Pre-Med Health Scholar Program at Temple


Temple University's Pre-Med (BA / MD) Health Scholar Program allows students the chance to excel in the competitive, changing field of health care. The program is designed for high-achieving students who have distinguished themselves with impressive high school academic records and a demonstrated interest in the field of medicine.

Application Process

Applicants to the Pre-Med Health Scholars must apply during their senior year of high school. To apply, interested students must first submit an application to Temple University for Undergraduate Admission and then submit an application to the Pre-Med Health Scholar Program. Apply early. In order to be considered for a Health Scholar interview in February, 2016, you must have already been accepted to Temple University and to Temple's honors program. There is no separate application for the honors program. Students are automatically considered for the honors program at their time of submitting an undergraduate application to Temple University.

Access the Undergraduate Admissions website to view more information on applying to Temple University:

Temple University Undergraduate Admission

Pre-Med Health Scholar Application (Deadline: December 18th, 2015)

Pre-Med Health Scholar Program

Remember, in order to qualify, students must be accepted to Temple University and to the Honors program before the Pre-Med Health Scholar interview consideration.

Pre-Med Health Scholar Selection Requirements

  • Four years of high school math and science
  • Unweighted (4.0 scale) High School GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Volunteer exposure in health care settings
  • Demonstrated commitment to service/volunteer activities

Provisional Acceptance

The Pre-Med (BA / MD) Health Scholar program allows for provisional acceptance to Temple University School of Medicine on a standard (4+4) track. Accepted scholars have the option to request consideration for an accelerated (3+4) track by the end of their first semester at Temple University. For admission to Temple University School of Medicine, Health Scholars must meet the following minimum requirements by January of their Junior year of college:

  • Course credits as detailed under the agreement
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5
  • A cumulative undergraduate science GPA of 3.5
  • MCAT score of a 30 with no section less than a 9
  • Volunteer exposure to the health care professions, community service, and research
  • No more than one undergraduate of a C and no failed (D or F) or withdrawn courses (W)

Accelerated 3+4 Selection Requirements

  • Must be accepted as a Pre-Med Health Scholar
  • 3+4 Application submitted during first semester at Temple University
  • Final decision made after review of first semester grades

Pre-Med Health Scholar Data

Statistics vary per year and there is no set number of seats to be filled. Data on last year's application process are listed below as an example:

Applicant Academic Profiles for 2013

  • 72 Total Applications
  • 28 (39%) invited to interview
  • 11 (15%) accepted as Health Scholars

Total Applicants (n = 72)

  • Average SAT Reading: 661
  • Average SAT Math: 722
  • Average SAT Combined: 1383
  • Average GPA: 3.8

Accepted Health Scholars (n = 11)

  • Average SAT Reading: 697
  • Average SAT Math: 754
  • Average SAT Combined: 1451
  • Average GPA: 3.95

*There were not a significant number of students who applied with ACT scores to report an average

Applicant Academic Profiles for 2014

  • 77 Total Applications
  • 22 (29%) invited to interview
  • 10 (13%) accepted as Health Scholars

Total Applicants (n = 77)

  • Average SAT Reading: 690
  • Average SAT Math: 750
  • Average SAT Combined: 1420
  • Average ACT: 32
  • Average GPA: 3.92

Accepted Health Scholars (n = 10)

  • Average SAT Reading: 710
  • Average SAT Math: 760
  • Average SAT Combined: 1470
  • Average ACT: 32
  • Average GPA: 3.99

Applicant Academic Profiles for 2015

  • 127 Total Applications
  • 36 (28%) invited to interview
  • 15 (12%) accepted as Health Scholars

Total Applicants (n = 127)

  • Average SAT Reading: 700
  • Average SAT Math: 750
  • Average SAT Combined: 1450
  • Average ACT: 32
  • Average GPA: 3.90

Accepted Health Scholars (n = 15)

  • Average SAT Reading: 740
  • Average SAT Math: 750
  • Average SAT Combined: 1490
  • Average ACT: 34
  • Average GPA: 4.00

Temple University
Pre-Professional Health Studies

1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: (215) 204-2513
Fax: (215) 204-2515


Kimberly Buck-Speck | Director
Nathaniel Leach | Advisor
Courtney Chappelle | Associate Advisor