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Upstate Accelerated Scholars

Guaranteed High School MD Acceptance Program

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.

SUNY Upstate has agreements with the following institutions: 

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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 External Link Icon for details.

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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 the degrees of BA in Spanish or Chinese; or a BS degree in engineering, 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 Jayme Wood, Director of Admissions, Email: jrwood@albany.edu, Phone: 518-442-5435

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 websiteExternal Link Icon to find out the specific requirements.

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