Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the program cost?

2013-2014 tuition for the Post-Bacc Pre-Med program is $475 per credit hour. Most students take 32 hours during the one-year program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, federal and private loans may be available. You should complete a FAFSA as soon as you apply to the program if you are interested in applying for financial aid.

Are scholarships available?

No, Agnes Scott does not have scholarships available for graduate students.

What are the academic requirements for admission?

The program requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher and GRE scores in the 50th percentile or higher. See the full list of admission requirements for more information.

What are the required application materials?

The required materials are listed on the post-bacc pre-med admission application.

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline has been extended to March 15 for 2014 summer and fall enrollment. We offer rolling admission so students may apply at anytime leading up to the deadline. As soon as your application is complete, it is forwarded to the committee for a decision and applicants are usually notified within two weeks of completing their applications.

Is there an advantage to applying early?

Not in terms of admission. We do not cap the number of admissions to the PBPM program, so you do not need to rush your application unless you are close to the deadline. However, the advantage to applying early and planning ahead is that you will have plenty of time to file your financial aid application, get your finances in order, find housing and prepare yourself for a rigorous year of coursework.

Does Agnes Scott have a linkage agreement with a medical school?

Yes, we have a linkage agreement with the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga. To be eligible for admission to Mercer under the linkage agreement, you must be a Georgia resident and be committed to serving rural and underserved populations in Georgia. You must also take all pre-med requirements at Agnes Scott. For more information on this agreement, click on the linkage page.

What is the success rate of your graduates?

Of those who complete the program and apply to medical school, 75% are accepted on the first or second attempt. Our most recent program alums have been accepted to Emory, Mercer, Medical College of Georgia, Morehouse, Louisville, Mayo, Northwestern, Tulane and U-VA, among many others.

What if my GPA is lower than 3.5?

If your GPA is above 3.2 and you have very high GRE scores and exceptional references, the committee will consider these factors in its decision. The committee will not accept a student who does not have the credentials, aptitude or motivation for medical school acceptance.

I took several science courses in undergraduate school. Can I still apply to your program?

You must not have taken more than four program courses. For example, if you have Chemistry I and II and Biology I and II on your transcript, you are still eligible for admission. But if you have taken any other courses that are included in our course sequence, you are not a candidate for the program.

Why can’t I retake science courses in which I want to improve my grades?

If you are seeking to improve your MCAT scores or retake courses, there are programs designed for you. At the American Association of Medical Colleges, you can search for "academic enhancement" post-baccalaureate pre-medical programs. At Agnes Scott, you would not be allowed to repeat a course to try to improve your record, and "academic enhancement" programs allow you to repeat.

Will I be in class all day?

You will be in class all day, and we do not recommend that our students hold a job in addition to attending class. Typically, you will have morning classes with labs two or three days per week from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Do you offer night classes?

No, we do not offer night or weekend classes.

What classes are included in the program?

How will Agnes Scott prepare me for the MCAT?

We offer an eight-week MCAT prep class during the spring semester. We also have an extensive library of MCAT prep materials that are available to you. 

Why is this program better than taking classes at a local college?

PBPM programs are very rigorous; completing a PBPM program successfully proves that you are capable of performing well under the intense pressure of medical school. In fact, many medical schools welcome PBPM students because they are more mature and have made a significant decision to change careers based on life experience. In addition to your increased likelihood of gaining admission to medical school, our PBPM program provides a close-knit cohort of students who are in the same life situation as you are. Our PBPM students study together, share notes and ideas, and prepare for the MCAT together. Plus, you have almost unlimited access to a very involved adviser to help you through the process!