Early Assurance Programs

Early Assurance programs allow for academically talented students, to apply to a specific medical school in the spring of their sophomore year or fall of their junior year, depending on the program.  Students who have gained the appropriate experiences (i.e. clinical, community service, and research) to confirm their decision of pursing a medical career may consider applying to one of these programs.  The application process is directly between the student and the medical school.  All documents should be submitted to the medical school and not the HPAO.  Below is a list of a few programs. 


Other Early Assurance Programs

Hofstra/ Northwell in New York

We are proud to announce the launch of the Zucker Pipeline Program (ZPP), here at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York. The mission of the ZPP is to enhance the matriculation of students underrepresented in medicine and economically disadvantaged students to the Zucker School of Medicine. The three-year, summer intensive, academic enrichment program is designed to provide high achieving college students who are interested in a career in medicine an opportunity for direct matriculation to the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern

While preference will be given to EDP applicants who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, equally important are other attributes such as interpersonal skills, service, medically-related experiences, humanitarianism, teaching, interest in research, and/or other meaningful life experiences. Prospective EDP candidates should review the Entering Class Profile.

More details on the program, including important dates and deadlines, can be found on the website

SUNY Upstate

The Early Assurance Program offers early acceptance to undergraduate students in their second year of college. Applicants must have sophomore standing and be enrolled at any accredited undergraduate institution. Students that have completed two years of college study but have advanced standing due to AP credit are eligible to apply. The EAP program is designed to free students from the pressures associated with applying to numerous medical schools, allowing them more freedom to pursue unique academic interests and experiences. It is NOT intended to accelerate the length of time of an undergraduate education.

University of Buffalo

Each year, qualified undergraduates may receive formal acceptance from the medical school in the second semester of their sophomore year. To qualify, students must possess a minimum approximate overall and science GPA of 3.75 and complete particular science courses. A combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1400 or above is preferred. Upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree, the medical phase will begin. This is not an accelerated program.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

In response to major changes in the priorities of biomedical science and health care, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has expanded its renowned Humanities in Medicine (HuMed) program to become the first medical school in the United States to offer 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. FlexMed is a groundbreaking new path to medical training at Mount Sinai. It will allow a new cohort of students to join our tradition of cultivating future physicians who are self-directed in their learning, thrive on a culture of academic rigor and mentorship, and have a strong appreciation of human rights and social justice.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine R.O.S.E. Program

For Ohio residents only, and those who reside in certain countiesin Kentucky and Indiana. The ROSE program is part internship, part early acceptance to medical school, and part mentorship program. The purpose of the program is to provide high ability, intellectually curious pre-medical college students opportunities to connect with University of Cincinnati College of Medicine faculty. The program is called ROSE because ROSE students explore the field of medicine by actively participating in Research, Observation, Service and Education. Ideally, all four sets of experiences will have a common thread and students will become “junior experts” on a specific medical topic (disease, treatment, etc.).

University of Toledo, Ohio

MEDStart is an early admission program designed to accept students during their junior year of their undergraduate education. The program allows students to enroll into The University of Toledo's College of Medicine program for the next academic year following completion of the four-year baccalaureate education. The applicant must demonstrate motivation and enthusiasm for medicine as indicated from their volunteer and community service, medical related activities, leadership skills and/or research experiences. The MCAT is not required for acceptance into the program.