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How to Apply for the University Scholars Program in Medicine

The application deadline for the University Scholars Program in Medicine for the Class of 2022 (our fall 2018 freshman class) was January 5, 2018. Applications have been sent to the committee for review. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000 if you would like to speak with an admissions officer.

To apply for the University Scholars Program in Medicine:

  1. Apply for Washington University's Class of 2022 by submitting the Common Application or Coalition Application.
  2. Log into your WashU Pathway account (active one to two days after you submit your application for admission). If you prefer, you may download the application to apply by mail.
  3. Click on "University Scholars Program" in the left menu and complete the application no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Time on January 5, 2018.


We are looking for students of strong character with outstanding academic records who demonstrate personal achievement, citizenship, and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities in high school and who will continue these in their undergraduate years. Washington University's medical program is selective, so students who become finalists for the University Scholars Program are highly accomplished in their academic and extracurricular undertakings.

The University Scholars Committee will interview selected finalists, who will need to come to campus for interviews and related activities during finalists' weekend, March 22-24, 2018. Washington University will pay for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses while in St. Louis.

​Those who are named University Scholars will be notified shortly after finalists' weekend. Those not selected as a finalist may still be admitted to one of Washington University's outstanding undergraduate divisions. And, if you enroll at the university as an undergraduate, you may still apply later to medical school or one of our other graduate programs. In fact, we encourage you to do so.

To continue to medical school as a University Scholar, you will need to fulfill all entrance requirements. Your pre-professional advisor will work with you as an undergraduate to make sure that you fulfill the prerequisites for medical school. You will also need to maintain an overall minimum 3.8 grade point average (GPA) and achieve a minimum total score on the Medical College Admissions Test (equal to or above the 97th percentile). If your GPA or MCAT are below this minimum, your eligibility for graduate study will be up to the School of Medicine's discretion.

What if your plans or interests change?

​We realize your circumstances or academic interests may change as you pursue your undergraduate studies. If this happens, you will not be required to enter medical school. In addition, you may defer enrollment into your undergraduate studies and/or your graduate studies by up to two years each.

Financial Assistance

The University Scholars Program is an academic opportunity, not a scholarship program. University Scholars are eligible to apply for financial assistance on the same basis as other applicants. Students are also encouraged to apply for the undergraduate academic scholarships and fellowships.

The School of Medicine determines its own financial assistance awards. Scholarships are based primarily on academic merit.

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