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Pre-Health Advising: Partner Schools and Early Assurance Programs

Syracuse University's Early Assurance Program (EAP) partnerships allow Syracuse University students to be accepted or conditionally accepted to medical, dental and pharmacy programs. Through these programs, students are not required to take the MCAT for admission to medical school and enjoy either an abbreviated undergraduate timeline or additional flexibility in their advanced undergraduate years.

Program When to Apply Years at Syracuse Medical Degrees Offered Standardized Testing Requirement
Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program Senior year of high school, part of Syracuse Common App 3 if pursuing BA in biology 4 if enrolled in any other undergraduate degree program MD MCAT not required
LECOM Early Assurance Program Before enrolling at Syracuse OR after completing between 30 and 60 credits at Syracuse 4 DO, DDS, or PharmD DO: MCAT not required PharmD: PCAT not required DDS: DAT ≥ 18
Albany Early Assurance Program Sophomore year at Syracuse 4 MD MCAT not required

Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) Program

The Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) Program allows highly competitive applicants to Syracuse University to be simultaneously considered for admission to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The program offers two separate tracks, based on the student’s undergraduate degree:

  • 3+4 Program: Students pursuing the BA in biology will follow a 3-year timeline at Syracuse University. The fourth year of their undergraduate timeline is spent at Upstate Medical University; following successful completion of the first-year medical curriculum, the BA degree is conferred by Syracuse University. This option is subject to availability, as limited seats are available each year.
  • 4+4 Program: Students pursuing any other degree will follow a 4-year timeline at Syracuse University before matriculating at SUNY Upstate. Upon successful completion of the Syracuse University degree and all requirements for the UAS Program, students matriculate at SUNY Upstate.

Degrees offered

Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University + MD at SUNY Upstate

Application Process

Students must apply for the UAS Program as they are applying for fall admission to Syracuse University.

To apply, check the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program box in the “Academics” section of the Syracuse Common App (the fall start term must be selected in order for this option to appear). All application materials, including official transcripts and standardized test scores, must be submitted by December 1.

Syracuse University will perform an initial review of all applications to the UAS Program. Highly competitive applicants will be recommended to SUNY Upstate. If your application is recommended, you will be notified by Syracuse University via email, asked to sign a waiver for the release of your application and supporting materials SUNY Upstate, and at that time will be required to complete a brief secondary application and submit a $65 application fee to SUNY Upstate.

After your application is reviewed by SUNY Upstate, you may be selected to interview with SUNY Upstate. You will be notified via email if you are selected to interview.

Of those selected to interview, a small number of students will be selected for conditional admission to SUNY Upstate. Students will be required to maintain academic performance and meet other criteria during college (described below).

Application Requirements

  • High School GPA in 90th percentile or 3.50 or better
  • SAT ≥ 1360 or ACT ≥ 29 (Though Syracuse University does not require standardized test scores for admission, applicants to the UAS Program must submit their scores for review by SUNY Upstate)
  • Extracurricular activities that demonstrate extensive, long-term experience in healthcare setting(s) and a commitment to community service or volunteer work; for example, past competitive applicants have had experience with medical shadowing, hospital volunteering, healthcare-oriented research and other activities that demonstrate and interest in, and understanding of, medical practice
  • There are no requirements for residency or citizenship; this program is open to international applicants

Early Decision applicants: Please note that 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 Syracuse’s Early Decision commitment contract, regardless of whether you are accepted to the UAS Program.

Requirements During College (after acceptance to EAP)

  • Enroll in ≥ 12 credit hours per semester
  • Complete prerequisite pre-med coursework:
    • 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 all other graduation requirements for Syracuse University
  • Minimum STEM and cumulative GPA ≥ 3.5
  • Complete and track 40 hours of volunteer service during the undergraduate career, preferably in direct contact with patients and physicians
  • MCAT not required

Once you are accepted to the UAS Program, you should consider the agreement binding. Application to any other program will rescind the acceptance.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) EAP

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 doctor of pharmacy program prior to matriculation at Syracuse University or after the completion of the first year of study.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University + DO, PharmD or DDS at LECOM

Application Process: High School Students

To apply, complete BOTH the Syracuse University Common App and the LECOM EAP application. For access to the LECOM EAP application, submit this inquiry form on the LECOM website.

If accepted, you will receive a provisional acceptance to LECOM indicating your intended date of entry (matriculation). You must remain enrolled at Syracuse University for at least two consecutive years prior to LECOM matriculation and matriculate at LECOM within one year from the intended matriculation date on your provisional acceptance letter.

Application Process: Syracuse University Students

Current Syracuse University students may apply to the LECOM EAP after they have earned at least 30, but no more than 60, credit hours at Syracuse University.

To apply, contact a Pre-Health Advisor and submit this inquiry form on the LECOM website.

Application Requirements

  • SAT ≥ 1240 or ACT ≥ 26
  • High School un-weighted GPA ≥ 3.5 (this applies to high school applicants and college applicants)
  • Must be accepted to Syracuse University (LECOM will confirm admission to Syracuse before extending an official offer of admission to high school applicants)
  • Must NOT have already earned a four-year degree before applying to LECOM
  • Must be a lawful, permanent U.S. resident

Requirements During College (after acceptance to EAP)

  • Students must maintain specified GPA in science and non-science courses*
  • Standardized testing requirement varies based on LECOM program:
    • DO Program: MCAT not required
    • PharmD Program: PCAT not required
    • Dental Program: DAT academic average ≥ 18 (scoring ≥ 17 in each section)

*Policies are detailed in the LECOM EAP Policy Manual (available in the Office of Pre-Health Advising and sent to students upon acceptance to the program)

Once you are accepted to the LECOM EAP, you should consider the agreement binding. Application to any other program will rescind the acceptance.

Albany Medical College EAP

The 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. As the MCAT and typical pre-med course requirements are waived for students accepted to the Albany Medical College EAP, they are able to pursue additional majors and minors, study abroad opportunities and research endeavors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University + MD at Albany Medical College

Application Process

Students apply to the EAP during the spring semester of sophomore year through the summer prior to junior year.

To apply, contact the Office of Pre-Health Advising.

Application Requirements

  • SAT ≥ 1400 or ACT ≥ 31
  • BCPM (biology, chemistry, physics, math) GPA and cumulative GPA ≥ 3.50 at the time of application; all grades must be B or better
  • Complete the science coursework below; at least two of the four courses must be 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)
  • Work the Pre-Health Evaluation Committee in the to obtain a committee letter in support of the EAP application
  • There are no requirements for residency or citizenship; this program is open to international applicants

Requirements After Acceptance to the EAP

  • Maintain semester and overall GPA ≥ 3.50
  • Participate in meaningful activities to gain experience in clinical service, community service, and/or research
  • MCAT not required

Once you are accepted to the Albany Medical College EAP, you should consider the agreement binding. Application to any other program will rescind the acceptance.

Questions?

Staff are available to answer your questions about any of the programs above.

Current Syracuse students: Contact a Pre-Health Advisor

122 Life Sciences Complex

315.443.2212

prehealthadvising@syr.edu

Prospective Syracuse students: Contact the A&S | Maxwell Recruitment Team

301 Hall of Languages

315.443.4322

visitas@syr.edu