Fall 2021 applications for the Early Medical, Dental,
and Optometry School Acceptance Programs have closed.

The EMSAP application is necessary for students wishing to apply to the Early Medical, Early Dental, or Early Optometry School Acceptance Programs. You may enroll in EMSAP alongside additional Honors College options at UAB; however, this application will not automatically qualify you for admission to Honors College opportunities.


In order to be considered for these three programs, students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a minimum composite ACT score of 30 or SAT score of 1360.

Required High School Courses: 4 years of English, 4 years of mathematics, 1 year of chemistry or physics, and 1 year of biology. Only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply (those with an H-1B visa are not eligible).

Students must be admitted to UAB before being considered for these opportunities. Please be sure you complete UAB's application for Undergraduate Admission as soon as possible, if you haven't already. You can begin the application for Undergraduate Admission at uab.edu/admissions.


The Fall 2021 EMSAP application is closed. The application opened on September 14, 2020, and the application and all supporting documents were due in full by December 1, 2020.

Students must be admitted to UAB as a first-time freshman no later than November 15, 2020, in order to apply and be considered for EMSAP. Completed applications for students who were not admitted will not be reviewed for the program. Students must apply for admissions using their official test scores and transcript. Students admitted through test-optional review for admissions are not eligible for EMSAP.

Please prepare the items below in order to complete the 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. Experiences: You will be asked to list all of your activities, interests, and accomplishments from high school in the application.
  2. Essays: You will be asked to write a Personal Statement of 500 words or fewer as well as answer two short-essay questions of 750 words or fewer.
  3. Recommendation Letters: Please have the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of two individuals ready who will provide letters of recommendation in support of your EMSAP application. You will be prompted for this information and they will receive information to submit their recommendations on your behalf. 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.

*Please note that EMSAP has an early deadline of December 1, so please request your letters well in advance. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are received by the December 1 deadline.

Other Information

  • Students are required to report any courses taken at a two-year or four-year college that has received a grade. You cannot pick and choose which scores are reported. Medical Schools consider it fraud to omit previous college courses that have been taken.
  • You may apply to only one of the three Early Professional School Acceptance Programs.
  • The deadline for submitting these materials is December 1. All required materials (full application and two letters of recommendation) must be received by UAB no later than December 1 in order for your EMSAP application to be considered complete. You will not be considered for EMSAP without a fully complete application.

Selection and Admission Process

The UAB School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Optometry will review completed applications after December 1 and notify students selected to interview for the programs. EMSAP applicants are interviewed by members of the School of Medicine Admission Committee on one day each year. If you miss this interview date, there is no other opportunity to interview and your EMSAP application will be withdrawn. The School of Medicine Admissions Committee looks for demonstrated leadership and motivation, along with outstanding academic credentials.

Interviews for the Fall 2021 EMSAP application cycle will be conducted virtually. Students selected to interview will receive all details and official communication regarding the virtual interview process.