Early Assurance is an enriched, interest-directed program that gives undergraduate students from both MSU and partner universities the opportunity to apply to the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) in their junior year (or the year prior to completion of their undergraduate degree).
The College provides early assurance of medical school admission for students interested in becoming MD physicians in an underserved region or with an underserved population.
Please note that application procedures for MSU students differ than those for students attending one of our partner colleges/universities. Current MSU students apply through the Early Assurance Opportunity (EAO) whereas students from partner universities apply to the Early Assurance Program (EAP).
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Applicants who secure acceptance to the College through Early Assurance are able to spend their senior undergraduate year conducting research, participating in Study Abroad, or pursuing other personal or academic interests.
While applying through Early Assurance offers many clear benefits, understand that this route to medical school is specifically intended for particular candidates. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds (i.e. the first generation to attend college, graduated from a low-income high school, eligible for need-based grants, etc.) and/or students who express interest in high-need medical specialty areas will mainly be considered for this particular path.
Beyond background, academics and a level of civic engagement is also important. Early Assurance applicants should meet or exceed the minimum academic standards of a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.0 science GPA, and a minimum MCAT score of 25 with a biological science section score of at least 8.
Preparing for the MCAT is especially important this year as a new standard MCAT test will be implemented in April 2015. EA applicants for this cycle need to take the MCAT no later than May 22, 2015.
Applicants to the exclusive program should also be able to exhibit volunteer experiences along with some amount of clinical/medical exposure.
In addition, those interested in Early Assurance should review our Premedical Handbook. The handbook has suggestions on becoming a competitive applicant while the guide can help you develop a plan of action. Good luck!
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