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Upstate Accelerated Scholars

Guaranteed High School & College Freshmen Admission Programs

These programs are designed for students who wish to apply to both an undergraduate institution and medical school simultaneously. If accepted, you will be guaranteed acceptance into SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine upon completion of your undergraduate degree and as well as the outlined admissions requirements.

You are welcome to apply to multiple institutions from our list of partners below (note: please check specific timelines, some programs are for matriculated freshmen, not high school seniors). These institutions must accept you first and then recommend you to our program. Upstate will screen these recommendations and then invite students to interview. Students may interview through more than one partner institution and may even have the option to be accepted to Upstate Accelerated Scholars through multiple partner institutions.

SUNY Upstate has agreements with the following institutions: 

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Adelphi University

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an agreement with Adelphi University that allows admitted Adelphi students seeking the degrees of Bachelor’s in Arts, Science or Fine Arts to to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility Pre-college

  • An excellent high School GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and commitment to service work.
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.

Adelphi

  • Completion of graduation requirements for the specific degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 

Application Process:

  • Students applying to Adelphi University should indicate interest in the Accelerated Scholars Program (ASP) with SUNY Upstate Medical University on the Common Application and on the SUNY Supplemental form.
  • Students must be accepted to Adelphi University to be considered for the ASP. Please note acceptance into Adelphi University does not guarantee acceptance to the ASP with SUNY Upstate.
  • The ASP Nomination Committee will evaluate admitted students for eligibility to the program on a rolling basis.   Students must meet the minimum pre-college criteria to be considered. The Committee will then make recommendations to SUNY Upstate. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for consideration into the ASP.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical will screen candidates recommended by Adelphi University on a rolling basis and determine which students will be invited to interview. SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to ten students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their Adelphi University undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants. Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the ASP is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the ASP. 

Please note that Adelphi University has a rolling admission process, but if students plan to apply for the ASP, it is strongly recommended to apply by December 1. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to the Adelphi University by May 1.

This program is only open to incoming freshmen. Students who have matriculated at the College and transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Bob Schwartz in the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships at Adelphi Uniiversity at rschwartz@adelphi.ed

 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (Upstate) has an agreement with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS)  that allows admitted ACPHS students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility

  • An excellent high school GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Have extra-curricular activities that clearly document some experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to service work.
  • SAT test scores of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT test score of 31 Composite or better.  The score will not be rounded to meet this minimum.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Accepted UAS students will be required to meet with their ACPHS undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of the program participants. 
  • Unofficial transcripts will be sent to Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Complete graduation requirements for their specified degree program, and in addition complete the following Medical School prerequisite courses:  Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I, General Physics I and II (all science courses must include a laboratory component), Biochemistry and Statistics. Students must receive no grade lower than a “B” in these medical school prerequisites. All of the above courses must be successfully completed at ACPHS. Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable. In the event that a student decides to withdraw from a course, prior permission must be granted by the Admissions Committee at Upstate – this can be requested by email to the Upstate representative.
  • UAS students are expected to carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours each semester.
  • UAS students must maintain a high level of academic achievement (3.50 grade point cumulative average and a 3.50 grade point semester average in the sciences eachsemester) and make reasonable progress toward other goals (e.g., research and experiential).
  • Complete and document 40 hours of volunteer service during the student’s undergraduate career. It is strongly recommended that these hours be completed in direct contact with patients and physicians in a healthcare setting while at ACPHS.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program.

Application Process

  • Students applying to ACPHS must indicate their interest in being considered for the Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) program
  • Students must be accepted to ACPHS and then recommended by ACPHS to be considered.Please note acceptance to ACPHS does not guarantee acceptance into the UAS program.
  • Application package due December 1stfrom ACPHS will include;
    • Original application to ACPHS
    • Statement of interest in medicine and the UAS program
  • SUNY Upstate will screen candidates recommended by ACPHS and determine which students will be invited to interview.
  • SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to (5) students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants.
  • Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS program.

