Xavier's Biomedical Honor Corps
Xavier's Biomedical Honor Corps is an organization specifically designed to provide assistance to freshmen interested in careers as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, podiatrists, and other health professionals. The following provides more detail about the organization.
Purpose: To increase the number of under-represented minorities, especially African-Americans, who gain entry into medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, podiatry schools or into biomedical science graduate programs and who receive degrees from those schools.
Services provided: Students in the Biomedical Honor Corps are provided advice and assistance through a variety of activities that are designed to complement the support provided by academic advisers. Activities for the Biomedical Honor Corps include the following:
- Overview of the types of health professions schools and related graduate programs beginning the first week of the freshman year in college;
- Step-by-step assistance in exploring what students need to do every semester, beginning freshman year, to be more competitive applicants for medical, dental, and other health professions schools.;
- Guidance in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, the Dental Admission Test, and similar health professions admission tests;
- Assistance in applying to summer research and enrichment programs that expose students to the health professions and/or biomedical sciences;
- Assistance in writing a personal statement, the special post-secondary experiences form, and other items required for most summer program applications and health professions school applications;
- Systematic medical, dental, etc. school application advising via of a series of group and individual premed meetings;
- Visits by minority individuals who are health professions students or already have M.D., D.D.S., and similar degrees; and
- Recruitment visits to Xavier by representatives from a variety of health professions schools and related-graduate programs.
Who is eligible to participate: New freshmen at Xavier must have an ACT composite of 20 or above (combined SAT of 930 or above) and a high school grade point average of 3.0 or above in core content courses (mathematics, sciences, English,and social sciences). Students already enrolled at Xavier must have an XU GPA of 2.75 or above. All must have an interest in one of the health professions served by the program. An Associate Program is available for new freshmen who have potential and interest in the biomedical sciences but do not meet the grade/ACT requirement upon entering Xavier. Note: This is a freshman-year organization ONLY.. Students with sophomore or higher classification are not eligible to join.
Dates of the program: Activities for the Biomedical Honor Corps are conducted from August-April yearly during a student's freshman year at Xavier. The Biomedical Honor Corps is NOT a summer program.
Cost of participation: There is currently no cost for participation in the program.
Scholarships: Xavier's Biomedical Honor Corps is not a scholarship program. That is, participants receive no funds from the program. Students interested in scholarships to attend Xavier should contact the Admissions Office directly at (504) 520-7388.
How to Apply: Students who are interested in being considered for acceptance into the Biomedical Honor Corps should apply as soon as possible to the University. The Premedical Office automatically reviews students who have been accepted into the University for invitation into the Biomedical Honor Corps (i.e. there is no separate application to complete for the Biomedical Honor Corps).
When acceptances are announced: High school students who have been accepted to enter Xavier the following fall semester are accepted on a rolling basis from September 15 through May 1 until all positions are filled. Student who are not accepted as entering freshmen may join the Honor Corps in the spring semester of their freshman year if grades earned at Xavier are acceptable.