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Clarkson University / SUNY Upstate Medical Early Admission Program

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The Clarkson University / SUNY Upstate Medical University Early Admission Program has been established for exceptional high school seniors who wish to attend medical school. Students who are admitted to this program will be granted admission to SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine the fall semester following graduation from Clarkson. Students in this program will need to take the MCAT exam and receive a score of at least 30 in one sitting.  Students will be allotted a maximum of two opportunities to achieve a combined score of 30 by January of the year of entry.

Preference will be given to those applicants which best fulfill the following criteria:

  • Minimum 90% average
  •  Extra-curricular activities in a healthcare setting
  •  Commitment to service work
  • Minimum SAT scores of 1250 (combined Critical Reading & Math) or ACT score of 28 Composite
  •  Reside in a Rural NY Community
  • Come from an underrepresented minority


How to Apply

You must complete the application by February 1 and provide a recommendation letter from someone who can describe your potential for a career in medicine by February 5.  Please use this Recommendation Form.  Students selected by Clarkson’s Admission Committee will be interviewed by SUNY Upstate Medical before a final decision is made. 

Undergraduate Requirements While at Clarkson University:

  • Maintain appropriate standards of honesty and integrity throughout the program.
  • Complete graduation requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clarkson, including all medical school prerequisite courses.
  • Complete and document 40 hours of volunteer service, strongly recommended in direct contact with patients and physicians in a medical setting while at Clarkson University.
  • Maintain and graduate with a 3.50 general and science-specific cumulative average.
  • Students in this program will need to take the MCAT exam and receive a score of at least 30 in one sitting.

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Brad Buchheit '08

“The skills I am acquiring at Clarkson will allow me to excel in any investigative situation", including the ones I will encounter while diagnosing patients as a physician”.
—Bradley Buchheit ’08, Chemical Engineering, Honors, Pre-med

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