Accelerated and Early Assurance Linkage Programs
Drexel University College of Medicine has fast track and early assurance linkage agreements with several undergraduate programs. Each program type has a different set of admission requirements and overall philosophy, so each is geared for a different type of student. Undergraduate institutions with whom we partner for these programs also differ from each other in philosophy, options, location, size and so on. Prospective students should carefully select the type of program and institution to which they will apply.
General Application Requirements
Please see each linkage program type for requirements specific to that program. All programs require the following:
- Applicants to linkage programs apply through that school, not directly to the College of Medicine. We receive completed applications from the linkage schools.
- A non-refundable fee of $150 is required of linkage program applicants by the College of Medicine. If a linkage program applicant applies to the College of Medicine through more than one program, the applicant pays the $150 fee only once. The College of Medicine will email linkage applicants about the fee after the application is received from the linkage school.
- Regardless of program type or linkage school, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
- Students must have a diploma from a U.S. high school.
- If selected for an interview by the College of Medicine, an on-campus interview is conducted at the medical school. The College of Medicine will email the invitation for an interview to each applicant selected. The medical school Admissions Committee makes all final recommendations for admission to the joint program.
General Matriculation Requirements
Regardless of the type of linkage program and institution chosen, all students entering Drexel University College of Medicine from any of our linkage programs must meet the same entrance requirements, in part, as follows:
- Without repeating a course, maintain a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 3.5 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in the prerequisite sciences (no rounding).
- Receive no grade less than a "C" (a "C-" is less than a "C").
- Receive in a single MCAT examination a minimum total score of 506. Individual subset scores must be a minimum of 127 on the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, and the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems sections. A minimum subset score of 125 is required on the Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. Or students must achieve a minimum total score of 510 with no individual subset score less than a 125. Drexel University College of Medicine reserves the right to revise the MCAT score requirements.
- Linkage students may only apply to Drexel University College of Medicine. If students wish to apply to other medical schools, they must relinquish their spot at Drexel.
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Fast Track Programs
Fast track programs are designed to provide outstanding high school students who are highly motivated toward the medical profession the opportunity to complete all undergraduate and medical school courses in seven years (three years at the undergraduate level and four years at the medical school level).
Students are selected for the program during their senior year of high school. Candidates for a fast track program must have a combined SAT score of no less than 1360 or an ACT score of no less than 31, and rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The SAT score of 1360 is in the reading and math sections of the exam. We will be reviewing the optional essay score, but will not consider the score in our deliberations. Students must complete four years of high school math, four years of English, and three years of science (including at least one semester of biology, chemistry and physics). Maturity, stability, scholarship, flexibility, independence and service to others are personal characteristics sought among applicants.
Drexel University College of Medicine has fast track programs with the following institutions:
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Early Assurance Program
The early assurance program was designed to meet the needs of students dedicated to a career in medicine who desire to be relieved of the pressure associated with the traditional application process. The program is available to qualified students who have completed two years of undergraduate study at Drexel University.
Students at Drexel University who wish to apply to link with the College of Medicine must, at the time of application, have an overall GPA of 3.5 with no grade less than a "C" in their undergraduate coursework.
For more information, please review the University's website:
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