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A joint program of The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the seven-year BA/MD program is a small, competitive program designed for high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, competitive (90%) SAT/ACT scores, leadership in activities, community service, health care experiences, and have a strong desire to become a physician. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school to apply for this program. They apply directly to The George Washington University via the Undergraduate Admissions Office. 

A small percentage of qualified applicants will be selected to complete a second essay about their motivations for medicine and their interest in GW. These completed applications are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions for the MD program. Interviews are conducted by MD Admissions in late winter. At the interview, applicants have the opportunity to meet with undergraduate admissions, hear formal presentations, and meet current students. Decisions are made by the Committee on Admissions for the MD program in late March.

The acceptance to the MD program is provisional as program requirements must be maintained in order to transition into the MD program. These requirements include: maintaining a minimum overall GPA; no grades of C or below in any science courses; providing an MCAT practice exam score from an online MCAT review; and participation in medically-related and service experiences. The Dean of MD Admissions provides mentoring and programming. Students in this program are required to create a three year course plan to complete their undergraduate degree. They are encouraged to work with a pre-health advisor to complete this plan. The Committee on Admissions reviews students each semester regarding progress and maintaining requirements. The bachelor's degree is awarded upon successful completion of undergraduate degree requirements before matriculation in the MD program.

Ready to Apply?

The initial application process for the BA/MD program is handled by The GW Undergraduate Admissions Office. More information on applying can be found on their website. 

If you have further questions about this program, please email [email protected] or call

Note: applicants for the cycle only may apply test (SAT/ACT) optional.

Learn more about the GW MD Program.


General Application Information

Does GW have a rolling admissions policy?

The Committee on Admissions does have a rolling admissions policy. We encourage you to submit all materials as soon as possible.

When are the deadlines for applying?

The deadline for the online AMCAS application is December 14, The GW Secondary Application and all supporting materials (including letters of recommendation to AMCAS) are due by February 1,

What are the average GPA and MCAT scores of entering students? What is considered competitive?

Average GPA: approximately A cumulative GPA of below a is considered non-competitive.

Average MCAT: MCAT scores that include a score of or below are considered non-competitive.

We will continue to take the highest of each subsection across MCAT exams.

What factors does the Committee on Admissions consider?

The complete file is reviewed and the Committee on Admissions is interested in the academic achievement, personal attributes and experiences of each applicant. We particularly focus on GPA, MCATs, graduate coursework (if over 12 credits), letters of recommendation, essays, medically-related experiences, research, extracurricular activities, life experiences and challenges, work experience, community service, clinical public health experiences, and leadership experiences.

Do you accept out-of-state or out-of-area applicants?

We are a private institution and have no preference for geographical location. Our entering class came from 26 states, DC, and Canada.



What are the citizenship requirements for entry into the GW MD program?

GW accepts only U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (with a valid U.S. Permanent Residency card) and Canadian citizens to its regular four-year MD program. As of August Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applicants will be accepted. DACA applicants should research funding sources as traditional options may not be available. If you are an international student, please visit the IMP program website.

Are there additional requirements for Canadian citizens?

We do accept Canadian citizens to the program and the admission requirements and application review process are identical to the rest of the applicant pool. If accepted, you will be directed to submit documentation showing sufficient funds to pay for all your tuition and living expenses as part of your application for a student visa.



What are the minimum course recommendations for admission to the GW MD Program?

With the development of AAMC/HHMI scientific and personal competencies, the George Washington University Committee on Admissions for the MD Program has moved from strict premedical requirements to competency-based recommendations. Mastery of these competencies should be reflected in strong academic performance, MCATs, experiences, and letters of reference. For a full list of our competency-based recommendations, please see our Minimum Eligibility and Recommendations.

Do I have to complete the recommended coursework before applying to GW?

No. All of our recommendations must be completed prior to matriculation, not application. However, most highly successful applicants have completed most of the recommended courses prior to application.

I followed my university's prescribed pre-medical science sequence. Does that fulfill GW's recommendations?

I took some of the required courses at an advanced level. Will these still count toward the recommendations?

What kinds of Biology courses count toward the Biology recommendation?

To meet our Biology recommendation, candidates should take courses that focus on cellular and molecular biology as well as the structure and function of living organisms. Please note that botany and environmental science cannot be used towards fulfilling the recommendation. We will not accept IB or AP credits for Biology.

What courses count toward the Social or Behavioral Science recommendation?

Courses in sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, ethics, political science, public health, economics, and religion satisfy the social or behavioral science course requirement. A minimum of two to three courses is suggested.

Do you require specific information regarding my research skills if I use research experience for the Statistics/Biostatistics/Probability/Math recommendation?

