An increasing number of medical schools are offering conditional early acceptances to undergraduates. An Early Assurance Program allows applicants to be accepted early without even taking the MCAT. Read more for details.

An early assurance program (EAP) is a way for a student to guarantee a spot in medical school early on in his or her undergraduate career. Typical medical school applicants apply after their third or fourth years. But to be considered for an EAP, students must apply at the end of their second year or in the beginning of their junior year.

The EAP is a great option for highly qualified students who are already dedicated to a career in medicine. It is an opportunity for students who have excelled academically during their first and second years in college to be guaranteed a seat in certain medical schools usually without having to worry about the MCAT or applying to multiple medical schools. In addition, students who apply and are accepted do not have to worry as much about maintaining a high GPA, allowing them to pursue other extracurricular and academic interests. They can take classes they normally would not take because of the risk of lowering their GPA.

Although the requirements for applying to EAPs differ from school to school, if you are interested in applying to a typical EAP, you must finish at least five premedical courses by the end of your sophomore year. Your academic performance during your first two years of college is crucial to being admitted. In addition, admissions committees are looking for commitment to a career in medicine through your personal statement, supplementary essays, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. Schools may ask for your high school transcript and/or SAT or ACT scores. Some schools only offer the EAP to their undergraduate students or undergraduates from linked programs. Other medical schools accept applicants from any four-year university.

If you are accepted via an EAP, you are not bound to an unbreakable contract. Most schools give you until the beginning of your senior year to decide whether you want to fully commit to the school. If you decide to back out, you can still apply to medical schools the traditional way. Since each school’s EAP differs, it is important to know the details of the specific EAP you want to apply to.

Here are all the schools who offer the EAP:

–Only for their undergraduates or linked schools–

Drexel University College of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Penn State College of Medicine

Stritch School of Medicine – Loyola University Chicago

Tufts University School of Medicine

University of Rochester School of Medicine

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Wake Forest School of Medicine


–Open to all applicants–

Albany Medical College

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

SUNY Upstate Medical University

University at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine R.O.S.E Program (Research, Observation, Service, Education)

University of Florida Medical Honors Program

University of Toledo College of Medicine

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Edward Chang

Edward Chang is the Co-founder and Director of Operations of He graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is currently a urology resident at the University of Washington. He also attended UCLA as an undergraduate, graduating with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. If you are interested in contributing to, please contact him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EdwardChangMD and Prospective Doctor @ProspectiveDr.

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