Please note that ACPHS has a rolling admission process, if students plan to apply for the UAS, it is strongly recommended to apply to ACPHS by November 15th. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to ACPHS by May 1st.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds. As a result, students applying to the UAS are encouraged to consider non-traditional majors.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Elizabeth Brookins, ACPHS Director of Pre-Professional Pathways, at Elizabeth.Brookins@acphs.edu

 

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an agreement with Bard College at Simon’s Rock that allows admitted Simon’s Rock students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility

  • Complete the Associate of Arts degree (“AA”) at Simon's Rock, or Bard High School-Early College—Manhattan, Queens, or Newark with a minimum GPA of 3.5. The score will not be rounded to meet this minimum.
  • Have extra-curricular activities that clearly document some experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to service work.
  • SAT test scores of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT test score of 29 Composite or better. The score will not be rounded to meet this minimum.
  • Undergone the process known as Moderation at Simon’s Rock (ideally in October/November).

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

  • Accepted UAS students will be required to meet with their Simon’s Rock undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of the program participants.
  • Unofficial transcripts will be sent to Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Complete graduation requirements for their specified degree program, and in addition complete the following Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I, General Physics I and II (all science courses must include a laboratory component), Biochemistry and Statistics. Students must receive no grade lower than a “B” in these medical school prerequisites. All of the above courses must be successfully completed at Simon’s Rock. Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable. In the event that a student decides to withdraw from a course, prior permission must be granted by the Admissions Committee at Upstate – this can be requested by email to the Upstate representative.
  • UAS students are expected to carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours each semester.
  • UAS students must maintain a high level of academic achievement (3.50 grade point cumulative average and a 3.50 grade point semester average in the sciences each semester) and make reasonable progress toward other goals (e.g., research and experiential).
  • Complete and document 40 hours of volunteer service during the student’s undergraduate career. It is strongly recommended that these hours be completed in direct contact with patients and physicians in a healthcare setting while at Simon’s Rock.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program.

Application Process

  • During moderation process, must communicate interest to the Simon’s Rock pre-health advisor.
  • Recommended to moderate in October/November of sophomore year at Simon’s Rock to be eligible.
  • Simon’s Rock must recommend students to this program.
  • Application package due December 1st from Simon’s Rock will include;
    • Original application to Simon’s Rock
    • Recommendation letter from Simon’s Rock pre-health advisor
    • Updated personal statement explaining interest in the UAS program
    • Updated official Simon’s Rock transcript
  • SUNY Upstate will screen candidates recommended by Simon’s Rock and determine which students will be invited to interview.
  • SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to (5) students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants.
  • Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the GEP

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds. As a result, students applying to the UAS are encouraged to consider non-traditional majors.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact David Myers, Simon’s Rock pre-health advisor, at myersd@simons-rock.edu

For further details about these programs, please visit the Simon’s Rock website to find out the specific requirements.

Colgate University

SUNY Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine and Colgate University are proud to announcetheir partnership of the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (UAS).

This program allows recommended current Colgate undergraduate freshmen to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility 

  • An excellent high school GPA (minimum 90% average) AND a first semester GPA of 3.4 at Colgate.The score will not be rounded to meet these minimums.
  • Extra-curricular activities that clearly document experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to community service or volunteer work.  Students will be expected to track and report these activities and hours as an update to their Upstate representative but are not required to provide further documentations. 
  • SAT test scores of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT test score of 29 composite or better. These scores will not be rounded to meet this minimum.

Applicants who meet the above requirements for consideration must: 

  1. Complete and submit the application by April 1st of their first year at Colgate with the understanding that they will need to submit their spring semester transcript as soon as it is available.
  2. Interview with the Admissions Committee at Upstate in Syracuse NY in May/June of the same academic year. Note: Decisions will not be made until we have received spring grades.

