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Medical Scholar Program

The Medical Scholar Program at Saint Louis University is an exclusive opportunity for first-time freshmen who plan to attend medical school. Students accepted into this highly-selective program will have the opportunity 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. Scholars must still take and are expected to do well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

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

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Application Process

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.)

Application Materials

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
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.

Date Deadline
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 in high school to prepare 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 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.

What should I major in?

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.

What classes will I take?

You will follow the pre-professional health curriculum,which includes:

  • General biology I and II with labs
  • General chemistry I and II with labs
  • Organic chemistry I and II with labs
  • Physics I and II with labs
  • Upper division biology
  • Calculus I
  • Biochemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English composition
What do professional schools look for in applicants?

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.

How do I choose professional schools to apply to?

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.

How much does medical (and other) professional school cost, and how much financial aid is available?

Cost varies depending on many factors including location and program. Information on financial aid at SLU is available here.

I am not sure I want to go to professional school, but I want to continue my studies. What are my options?

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.

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

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.