Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) offers Tufts undergraduates an opportunity to apply to the medical school in the spring of their sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted through the Early Assurance Program, and are guaranteed a spot in the medical school class, provided they complete their premed requirements, maintain a high level of academic performance, are in good standing and complete the bachelor’s degree at Tufts.

Program Requirements

  • To apply for early assurance, you need to have completed two introductory biology courses, two introductory chemistry courses and one organic chemistry course no later than July of the application year. There is no single or best way to do this. However students who know they cannot take any coursework in the summer should begin with general chemistry. Alternatively, a student who is strongest in biology, may begin with biology, take chemistry in the sophomore year and then organic in the summer after sophomore year. For more information, contact the pre-health advisor or look for the information session that is held on campus each year.
  • To be competitive, you will need both an overall and science GPA of 3.7
  • All courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (including labs) >=B+
    All other courses >=B
  • Regarding Exceptional Pass/Fail - All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their coursework for a traditional grade when the option to do so exists. This is particularly true for prerequisite and science courses. The Early Assurance program is a competitive and highly selective admissions option. Since the MCAT is waived for EAP applicants, this puts greater emphasis on coursework and grades to determine an applicant's fit and readiness for medical school.  Exceptions to this will only be made on a case by case basis.  Exceptions should only be requested in extenuating situations or where the option is deemed appropriate.  
  • You will be expected to complete all of the required courses at Tufts
  • AP credit may be accepted but students are required to do additional science work at Tufts for the admissions committee to review
  • If admitted, you must complete the remaining premed requirements (biochemistry and Physics 1) at Tufts by the summer after your junior year and maintain a strong academic record in those courses
  • You will need to complete your bachelor’s degree and remain in good standing throughout your undergraduate career
  • You can apply to other medical schools but will forfeit your spot in the Early Assurance Program. You can re-apply to TUSM in the regular pool and will be considered for regular admission.

Application Process

  1. We post the Early Assurance Application over winter break
  2. Submit your application online no later than February 1 of your sophomore year
  3. Letters of recommendation are due no later than February 1 and should be sent by the people who write them directly to the Medical School
  4. You will need three letters of recommendation, ideally from Tufts faculty members although one letter can come from someone other than faculty. Recommendations do not need to come from science faculty.
  5. As an applicant, you will be required to report your SAT or ACT scores
  6. The Medical School will invite some portion of applicants for interviews in early April. Decision letters will be mailed in the summer once spring and summer grades are received
  7. If admitted, you will file an American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application in the summer after your junior year indicating that you want to continue with the program (rather than apply to other medical schools). You will have the option of opting out of the program at this point
  8. Final acceptance will be mailed to senior students once all AMCAS materials are in and premed courses are completed