Early Assurance Program (EAP)

The Early Assurance Program is for students at our EAP partner universities ONLY.

If you are a Michigan State University student, please go to the Early Assurance Opportunity page.


EAP in Action

Take a look at this entry on the Marquette General Health Systems blog and see how the EAP can work for you!

EAP Mentors

Are you a current undergraduate student from one of our EAP partner institutions looking for a medical school student mentor?

If so, please email CHM admissions counselor Brian Ulrich. He will assist you in getting paired up with a current CHM student who may be able to provide some guidance and encouragement on your journey to medical school.


The MSU College of Human Medicine has partnered with colleges and universities throughout Michigan to provide early assurance of medical school admission and enriched experiences for undergraduate students interested in becoming physicians in an underserved region or with an underserved population. Current Early Assurance Program (EAP) partners include Alma College, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College/Grand Valley State University; Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kettering University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State University, and the University of Michigan-Flint.

lelliStudents interested in attending medical school at the College of Human Medicine and later caring for underserved populations should complete a program of meaningful clinical and service experiences while attending their partner undergraduate college/university. They will receive academic support and advising directed toward medical school admission, and to the College of Human Medicine in particular.

During their junior year (or the year prior to completion of their undergraduate degree) at a partner undergraduate institution, students who excel in their undergraduate program may apply to the CHM EAP through their college/university. Interested students should contact their premedical advisor for additional information.

Preference for EAP admission will be given to students at partner colleges/universities who

  • are the first generation to attend college

  • graduated from a low-income high school

  • are eligible for need-based grants

  • express and support an interest in a high-need medical specialty area

The EAP is an enriched, interest-directed program; it is not an accelerated program. The MCAT is required and must be taken no later than May 22, 2015.

Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum BCPM GPA of 3.0. The minimum MCAT score is 25, with a BS section score of 8 or above. All courses for college level credit, including repeated courses, will be averaged when calculating GPA. Students may complete any major. All required premedical coursework must be completed by matriculation with a grade of no less than 2.0.

Steps to Take
  • Review the Premedical Handbook and Self-Assessment Guide. The handbook has a wide variety of suggestions about how to become a competitive applicant, and the self-assessment guide can help you develop a plan of action. 

  • Complete meaningful clinical/medical and service experiences throughout your undergraduate years.

  • Meet or exceed the minimum academic standards of a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.0 science GPA, and a minimum MCAT score of 25 with a biological science section score of at least 8.

  • Prepare for the MCAT and take it no later than May 22, 2015.

The EAP Application Process

Applicants must complete and submit the no-cost online application no later than February 18, 2015, 11:59 pm. You will find detailed information and instructions on the Early Assurance Application page.

The College of Human Medicine will forward applications to the partner school's premedical advisor by February 21. The advising team at the partner school will establish how and when to collect letters of evaluation and transcripts; check with your premedical advisor for instructions. The advisors’ endorsement, letters of evaluation, and transcript for an EAP applicant are submitted as a complete packet to the College of Human Medicine by mid-March.

The College will review all application materials and subsequently issue interview invitations to selected applicants by March 20, 2015. Applicants invited to interview must attend Early Assurance Interview Day on April 10, 2015 at the East Lansing Campus. They must confirm their attendance at Interview Day and complete a secondary application by March 27, 2015, 11:59 pm EDT.

The decision to admit an EAP applicant to the College rests with the Committee on Admissions. Applicants who interview for the program will be notified of the Committee’s final decision in mid-June, after all MCAT scores have been received.

Applicants accepted to the program will begin an active relationship with college during their senior year. Unsuccessful applicants to the EAP may begin the regular AMCAS application process without delay.

Accepted EAP students will be able to select their preclinical campus. Students in the program may engage in research, seek a dual degree, or defer matriculation if they wish.

Since acceptance to medical school has already been secured, EAP students are able to spend their senior undergraduate year conducting research, participating in Study Abroad, or pursuing other personal or academic interests.