Office of Undergraduate Studies

Pre-Professional Scholars Program

Conditionally Guaranteed Admission to the University's Professional Schools

The Pre-Professional Scholars Programs in medicine, dentistry, law, and social work grant to a few outstanding, entering first year undergraduates conditional commitments of admission to the appropriate professional school at Case Western Reserve University. These commitments are honored upon successful completion of the requirements established by each professional school.

Students admitted to these programs are relieved of much of the anxiety and uncertainty associated with pre-professional studies. Consequently, they feel free to undertake challenging courses of study and pursue a variety of interests as they prepare for professional studies. Pre-Professional Scholars are free to choose any of the bachelor’s degrees available in the university. Participants who wish to change their career goals or apply for admission to other professional schools are free to do so.

The Six-Year Dental Program gives exceptionally able and committed entering first year undergraduates the opportunity to accelerate their undergraduate and professional studies.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry

Each year, approximately 10 exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in dentistry are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry. This program requires eight years: four years of successful undergraduate study and four years at the School of Dental Medicine.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Dentistry are free to choose a major in an area of interest, but must take the following courses to fulfill admission requirements of the School of Dental Medicine:

Chemistry
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 223 Introductory Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 224 Introductory Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 233 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 234 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Biology
BIOL 214
  & 214L
Genes, Evolution and Ecology
   and Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 215
  & 215L
Cells and Proteins
   and Cells and Proteins Laboratory
4
BIOL 216
  & 216L
Development and Physiology
   and Development and Physiology Lab
4
Mathematics
MATH 125 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I 4
Physics
PHYS 115 Introductory Physics I 4
PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II 4

They are required to take the Dental Admission Test in the junior year and achieve an acceptable level of performance on the test.

Successful progress through the program and admission to dental studies will be based on the pre-professional scholar’s continuing to fulfill expectations for outstanding personal and academic development and on the scholar’s achievement of cumulative grade point average of 3.250 or higher for his or her work overall, as well as for his or her work in the required sciences. Successful progress in the program will be determined individually and reviewed at regular intervals during the student’s undergraduate career.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Dentistry who wish to accelerate their program may apply for the senior year in professional studies privilege.

Six-Year Dental Program

Each year a few exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in dentistry are offered places in the Six-Year Dental Program.

The first two years of the program are spent pursuing undergraduate studies, advised by the director of health career advising. Students are required to earn a minimum of 60 semester hours. They are required to take all of the science and mathematics courses listed above for the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Dentistry. If Advanced Placement credit is used to satisfy some of these science requirements, a minimum of 30 semester hours in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics must be taken during the two years of undergraduate study. Additionally, to meet general education requirements, students must take one year of physical education, First Seminar, two University Seminars, one course in the area of Arts and Humanities, and one courses in the area of Social Sciences, and must complete a writing portfolio. To qualify for the place reserved in the School of Dental Medicine, a student in the program must achieve the following:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.250 or higher for all course work completed;
  2. Grades of B or higher in the required courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics;
  3. An average score of 18 or higher on both the academic and PAT portions of the Dental Admission Test of the American Dental Association. The test must be taken no later than April of the second year.
Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law

Each year, approximately twelve exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in law will be offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law at Case Western Reserve University. Pre-Professional Scholars receive a conditional commitment of admission to the Case Western Reserve School of Law, to be honored upon completion of the bachelor’s degree at the university.

The Pre-Professional Scholars in Law are encouraged to gain a wide cultural experience in their undergraduate studies, to major in the area that most interests them, and to choose courses in which they will learn habits of rigor and logical analysis. The law school encourages applications from all majors, including engineering and the sciences. The School of Law recommends that Pre-Professional Scholars in Law take courses in accounting, economics, history, and philosophy and that they gain as much writing experience as possible, because the ability to write effectively is critical to success in law school and legal practice.

