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

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

 

Premed

Description of the Xavier University-Saint Louis University School of Medicine Pre-Medical Scholars Program for Early Acceptance (Updated 5/19/14)

What are the qualifications to apply to the program? By the time they are reviewed in May following their Sophomore year at Xavier, students must have...

  • Entered Xavier 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, 30 of which are science or math prerequisites at Xavier.
  • Completed or be currently enrolled in the following mathematics/science courses: General Biology (1230, 1230 LB 1240, 1240 LB or their equivalents), General Chemistry (1010, 1011 LB, 1020, 1021LB or their equivalents), Organic Chemistry (2210, 2230 LB, 2220, and 2240 LB or their equivalents), Precalculus/Calculus I or Statistics/Precalculus (or their equivalents), and English 1010, 1020 (or their equivalents including XU's English Honors sequence).
  • Earned a cumulative GPA at Xavier of 3.65 or higher and earn a math/science (BCPM) GPA at Xavier of 3.65 or higher to apply AND must maintain these academic credentials throughout enrollment at Xavier if offered conditional acceptance through this program.
  • Earned a minimum score of 26 on the ACT or 1170 on the SAT.
  • 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 Saint Louis University School of Medicine as indicated by meeting the above mentioned requirements and attending any on-campus information or recruitment sessions offered by Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

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 faculty members (2 BCPM, 1 non-science BCPM) and request to have them filed in 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 the Sophomore Assessment Meeting, during which time you'll be given more specific early acceptance application instructions;
  • After your PS and PSE have been critiqued and revised several times, complete a draft Pre-Medical Scholars 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);
  • Request an OFFICIAL ACT/SAT score report and have it sent directly to the Premed Office;
  • 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; and
  • Submit your FINAL application to the PM Office in-person or by mail NO LATER THAN May 15th; also, make sure ALL evaluations, ACT or SAT score report, and transcripts are filed in the PM Office by May 15th.

What happens to applications after they are submitted? In May, the Premed Office will collect all applications and supporting materials from applicants to confirm eligibility. The Premed Office will then forward all application materials for eligible applicants directly to Saint Louis University School of Medicine Office of Admissions for consideration. Students will be notified of the status of their applications by Saint Louis University School of Medicine Office of Admissions early in their junior year.

What do students do after they have submitted an application for the program in May?

  • Following review of the application by the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Admissions Committee, the most qualified applicants will be invited during August and September to Saint Louis University for interviews. No one will be accepted into the program without an interview. Any applicant to the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Pre-Medical Scholars Program who is rejected in the initial screening or after interview, may apply to Saint Louis University School of Medicine as a regular applicant via AMCAS without prejudice and, in fact, will be encouraged to do so.
  • The final selection of those offered provisional acceptance into the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Pre-Medical Scholars Program is made by the Medical School Admissions Committee based on all of the information available to them. Academic and career potential, maturity, diverse experiences and perspectives, and strong letters of support will be key factors in the selection process.
  • Accepted applicants will be notified during their junior year. A nonrefundable fee of $100 will be required within four weeks of acceptance to hold a place in the school of medicine class. This fee will be credited to your first semester tuition bill.
  • Accepted students are considered "committed" to Saint Louis University, and it is expected that they will NOT apply elsewhere. Should an accepted student decide to apply to schools of medicine more widely or have a change in career plans, they will forfeit their acceptance to Saint Louis University.
  • Accepted Saint Louis University School of Medicine Pre-Medical Scholars Program students will be eligible for all scholarship monies and loans that are normally available to all applicants to the school of medicine. Financial aid information will be made available to all accepted students in the spring of their senior year in college.

What do students do after acceptance into the program? Saint Louis University School of Medicine requires that students accepted into the Pre-Medical Scholars Program take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during the spring of their junior year and achieve the highest possible scores on the MCAT. The scores do NOT affect the student's acceptance to the school of medicine. The scores will be used to create individual student support during their tenure at the school of medicine but again will NOT affect the student's acceptance into the school of medicine via the Pre-Medical Scholars Program. NOTE: Students who enter Xavier in Fall 2014 or later must earn a cumulative GPA and BCPM GPA at Xavier of 3.65 or higher to apply AND maintain these academic credentials throughout enrollment at Xavier if offered conditional acceptance through this program.

In addition, students must complete their Junior and Senior years at Xavier, meeting the same science and overall GPA in each individual year as required to qualify for the program; complete and submit the online AMCAS application (www.aamc.org) in July before their Senior year, and complete Saint Louis University's secondary application by September 30th. NOTE: Students accepted into Saint Louis University School of Medicine Pre-Medical Scholars Program will forfeit their provisional acceptance into Saint Louis University School of Medicine if they apply to any other schools of medicine!

 

 

 

 
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