Early Assurance Program

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies makes students aware of the Early Assurance Program to Georgetown University School of Medicine.

This program is an opportunity for academically strong students who have entered Georgetown University as first-year pre-meds to have an assurance of admission to the Georgetown University School of Medicine prior to beginning their junior year.

The goal of the program is to relieve undue concern about competition for admission to medical school and encourage this group of students to enlarge their educational horizons by undertaking ambitious and adventuresome programs.

Students are not required to take the MCAT for this program, but are advised that if they wish to apply to a medical school other than Georgetown they must take the MCAT.

Expectations of Sweeney Scholars

Admitted EAP students, known as Sweeney Scholars:

  • Must complete undergrad studies successfully while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.6 (BCPM and overall)
  • Earning a “C” or below in any course will disqualify you from the program
  • Cannot withdraw from a major course
  • Any changes to the proposal and/or coursework relating to proposal must pre-approved by the School of Medicine
  • Recommended to continue coursework in upper level sciences

Required Steps

The program involves the following steps:

  • Interested sophomores should meet with their pre-med advisor well before the March deadline for submitting the Early Assurance Program Application.  The applicant will be assigned an interview with one of the other members of the Pre-Med Committee as assigned by the pre-med advisor. Students should bring copies of their transcripts to the interview as well as a draft of their essay, part of which should be devoted to a description of academic plans for junior and senior years. Final versions of the essay must be submitted before the April deadline. The Pre-Med Committee will review all applications and forward initial recommendations to the School of Medicine before May 1.
  • During the month of May, the School of Medicine will interview students. When the semester grades are available in late-May, the Pre-Med Committee will give a final recommendation to the School of Medicine, and shortly thereafter students will be notified by the Medical School if they have been accepted into the program.
  • Each student admitted to the program will be given a letter indicating the conditions and expectations for his or her participation in the program. At the end of junior year and again after senior year, a review of each student's progress will be made by the Pre-Med Committee and the School of Medicine admissions committee. Students meeting the conditions of the program will receive admission to the School of Medicine following senior year. Students must decide at the time of Early Decision Program applications (August 1 before their Senior year) if they want to stay with the EAP or apply again while applying to other medical schools. In short, the EAP becomes binding to the student only at the beginning of senior year with the usual schedule as one would follow for EDP.
  • The program has given participating students opportunities they may not otherwise have had. Many have studied abroad in junior year or pursued a double major. Some have taken a semester studying oceanography or other non-medical activity. Others have pursued an intensive research project in their junior and senior years.
  • Eligibility: To be considered for the program, students must be in their fourth semester at Georgetown, sophomores, have good grades and be in progress to complete four of the five required pre-med science courses by the end of their sophomore year. Because the evaluation is based on the performance across four semesters at Georgetown, but by no later than the end of the sophomore year, transfer students are not eligible for the EAP.
  • Eligible students will be selected for the program based on: 1) general suitability for a medical career (both academic excellence and personal character will be considered), and 2) the appropriateness of the EAP for the applicant's proposed plan of studies (here the evaluation of the faculty is important in determining if the program will be an aid to the student's education). This program is not intended for all sophomore pre-meds; nor does a student denied admission to the EAP thereby have his or her chances for admission to medical school reduced.

More Information

To learn more, contact your academic advisor within the Office of Student Academic Affairs.  Click here to find your advisor.