If you are interested in applying to a BS/MD program be very aware of the application due dates and requirements. Dates for application to these programs are often earlier that might otherwise be expected. In most cases you need to first apply to the undergraduate college and then, if accepted, they pass your application on to the medical school for their consideration. However, this is not true for all programs.
Here are two examples of how differently each college handles the application for their BS/MD programs.
The HPME program at Northwestern University requires a student to complete and return the HPME application request card by December 1. This card requests basic information about the student as well as grades and test scores. If the committee determines you are eligible to apply for HPME they will then send you an application. The application for HPME as well as the application for the general undergraduate program must both be submitted by January 1.
The medical scholars program of Caltech and UC San Diego requires that students must apply to Caltech by the early action deadline of November 2 and indicate on the application that they are interested in the medical scholars program. The students can not apply early action to any other single choice early action program. The student will be notified by mid December if they are accepted to Caltech. If they are accepted to Caltech their admission letter will include information about an additional essay and recommendation regarding their potential for a career in medicine. This additional information is due by January 12.
Because the requirements for each of the BS/MD programs is different, the student applying to such programs must be very careful to know the required dates for submissions of materials. Following directions is generally important in applying to college but for those students applying to BS/MD programs, it is critical.
Want more information about BS/MD programs? Check out the Guide to BS/MD Programs.