No, not unless specifically requested of you by the Committee on Admissions.

Will my Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credit count toward the pre-medical coursework recommendations?

Yes, as long as these credits are listed on your official transcript and designated as the appropriate credit. The Committee requires biology coursework during college. We do not accept AP or IB credits for Biology.

Do you accept community college credits?

Yes. The Committee on Admissions does accept coursework taken at a community college; however, it is preferable to have the pre-medical coursework taken at a four-year college or university.

Do you accept online coursework?

Coursework taken in the classroom setting is highly valued. Online coursework can be accepted, if accepted by your degree granting institution. All online coursework, of those interviewed, will be reviewed for approval. Online coursework is unacceptable for our competency-based recommendations. Online degrees are not accepted.

I went to a school on a quarter system. What do I need to do?

Do you only accept applicants who majored in the sciences as an undergraduate?

We are committed to enrolling a diverse student body and each year our class includes students who majored in subjects such as: foreign languages, economics, music, psychology, international relations, and religion, as well as those who have majored in the sciences. 

How does the Committee factor graduate-level coursework or advanced degrees when considering your academic experience?

The Committee factors all experiences – including postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional coursework – when reviewing your academic background. While there are no expiration dates for past coursework, the Committee on Admissions does recommend that you have completed some recent coursework to help demonstrate recent, rigorous academic engagement. Completion of a graduate-level program (requiring 12+ credits) is highly valued during the holistic review of your academic experience.



Do you require the MCAT? Is there a time limit in which it needs to be completed?

Yes, we do require valid MCAT scores that have been taken within three years prior to the matriculation year. We generally will not consider MCATs taken before April ; we will accept MCATs taken through September for the application cycle. We do not accept scores from the previous version of the MCAT. If you have highly competitive scores that are outside this window, you may petition before applying. Please email [email protected] if you wish to request an exception.

What is the average MCAT score?

The incoming class had an average total score of See the Class Profile for more details. 

What should I do if I am scheduled to take the MCAT this summer?

If you already have valid MCAT scores upon application, there will be a review of your completed application. It is possible that an interview will be offered at this time. Otherwise, the Committee will hold your application for receipt of your additional MCAT scores. Please remember that you should submit your application as soon as possible due to our rolling admissions process. It is best to submit all other materials to AMCAS, so that your application is in order and ready as soon as we receive your additional MCAT scores.


Letters of Recommendation

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

GW participates in the AMCAS letter service. All letters of recommendation are submitted to AMCAS, which then electronically forwards the letters to the participating medical schools. For full information, please see the AMCAS application site at All letters of recommendation MUST be sent directly to AMCAS and therefore arrive via the AMCAS letters system to our office. Please DO NOT send your letters of recommendation directly to our office. Letters may be verified for authenticity.

What type of letters of recommendation are required? How many?

To complete their file, applicants are required to submit either:

  • A Pre-Health or Pre-Medical Committee Letter (required if available to you)  OR
  • Minimum of three letters from individuals, at least one of which must be from science faculty familiar with your academic work.

Please note: In addition to the required letter(s) listed above, applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program(s) or who have previously graduated or withdrawn from one, should provide an official letter of good standing from the institution. If you have previously attended any professional school (medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.), please submit a letter of good standing from the program. This letter SHOULD NOT be sent to AMCAS as part of the primary application, but rather should be sent directly to GW after being invited for an interview. This letter should be sent directly from your registrar or program director. 

Can I include additional letters after my file is completed?

Once we have received all letters listed on AMCAS, your file will be considered complete. If you submit additional letters after your file is complete, they will be included in the review of your file ONLY if your file has not been reviewed or upon the re-review of your file. We do not have a limit on the number of letters of recommendation we will accept.


Fee Payment

How do I pay the $ application fee?

We utilize an online payment gateway and only accept online credit card payments. Please do not send a check with your secondary application. After you make the payment, you will receive your Fee Payment Authorization Code. This number must be provided with your secondary application for processing.

Do you offer a secondary application fee waiver?

Yes, we will waive our secondary application fee if you have been accepted to the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP). On your secondary application, you will need to select the option for AMCAS fee waiver and this will waive the $ fee. Please note that we will verify your eligibility with AMCAS.



I would like to learn more about the curriculum for the GW MD Program. Where can I find this information?

What is the Practice of Medicine?