Students admitted to the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Law will be guaranteed a seat in the School of Law upon graduation from Case Western Reserve University if they satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from Case Western Reserve University with rank in the top quarter of the class.
  2. Demonstration of good moral character sufficient for admission to the bar of the State of Ohio.
  3. Participation in the Law School Data Assembly Service and an LSAT score at or above the 65th percentile.
Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine

Each year, 15 to 20 exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in medicine are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine. Pre-Professional Scholars receive a conditional commitment of admission to the University Program of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to be honored upon successful progress toward and completion of the bachelor’s degree. The Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine requires eight years: four years of successful undergraduate study leading to the bachelor’s degree followed by four years in the University Program of the School of Medicine.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are free to choose from among all of the degree and major programs offered in the university, but must take the following courses to fulfill admission requirements of the School of Medicine:

Chemistry
CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHEM 113 Principles of Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 223 Introductory Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 224 Introductory Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 233 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHEM 234 Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Biology
BIOL 214
  & 214L
Genes, Evolution and Ecology
   and Genes, Evolution and Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 215
  & 215L
Cells and Proteins
   and Cells and Proteins Laboratory
4
BIOL 216
  & 216L
Development and Physiology
   and Development and Physiology Lab
4
Physics
PHYS 115 Introductory Physics I 4
PHYS 116 Introductory Physics II 4
Additional Courses
STAT 201 Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences 3
or ANTH 319 Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
or PSCL 282 Quantitative Methods in Psychology
BIOC 307 Introduction to Biochemistry: From Molecules To Medical Science 4
or BIOC 308 Molecular Biology  
or CHEM 328 Introduction Biochemistry  
One course in the social sciences (e.g. ANTH 102, ANTH 103, PSCL 101 or SOCI 101)

Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are not required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for the program. However, if they do take the MCAT, they are expected to earn 34 or higher on the exam. Program participants who have an interest in applying to any other medical schools, or who wish to be considered for a dean’s merit scholarship at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, should plan on taking this test.

Pre-Professional Scholars are expected to demonstrate successful progress by meeting the following levels of performance:

  1. By the end of the sixth semester, Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to attain a cumulative overall grade point average of 3.63, and to maintain that average for the rest of their undergraduate studies.
  2. Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to earn grades of B or higher in all courses in chemistry, biology and physics. By the end of the sixth semester, they should attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.63 for these courses, and should maintain this average for the rest of their undergraduate studies.
  3. Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine are expected to continue to fulfill expectations for outstanding personal development, including, but not limited to, maintaining academic integrity and adhering to the university’s standards of conduct. (All academic integrity and judicial offenses will be reported to the Case School of Medicine.)

Progress is reviewed with each student at regular intervals in the program. At the end of the third year, Pre-Professional Scholars in Medicine who have met the required levels of performance go through the normal admission procedures for the University Program of the School of Medicine, including submitting an application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and an interview. Participants who do not meet the required levels of performance may still be admitted into the University Program of the School of Medicine, but such admission will be subject to review and approval by the School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee.

Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Medicine guarantees admission only to the University Program of the School of Medicine. Students seeking admission to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine must complete a separate application and will be considered in competition with all applicants for that program.

Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Social Work

Each year, as many as ten high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in social work are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Social Work. The program gives a conditional commitment of admission to the Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to be honored upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Admission to the master’s degree program in social work at MSASS is dependent upon the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from the university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 in the junior and senior years.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in the social and behavioral sciences.
  3. Continued evidence of a combination of personal qualities which are considered essential for the professional practice of social work.

Pre-Professional Scholars in Social Work who wish to accelerate their program may apply for the senior year in professional studies privilege.

Application Procedures for Pre-Professional Scholars and Six-Year Dental Programs

Prospective students who wish to apply to any of the Pre-Professional Scholars Programs or to the Six-Year Dental Program should apply for admission through the Office of Undergraduate Admission of Case Western Reserve University. All forms are included within the application materials.

The application for admission, supporting test scores and high school transcript, must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission as early as possible, but no later than December 1.

Students who are admitted to the university and are also deemed eligible for consideration for one of the Pre-Professional Scholars Programs or the Six-Year Dental Program will be notified by February 1 and will be invited for interviews at the appropriate professional schools. The basis for selection for these programs will be dedication to the pursuit of the particular profession, a distinguished high school record, high scores on the college entrance examinations (ACT or SAT), a record of personal accomplishments that attests to a student’s maturity, leadership, and interpersonal skills, and an interview with an admissions officer from the appropriate professional school. Decisions on admission to the programs will be communicated on or about April 1.

Students who are not admitted to these special programs are encouraged to pursue their undergraduate studies and to apply in the normal course to the professional school of their choice, including the professional schools of Case Western Reserve University.