Sophomore Entry Programs

George Mason University has early selection/guaranteed admissions agreements with two medical schools, Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University. In November of each year, the Health Professions Advisor recruits high achieving and high performing sophomores for these competitive programs through the HEALTHPROFESSIONSADVISOR-L Mason Student Email Listserv.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Guaranteed Admissions Program

Two provisional seats are awarded to candidates who communicate their intention to attend VCU School of Medicine. Successful candidates demonstrate outstanding academic preparation, professional conduct, dedication to the profession, and personal maturity. In addition, students nominated for this program must take the MCAT in the spring or summer of their junior year.  This is not an accelerated program.

George Washington University School of Medicine Early Selection

The Early Selection Program of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a very competitive program that gives gifted, talented and committed students, who have achieved academic distinction at Mason, the ability to pursue their interest in the humanities (major or minor) in more depth, as well as the opportunity for more focused high impact experiences. (Students transferring into Mason are ineligible.) This is not an accelerated program. GWU SOM requires that applicants have completed a minimum of two semesters of chemistry and two semesters of biology or physics, as well as a social/behavioral science course by the end of the semester during which they apply to the Early Selection Program. Only students who are U.S. or Canadian Citizens or hold U.S. Permanent Residency at the time of application are eligible to apply.

It is recommended that sophomore students who are interested in either of these programs attend one of the Health Professions Advisor’s small group advising sessions early in the fall semester of their sophomore year.  These small group advising sessions are announced via HEALTHPROFESSIONSADVISOR-L Mason Student Email Listserv.