Colgate

  • Completion of graduation requirements for their specific undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 182 and another animal or cell biology course, Chemistry 263 and Chemistry 264, Physics 111 and 112 or Physics 232 and 233, Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B-
  • Carry a course load of at least three (3.0) course credits each semester.
  • Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement (3.40 grade point cumulative average and 3.25 grade point semester average in the sciences each semester) and make reasonable progress toward other goals (ie. Research and experiential). The GPA will not be rounded to meet these minimums.
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

Accepted Students

  • The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS.
  • Accepted students will have the opportunity to participate in summer opportunities on Upstate’s downtown Syracuse campus.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Julie Chanatry, PhD, Chairperson of the Health Sciences Advisory Committee at jchanatry@colgate.edu

Hamilton College

SUNY Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine and Hamilton College are piloting their partnership of the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program.

This program allows recommended current Hamilton undergraduate freshmen to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements.

Eligibility 

  • EITHER
    • a first year GPA of 3.25 at Hamilton AND a minimum SAT score of 1350 OR 30 ACT
    • OR a first GPA of 3.0 at Hamilton AND a minimum SAT score of 1450 or 31 ACT
  • extra-curricular activities that clearly document experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to community service or volunteer work.  Students will be expected to track and report these activities and hours as an update to their Upstate representative but are not required to provide further documentations. 

Applicants who meet the above requirements for consideration must:

  1. Complete and submit the application by April 15th of their first year at Hamilton with the understanding that they will need to submit their spring semester transcript as soon as it is available.
  2. Interview with the Admissions Committee at Upstate in Syracuse NY in May/June of the same academic year. Note: Decisions will not be made until we have received spring grades.

Hamilton

  • Completion of graduation requirements for their specific undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B-
  • Carry a full course load of at least 4 Hamilton Units (equals 16 credit hours) each semester
  • Students must earn a GPA of 3.3 or above by the end of junior year and maintain a minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.3 through their senior year and make reasonable progress toward other goals (e.g., research and experiential).
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

Accepted Students

  • The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 
  • Acceptance into the GEP is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the GEP.
  • Accepted students will have the opportunity to participate in summer opportunities on Upstate’s downtown Syracuse campus

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact the Director of Health Professions Advising at Hamilton, Leslie Bell at lbell@hamilton.edu

Hampton University

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (Upstate) has an agreement with Hampton University (Hampton) that allows admitted Hampton students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements: 

Eligibility

  • An excellent high school GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Have extra-curricular activities that clearly document some experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to service work.
  • SAT test scores of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT test score of 31 Composite or better.  The score will not be rounded to meet this minimum. 

Hampton University 

  • Accepted UAS students will be required to meet with their Hampton undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of the program participants. 
  • Unofficial transcripts will be sent to Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Complete graduation requirements for their specified degree program, and in addition complete the following Medical School prerequisite courses:  Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I, General Physics I and II (all science courses must include a laboratory component), Biochemistry and Statistics. Students must receive no grade lower than a “B” in these medical school prerequisites. All of the above courses must be successfully completed at Hampton. Pass/Fail courses are not acceptable. In the event that a student decides to withdraw from a course, prior permission must be granted by the Admissions Committee at Upstate – this can be requested by email to the Upstate representative.
  • UAS students are expected to carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours each semester.
  • UAS students must maintain a high level of academic achievement (3.50 grade point cumulative average and a 3.50 grade point semester average in the sciences eachsemester) and make reasonable progress toward other goals (e.g., research and experiential).
  • Complete and document 40 hours of volunteer service during the student’s undergraduate career. It is strongly recommended that these hours be completed in direct contact with patients and physicians in a healthcare setting while at Hampton.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program.

Application Process

  • Students applying to Hampton must indicate their interest in being considered for the Upstate Accelerated Scholars (UAS) program
  • Students must be accepted to Hampton and then recommended by Hampton to be considered.Please note acceptance to Hampton does not guarantee acceptance into the UAS program.
  • Application package due November 1st from Hampton will include;
    • Original application to Hampton
    • Statement of interest in medicine and the UAS program
  • SUNY Upstate will screen candidates recommended by Hampton and determine which students will be invited to interview.
  • SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to (5) students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants.
  • Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS program.

