Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Admission

Application Deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle is  March 16, 2020.

The Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is open to men and women who have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than pre-health. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended, as is additional evidence of high achievement, such as appropriate standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GRE). The ideal candidate will be strongly motivated and will have made an informed decision to enter the field of medicine based on healthcare experience through volunteer work or previous employment.


Emily Avis"I've emerged from this program with an even stronger commitment to medicine. Yet more importantly, I found that self-confidence as a student grew over the course of the year as well. The pre-medical curriculum placed me in an academic realm beyond my comfort zone, and I found a way to succeed in it. Beyond my training in science, I developed a strong work ethic, solid problem-solving skills, and an attention to detail throughout the program. My concurrent shadowing and research experiences further confirmed my desire to be doctor."

Emily Avis, Class of 2012
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Candidate for Doctor of Medicine (MD) (2013-2017)


Admission Requirements

To apply to the Scripps Post-Bac Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than pre-health
  • a recommended undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • submission of one standardized test score (SAT, ACT, or GRE)

In addition, volunteer or work experience in the medical field and/or social services is not required but highly desirable

Please note that the Scripps Post-Bac Program is a career-changer program. If an applicant is found to have taken too many of the pre-health prerequisites in too recent a timeframe, they may or may not proceed through the application process. Decisions are ultimately made at the discretion of the admissions committee.

How to apply

The Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program accepts applications on a rolling-basis, beginning August 15, 2019. The early submission of application materials will improve an applicant’s chances of admission. For admission to the Class of 2020-2021, applications and all supporting documents must be postmarked by March 16, 2020. Once we have received all of your application materials, your application will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review. For questions regarding your application, please contact the Post-Bac Office. Applications are reviewed once all materials are received and verified, and the admissions committee then determines whether an applicant will be invited for an interview.

PostBacCAS

The Scripps College Post-Bac program accepts applications through the PostBacCAS application service. The initial application fee for PostBacCAS is $130. Scripps College Post-Bac program has a supplemental application fee of $35, which can be paid with through PostBacCAS applications. Please note that PostBacCAS will not process test scores and transcripts that arrive prior to August 15th.

Required Application Materials

Complete and Submit the following items via PostBacCAS:

    • Application for Admission
    • Consent Form/Release Statement (provided on the application)
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • CV/Resume (PB CAS cannot remove one of the two vc/resume doc fields- please submit 2 of the same cv/resume to complete application)
    • Official College Transcripts (instructions below)
  • SAT (code 1869), ACT (code 0426), or GRE (code 0195) scores (instructions to submit below)
  • Supplemental Application Fee of $35 (processed through PostBacCAS)

Send official transcripts to the PostBacCAS processing center address:
PostBacCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9209
Watertown, MA 02471

The PostBacCAS transcript verification process takes up to 4 weeks during peak periods, so please plan accordingly. PostBacCAS also requires students to enter coursework in the application, which can take up to 1-2 hours and is a critical step in completing your application process.

Test scores: Applicants are required to submit a standardized test score (SAT, ACT, or GRE) during the admissions process.

  • If an applicant intends to submit a GRE score, they must submit an official test score directly to PostBacCAS via Liaison using the above listed code.
  • If an applicant intends to apply with an SAT or ACT, they must submit official scores (hard-copy or electronic) to the Scripps Post-Bac office (address below).  The admissions team will enter this information into PostBacCAS in order to confirm receipt of test scores.
  • Other test scores (e.g. TOEFL, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) will not be accepted.

Letters of Recommendation: Your letters may come a variety of sources, including professors, faculty, employers, supervisors, advisors, or volunteer coordinators. Please have your letter writers upload their confidential letters through PostBacCAS. To maintain confidentiality,  letter writers should not send letters directly to the applicant.

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If you have questions about the application process, please contact your PostBacCAS Customer Service Representative at 857-304-2047 or PostBacCASinfo@liaisoncas.com.  You can also browse the applicant help center.

Apply now and follow the Six Step PostBacCAS application process:

Step 1: Create a PostBacCAS account.
Step 2: Designate programs of interest.
Step 3: Request transcripts.
Step 4: Complete the four quadrants of the PostBacCAS application.
Step 5: Submit the application.
Step 6: PostBacCAS reviews and verifies the application.

Interview

Upon review of applications, selected candidates will be invited on campus to interview with the faculty and program directors. This is an opportunity to learn more about our program by speaking with the faculty and administrative directors, attending a lab or lecture, meeting with current students for lunch or coffee, and taking a campus tour. A day on campus gives prospective students the opportunity to learn more about Scripps College and the Claremont environment while also giving the admission committee the opportunity to get to know the candidates beyond the application. Following the interview, the admissions committee will deliberate and notify the candidate with a decision.