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Pre-Medical Scholars Program

York College, York Hospital, and the Penn State College of Medicine cooperatively offer a special early assurance of admissions program for exceptionally accomplished high school seniors who maintain high scholarly achievement and ethical behavior in college and show a continuing commitment to medicine.

The program allows selected participants in the Pre-Medical Scholars Program to be assured admission to the Penn State College of Medicine upon graduation from York College, contingent upon the student's academic performance and extracurricular endeavors at York College and a satisfactory Medical College Admission Test score in the junior year. All students who meet the eligibility criteria noted below are encouraged to apply for this special program.

Medical experiences at York College and Wellspan York Hospital
Medical experiences available at Wellspan York Hospital.

What you need to know about the program

  • Pre-Medical Scholars Program Eligibility Criteria
    • OPTIONAL: Combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1370 or higher or an ACT score of at least 29.
    • Outstanding secondary school record, including strong letters of recommendation.
    • Selection by the York College Committee for the Health Professions (Pre-Medical Committee).
  • Pre-Medical Scholars Program Graduation Requirements
    • Maintenance of a 3.5 or higher G.P.A. (with a minimum of 3.6 in science/math courses.)
    • Pre-Graduation Certification as a Premedical Scholar by the York College Committee for the Health Professions.
  • Pre-Medical Scholars Program Provisions

    Pre-Medical Scholars participate in a series of preprofessional development experiences made possible by the close coordination of York College and York Hospital's teaching and research programs. These include Family Practice and Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds, Clinical Shadowing and Advanced Human Anatomy, all taught at York Hospital.

    Pre-Medical Scholars are assigned as advisees to faculty members on the Committee for the Health Professions and are involved in personalized activities directed toward admission to medical school. Scholars also receive specially designated medical school recommendations from the York College Committee for the Health Professions, reflecting their outstanding academic records and pre-professional development experiences. During their junior year, the most outstanding students are recommended to the Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey Early Assurance of Admission Program.

  • Scholars Procedures/Deadlines and Application
    • March 1
      The Premed student must be admitted to York College (completed applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the March 1 deadline). 
    • April 1
      The Pre-Medical Scholars Program application must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office and the Chair of the York College Premedical Committee.
    • April 15
      By this date students are formally notified of their status with respect to the Pre-Medical Scholars Program. Students who apply to the program early will be notified of their status within a few weeks.
  • Hershey Medical School Early Assurance of Admission Program

    Pre-Medical Scholars who are considered for this special option are interviewed by members of the York College Pre-Medical Committee and, if considered qualified, are referred to Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey for further interviews during the summer prior to their junior year. For those selected, a place is reserved in the appropriate year's entering class at Hershey provided that they maintain a satisfactory G.P.A. in premedical courses and achieve competitive MCAT scores.

    It is expected that Hershey Premedical Scholars will explore upper division courses outside their major fields, allowing them to assimilate the values and personal skills desirable in physicians today.

    Criteria for Sustaining Eligibility

    • Cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5 (with a minimum of 3.6 in science/math courses).
    • Completion of eight of the following ten required math/science courses, all of which must be taken at York College by the end of the sophomore year.
      • Biology -2 semesters
      • General Chemistry – 2 semesters
      • Organic Chemistry – 2 semesters
      • Mathematics (calculus recommended) - 2 semesters
      • Physics -2 semesters
    • Preference may be given to Pennsylvania residents, due to the funding structure of the Penn State College of Medicine.

    Acceptances are contingent upon:

    • Satisfactory performance on the MCAT in the spring of the junior year. A specific score is not required: however, students are expected to perform at or above the mean score in each section when compared with the previous College of Medicine entering class.
    • Completion of the required pre-professional courses outlined in the Penn State College of Medicine Bulletin 
    • Maintenance of a 3.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A. (with a minimum of 3.6 in science/math courses.)
  • Program benefits
    • Academically Rich:
      You will participate in a superior academic program which includes opportunities for medical experiences and medically related research. Selected individuals will participate in research opportunities at York Hospital, ranked by Healthcare Forum Journal as one of the top 20 teaching institutions in the country.
    • Specialized Advising:
      Your personalized pre-professional advising program will help you prepare the most advantageous approach for acceptance into medical school. Recent York College graduates have been admitted to such medical schools as the University of Illinois, Eastern Virginia Medical School, University of Maryland, Temple University, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine at the Hershey Medical Center.
    • Affordable:
      Your priceless York College education will allow you to earn a four-year undergraduate degree at a fraction of the costs associated with other quality colleges. York has been selected as a national best buy in Barron's Best Buys in College Education.
    • Academic Achievement Scholarships:
      As a Pre-Medical Scholar, you will be eligible for merit-based York College scholarships. Learn more about York College Scholarships and Grants online or contact the Financial Aid Office at 717.849.1682. Academic achievement scholarships are renewable for up to four years based on academic performance at York College.
Contact Us
Pre-Medical Studies
Meda Higa, Ph.D., Chair, Committee for the Health Professions
York College
Phone: 717.815.1759
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