Please note that Hampton has a rolling admission process, if students plan to apply for the UAS, it is strongly recommended to apply to Hampton by November 1st.  Students are required to complete the application process and commit to Hampton by May 1st.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds. As a result, students applying to the UAS are encouraged to consider non-traditional majors.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Michael Druitt, Hampton University, Medical Science/Pre-Health Coordinator at MICHAEL.DRUITT@HAMPTONU.EDU

Purchase College

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an agreement with Purchase College that allows admitted Purchase students seeking any degree (BA, BS, BM, or BFA) to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility

Pre-college

  • An excellent high School GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and commitment to service work.
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.

Purchase

  • Completion of graduation requirements for the specific degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 

Application Process:

  • Students applying to Purchase College should indicate interest in the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (UAS) with SUNY Upstate Medical University on the Common Application and on the SUNY Supplemental form.
  • Students must be accepted to Purchase College to be considered for the UAS. Please note acceptance into Purchase does not guarantee acceptance to the UASwith SUNY Upstate.
  • The UASNomination Committee will evaluate admitted students for eligibility to the program on a rolling basis.   Students must meet the minimum pre-college criteria to be considered. The Committee will then make recommendations to SUNY Upstate. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for consideration into the UAS.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical will screen candidates recommended by Purchase College on a rolling basis and determine which students will be invited to interview. SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to ten students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their Purchase undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants. Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS.

Please note that Purchase College has a rolling admission process, but if students plan to apply for the UAS, it is strongly recommended to apply by November 15. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to the Purchase by May 1.

This program is only open to incoming freshmen. Students who have matriculated at the College and transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds. As a result, students applying to the UAS are encouraged to consider majors outside of biomedical sciences (although students majoring in science will be considered).

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please see the contact Caitlin Read, Dean of Enrollment Management , Purchase College  for details.

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Rochester Institute of Technology

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an Upstate Accelerated Scholars agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) that allows admitted RIT students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate Medical University’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Pre-College Eligibility Requirements

  • An excellent high school GPA with a 90% average minimum.
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and a genuine commitment to service work. 
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.

Rochester Institute of Technology Eligibility Requirements

  • Completion of all graduation requirements for their specific degree program.
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Psychology, Sociology, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B.
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate Medical University College of Medicine is waived for individuals who are accepted into the program. 

Application Process:

  • Students who intend to apply to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and who wish to be considered for the RIT-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (RIT-Upstate ASP) must complete the following:
    • The Common Application, including selection of an academic program (see below for more information on program selection) and an indication of a career interest in medicine.
    • The RIT Supplemental Application wherein an applicant indicates an interest in being considered for acceptance into the RIT-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program.
  • Students must be accepted to RIT to be considered as candidates for acceptance to the RIT-Upstate ASP.
    • Please note that RIT has both Early Decision and Regular Decision admissions plans.
    • Students intending to apply to the RIT-Upstate ASP are strongly recommended to apply for admission to RIT by November 1.
    • Acceptance to RIT does not guarantee acceptance to the RIT-Upstate ASP.
  • The RIT Nomination Committee will evaluate the eligibility of accepted students on a rolling basis. To be considered:
    • Accepted students must first meet the Pre-College Eligibility Requirements described above.
    • Accepted students must also complete and submit the RIT-Upstate ASP Application, which will be sent to each student who meets the Pre-College Eligibility upon receipt of their RIT Supplemental Application.
  • The RIT Nomination Committee will evaluate each applicant to the RIT-Upstate ASP and make its recommendations to SUNY Upstate Medical University. Students will be informed if they have been recommended as candidates or not.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University will screen recommended candidates on a rolling basis and determine which candidates will be invited to interview. They will coordinate the interview process with those candidates.
  • Following the interview, SUNY Upstate Medical University will inform each candidate of their decision, and they will provide a conditional acceptance letter to those candidates who have been accepted. A cohort of up to five (5) RIT students may be admitted into the RIT-Upstate ASP each academic year.
  • Students accepted into the RIT-Upstate ASP will be required to meet with their RIT undergraduate academic advisor and their Premedical and Health Professions advisor during orientation in the fall. Together, they will craft a course schedule that meets the eligibility requirements listed above. 
  • Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate Medical University at the end of each semester. Students who fail to satisfy the RIT eligibility requirements listed above will be withdrawn from the program.
  • Acceptance into the RIT-Upstate ASP is binding. Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate Medical University will be immediately withdrawn from the program.

