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The Medical Humanities Scholars Program Admissions Process

Student ProfileEach year admissions representatives from the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine select five graduating high school students to enter the Medical Humanities Scholars Program, the University’s sequential BA/MD program. In some years, the Honors College may petition to accept up to three more students for a total of eight.

To apply to the Medical Humanities Scholars Program, students must submit

1. The regular OU application (available online);
2. The Honors College application (available online); and
3. Four copies of the MHSP application (available online, but submitted through regular mail).

To ensure timely consideration of the MHSP application, please submit the OU and Honors College before – preferably a month before – the MHSP application deadline of 6 January 2014. The deadline is final. No applications will be accepted after that date.

Students are selected on the basis of their academic performance (both grades and test scores); their familiarity with and experiences within medicine; their interests in the humanities and social sciences; their extracurricular activities; and their maturity.

Approximately 14 finalists are interviewed in March and notified of their status (accepted, wait listed, or rejected) in early April. The spring interviews – for admission to the MHSP in Fall 2014 – will take place on 24 and 28 March 2014. No exceptions will be made to these dates.

Admission to the Medical Humanities Scholars Program includes both admission to the Honors College and provisional acceptance at the OU College of Medicine. To guarantee their reserved spots at the College of Medicine, MHSP students are expected to achieve a grade point average and MCAT score that are equivalent to or higher than the average GPA and MCAT score of the previous year's entering medical school class.

Some students may wish to complete the sequential BA/MD program in seven years, obtaining their undergraduate degrees after only three years. Under certain circumstances this is possible. All students, however, are encouraged to take full advantage of a liberal arts education through the MHSP and to complete their undergraduate careers in four years.

The Medical Humanities Scholars Program is not a six-year combined BA/MD program. 

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