Clinical skills and professional development are major curricular focuses that span all four years, providing early patient exposure and the means to develop outstanding clinical thinking, technical skills, and a sense of professionalism. In the pre-clinical Fundamentals of Medicine phase and the Fundamentals of Clinical Practice phase, substantial curricular time is devoted to Clinical Skills and Reasoning (CSR) and Professional Development (PD) activities. In the Fundamentals of Medicine phase, CSR and PD are integrated into the existing blocks. Students meet at least weekly in CSR small groups as they work with clinical faculty to apply interview and examinations skills to diagnosis and treatment. In addition, each month, students meet in PD small groups to focus on the personal and professional aspects of becoming a physician. These activities provide focused opportunities to learn through cooperation and collaboration, which helps students develop their abilities to work with groups of colleagues and co-workers in a professional environment.

What are Learning Communities?

Each class is divided into four learning communities that are meant to provide a more individualized experience and supportive environment for our students to engage with the material and one another. These communities provide longitudinal mentoring relationships with faculty members – including not only physicians, but also basic science and librarian mentors – to assist students in their growth.

What is the Clinical Public Health Curriculum?

To prepare future clinicians to assume their role in 21st century health systems, GW SMHS established its Clinical Public Health curriculum in to integrate public health and population health throughout students’ four-year medical education. Upon graduation, GW-trained physicians will not only be excellent clinicians for individual patients’ health needs, but they will also be able to identify, understand, and address community health issues both within and beyond the walls of the clinic.

Find more details about the Clinical Public Health Curriculum.

Where do students have clinical experiences at GW?

Our MD students have the ability to work clinically at a variety of locations, gaining exposure and experience working with a diverse patient population. See the list of our Affiliated Hospitals for more details.

What is the Longitudinal Primary Care Clinic opportunity?

Throughout the Fundamentals of Clinical Practice phase, students will also participate in a Longitudinal Primary Care Clinic that complements the Primary Care Clerkship. Students will work one half-day every other week in a primary care setting (general internal medicine, general pediatrics, family medicine, or geriatrics) regardless of their current rotation.

What are some only-in-D.C. experiences in the GW Curriculum?

There are a variety of ways that students take advantage of our location in the heart of the nation’s capital, including meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to learn about health care policy or visiting the U.S. Holocaust Museum to learn more about medical ethics. Students participate in GW Clinical Public Health Summits, which are unique, multi-day, real-world field projects that build on the medical curriculum and are the hallmark of the Clinical Public Health curriculum. Students also work and learn at a variety of clinical settings, including our affiliated hospitals and the area’s large military hospitals and facilities.


Student Opportunities

What is the Scholarly Concentration Program?

The Scholarly Concentration is an educational program designed to enrich students' experiences and opportunities, and expose them to various concentrations of study. GW SMHS believes this program will further students' medical careers by providing a broader healthcare perspective and exposure to leadership opportunities. Students have the opportunity to choose an area of scholarly concentration in one of several areas of healthcare outside of the standard clinical curriculum.

For full information, visit the website for The Office of Student Professional Enrichment. Approximately 75% of students select a scholarly concentration. As a Concentration student, you will attend a series of lunch lectures and events, engage in a required 8-week experiential opportunity during the first summer, and complete a related Scholarly Project (required of all MD students) and fourth-year elective. Scholarships are available to assist with the costs of your summer travel and living expenses.

I am interested in the Scholarly Concentration Program. What are the options for concentration areas?

There are currently nine scholarly concentration areas:

What research opportunities exist at GW?

I would like to learn more about the student-run clinics at GW.

The GW Healing Clinic is a volunteer clinic that provides primary care services to underserved patients regardless of ability to pay. The current clinic locations are in conjunction with Bread for the City in the Shaw neighborhood of DC and with Bridge to Care Clinic in Cheverly, MD. Services provided include: well exams; evaluation of non-emergent medical conditions; long term management of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity; and routine laboratory tests. Patients are seen by a team of student volunteers, supervised by volunteer attendings who act as mentors for the students.

The clinics also run a variety of outreach programs – that include HIV testing and counseling, wellness partners, and patient navigators – to assist and improve the health of the community through education and support services. Patient navigators help patients to navigate the healthcare system and bridge them to the care that they need, to include: linking patients to insurance; identifying medical and non-medical resources patients need; managing specialty referrals to outside institutions; and building relationships with community partners to continually expand the GW Healing Clinic's referral network.

Are there student organizations that allow me to get involved with the community?

