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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to the University Scholars Program in Medicine

All first-year applicants, including international students, may apply to the University Scholars Program in Medicine. Transfer students are not eligible to apply.

May I apply to the University Scholars Program in Medicine and also apply to Washington University as an Early Decision applicant?

Yes. Early Decision applicants may also apply to the University Scholars Program in Medicine. The deadline to apply for the University Scholars Program in Medicine is 5:00 p.m. Central Time on January 2, 2019.

Is the University Scholars Program in Medicine a scholarship program?

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 will be considered for division-based merit scholarships and are encouraged to apply for our premier scholars programs housed within the Office of Scholars Programs (OSP).

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

If I’m not chosen as a University Scholar in Medicine, does this mean that I will automatically be denied undergraduate admission to Washington University?

Admission decisions and University Scholars Program in Medicine decisions are made separately. Those not chosen as finalists for the University Scholars Program may still be admitted to one of Washington University’s outstanding undergraduate divisions.

If I’m not named a University Scholar in Medicine, may I still apply to the School of Medicine at a later date?

Yes, you may still apply to medical school or one of our other graduate programs. In fact, we encourage you to do so.

Is admission to the School of Medicine guaranteed?

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 should I select as a major?

You have a wide choice for your undergraduate major. Majoring in one of the natural sciences or engineering is traditional, but majors in the humanities and social sciences are equally welcome.

What if my 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.

Can University Scholars study abroad?

Yes, University Scholars may choose to study abroad.

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