I was talking the other day to one of my students from California who has an interest in the UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program. The program says that only those students that are invited to apply may apply for the program. The student was concerned that he might not get an invitation to apply.
I assured the student that this was not an issue. Many BS/MD programs have minimum grade and test score requirements before students will be considered for the program. At the Medical Scholars Program, students must have a GPA of 4.0 or higher and a minimum SAT score of 2,250 or a minimum ACT score of 34.
The UCSD Medical Scholars Program invitation will be sent to ALL students that have applied to UC San Diego undergrad and who have those grades and test scores. In a typical year they send out over 500 invitations.