For Prospective Students

Pre-Med Scholars Program

The Honors College Pre-Med Scholars Program is designed to give participating students early exposure to the medical profession. Scholars will have priority placement for numerous volunteer opportunities and will have the opportunity to shadow physicians in Columbia. Current faculty at the University of Missouri and professionals in the medical field will hold discussions exclusively for students in the Pre-Med Scholars Program.

The Program is intended to provide Scholars with meaningful health care experiences and to strengthen their overall understanding of medicine. Scholars will be provided with the resources necessary to improve their candidacy for medical school. We select approximately 20 incoming freshmen to participate annually. For more information, please call 573-882-3893 or email:

Applications for freshmen incoming in 2018 will open December 1, 2017. Applications are due by March 15, 2018.

Eligibility for the Premed Scholars Program

You are invited to apply for admission to the Premed Scholars Program if you have an interest in medicine and have been accepted to the Honors College.  To be automatically eligible for admission to the Honors College, you need to satisfy any one of the following three criteria:

  1. An ACT* score of 31 (SAT 1360*) AND either a top 15% class rank OR a high school core** GPA of 3.58
  2. An ACT* score of 30 (SAT 1330*) AND either a top 10% class rank OR a high school core** GPA of 3.74
  3. An ACT* score of 29 (SAT 1290*) AND either a top 5% class rank OR a high school core** GPA of 3.91

If you are not automatically eligible, you can complete the additional essay questions for alternative consideration.  To apply to the Honors College, go to

If you do not meet the above criteria, but still wish to apply, you may explain why you wish to be considered in the “Additional Information” prompt below.

* SAT scores (Critical Reading and Math only) are converted to ACT scores by the MU Admissions Office.

** Core GPA is calculated by MU using your grades from all English, science, social studies, and foreign language courses, all math courses Algebra I and higher, and your highest fine art grade.

NOTE: If your school does not report class rank, eligibility will be determined by your ACT or SAT* score AND your Enhanced Core GPA. Enhanced Core GPA is calculated by MU Admissions and gives extra weight to Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework for which you received a grade of C or higher.


The deadline to apply for Pre-Med Scholars for Fall 2018 has passed.