The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) is for outstanding high school seniors who have been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh as undergraduates and are interested in attending the University’s medical school after completing their undergraduate degree(s).
The undergraduate Office of Admissions provides information for students who meet the required criteria for the Medicine Guarantee.
Applying for the Guaranteed Admission Program
Applying for the GAP is a multi-step process. To be considered, applicants must submit a completed undergraduate application for admission on or before November 1 (applicants must be a US Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (not pending or conditional) or have Asylee Status. International students as well as applicants to the regional campuses of the University of Pittsburgh are not eligible for this program). An applicant must indicate an interest in Pre-Medicine or Bioengineering on their undergraduate admissions application. Also, applicants must earn the highest grade point average available at your high school in the context of a curriculum showing the greatest academic rigor possible. In addition, achieve a minimum SAT score of 1490 (combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) or 34 ACT composite score. With the University expanding the test-optional policy through fall of 2023, the MCAT will be required prior to matriculation to the medical school only for test-optional candidates entering Pitt as first-year guaranteed admits starting in 2021. However, the earned score will only be used for advising purposes following matriculation to medical school. The MCAT requirement does not apply to students admitted with SAT/ACT scores.
After the initial review described above, students selected to continue in the process will be notified by the School of Medicine of their eligibility to apply for the Medicine GAP. Those selected will be asked to submit a supplemental application in support of their candidacy, which is DUE: MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2021 (11:59 PM EST - NO extensions will be granted). The supplemental application will be reviewed by the School of Medicine’s Admission Committee. Selected students will be invited for an interview to the School of Medicine in March (no one is admitted to the medical school without an interview).
Selection for the interview is based on:
- Academic performance
- Medically related experiences
- Research Experience, if available
- Community Service
- Two letters of recommendation (1 from either a school counselor or and teacher and the other from a person who knows the applicant through their participation in the activities above)
- An essay
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it necessary to change the expectations regarding medically related experiences, community service and research.
Updated Requirements for applying to the GAP program during the next 2021-2022 admissions cycle are as follows:
1. Medically related experiences - Virtual shadowing experiences will be accepted along with a list of the websites, names of the physicians and their areas of specialization. In person shadowing, if any, should be added to the application along with contact information and number of hours.
2. Community Service - Since in-person activities were not possible, the level of creativity displayed by seeking remote involvement in community service will be considered. For example, activities like making masks for hospital or front-line workers, delivering food packages to the elderly, participating in virtual teaching, teaching English to refugees.
3. Leadership activities - Some examples could include student council member, captain of a debate team, involvement in team sports with specific responsibilities, conducting a school band or chorus.
4. Research - Online research like data entry, data analysis, research protocol development to name a few.
If accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Guaranteed Admission Program, students must:
- Maintain an overall GPA of 3.75 with a Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (BCPM) GPA of 3.75 as an undergraduate
- Complete the undergraduate degree within four years
- Continue to gain medically related experiences* during their undergraduate years
- Seek research opportunities in a medically related field
- Seek opportunities for community service
- Meet with the Director of the Guaranteed Admit program once every semester to discuss their progress in terms of medically related activities, research and community service.
- Meet with the University Pre-Medical Advisor at the start of each semester in order to confirm that they are fulfilling the academic pre-requisites for admission to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In addition, students will be given information regarding various research** and volunteering opportunities.
- Provide the Office of Admissions with an official transcript at the completion of their junior year
Please keep in mind, students must also meet with the advisor who was assigned to them by the University of Pittsburgh at matriculation.
*Students need to be HIPAA certified before they can be permitted to volunteer in any UPMC-affiliated hospital. The certification can be done online by:
- Visiting http://cme.hs.pitt.edu
- Clicking on “Internet Based Studies in Education and Research” and then
- Clicking on “HIPAA Privacy Awareness for Faculty, Students, Health Professionals and Trainees.”
**For those interested in Neuroscience Research visit the website of The Center for Neuroscience for the University of Pittsburgh.
Procedures for Matriculation into the School of Medicine
At the end of the undergraduate junior year, students who meet the requirements listed above will be emailed detailed instructions on completing the application and matriculation process for the medical school. Students will be granted pre-approval status to submit the medical school application through AMCAS. In addition, students will be required to provide AMCAS and the medical school Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with official transcript(s).