The Common Application requires the selection of an academic program. The RIT-Upstate ASP does not require admission to any particular academic program, although the program chosen should contain enough flexibility in the curriculum to incorporate the required science courses within four years.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

The RIT-Upstate ASP is only open to incoming freshmen. Students who have matriculated at RIT and transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

For questions or additional information on the RIT-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, contact Dr. Douglas Merrill, Director, Premedical and Health Professions Advisory Program. Email: douglas.merrill@rit.edu, or call (585) 475-6012. For additional information on the Premedical and Health Professions Advisory Program at RIT, consult our website at: https://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/pre-med-advising.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (Upstate) has an Accelerated Scholars Program agreement with SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) that allows admitted SUNY Poly students seeking a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Pre-College Eligibility Requirements

  • An excellent high school record with a minimum average of 90% or a 3.5 GPA.
  • Extra-curricular activities that clearly document experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to community service or volunteer work.
  • An SAT test score of 1360 or better (combined Critical Reading & Mathematics) or ACT test score of 29 or better (Composite).

SUNY Polytechnic Institute Eligibility Requirements

Students accepted to the Accelerated Scholars Program at SUNY Poly must comply with the following in order to maintain their eligibility in the program:

  • Completion of all SUNY Poly graduation requirements for their specific BS or BA degree program.
  • Completion of medical school prerequisite courses with grades of “B” or better:Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I, General Physics I and II, Biochemistry, (all science courses must include an in-person laboratory component), Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics.
  • Carry a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours each semester.
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the sciences each semester.
  • Completion of 40 hours of volunteer service during their undergraduate studies.

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate’s MD program is waived for individuals who are accepted into the program.

Application Process

  • Students applying for first-year/freshmen admission at SUNY Poly should indicate interest in the Accelerated Scholars Program (ASP) with Upstate on the Common Application and on the SUNY Supplemental form.
  • Students must be accepted to a BS or BA program at SUNY Poly to be considered for the ASP. Please note that acceptance into SUNY Poly does not guarantee acceptance to the ASP with Upstate.
  • The SUNY Poly ASP Nomination Committee will evaluate students admitted to SUNY Poly for eligibility for the ASP on a rolling basis.   Students must meet the minimum pre-college eligibility requirements as detailed above to be considered for the ASP. The Nomination Committee will then make recommendations for program consideration to Upstate.
  • Upstate will screen candidates recommended by SUNY Poly for the ASP on a rolling basis and determine which students will be invited to interview. Upstate will notify students if they have been selected for an interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • Upstate will inform students of their admissions decisions for the ASP and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to five (5) students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their SUNY Poly undergraduate academic advisor and their SUNY Poly pre-med advisor for the ASP to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements for program participants. Unofficial transcripts will be sent to Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the ASP is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools after being accepted into Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the ASP.

Please note that SUNY Poly has a rolling admission process, but if students plan to apply for the ASP, it is strongly recommended to apply by December 15. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to SUNY Poly by May 1 if they intend to enroll.

This program is only open to incoming first-year students. Currently matriculated students and transfer students at SUNY Poly are not eligible for consideration.

One of the primary goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school from a variety of academic backgrounds.  Students applying to anyacademic program at SUNY Poly leading to a BS or BA degree are eligible to also apply for the ASP, although the program chosen should contain enough flexibility in the curriculum to incorporate the required medical school prerequisites within four years.

For additional information regarding the application process and curriculum requirements, please contact Gina Liscio, Director of Admissions: gina.liscio@sunypoly.edu, 315-792-7500.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Spelman College

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University at Albany

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an agreement with University at Albany that allows admitted UAlbany students seeking a bachelor's degree in any major to be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility Pre-college

  • An excellent high School GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and commitment to service work.
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.

