Early Assurance Program (EAP)
The Early Assurance Program is for students at our EAP partner universities ONLY.
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.
Students 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.
Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum BCPM GPA of 3.0. The minimum MCAT score is 500, with section scores of 125 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.
For more information, please visit our Early Assurance FAQ page.
Steps to Take
- The Future Applicant page, Self-Assessment Guide, and many of the listed Resources 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 500 with section scores of at least 125.
- Prepare for the MCAT and take it no later than May 19.
The EAP Application
Applicants must complete the no-cost online application by Feb. 17. Transcripts and letters of evaluation are also required; your premedical advisor will include them within the program endorsement packet they send to us.
- Please review the EA FAQ for instructions on completing the application.
- Three to five letters of evaluation must be submitted in support of your application. You can find detailed information on letter requirements below on our Early Assurance Letters of Evaluation section.
- All EAP applicants must take the MCAT by the given deadline.
Completing the Application
Once applicants have met all requirements and have familiarized themselves with the EAP appliction process, they may acess the EAP Application via the CHM Applicant Portal. When accessing the CHM Applicant Portal login screen for the first time, click on Early Assurance Applicants to create an Early Assurance user account. An AAMC ID is required to create a user account. To initiate an AAMC ID, register for the MCAT exam.
The Selection Process
Applicants must complete and submit the no-cost online application no later than the given deadline for the current cycle.
The College of Human Medicine will forward applications to the partner school's premedical advisor. 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 in mid-March.
The College will review all application materials and subsequently issue interview invitations to selected applicants. Applicants invited to interview must attend Early Assurance Interview Day on at the East Lansing Campus. They must confirm their attendance at Interview Day and complete a secondary application by March 24, 2017, 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.
EAP in Action
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.
Notice to EAP Applicants: Check with your premedical advisor for your college/university's specific procedure for submitting letters of evaluation to them. Letters for endorsed applicants will be included in an endorsement packet sent by your college/university to the College of Human Medicine. You will not need to resubmit your letters.
Guidelines for EAP Letters of Evaluation
All letters should be from individuals who know you well.
Letters should be submitted on college/university or business letterhead and must contain clear and current contact information for the author.
One letter must be from a basic science or medical science professor who can critically evaluate your academic potential, maturity, strengths and weaknesses, and the difficulty of coursework, if applicable. Comments that expand beyond what may be reflected by your grade in the class or address any special achievements or attributes are desirable.
One letter must address personal experiences and characteristics that will help the college develop an overall portrait of you. A letter based upon direct interaction with you and addressing qualities such as maturity, empathy, character, reliability, interpersonal skills, and any special attributes or experiences will be the most helpful.
Additional letters may be authored by individuals from an academic, clinical, employment, research, or volunteer setting. People who know you well and who can attest to your character and abilities based upon their personal experience with you will be the most meaningful.
It is highly desirable that at least one letter be authored by someone who has observed you in a clinical setting.
A letter from a graduate assistant will be accepted only if it is cosigned by the faculty member.
If there are special circumstances or potential concerns raised within your application (ex: lower grades one semester, compelling reason for withdrawal from a class, minor institutional action), consider securing a letter that could validate or clarify the situation.
Ideally, letters should be dated within one year of your application.