What support services will be available to postbac premed students?
Postbacs should work closely with advisors and can participate in activities, internships, etc. Students must have at least one year of full time in-person (not online) courses at OSU with a minimum 3.5 GPA in order to be eligible for a committee letter. Please note that the average GPA for successful postbac students at OSU has been 3.8. Once postbacs have been admitted to OSU, they can meet with an Academic Advisor on the Pre-medical Committee discuss plans. 

My grades from my first degree are not very good. Is this the right program for me?
No, you should look at other programs where you will get more assistance and have access to intensive learning strategies. Medprep is one example, and all of the University of California campuses have postbac programs. Or you may benefit from a special master’s program (see Premed FAQ’s). Please note that it is especially difficult for a student with a low GPA from their first degree to be competitive, even with excellent postbac grades. The OSU program works best for career changers with at least a 3.0 GPA from the first degree. 

How will my previous credits transfer to OSU?
Once you apply for admission to OSU, your prior credits will be evaluated by the OSU Admissions Department. Once they have done so, then an advisor will be better able to go over that information with you. You can also refer to the transfer articulation page to learn more about how outside credits may transfer to OSU. 

What about international students?
In general, it is very difficult for international students to gain admission to a U.S. medical school; the average rate of acceptance for this group is about 2%. The OSU postbac program will not be a good fit for most international students.

Where have previous students been admitted?
Our postbac students have entered the program with good grades from their first degree and then worked really hard. They have been successful in gaining admission to schools such as OHSU, Cornell, UCLA, Yale, U of WI, Creighton, etc. Note that the expectation for this group of students is higher because they are older, more motivated, and have already earned a degree, so it is essential that students set themselves up for success in order to earn mostly A’s. They expect that you are going to make good decisions, and there is no "wiggle room" like there is for freshmen!

How long does it take?
Most students seeking to complete prerequisites (not a major) will typically need two full years and then apply during their third summer. Students entering the program with limited health care experience will definitely need the full two years of preparation. For a student with excellent grades from their first degree, chemistry and math credit, and good health care experience, a shorter timeline of two summers and one full year may be possible in some cases.

It is essential to take the necessary courses in order, and it cannot be rushed since it's important to learn the material and earn A's.


For general questions, please email: premed-committee@oregonstate.edu