Early Assurance Program
College of Medicine
SUNY Upstate Medical University

The College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, offers early acceptance to undergraduate students in their second year of college at all four-year institutions. These candidates then must complete their remaining two years of college. The program is designed to free students from the pressures associated with medical school application and MCAT preparation so they may pursue unique academic interests. After completing the B.A. or B.S. at Marist, students will then start the medical school program at SUNY Upstate, leading to the M.D. degree.

Each applicant must have completed at least three of the following four required science sequences prior to applying:

General Biology I-II, with labs BIOL 110-111-112-113
General Chemistry I-II, with labs CHEM 131-132
Organic Chemistry I-II, with lab CHEM 211-212-213
General Physics I-II, with labs PHYS 211-212-213-214

Applicants must also have achieved a high level of academic performance (at least a 3.50 GPA and a score of at least 1300 on the SAT or equivalent score on the ACT), and have received a positive recommendation from the Marist College Health Professions Committee. The Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) is not required prior to or after admission. Full information about admissions criteria and requirements to remain in good standing with the College of Medicine may be found at:


Applications are available each March and must be returned by July 1, following the sophomore year. For further information and application forms, please visit the following web site: