How to Apply to the Premedical Program

Who is Eligible

Admission to the Premedical Program is selective. In evaluating your application, we attempt to be holistic and take many factors into consideration. These include, but are not limited to, experiences that indicate you are making an informed decision about your career choice and are capable of working to the academic standards of Harvard. Although there is no minimum GPA, it is unlikely that applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be accepted.

To be considered for the Premedical Program, you must:

  • Have already completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Graduating college seniors are not eligible to apply. If you will earn your undergraduate degree in May 2019, for example, you'll need to apply next year, February 2020.
  • Be able to demonstrate achievement in your past academic pursuits and an interest in the healthcare field.
  • Be in good academic and financial standing with Harvard University, with no disciplinary or administrative procedures pending (applies to current or former students only).
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident. We are not able to accept international students.
  • Prove English proficiency. If your native language is not English and you have not earned a high school, bachelor’s, or graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) from a college or university in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, or United Kingdom, you’ll need to submit a satisfactory English proficiency test score. Read more about the English Proficiency Requirement for Registration and review the list of acceptable exams and scores.

When to Apply

You should apply to the Premedical Program at least a year before applying to medical or dental school.

We accept applications each year between February 1 and May 1 or until the program has reached capacity. Because we accept students on a rolling basis, the program often fills well before the May 1 deadline, so we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

How to Apply

Application Materials

A complete application includes the following:

  1. Online application. Start the application form. A nonrefundable $50 application processing fee is required to begin the application.
    1. New student? Create an ID and PIN to start the application.
    2. Returning student? Log in, then select "Premedical Program Admissions" from the main menu.
  2. Essay. Upload an essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following question: Why do you want to prepare for a career in the medical field?
  3. Résumé. Upload a current resume that includes all work experience, including volunteer jobs, with dates. Also include any research you have done or research positions you have held, with dates.
  4. Transcripts. We require an official transcript from each college or university in which you have enrolled for credit, including those from which you have earned a degree. Note: To be eligible to apply, your degree must be awarded, not pending. If you earned a degree outside the United States, you must have your official transcript(s) evaluated by the Center for Educational Documentation (CED). The CED should send a copy of your general evaluation directly to the Premedical Program Office. See our guidelines for verifying international credits for more information. We accept electronic transcripts, but only if they are sent from the institution or the institution’s transcript service directly to
  5. Letters of recommendation (optional). You will need to provide your recommender’s name and email address as part of the online application. That person will receive instructions on how to upload the letter, which you will not be able to view, although you will be able to see if it’s been received.

Submit Your Application

Uploading Materials

After you submit the online application:

  1. Select “Check application status and/or upload materials.”
  2. Select “Access the Document Management Page” and upload your essay and résumé. You can access the document management page any time after completing the online application through online services by navigating to "Student view" > "Main Menu" > "Document Management."

Mailing Materials

Materials like transcripts should be mailed to us. When mailing official documents:

  • Do not open envelopes addressed to you that contain official copies of documents. Mail them unopened in a larger envelope.
  • Materials sent from within the United States must be postmarked by the last date of the application cycle. Materials sent from international locations must be received by the application deadline date.

The program mailing address is:

Premedical Program
Harvard Extension School
51 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Admission Decisions

Shortly after you submit a complete application with no outstanding documentation, you will be provided with information regarding a timeline for a decision. Students are informed of their acceptance to the program on a rolling basis and must notify the program office by June 1 of their intent to enroll before they can be admitted; otherwise, their offers will be rescinded.

Acceptance and admission letters are mailed to the current address you have on file with Harvard Extension School. To verify your mailing address, log in to Online Services.

Program or Application Questions?

Contact the Premedical Program Office at (617) 495-2926 or