Guaranteed Entrance to Upstate College of Medicine for Select Majors

High school students have the opportunity to secure a spot in medical school before they’ve even begun their undergraduate education, thanks to a new partnership between the University at Albany and Upstate Medical University. The Guaranteed Entrance Program for Select Majors will allow highly competitive high school students to apply to UAlbany for their undergraduate education and simultaneously apply for admission into Upstate Medical University’s Doctor of Allopathic Medicine (MD) program. This program is for high school seniors who will major in Spanish, Chinese, or engineering at UAlbany. Approximately 10 students will be accepted each year.

Program Overview

Eligibility

To be eligible for this program, a high school senior must have:

  • a high school grade point average of at least 90 percent
  • SAT scores of 1360 or an ACT score of 29
  • completed extra-curricular activities in a healthcare-related setting

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), typically required for admission into medical colleges, will be waived for students participating in the program.

Application

  • High school seniors must apply by the Early Action deadline of November 1 and indicate an interest in the Guaranteed Entrance Program for Select Majors with Upstate Medical University on the Common Application. Interested students may also contact Undergraduate Admissions directly at (518) 442-5435 or ugadmissions@albany.edu.  
  • Students must first be accepted into UAlbany.
  • Students must commit in writing the intent of majoring in one of the following programs: Spanish, Chinese or engineering.
  • Before accepting admission, students must seek and verify that they have had financial aid counseling as TAP and Excelsior funding may be impacted by these curricula. This is especially true for those with college credits at entrance. A UAlbany contact will be provided for this counseling at the time of nomination to Upstate (after November 1 but before February 1).
  • Finally, students must interview with the Admissions Committee at Upstate in Syracuse, New York in February or early March of their senior year of high school.
  • Students will be notified whether they have been accepted to Upstate’s MD program four years hence.

Acceptance and Continuation in the Program

When a student is offered acceptance, they are given an opportunity to make a reciprocal, binding commitment; they will not apply to other medical schools and in return, Upstate will reserve a place for them in the class scheduled to matriculate four years from the date of their acceptance into the program.

Students will be ineligible to seek a committee letter in support of applications to other medical schools through UAlbany’s Pre-Health Advisory Committee until the student withdraws from this commitment. In order to remain in the program, the student must carry and complete a full course load at minimum twelve (12) credits per semester, maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 at UAlbany, and earn a B or better in all medical school prerequisite courses in addition to completing graduation requirements for their specified degree program. For a full list of pre-med requirements for Upstate, click here.

Students are also required to engage in no less than one semester of research outside of their class work and upon completion, report that to Upstate. UAlbany students in the program must also complete and document 40 hours of community-based medical service. It is strongly recommended that the service be in direct contact with patients and physicians in a medical setting.

Students must maintain appropriate standards of honesty and integrity throughout the program. All Guaranteed Entrance Program (GEP) students will be provided materials on professional conduct for the medical profession and they shall be expected to conduct themselves professionally. If concerns arise regarding a student’s academic and/or personal/professional development, the student may undergo review from the Admissions Committee at Upstate, which may result in dismissal from the program and their acceptance to Upstate rescinded.