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Early Admission to Medical School


Lisa Harris

Director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study and Health Professions Advising

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401


Fax: 309-341-7166


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Our cooperative program with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences means guaranteed admission for selected sophomores. This program gives students the option of pursuing study in the arts, humanities or even the sciences, without the competitive stress of the traditional pre-medical program. 

Application Requirements

The Knox-George Washington University program requirements include:

  • U.S. or Canadian citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Sophomore standing and completion of two years (six terms) at Knox
  • Minimum of 18 credits by the end of your sophomore year
  • Minimum 3.5 overall GPA and no science grade lower than a B-
  • Complete the following coursework by the end of your second year:
    • One complete chemistry sequence (CHEM 101A-102A or CHEM 100-102 or CHEM 211-212)
    • At least two terms of either the introductory physics sequence (PHYS 110-130) or the introductory biology sequence (BIOL 110-130)
    • One course in the behavioral or social sciences
  • High academic achievement in both science and non-science curriculum
  • Selected students must major or minor in an area outside the traditional STEM fields.
  • Selected students must achieve a score of at least 509 on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) 

Successful applicants also take a challenging selection of classes, have an interest in current healthcare issues and knowledge about the medical profession with significant patient-related health care experience, and plan to make the best use of the broad range of opportunities available at Knox. Successful applicants will also demonstrate good character, a sense of responsibility, and sound judgment. Students may not apply to any other early selection programs at other institutions.

Timeline for Application and Acceptance

Fall Term

  • Application forms are distributed

Late January/Early February

  • Application forms are due (required: transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and description of your academic goals, planned courses, and projects)
  • Applicants are interviewed on the Knox campus
  • Applications are sent to The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Committee on Admissions

Mid April

  • The GWU Committee on Admissions invites applicants for interviews

Early Summer

  • The GWU Committee on Admissions makes the final decision

Matriculation Requirements

Acceptance is guaranteed pending that you:

  • Complete the prerequisite pre-medical courses, including:
    • Introductory Biology sequence
    • Introductory Physics sequence
    • General Chemistry sequence
    • Organic Chemistry sequence
    • One course in Biochemistry (BCHM 301)
    • One course in Social or Behavioral Science
    • Two courses in English 
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.6 with a grade of B- or better in all science coursework
  • Sit for the MCAT before September of your senior year
    • Overall score must be 509 or higher
    • Each subscore must be 123 or higher
  • Complete your Knox degree 
  • Have no substantiated allegations of inappropriate academic or personal comportment

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