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Medical Scholars Program

The Saint Louis University Medical Scholars Program offers an exclusive opportunity for first-time freshmen to gain conditional early acceptance to the SLU School of Medicine.

The program provides early application privileges but does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Medicine; however, participation in this program and its challenging nature greatly increase students' likelihood of matriculation to medical school. Regardless of admission status, all scholars are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and are expected to perform to the best of their ability.

Medical Scholars must follow the program requirements as set by the Office of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Studies, and meet the SLU School of Medicine technical standards.

Apply to the Medical Scholars Program

The Application Process

Eligible applicants must earn a minimum composite ACT score of 30, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1360 (math + critical reading). Students with “C” grades in math or science courses will not be considered.

If you have not met the standardized test score requirement by the Dec. 1 application deadline and plan to retake the exam, you should still apply to the Medical Scholars program prior to the deadline. Your application will be considered after your final standardized test score has been received. The latest date to take the ACT or SAT and maintain eligibility for Medical Scholars Program consideration is December of the application year.

Required Materials

The following materials must be submitted as part of the Medical Scholars Program Application:

Required Applicant Materials
Medical Scholars Program online application
Short essay discussing the applicant's interest in becoming a physician
Resume listing service and leadership experiences, as well as extracurricular activities
Two letters of recommendation (these can be the same as those used for general admission, but other letters are also accepted)

If admitted to the Medical Scholars Program, applicants must confirm their acceptance by completing the Medical Scholars Program Rules Acknowledgment Form. This form must be signed, dated and returned to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via email or mail to Saint Louis University, DuBourg Hall, Room 119, 1 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63109.

Deadline Requirement
Dec. 1 of senior year of high school Application must be submitted
March of senior year of high school Admission decisions mailed to applicants
May 1 of senior year of high school Acceptance of invitation required

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do during high school to prepare myself for pre-medical studies?

Concentrate on science and math courses. Take additional courses in science rather than math if given the choice, unless you plan to major in mathematics or biomedical engineering. In that case, you should take as many math courses as possible.

Consider taking Advanced Placement and/or Advanced Credit courses whenever possible. Advanced coursework in science and math is excellent preparation for pre-professional health studies in college. Medical schools generally do not accept AP/AC credit for biology, chemistry or physics. Students are encouraged to take these courses at a four-year college or university.

What major is the best major for pre-medical students?

The answer to this question is: whatever major you like best! Select a major which allows you to explore the content that you enjoy, and to strengthen and refine your critical and analytical thinking skills. Although many pre-medical students do select majors in STEM subject areas, this is not necessary for acceptance to medical school. If you are unsure of what major to choose, the Saint Louis University Student Success Center can help.

What types of courses do pre-medical students complete during college?

Regardless of their major, it is important that all pre-medical student incorporate the following coursework into their undergraduate curriculum:

  • General biology courses with labs
  • General chemistry courses with labs
  • Organic chemistry courses with labs
  • Physics courses with labs
  • Upper division biology courses
  • Calculus and/or statistics course(s)
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology and/or sociology course(s)
  • English composition course(s)
What do medical schools look for in applicants?

Medical schools pay particular attention to your overall GPA, math/science GPA, and MCAT score. You must also demonstrate a clear motivation to pursue a career in health care and are encouraged to shadow and/or volunteer in clinical settings. Leadership experience, community service and appropriate extracurricular activities benefit your application. Communication skills (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills are also important and should be evident in your application and supporting letters.

If I am a Medical Scholar and am offered early conditional acceptance to the SLU School of Medicine, do I still need to take the MCAT?

Yes. All Medical Scholars who plan to matriculate to medical school are required to take the MCAT between April of junior year and September of senior year. Scholars do not need to achieve a certain minimum score on the MCAT; however, they are expected to put forth their best effort on the examination.

Can I apply to other medical schools as a Medical Scholar?

Yes; however, Medical Scholars who are conditionally accepted to SLU School of Medicine and apply to outside medical schools will forfeit their guaranteed seat. If such a student then wishes to be reconsidered for admission, he or she must follow the regular application process for Saint Louis University School of Medicine.