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 or veterinary school?
Yes—we offer the academic courses, including biochemistry and genetics, required by some dental and veterinary programs. We’re ready to assist pre-dental and pre-veterinary students in finding relevant clinical experiences. We also offer the academic prerequisites for many other health professions programs.
I have already taken some science classes—can I still apply to your program?
If you have taken fewer than half of the prerequisites for medical 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. Most courses required for medical school admission are offered in the summer.
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.
What is a self-managed application?
The applicant gathers together all required materials and mails them to us in one envelope.
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?
How do I get a copy of my test scores?
You can obtain your GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. To request your scores, contact ETS at (609) 921-9000. ETS does not archive scores that are more than five years old. To order SAT scores, contact College Board at (866) 756-7346. The College Board does archive old scores, and can mail scores directly to your home, but there may be an additional charge to retrieve old scores. ACT scores can be obtained from ACT at (319) 337-1313, or www.act.orgBe sure that you order your scores to be sent to you and not to the University of Rochester. We also accept test scores appearing on a photocopy of your high school transcript.
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-medical 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-medical 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-medical students only.
Is assistance provided for obtaining a job or internship in the health professions during the “glide” year?
You will have access to the services of the Career Center, which offers career counseling and maintains a database of employers and job and internship opportunities.
Will I be able to live on campus?
During the summer, when classes are in session, Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical 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-medical program?
Since full-time enrollment is required, and coursework is very challenging, working is discouraged.
Are you linked to the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine? Which medical schools accept UR students?
While not formally linked, the ties between our students and the University’s School of Medicine are extensive. Post-baccalaureate students may volunteer at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and will meet medical school faculty through the “Pursuing a Life in Medicine” discussion series. Our students have attended a range of medical and dental 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%.
How can I locate your blog?
You can locate "MD to Be," our blog here It can provide you with additional insight into our program.