Science in the Evening

The Science in the Evening Program originated in 1996 to fulfill the needs of post-baccalaureate career changers who want to complete science pre-requisite courses for medical and other professional schools. SIE offers a variety of science courses, identical in quality and rigor of daytime undergraduate courses, in the evenings to accommodate full-time workers. For additional information about the SIE program, please click here.



Science in the Evening Students have access to both academic and HPAO advising through the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office.

Academic Advising:

Dr. Presson, Assistant Dean in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, is the academic advisor for all SIE students. Dr. Presson is also conversant with the general guidelines for successful application to health related professional schools.

All SIE students should have at least one advising appointment with Dr. Pression before they make an appointment to see Meredith Laurie or visit her walk-in hours. Students must meet with Dr. Presson before they matriculate in SIE to discuss background, goals, general course sequences, etc. Students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Presson during their second year in the program to:

  • Confirm their program of study to meet their professional goals,
  • Consider any difficulties encountered so far,
  • Discuss other aspects of their resume that will help them to attain these goals,
  • Discuss the timeline of the preparation and application.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Linda Dalo via e-mail at: or phone: 301-405-6892.

HPAO Advising:

Meredith Laurie is the HPAO professional school advisor for SIE students. Students should seek advice from her advisor on more specific aspects of their application to profession school, such as:

  • Overall competitiveness;
  • Choice of programs and schools;
  • Detailed questions about pre-requisites or background that Dr. Presson was unable to answer;
  • Guidance on the timing and process of application;
  • Feedback on the personal statement.

Appointments with the SIE advisor will be more fruitful if a student has satisfactorily completed at least two Biology and two Chemistry courses that are pre-requisites for their program of interest. Unless absolutely necessary, before you have complete this set of courses please refer questions to Dr. Presson or Ms. Dalo.

Meredith Laurie's walk-in times and appointment times can be found on the Pre-Health Advising page.


Requesting a Committee Letter

The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) supports the applications of selected University of Maryland Science in the Evening students to medical, dental, and other professional schools. The Health Professions Advising Office is not a part of Science in the Evening and has its own requirements for student access and support. 

HPAO will support Science in the Evening students who meet the following criteria with a committee letter:

1. Have completed a minimum of 24 credits of basic science coursework at University of Maryland by the time they request a committee letter (this is effective for students entering SIE after the fall 2012 semester);

2. Have completed all of the following coursework by end of the Spring term of their application year - CHEM I and II, ORGO I and II, PHYS I and II, and 2 BSCI lab courses;

3. Have a scGPA above 3.1

4. Have received no D's or F's in any post-bacc coursework and received no more than 2 C's or W's in any post-bacc coursework. 

The committee letter process for Science in the Evening students works in exactly the same way as other undergraduate students. Students wishing to utilize the HPAO Committee must submit the Student Information Inventory and follow all of the same deadlines and instructions as all other students. Once a Science in the Evening advisor has completed the review of the Student Information Inventory, the SIE student will be invited, by e-mail, to set up a mock interview. Students may receive some supplemental questions to respond to prior to their interview.

SIE students applying to professional schools should carefully consult the current Applicant Cycle materials for detailed application information. All students planning to utilize the credentials process and to seek a committee letter from the HPAO for their 2014 application are expected to attend a session of the SIE credentials workshop in the Fall/Spring.

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Student Organizations

The Science in the Evening Student Association provides community of practice for post-baccalaureate students of science at the University of Maryland. Our mission is to enable communication and community development among students who might otherwise never meet but who have shared goals, experiences, and challenges.

  • A listserv for announcements, study groups, carpools, etc
  • Community service events specifically tailored for science in the evening students
  • Networking and community building event once a semester
  • Ability to share experiences with courses, professors, testing (e.g., MCAT), and applying to professional school.

There is no time commitment necessary, so please sign up!

Send your name, email address to Jeannie Choi,

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Facts and Figures

Science in the Evening students often have unique backgrounds and varying paths toward medical or professional school making acceptance data particularly difficult to interpret. The following data is a quick look at the past successes of SIE students who applied to medical or dental schools.

SIE students were admitted to the following programs for 2008 and 2009 matriculation.


  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • University of California , San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Howard University College of Medicine
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • University of Chicago, Pritzer School of Medicine
  • Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • University of Michigan Medical School
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Jefferson Medical College
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  • University of Texas - Galveston
  • University of Texas - Houston
  • University of Texas - San Antonio
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • University of Vermont College of Medicine
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Ponce School of Medicine
  • San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  • Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine 


  • A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU/SOMA)
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM)
  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM)
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM)
  • Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York (TOUROCOM)
  • Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)
  • Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)


  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
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