The program provides early application privileges but does not guarantee acceptance to the School of Medicine. Scholars must still take and are expected to do well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Applicants should have a composite ACT score of at least 30 or a combined SAT score of at least 1390 (math + critical reading). Students with “C” grades in math or science courses will not be considered.
If you do not have the requisite ACT or SAT score by Dec. 1 but plan to retake the exam, you should still apply to the Medical Scholars program by the Dec. 1 deadline; your application will be considered once we receive the latest exam score. (To be considered for the Medical Scholars program, the latest date to take the ACT or SAT is in December.)
To apply, you’ll need:
|Medical Scholars Program online application|
|Short essay discussing why you are interested in becoming a physician|
|Resume listing medically related and non-medically related volunteer activities, and all other activities or leadership positions|
|Two letters of recommendation (these can be the same as those used for general admission but additional letters are also accepted.)|
If you are selected for admission as a Medical Scholar, you must confirm your acceptance
by completing the Medical Scholars Program Rules Acknowledgement 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, One North Grand Blvd.,
St. Louis, MO 63109.
|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|
Concentrate on science and math courses. Take additional courses in science rather
than math if given the choice, unless you plan to major in 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 and physics. Students are encouraged to take these courses at a four-year college or university.
Medical schools don’t have a preference of major but many pre-health students choose
to major in a scientific field. If you aren’t sure what you want to major in, the
Saint Louis University Student Success Center can help.
You will follow the pre-professional health curriculum,which includes:
Professional schools pay particular attention to your overall GPA, math/science GPA, and standardized test scores (MCAT, DAT, OAT, etc.). You will need to demonstrate a clear motivation to pursue a career in the field and are encouraged to shadow and/or volunteer in clinical settings. Leadership experience, community service and appropriate extracurricular activities benefit your application. Communication skills and the ability to relate to others are also important, and should be evident in your application and supporting letters.
Choose schools that you have the most competitive application to based on your GPA and standardized test scores. Also consider location, state of residence and cost.
Cost varies depending on many factors including location and program. Information on financial aid at SLU is available here.
There are many opportunities within the health field and other professional sectors, including law school and graduate programs in the sciences and health-related fields. Talk to your major advisers and pre-professional health advisers for specific suggestions.
If a Medical Scholar who has been conditionally accepted into Saint Louis University School of Medicine decides to apply to other medical schools, this early conditional acceptance will be withdrawn. 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.