There are a variety of student organizations here at GW working directly to serve the community. A few include:

  • Team KiPOW! is a student-run organization which works to use medical student health mentors to encourage school-aged children to engage in and benefit from healthful opportunities available to them through the DC Healthy Schools Act. This is a mentor-type role where medical students eat lunch with students, engage in fun and physical activities and educate them on health topics.
  • ACOG Teen Promise Project is a collaborative effort between OB/GYN residents, medical students, and a DCPS school (Columbia Heights Education Campus) to create and institute a sexual health curriculum geared towards high-risk middle school students in Washington, DC.
  • The GW Asylum Clinic Group provides students with opportunities to shadow and participate in evaluating asylum seekers at the Bread for the City Asylum Clinic, including writing the Medical-Legal Affidavit to document the physical and psychological findings of the evaluation. They also host talks, movie events, and other events throughout the year to discuss issues facing refugees or individuals seeking asylum.
  • Prenatal Partners pairs medical students who are interested in getting first-hand experience in OB/GYN with willing expectant mothers, assisting as patient-partners with a variety of tasks throughout their pregnancy, from keeping track of appointments to designing birth plans.

Checking your Status, Decision-Making, and Interviews

I have submitted an AMCAS application, but have not yet received the secondary application. What should I do?

We send secondary applications to all applicants who designate the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences on their AMCAS application. Please note that it does take time to transmit your completed AMCAS application to our office. If you have not received a secondary application and it has been more than a week since you submitted your AMCAS application, please email us at [email protected]

How can I check the status of my file?

You may visit the Application Portal to check the status of your application throughout the application cycle. Please note that you will need to select the appropriate link if you are a first time user or if you have forgotten your username or password. This is the same login information you use to access and complete the secondary application.

How long after my file is complete will I be notified of a decision?

Interviews are offered on a rolling basis, and we interview from August through March. The Committee on Admissions judiciously reviews each application and it may take some time before you hear from us regarding a change in your status. Please keep in mind that many files are put on hold each year and are re-reviewed later in the application cycle.

I have a status that says I am "on hold for re-review at a later date." What does this mean and when will I hear from GW?

Due to the nature of our holistic review process, files will be reviewed multiple times before any decision is made. We have a rolling admissions process; therefore, there is no set schedule for the re-review of your file. While on hold, you remain under active consideration, and your file will be re-reviewed several times. You will be sent information as soon as the Committee on Admissions communicates a change in your status. If any additional documentation is needed, we will contact you immediately. We appreciate your patience during this time.

What can I do while I am on "hold?"

The holistic review process is very thorough and time-consuming. During this time, we encourage you to share your continued interest in our program, new experiences and activities, or anything else you would like to share with the Committee on Admissions through the Application Portal. The Committee does welcome and appreciate these updates, as your file will be re-reviewed several times throughout the "on hold" status period.

How will I be offered an interview with GW?

Interviews are by invitation only and are sent to the email address you provided on your AMCAS application. You will be offered a specific interview date, with the option of requesting an alternative date, if needed.

Can I appeal my decision?

All decisions made by the Committee on Admissions are final. Unfortunately, we do not accept appeals.

Will the Admissions Office provide counseling to me if I am an unsuccessful applicant?

All Committee on Admissions proceedings are confidential and final. We cannot provide individual counseling or feedback regarding your application or competitiveness. We urge you to utilize your pre-medical advisor or a trusted faculty member, as they can most likely speak to your situation on an individual basis.

If you do not have a pre-medical advisor, we recommend you reach out to the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions which will be able to connect you with members who have volunteered to be available to those individuals without access otherwise.

Can you offer any advice for reapplicants?

Although we cannot provide any individual counseling or feedback regarding your application or competitiveness, we sincerely appreciate your interest in reapplying to GW. We urge you to utilize your pre-medical advisor or a trusted faculty member, as they can most likely speak to your situation on an individual basis.

As a reapplicant, please be aware that the Committee on Admissions can revisit your past cycle application(s), and they will be looking for increased work on any perceived areas of weakness. We also suggest having at least one letter of recommendation that is new for the reapplication cycle.

Please note that we cannot share past application materials (includinga copy of your past GW Secondary Application) with reapplicants, per the Committee on Admissions confidentiality policy.


GW Acceptance Protocols

What happens after I am accepted?

Get more details for Accepted applicants.

Upon receiving notice of acceptance, applicants must return a signed contract in order to hold their seat in the class. The Office of Admissions does not require a security deposit.

GW requests that all accepted applicants adhere to the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols, to include the following:

  • April Accepted applicants narrow offers to a minimum of three medical schools.
  • April By this date, accepted applicants hold only one seat.

Accepted applicants must also complete all requirements prior to matriculating, including but not limited to: all official school transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions; complete SMHS-specific and GW immunization forms; and satisfactory completion of the criminal background check.

Is it possible for Accepted applicants to request a deferred start?

Any deferral requests must be submitted no later than May 30 to the Associate Dean of Admissions. Requests should be emailed directly and include a detailed plan of action for the year, as well as any supporting documentation. Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis, and accepted applicants are limited to a one-year deferral.


