Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
Premedical Adviser
(504) - 520-7437
Part-Time Staff
JW Carmichael, Jr.
Director of Premed Program
Professor of Chemistry



Description of the Xavier-Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Early Assurance Program (Updated 12/1/15)

What are the qualifications to apply to the program? By the time they are nominated in May, following the completion of the Spring semester of Sophomore year at Xavier, students must have...

  • Entered Xavier as a first-time freshman majoring in Biology (any major), Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed (NOTE: Students must major in one of the fields above for the duration of their undergraduate years at XU in order to be eligible; transfers from departments other than those listed above are not eligible.)
  • Completed at least 60 semester hours of courses at Xavier.
  • Completed the following courses: General Biology (1230/1230LB and 1240/1240LB), General Chemistry (1010/1010DR/1011LB and 1020/1020DR/1021LB), Organic Chemistry (2210/2210DR/2230LB and 2220/2220DR/2240LB), Mathematics (1020-1030/1070, as required by your major) and English (1000/1010-1020 and 2010, as required by your major). NOTE: Mathematics and English requirements should be completed NO LATER than the designated semesters for your specific major in the appropriate University Catalog; if the schedule of courses for your major indicates that a math or English course should be taken in the junior year (as opposed to the sophomore year), then appropriate consideration will be made for early acceptance review.
  • Earned a cumulative overall GPA at Xavier of 3.5 or higher and a cumulative math/science (BCPM) GPA at Xavier of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrated a genuine interest in medicine as indicated by participation in the group and individual meetings conducted by the Premedical Office for freshman and sophomore students, including submission of personal statement and post-secondary experiences form to the Premed Office for review throughout enrollment.
  • Demonstrated a genuine interest in attending Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth as indicated by meeting the above mentioned requirements and attending any on-campus information or recruitment sessions offered by Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
  • NOTE: If you have questions or concerns about any of the above mentioned requirements that must be met by the end of the Spring semester of Sophomore year, please contact the Premedical Office no later than the Fall semester of Sophomore year.

How does an XU student apply for the program? Students interested in the program and who meet the qualifications listed above must do the following during their SOPHOMORE year:

  • Submit Personal Statement and Post-Secondary Experiences Form to the Premed Office for review and revise and submit as needed throughout the fall and spring semesters (remember, these items will be submitted to MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS COMMITTEES so they need to be in the best shape possible);
  • Collect letters of evaluation specific to medical school from three (3) faculty members (2 BCPM, 1 non-science BCPM) and request to have them submitted to the Premedical Office by April 15th; be sure to follow-up with faculty who agreed to write medical school evaluations on your behalf;
  • Stop by the Premed Office when instructed to do so in January to sign-up for and complete the One-on-One Sophomore Assessment Meeting, during which time you'll be given more specific early acceptance application instructions and a sample application;
  • After your PS and PSE Form have been critiqued and revised several times, complete a draft Early Acceptance Application and submit via email to be checked by the Premed Office NO LATER THAN March 15th (NOTE: the review/revision process should continue throughout the Spring semester);
  • As soon as you complete your final exams for the Spring semester, go to XU's Registrar's Office and request that an official transcript be sent to the Premedical Office; be sure to check "Hold for Final Grades" on the request form IF your final grades have not been posted at the time that you submit your request;
  • If you enrolled at any other college or university, you should have an official transcript from each sent to the Premedical Office by March 15th; and
  • Submit your FINAL signed application to the PM Office in-person, by mail, or by email NO LATER THAN May 15th; also, make sure ALL evaluations and transcripts are filed in the PM Office by May 15th.

What happens to applications after they are submitted to the Premed Office? In May, the Premed Office will review all applications and then nominate those students who meet the eligibility criteria. Students will be notified of the status of their nominations by XU's Premedical Adviser no later than the end of May.

What do students do after they are nominated for the program? Nominees will be reviewed by Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth after all application materials have been forwarded to the admissions committee by the Premedical Office. In the fall of junior year, selected students will be granted an interview at Geisel and be considered for CONDITIONAL* acceptance.

What do students do after acceptance into the program? Students who are offered a conditional acceptance must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during the Spring of their Junior Year AND obtain a certain score (to be determined by Dartmouth) to gain full acceptance into Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth via the Early Assurance Program. If a conditionally accepted early assurance student does not meet the MCAT requirements as stated in the official conditional acceptance letter, Geisel reserves the right to reconsider an acceptance offer. In addition, students must complete their Junior and Senior years at Xavier while performing at an academic level comparable to that required to apply to the early assurance program, complete/submit the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application in July before their Senior year, complete Geisel's secondary application by September 30th, and follow all instructions given in the acceptance materials. After a conditionally accepted student meets ALL of the requirements as outlined in the official conditional acceptance letter, the student is offered full acceptance (i.e. no longer conditional). NOTE: Students who gain full acceptance into the Early Assurance Program after having their MCAT scores reviewed by the admissions committee will forfeit acceptance into the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth if they apply to any other medical schools!!! Students who apply but do NOT gain full acceptance via the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Early Assurance Program after MCAT scores are reviewed are no longer bound to the Early Assurance Program offer and may apply to other schools.

*After a conditionally accepted student meets the MCAT and other requirements, the acceptance is no longer conditional (i.e. the student gains full acceptance). In this case, if the student accepts the offer of admission, there is a binding commitment to attend Geisel School of Medicine. A student's application to any other medical schools would forfeit the acceptance into Geisel via the Early Assurance Program. However, if the conditionally accepted applicant does not meet the MCAT score requirement, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth reserves the right to reconsider a conditional acceptance offer.



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