Early Assurance Programs

Program participants are offered the assurance of medical school admission without the substantial investments of time and energy preparing for optimal scores on the MCAT exam and applying to numerous medical schools. Applicants are selected by the end of their sophomore year and are therefore free to explore other areas of interest during their academic careers, thus broadening their college experience. Admission is highly selective.

Tufts Maine Track Early Assurance Program

Maine college students (and students from Maine who attend college elsewhere) are eligible to apply for the Maine Track Early Assurance Program. Candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence, particularly in the premedical science courses. By the end of sophomore year, eligible candidates will have taken two semesters of biology, two semesters of general chemistry, and one semester of organic chemistry. Candidates will have attained a science GPA (calculated on grades earned in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) and a Total GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Competitive candidates will have grades of B+ or above in all science courses, and will have earned grades of B or above in all other courses, as well as having had some volunteer or employment experience in a health care setting. Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be selected to interview. Applicants must submit an official score report of their SAT or ACT exam. Most accepted applicants have a combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score above 1300 or an ACT Composite score above 30.

Important Dates: Typically, applications become available through the Bates premedical advisors by mid-December. An announcement will be made through Healthwork. The application deadline is February 1. Interviews are typically held in April. Acceptances are sent in June.

Be sure to check the Tufts Early Assurance Program Website for to most up-to-date information.

Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine – FlexMed Program

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers early acceptance to college sophomores from any major, with no MCAT requirement, and a progressive approach to medical school preparation for half of each entering class.

Prior to the application deadline, students must complete two semesters of college biology OR two semesters of college chemistry. By matriculation, students must complete 2 semesters of biology, chemistry, and English, and one semester of physics, public health, statistics, ethics, and a senior thesis. Students will be strongly encouraged to gain proficiency in Spanish or Mandarin and have an in-depth experience involving exposure to human illness.

Admitted students will be required to achieve a ‘B’ in all required courses, will be expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5, and will have taken the SAT or ACT.

Important Dates: Applications open in late-August, with a January 15 deadline. Interviews are held in April, and acceptance decisions are released in July.

Be sure to check the Mt. Sinai Icahn Early Assurance Program Website for the most up-to-date information.