Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE)

The Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience (ABLE) is a year-long enriched academic experience offered each application cycle to an invited group of disadvantaged students who have applied for admission to the College of Human Medicine.

Students who successfully complete the minimum requirements of the ABLE Program are offered regular admission to the entering College of Human Medicine class the following year (i.e., those who begin the ABLE program in June of 2013 will matriculate to the college in August 2014 if they successfully complete the ABLE program).

The goal of the ABLE program is to build upon participants' science base through enrollment in upper-level science and medical school course offerings. To help assure success in these courses, ABLE students receive individualized assistance in developing academic learning strategies. Successful ABLE Program students enter medical school with improved self-confidence and the knowledge required to become successful medical students and excellent physicians.

The College of Human Medicine has a longtime commitment to educating physicians whose presence in the entering class reflects the diversity of the nation's patient population. We seek to admit students who are not only academically competent, but also representative of a wide spectrum of personalities, backgrounds, talents, and motivations.

Application Process

There is no direct application to the ABLE program. Instead, selected disadvantaged applicants who show promise for medicine, yet may lack the science background required to perform optimally in medical school, are referred by the Committee on Admissions to the ABLE Selection Committee following their interview for regular admission. The ABLE Selection Committee then makes the final student selections for the ABLE Program, typically in June.

  • If you have questions about the ABLE application/selection process that are not answered within this website, contact the College of Human Medicine Office of Admissions

  • If you have questions about the ABLE curriculum, contact the ABLE Program Office

Academic Year Postbaccalaureate Experience

The ABLE Academic Year Postbaccalaureate Experience builds on each student's background in the basic sciences and then strengthens that background through enrollment in selected upper-division (300-400 level) undergraduate science courses and medical school courses. Academic support and ABLE student activities combine to help promote academic success and refine successful learning strategies.


All questions about the ABLE Program curriculum should be directed to the ABLE Program Office:

College of Human Medicine
ABLE Program Office
1355 Bogue Street, Room A234
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1317
Phone: (517) 884-1836
Fax: (517) 432-1051