UAlbany

  • Completion of graduation requirements for the specific degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 

Application Process:

  • Students applying to the University at Albany should indicate interest in the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (UAS) with SUNY Upstate Medical University on the Common Application and on the SUNY Supplemental form.
  • Students must be accepted to the University at Albany to be considered for the UAS. Please note acceptance into University at Albany does not guarantee acceptance to the UAS with SUNY Upstate.
  • The UAS Nomination Committee will evaluate admitted students for eligibility to the program on a rolling basis.   Students must meet the minimum pre-college criteria to be considered. The Committee will then make recommendations to SUNY Upstate. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for consideration into the UAS.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical will screen candidates recommended by the University at Albany on a rolling basis and determine which students will be invited to interview. SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to ten students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their University at Albany undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants. Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS.

Please note that University at Albany has a rolling admission process, but if students plan to apply for the UAS, it is strongly recommended to apply by November 1. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to the University at Albany by May 1.

This program is only open to incoming freshmen. Students who have matriculated at the College and transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Karly DeSimone, Admission Advisor, Email: kdesimone@albany.edu , Phone: (518) 956-8210

Yeshiva University

SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine has an Upstate Accelerated Scholars agreement with Yeshiva University that allows admitted Yeshiva students seeking a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree be guaranteed acceptance into Upstate’s doctor of Medicine (MD) Program if they satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

Eligibility Pre-college

  • An excellent high School GPA with a 90% average minimum
  • Extra-curricular activities that document some experience in a healthcare setting and commitment to service work.
  • Combined Math and Reading SAT scores of 1360 or better or ACT score of 29 Composite or better.

Yeshiva University

  • Completion of graduation requirements for the specific degree program
  • Completion of Medical School prerequisite courses: Biology 1 and 2, General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic Chemistry 1, General Physics 1 and 2 including labs for all listed courses, Biochemistry and Statistics, with no grade lower than a B
  • Carry a full course load of at least 12 credits each semester
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Completion and documentation of 40 hours of volunteer service while an undergraduate

The MCAT requirement for admission into Upstate is waived for individuals that are accepted into the program. 

Application Process:

  • Students applying to the Yeshiva University should indicate interest in the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (UAS)
  • Students must be accepted to the Yeshiva University to be considered.
  • Please note acceptance into Yeshiva University does not guarantee acceptance to the UAS with SUNY Upstate.
  • The UAS Nomination Committee will evaluate admitted students for eligibility to the program on a rolling basis.   Students must meet the minimum pre-college criteria to be considered. The Committee will then make recommendations to SUNY Upstate. Students will be informed if they have been recommended for consideration into the UAS.
  • SUNY Upstate Medical will screen candidates recommended by the Yeshiva University on a rolling basis and determine which students will be invited to interview. SUNY Upstate will notify students invited to interview and coordinate accordingly.
  • SUNY Upstate will inform students of their decisions and provide a conditional acceptance letter to the students selected. A cohort of up to five students may be admitted each academic year.
  • Accepted students will be required to meet with their Yeshiva University undergraduate academic advisor to craft a course schedule that meets the high academic science/general and major requirements expected of program participants. Unofficial Transcripts will be sent to SUNY Upstate at the end of each semester.
  • Acceptance into the UAS is binding.  Students who apply to other medical schools once accepted into SUNY Upstate will be immediately withdrawn from the UAS.

Please note that Yeshiva University has a rolling admission process, but if students plan to apply for the UAS, it is strongly recommended to apply by November 1. Students are required to complete the application process and commit to the Yeshiva University by May 1.

This program is only open to incoming freshmen. Students who have matriculated at the College and transfer students are not eligible for consideration.

One of the goals of this program is to encourage diversity and to provide a pathway to medical school for students from a variety of different academic backgrounds.

For additional information on application and curriculum requirements, please contact Lolita Wood-Hill, Executive Director of Pre-Professional Advising Programs at Yeshiva University at woodhill@yu.edu
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