While students pursuing a degree in medicine generally apply to medical school as seniors, our unique arrangement with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville allows up to five juniors at Furman to gain early admission to the medical school. Rising juniors who meet eligibility requirements can apply for the Early Admission Program.
If you would like to pursue this opportunity, familiarize yourself with our application guidelines, and begin working on your application. Our office must receive all application materials by October 1.
- Satisfying application requirements
Rising juniors who have completed four semesters at Furman University are eligible to apply to the Early Acceptance Program at the USC-Greenville School of Medicine. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.60 and a minimum Early Acceptance Program pre-requisite course GPA of 3.60 at the end of the fall semester of their junior year.
To apply, you must complete the following courses at Furman University with no grade below a C by the end of the fall semester of your junior year.
- BIO 111: Foundations of Biology
BIO 221: Genetics
CHM 110: Foundations of Chemistry
CHM 115: Kinetics, Thermodynamics, and the Environment
CHM 120: Organic Chemistry
CHM 220: Bioorganic Chemistry
PHY 111: General Physics I
You must complete these courses at Furman (not at another institution). We will not accept courses completed on a Pass-No Pass basis with a grade of "P." You may use advanced placement (AP) credit for only one of the above courses.
Applicants must also complete a psychology course (PSY 111) and a sociology course (SOC 101) by the end of the junior year. Although Biochemistry and Physics II are not required by the USC-Greenville School of Medicine, material from those courses is covered on the MCAT. As such, applicants should plan to complete those courses by the end of the junior year.
Both Furman and the USC-Greenville School of Medicine expect applicants to obtain healthcare experience (patient-focused hours, observation) and participate in volunteer, community, and campus-wide extracurricular activities, as required of all students preparing for application to medical school. A minimum number of healthcare experience-related hours are not required; however, applicants should gain enough experience to properly demonstrate a broad understanding of the expectations, responsibilities, and accountabilities of a physician during an interview.
- Meeting application deadlines
The Early Acceptance Program Application is available now. The completed application must be received in our office by October 1 in the fall semester of your junior year.
- Collecting and submitting letters of recommendation
You will need to have two letters of recommendation sent to our office by October 1 in the fall semester of your junior year. One of these letters must be from a science faculty member at Furman University.
When requesting a letter of recommendation, provide evaluators with the following recommendation form:
Note: If you are selected to be interviewed by the USC-Greenville School of Medicine in the spring semester of your junior year, you will need to request a third letter.
- Understanding the application process
If you meet existing requirements as an applicant, you will be interviewed by the Furman Early Acceptance Program Committee beginning in November in the fall semester of your junior year.
Applicants selected by the committee will be recommended to the USC-Greenville School of Medicine by the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year. If the committee does not recommend you as an applicant, you will be notified at this time so that you can continue preparing for the normal application process.
If you are a selected applicant, you will be required to submit a third letter of recommendation and a Supplemental Application by March 1 of your junior year.
All recommended applicants will then be interviewed and evaluated by the admissions committee at the USC-Greenville School of Medicine in April. You will receive a final decision on acceptance from the Early Acceptance Program by April 30 of your junior year.
If accepted, USC-Greenville School of Medicine will approve you to submit an application as an early assurance applicant, thus confirming your acceptance in the AMCAS system as required. The AMCAS fee will be waived for these applicants.
Your acceptance will be contingent upon achieving an MCAT score at or above the minimum required percentile score and a final transcript from Furman University documenting that you have successfully completed all requirements for graduation.
- Taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Your admission is contingent on achieving an overall MCAT score greater than or equal to 504 (> 64th percentile). The official score must be received no later than July 31 in the summer following the junior year.
- Committing to the Early Admission Program
If you are accepted, you must accept or reject your acceptance within two weeks; a matriculation deposit of $250 (applied to tuition) is required. Once you accept the offer of admission to the USC-Greenville School of Medicine through the Early Acceptance Program, you cannot apply to any other medical schools during the same application cycle. Before being allowed to apply to other medical schools through AMCAS in the same application cycle, you must formally reject the Early Admission Program offer of admission.
Application resources and forms
We have collected all the documents and information that you'll need to apply to the Furman and USC-Greenville School of Medicine Early Acceptance Program below: