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To be considered for Early Medical, Early Dental, or Early Optometry School Acceptance Programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a minimum composite ACT score of 30 or SAT score of 1360.
  • Four years of English, four years of mathematics, one year of chemistry or physics, and one year of biology in high school.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.


Students must be admitted to UAB as a first-time freshman no later than November 15, 2023, to apply and be considered for EMSAP.

Students admitted through test-optional review for admissions are ineligible for EMSAP.


You must be admitted to UAB before you can apply to one of the three early acceptance programs. You may not apply for more than one. You are encouraged to apply for admission well in advance of applying to EMSAP to ensure ample time for review. To apply for admission to UAB, visit UAB Undergraduate Admissions.

Please prepare the items below to complete the EMSAP application. You will not be able to log back in to edit your application once submitted, so be sure you have everything ready before you proceed to the next step.

  1. Experience: You will be asked to list all your activities, interests, and accomplishments from high school in the application.
  2. Essay: You will be asked to write a personal statement of 5,300 characters or fewer as well as answer five short-essay questions of 3,000 characters or fewer.
  3. Recommendation Letters: You will be prompted for the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two individuals ready who will provide letters of recommendation in support of your EMSAP application. Your recommenders will receive an email with instructions once you submit your application.
    Your recommenders can be teachers, counselors, employers, or anyone else who can speak to your potential to succeed in EMSAP at UAB. Please make sure these individuals know something about this program and can comment on why you would be a successful candidate for the program.
    Request your letters well in advance. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure they are received by the deadline.
  4. Dual Enrollment: Students are required to report all courses and grades taken at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Failure to report this information will result in the cancellation of your application.

Selection and Admission Process

The UAB School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Optometry will review completed applications once the application closes. To see if you have been selected for an interview by the appropriate school, please refer to the chart provided at the School Application Information tab. Virtual interviews are conducted one day each year. If you miss this interview date, there is no other opportunity to interview and your EMSAP application will be withdrawn.

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