As a premedical candidate in our program, you have the opportunity to secure a composite letter of recommendation for your medical school or dental school application through sponsorship. The composite letter of recommendation is a narrative highlighting your overall academic and personal strengths.
Once you are admitted to the Premedical Program, you must meet the requirements listed below to qualify for sponsorship. The Premedical Program reserves the right to adjust requirements of sponsorship based on an individual’s needs.
- Complete a minimum number of credits with grades of B or higher in medical sciences courses at Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School. Admitted students’ credit requirements range from 20-32 credits and are individualized to each student based on factors such as undergraduate GPA, previous experience in the sciences, etc. If your undergraduate GPA was:
- 3.4 or higher, complete 20 credits
- Between 3.2 and 3.4, complete 24 credits
- Between 3.0 and 3.2, complete 28 credits
- Below 3.0, complete 32 credits
- Consult the Premedical Program office at least once every term.
- Notify the Premedical Program director in writing of your intent to apply to medical school, listing courses completed and courses to be completed, no later than September 30 of the year preceding application to medical school.
- Finish all prerequisites by the end of the summer in which you are applying to medical school. Sponsored participants must pay a $500 sponsorship fee. If your grades or MCAT scores need improvement, you are advised to wait a year, during which time you must continue taking medical sciences courses.
Advising note: You must achieve a competitive score on the MCAT if your undergraduate GPA was below 3.0. It is important to stress that, even with sponsorship, you should manage your expectations of gaining acceptance into medical school. As you know, medical school acceptance committees place a strong emphasis on academic performance.
Failure to meet any deadline or requirement may delay sponsorship of your application for that year. If you delay or defer your medical school application, you may be considered for sponsorship the following year, but must continue taking medical sciences courses each term.
Most postbaccalaureate premedical students need two years to complete requirements, although a few are able to do so in one year and a summer. Students begin their studies in the fall or summer. Due to the scheduling of prerequisite courses, students are not able to begin in the spring.
A Typical Path Through the Program
- Complete general chemistry and physics in the first year. Consult with the Premedical Program each term.
- Complete biology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry in the second year. Consult with the Premedical Program each term.
(See sample course paths here.)
- If seeking sponsorship, notify the Premedical Program director in writing of your intent to apply, listing courses completed and courses to be completed by September 30 of the year preceding application to medical or dental school.
- Take the MCAT or DAT in the spring or early summer of your application year.
- Notify program of your MCAT or DAT results.
- Pay the sponsorship fee ($500).
- Apply to medical or dental school (AMCAS and AADSAS open in early June, AACOMAS and TMDSAS open in early May).
- Notify program of your acceptances as well as where you’ve decided to attend.
If you are contemplating an alternative schedule, you should consult the Premedical Program office before enrolling.