medical school linkages

The Consortial Option

If you apply to one of our consort medical schools, you will be evaluated on your qualifications and performance to date, as well as your ability to complete certain requirements established by the school. You must continue to maintain good performance at Bryn Mawr and, in most cases, you will need to take the MCAT.

While the consortial option is open to all of our postbac students—and is a popular choice—it may not be right for you. For example, you may look forward to taking a year off before medical school for a variety of reasons, or may want to go to a medical school that is not part of the consortial agreement.

You do not need to make a decision about the consortial option until you are a postbac student at Bryn Mawr College. Throughout the fall semester, you will have ample opportunity to visit the consort schools, meet with their admissions deans, and engage with postbac alumni who have chosen the consortial option.

consort schools

Boston University School of Medicine
Brown - Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Cornell - Weill Cornell Medical College
Dartmouth - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Drexel University College of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Mount Sinai - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
SUNY Stony Brook - Stony Brook School of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions About the Consortial Options

Who can apply for the consortial option?

The consortial option is most appropriate for students who are prepared to make a commitment to one medical school, and are ready to start medical school immediately following completion of the postbac program.

How many students choose the consortial option?

Approximately 20 to 30 students per year apply and matriculate to medical school through the consort process.

When can I apply to a consort school?

You can begin the consortial application process during the fall of your postbac academic year.

How is my application to a consort school evaluated?

Decisions are made based on the qualifications presented at the time your application is received. Acceptances are contingent upon strong performance at Bryn Mawr. The consortial school may also require you to take the MCAT with achievement of a certain minimum score. Several of the consort schools have an application process whereby your work at Bryn Mawr is considered during the evaluation process at the medical school.

Can I apply to more than one consort school?

No, because your application indicates your special interest in—and serious commitment to—one particular school.

Do I have to apply to a consort school?


Am I obligated to attend, if accepted?

Yes, you are obligated to attend as soon as you complete the postbac program.

Do consort schools limit the number of applications they will consider?

Most of the consort schools do not set a limit on the number of applicants from our program.

Do I have to maintain a certain grade point average at Bryn Mawr College if accepted?

Yes. Medical school admission will be provisional upon completing your postbac courses with a minimum grade point average set by each school.

Is the MCAT required for admission to the consort schools?

Many of the consort schools require the MCAT, with achievement of a certain minimum score, while a few do not. Our staff will advise you on which schools have an MCAT requirement so you can prepare in advance.

Do consort schools require additional coursework beyond the core courses in Bryn Mawr’s program?

Brown and Dartmouth require one semester of calculus. Mount Sinai and Robert Wood Johnson require one semester of college math. The University of Michigan requires one semester of biochemistry.  We offer all additional course requirements in our curriculum.  These requirements must be met prior to matriculation.

What happens if I apply to a consort school but am not accepted?

You will apply in the general application pool for medical school for the following academic year.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the consortial process?

By applying early with a commitment to attend if accepted, you indicate a serious interest and commitment to that school. In addition, you go directly to medical school without having a “glide year.”

You may want a year off for financial or personal reasons. Also, the schools with which we have a consortial agreement may not be the right ones for you.