Frequently Asked Questions
1. My SAT’s were taken a long time ago, do I really need to submit them?
Yes, all standardized test scores are required regardless of how long ago they were taken. Contact your high school to see if they still have your official scores. If not, you will have to contact the College Board. If they have been archived, it could take longer to retrieve them so make sure you allow enough time for them to be received by us before the deadline. All scores need to be official.
2. I took classes at several universities. Do you need every transcript?
Yes, we need transcripts for every college level course you have taken, including study abroad courses. The transcripts must be official and come directly from the Registrar’s office.
3. What are your requirements?
Our requirements are listed at the top of the application, or you can click here for more information. Everything must be received by the deadline for your file to be considered complete. This includes all of your supplemental information such as letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts. Once your file is reviewed, you will either be invited to interview or you will be sent a letter of rejection at that time. If you are selected to interview, you will have a one-on-one interview with the Director, who will go over the program, your curriculum, and approximate cost for you, if accepted.
4. What are my chances of getting in?
Each completed file is individually reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. We are not able to tell you over the phone or in an email what your chances are of getting into the program, so please do not ask. The program is quite competitive, and early application is best.
5. What classes will I take?
Each student’s curriculum is individual based upon the classes that were taken as an undergraduate. If selected to interview, your curriculum will be mapped out at that time to give you a general idea of your classes, if accepted.
6. How long is the program?
Typically, for the career changer track, it is two years. For the enhancement track, it is typically one year. It will depend on the classes needed by the individual student.
7. Is there financial aid available?
Financial aid is available in the form of loans. No scholarships or grants are available. Students should work closely with the university financial aid office to determine their eligibility.
8. Do you offer MCAT prep?
We do not have specific MCAT prep classes in our program. We feel that our science classes help to prepare you for your exam. Students can opt to take an MCAT prep class from an outside agency. Numerous options are available in the downtown area.
9. Where do students live?
Students do have the option of living in the Living and Learning Centers if space is available. The student should contact Residence Life directly to inquire about this. Most students choose to live off campus in the surrounding areas, such as South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, and Mount Washington.
10. I took my classes 10 years ago. Do I have to retake them?
Yes, any course over 6 years should be repeated.
11. Is the MCAT or GRE required?
No, these are not required, but if you have taken them you are required to send us your scores.
12. Can I work during this program?
The Post-Bacc program is full-time. While we understand the financial constraints you may be under, it is not advised that you work during your time here. Your efforts should be focused on your class load, and medically related extra-curricular activities.
13. Do I have to wait to graduate from my undergraduate university to apply?
No, you can apply with your current transcripts. If accepted, you will be required to submit your final official transcript.
14. Can any major apply?
Yes, any undergraduate major can apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Program.