Program Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

What does UR look for in an applicant?
We look for evidence of high achievement in college and a commitment to the health professions demonstrated by employment or volunteer work. Our program is rigorous—we seek evidence that you are up to the challenging course load.
Is your program suitable for people applying to dental, veterinary, nursing and other health professions schools?
Yes—we offer the academic courses required by most health professions programs. We’re also ready to assist pre-health students in finding relevant clinical, research and service experiences to round out their candidacies.
I have already taken some science classes—can I still apply to your program?
If you have taken fewer than half of the pre-requisites for professional school and done well in these courses, you are eligible to apply to our program. Keep in mind that students must be full-time for the first year.
Will I be permitted to repeat science classes I have already taken?
In most circumstances no—but if your courses were taken more than five years ago, it should be possible to repeat them.
How long does your program take to complete?
Your program length will be tailored to your specific needs. Many students complete the program in 12-14 months. Some students, particularly those who have not studied calculus, take longer to complete the program. If you wish to take additional courses after being enrolled in our program full-time for a year, you are welcome to do so. You may register as either a full-time or part-time student; part-time students’ tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis.
May I begin your program in the summer?
Yes. Many courses are offered in the summer to jump start your program.
Can I be enrolled part-time?
We require students to enroll full-time for a minimum of one academic year (fall through spring). If students wish to continue their studies beyond this point, they may register as either full-time or part-time students.
What is a typical course load?
You will take three courses (including labs) in each semester during the academic year. During the summer sessions, you will take two six-week courses (including labs) back-to-back.
Do you accept applications from international applicants?
Only citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible.
Do you require an interview for admission into your program?
Do you offer financial aid?
Once your application is submitted, we will refer you for personal counseling to the University’s Financial Aid Office if you are interested. Up to $12,500 in Federal Stafford Loan funding is available for the 12-month Post-baccalaureate Pre-health Program. A variety of private educational loans are also available to assist with the costs not covered by the Federal Stafford Loan funding, including any costs incurred for preparatory coursework that extends beyond the 12-month program (for example, the second summer for students who have not taken calculus).
Must I pay full tuition before the start of each semester?
Post-baccalaureate students may set up four-month payment plans for each semester during the academic year with the University Bursar. Payments should be processed electronically through UR ePAY.
When are admissions decisions made? Is there any benefit in applying before the deadline?
Decisions are made on a rolling basis as applications arrive; submitting your application early will be to your advantage.
Will I have only Post-baccalaureate Pre-health students in my class, or will UR undergrads be enrolled as well?
You will be in classes with our full-time undergraduates. Some laboratory or recitation sections may be for Post-baccalaureate Pre-health students only.
Is assistance provided for obtaining a job or internship in the health professions during the “glide” year?
Yes! By being housed in the Career Center, the Post-baccalaureate Pre-health program allows you direct access to opportunities for networking and experiential learning.
Will I be able to live on campus?
During the summer, when classes are in session, Post-baccalaureate Pre-health students may apply to live in the residence halls. During the academic year, students will secure housing off campus. Housing in Rochester is inexpensive and plentiful all year round; there are many apartments and rooms located near campus.
May I work while enrolled in the Post-baccalaureate Pre-health program?
Since full-time enrollment is required, and coursework is very challenging, working is discouraged. However, please plan to speak with your advisor to discuss the possibility of working part-time while in the program.
Are you linked to the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine? Which medical schools accept UR students?
We are currently in negotiations with health professions programs to formalize a range of linkage agreements! While not formally linked, the ties between our students and the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, and School of Nursing, are extensive. Post-baccalaureate students may volunteer at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and will meet clinical and research faculty through the “Pursuing a Life in Healthcare” discussion series. Our students have attended a range of professional schools, including:
  • Harvard
  • Columbia
  • The University of Rochester
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • The University at Buffalo
  • The University at Stony Brook
  • The University of North Carolina
  • Albany Medical College
  • Western University of Health Sciences
  • Upstate Medical College
  • Rutgers
  • Commonwealth Medical College
What is your acceptance rate to medical school?
Our rate of admission to US medical schools is 90%.