Applying to the Postbac Premed Program

AdmissionsApplying to the Postbac Premed Program

Applying to the Postbac Premed Program

Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program, students must:

  • hold a degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from an accredited college or university in the United States. International students: see Applicants with Foreign Credentials.
  • show evidence that they have developed the academic abilities to meet the demands of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program.
  • have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; most successful applicants, however, have an average GPA of 3.65. More information below.
  • not have completed most or all of the required premedical courses.  More information below.
  • not have applied to medical school within the past two years
  • not have taken the MCAT

Grade Point Averages: Successful Applicants

In making its decisions, the admissions committee considers the rigor and quality of the undergraduate curriculum a student has pursued and looks for evidence that the student has developed the academic abilities to meet the demands of the Premedical Program. At a minimum, successful applicants must possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0; most successful applicants, however, have an average GPA of 3.65.

While no specific coursework is required for admission to the program, academic performance is expected to be outstanding. All applicants should be prepared to carry substantial course loads and plan to maintain GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Most successful medical and veterinary school applicants have GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Previously Completed Coursework

Students are not eligible for admission if they have completed most or all of the required premedical courses.

In some cases, however, Postbac Premed students may have completed one or two of the prerequisites required for medical school admission. Depending on when such coursework was completed, and the grades achieved, students may be advised to repeat the course or to take an advanced-level science course in order to be a more competitive applicant to medical school.

Applying to the Postbac Premed Program

The following items are required to complete an application for admission to the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program:

  1. A submitted online application.
  2. High school transcripts, secondary school records, or GED/TASC test results. Applicants with a GED or TASC and two or more years of high school will need to submit their high school transcripts. Documents not in English must be accompanied by certified translations.*
  3. Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Documents not in English must be accompanied by certified translations.*
  4. Test Scores - If you have taken any standardized tests such as ACT, SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT, please report them on your application in the Test Scores section. If you are admitted, we will inform you of any requirement to have the scores sent to us officially.
  5. A double-spaced essay of approximately 500 words.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Please note that letters should be requested and submitted via the application portal.
  7. A nonrefundable application fee of $80 should be submitted using the secure online application system.

*Official documents are those that arrive directly from the institution, testing service, or recommender electronically. If electronic documents are not available from your high school, we will accept mailed copies of the transcripts sent directly to the GS Office of Admissions from the issuing agency. Paper transcripts may not be delivered or forwarded by a student. If electronic documents are not available from your college or university, please contact the GS Office of Admissions for further instruction.

Note that applicants must submit all materials directly and not through an agent or third-party vendor. In addition, the applicant will be required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to Columbia. If you have any questions about this requirement please contact us at postbac@columbia.edu.

Important Contact Information

Office of Admissions and Educational Financing
School of General Studies
Columbia University
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC 4101
2970 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
212-854-2772
postbac@columbia.edu
http://www.gs.columbia.edu/postbac