How to Get Sponsored

As a premedical candidate in our program, you have the opportunity to secure a composite letter of recommendation for your medical school or dental school application through sponsorship. The composite letter of recommendation is a narrative highlighting your overall academic and personal strengths.

Requirements

Once you are admitted to the Premedical Program, you must meet the following requirements to qualify for sponsorship:

  • Complete a minimum number of credits with grades of B or higher in medical sciences courses at Harvard Extension School or Harvard Summer School, based on the GPA you earned as an undergraduate. If your undergraduate GPA was:
    • 3.4 or higher, complete 20 credits
    • Between 3.2 and 3.4, complete 24 credits
    • Between 3.0 and 3.2, complete 28 credits
    • Below 3.0, complete 32 credits
  • Consult the Premedical Program office at least once every term.
  • Notify the Premedical Program director in writing of your intent to apply to medical school, listing courses completed and courses to be completed, no later than September 30 of the year preceding application to medical school.
  • Finish all prerequisites by the end of the summer in which you are applying to medical school. Sponsored participants must pay a $500 sponsorship fee no later than June 15 of the application year. If your grades or MCAT scores need improvement, you are advised to wait a year, during which time you must continue taking medical sciences courses.

The Premedical Program may adjust the requirements of sponsorship based on an individual’s needs.

Failure to meet any deadline or requirement may delay sponsorship of your application for that year. Students applying after the deadline may be considered for the following year but must continue taking medical sciences courses each term.

The program reserves the right to limit the number of students it sponsors annually. If a limit is imposed in a particular year, sponsorship is based upon the date when students file their application. Therefore, you should apply as early as possible.

To be sponsored, please note that you must achieve a competitive score on the MCAT if your undergraduate GPA was below 3.0. However, it is important to stress that, even with sponsorship, you should manage your expectations of gaining acceptance into medical school. As you know, medical school acceptance committees place a strong emphasis on academic performance.

Timeline Expectations

Most postbaccalaureate premedical students need two years to complete requirements, although a few are able to do so in one year and a summer. Students begin their studies in the fall or summer. Due to the scheduling of prerequisite courses, students are not able to begin in the spring.

A Typical Path through the Program

  • Complete general chemistry and physics in the first year.
  • Complete biology and organic chemistry in the second year.
  • Take MCAT in the spring or early summer of the second year.

If you are contemplating an alternative schedule, you should consult the Premedical Program office before enrolling.