UAS Program, students will be required to maintain academic performance and other criteria, as follows:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 overall and in the sciences each semester
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester
  • Complete the following 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 UAS Program:

3+4 BA/MD Program

  • Students must declare a major in biology (BA degree) at Syracuse University
  • Students are required to complete coursework for the biology major and liberal arts core during their first three years at Syracuse University
  • Upon successful completion of the Syracuse University coursework and all requirements for the UAS Program, students matriculate at Upstate Medical University in the MD program
  • The fourth year is 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 enroll in nearly any college and major at Syracuse University
  • Upon successful completion of the Syracuse University degree and all requirements for the Accelerated Scholars Program, students matriculate at Upstate Medical University in the MD program

Contact Chris Anderson, cnanders@syr.edu, with questions about the UAS Program.

SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Early Assurance Program (EAP)

In addition to the UAS Program, Syracuse University students are eligible for SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Early Assurance Program (EAP). The EAP offers early acceptance to medical school to undergraduate students during their second year of college. The 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, and does not shorten the standard, four-year undergraduate timeline.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have sophomore standing and be enrolled at an accredited undergraduate institution (in this case, Syracuse University).

College students whom have not completed two years of college study but have advanced standing due to AP credit are eligible to apply. AP credits must be converted to college credit and listed on the college transcript; if this is not possible students must send a letter from the Office of the Registrar to SUNY Upstate Medical University indicating the AP courses and the course requirements that they fulfill at Syracuse University.

Applicants to the EAP must have:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.50
  • A minimum science grade point average in required medical school prerequisites of 3.50
  • An SAT score of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT score of 30 composite or better (top score in each section will be considered)
  • Any five out of the eight 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

Students accepted to the EAP are required to:

  • Complete their remaining two years of college; the courses below must be completed prior to enrolling as a medical student:
    • English elective (3 semester hours)
    • Composition or Writing course (3 semester hours)
    • Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • Maintain a science GPA of 3.50 (in required medical school prerequisites)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.50
  • Achieve a recommended score of 510 on the MCAT exam by August 31st of the year prior to entry; a maximum of two attempts will be allowed (if needed) to obtain this score
  • Continue relevant volunteer experiences throughout their time at Syracuse University

Students interested the EAP should contact a Pre-Health Advisor during the first semester at Syracuse University to learn more about his program.