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. Robert Wood Johnson requires 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 in the consort medical school.
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.