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
  • have not 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:

  • A completed application, using either of two methods:
  • The non-refundable application fee of $80, in the form of a check or money order, payable to Columbia University
  • An official* copy of the high school transcript showing the date of graduation
  • An official* copy of the college transcript, showing the award of the bachelor's degree
  • Official* transcripts of work at all other colleges, professional schools, or universities attended, whether before or while earning the bachelor's degree
  • Official* scores from any standard admission tests previously taken, such as the TOEFL, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, or LSAT. Please note that you cannot send official score reports for graduate exams (LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT) to the School of General Studies. Only undergraduate admissions exams can be sent directly to the School of General Studies. Please request official score reports for any graduate exams be sent directly to you and then submit them in the sealed envelope to the Office of Admissions.
  • An essay of approximately 500 words discussing the student's decision to pursue a career in medicine or an allied health profession. A successful essay will not only describe the factors that contributed to this decision, but also will give a sense of the student as an individual by discussing the reason(s) for pursuing a medical career and how he or she intends to contribute to this profession.
  • Letters of recommendation, while not required, may be submitted with the application for admission.

*Official documents are those that arrive in a sealed envelope directly from the institution or testing service.

Send application materials to:

Columbia University Postbac Premed Program
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
408 Lewisohn Hall, Mail Code 4101
2970 Broadway Avenue
New York, NY 10027