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St. Bonaventure University

Overview of the SBU-GW Dual Admittance Program

Students accepted into this competitive program have a provisional seat waiting for them at the prestigious George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences upon graduation from St. Bonaventure University. 

The student receives a provisional letter of acceptance to the eight-year program upon entering the program at SBU, and has a provisional seat in the medical school class that begins four years later. The acceptance to the M.D. program is provisional as program requirements must be maintained in order to transition into the M.D. curriculum.

The Committee on Admissions for the M.D. program reviews all students concerning promotion to the medical school curriculum at the end of the fourth year of study at St. Bonaventure Univeristy, which is also when the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of degree requirements. These requirements include both academic and comportment standards, as well as continued service work and clinical exposure.

We strongly recommend that you complete your application before the due date of Nov. 30 of your senior year in high school. This includes the Common App and all supplemental materials. We will review all completed applications received by Nov. 30; however, last-minute applications may hurt your candidacy.

We can accept updated information and new test scores after this date. Required application materials that do not fit into online applications should be mailed to the Office of Admissions (see address at bottom of page). A separate application for GW is NOT required to enter the program. Transfer students are not eligible for this program. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa. There is no preference given based on state of residence. 

Qualified applicants will be interviewed at SBU by invitation in January. A second interview is conducted at GW by invitation in late February to early March. Decisions on acceptance are made by the Committee on Admissions for the M.D. program in mid- to late March.

Application Requirements

  • Competitive (90%) SAT/ACT scores. Typically at least (ERW+M) SAT or ACT composite
  • High school average of 90 or higher as calculated by the St. Bonaventure Admissions Office.
  • Community service and clinical exposure are evaluated and taken into consideration.
  • At least two confidential letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a science teacher. 
  • Two essays:
    • One essay (Personal Statement) that will be included with your Common App.
    • An additional essay titled “Applying to Medical School,” which details your interest in working in the profession of medicine and why you are interested in starting that process at SBU and then continuing at GW. 
  • A resume that organizes all of your extracurricular activities in one place (church, clubs, sports, hobbies, volunteering, clinical exposure, employment, etc.).

Maintenance Standards of Phase I of the Program

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Minimum overall grade point average of (A = )
  • Minimum GPA of or better in all math/science courses
  • A grade of B- or better in all courses
  • Complete core science and English requirements
  • Maintain character/comportment requirements
  • Successful completion of the MCAT exam is required.

George Washington School of Medicine

George Washington School of Medicine
The GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences is the 11th oldest medical school in the country. Since its inception it has been at the forefront of medical education. Learn more about the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

How to Apply

The Common Application is preferred for this combined degree program.

NOTE: Send all paper application materials to 

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box D
St. Bonaventure, NY


George Washington University BA/MD program


<p>Sounds like you have done plenty research with your D on this BS/MD path.</p>

<p>I differ on a few points on your concluded downsides,
1, there are a quite few programs involved change of scenery, totally different settings.
2 & 3, I assume your “lesser” medical schools is based off those well-published rankings, come back in 4 years, ask your D if getting into those “high” ranked meds is still her goal.
4 & 5, agreed.
6, legitimate concern, though as tropixx pointed out, you can apply out to research-focused school, assuming by that time you already have the grades and strong lab experience.
7, untrue, study abroad will be easier to arrange than the traditional pre-med who has to carefully schedule pre-req, secure recommendation, etc.</p>

<p>I believe your #4 is the only strong point against the program, and you missed the cost part as another downside. Typically the undergrad part of these program are not favorable financially to the students.</p>


Ba/md gw

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and St. Bonaventure University (SBU) in New York have established an eight-year dual BS/MD program. Accepted students spend four years at St. Bonaventure for their undergraduate work. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school to apply for this program. Competitive academic work, SAT/ACTs, service, medically related experience are all required. 

A small number of qualified applicants will be interviewed at SBU in January. A second interview is conducted at GW in late February. Decisions are made by the Committee on Admissions for the MD program by late March.

The acceptance to the MD program is provisional as program requirements must be maintained in order to transition into the MD program. These requirements include: maintaining a minimum overall GPA; no grades of C or below in any science courses; MCAT exam scores; and participation in medically-related and service experiences. The Committee on Admissions for the MD program reviews all students yearly concerning continuing in the program, and the bachelor's degree is awarded by SBU upon successful completion of degree requirements, before matriculation in the MD program.

Ready to Apply?

The initial application process for the BS/MD program is handled by St. Bonaventure University. If you have additional questions after visiting their website, please email [email protected] or call

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