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Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I apply for the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program?
  2. Do I need to submit any additional information for consideration if I apply to the Rice/Baylor program?
  3. How many years total is the program?
  4. Is there a scholarship associated with the Rice/Baylor program?
  5. Is there a minimum GPA or SAT that is required for the Rice/Baylor program?
  6. How many students are selected into the Rice/Baylor program each year?
  7. What is the acceptance rate into the Rice/Baylor program?
  8. What can I do to give myself a better chance at being accepted into the program?
  9. Do I need to major in a certain area while at Rice, or am I free to choose any major?
  10. Is the Rice/Baylor program a binding commitment?
  11. Will the MCAT be required of Rice/Baylor Scholars?
  12. Is there a minimum GPA for maintaining eligibility in the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program?
  13. Do certain courses need to be completed prior to graduation from Rice?
  14. What are the other paths available at Rice for becoming a physician?

1. How can I apply for the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program?
Students must submit a complete admission application and the Rice/Baylor Application by December 1 to compete in this program. Please refer to the Admission and Financial Aid Calendars for details. Students interested in the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program may apply to Rice as either Early or Regular Decision applicants.

Students applying to Rice under Early Decision must submit all Rice application materials by November 1. The Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Application must be submitted by December 1. Keep in mind that students admitted to Rice under Early Decision must still commit to Rice by January 1, regardless of the Baylor decision to be made later in the spring. All finalists for the Rice/Baylor Program are notified in March and are expected to interview at Baylor College of Medicine in April. Final decisions are announced in late April.

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2. Do I need to submit any additional information for consideration if I apply to the Rice/Baylor program?
The Rice/Baylor application is the only additional document you need to submit. The complete file that was reviewed for your Rice application for admission is forwarded to the Baylor College of Medicine for its review.

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3. How many years total is the program?
The Rice/Baylor program is a combined eight-year baccalaureate/MD program. Students may not be considered for early matriculation. Students are expected to spend four years at Rice University, followed by four years at Baylor College of Medicine. Rice/Baylor Scholars who finish their coursework in less than four years will be encouraged by both Rice and Baylor to broaden their undergraduate experience by using the opportunity to study abroad, pursue a double major, or explore additional coursework at Rice.

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4. Is there a scholarship associated with the Rice/Baylor program?
No. However, Rice guarantees to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students and also offers a small number of merit scholarships. Upon completion of their undergraduate education at Rice, financial aid requests can be submitted and awarded by the Baylor College of Medicine.

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5. Is there a minimum GPA or SAT that is required for selection into the Rice/Baylor program?
Similar to our holistic evaluative process for undergraduate admission, there is no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT score that is required for acceptance into the Rice/Baylor program. Our Admission Statistics profile is available here.

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6. How many students are selected into the Rice/Baylor program each year?
Six Rice/Baylor Scholars are selected each year.

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7. What is the acceptance rate into the Rice/Baylor program?
For the Fall 2017, 746 students applied for the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program; 233 applicants were admitted to Rice and given the opportunity to compete for admission to the Medical Scholars Program. Twenty-five of those students were selected as finalists and invited to interview with Baylor College of Medicine. After the interviews, 6 were offered admission to the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program.

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8. What can I do to give myself a better chance at being accepted into the program?
The students that apply to the program are all excellent students who have tremendous potential. Successful students generally have a defined interest in medicine and are convincingly certain that medicine is the field they want to pursue for their career. The interest may manifest itself in many ways; examples include: significant medical-related volunteer hours, personal experiences that focused on medicine, experience with health-care providers and institutions.

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9. Do I need to major in a certain area while at Rice, or am I free to choose any major?
No. Students are encouraged to pursue a broad academic curriculum, and Rice/Baylor students take full advantage of that opportunity. The courses required for pre-med preparation may be taken in conjunction with your major, minor, electives, or distribution requirements.

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10. Is the Rice/Baylor program a binding commitment?
No, the program is not binding.

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11. Will the MCAT be required of Rice/Baylor Scholars?
Yes, the MCAT will be required of Rice/Baylor Scholars.

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12. Is there a minimum GPA for maintaining eligibility in the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program?
Yes. To remain a student in good standing throughout enrollment at Rice, you must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 and also a semester and cumulative science GPA of at least 3.50 with no grade lower than a "C" in any course required for admission to Baylor College of Medicine. (Note: The GPA calculation is based on all grades for all courses, including repeat courses, taken during all semesters in which enrolled.)

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13. Do certain courses need to be completed prior to graduation from Rice?

Yes. The following courses must be completed satisfactorily (AP and online courses will not be accepted for the required coursework):

     Math (3-4 semester hours) - Biostatistics is preferred, but any course with quantitative math will qualify
     Expository Writing* (3-4 semester hours)
     Humanities & Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 semester hours)
     Organic Chemistry (2 semesters; 6-8 semester hours) - lab is NOT required
     Biochemistry (3-4 semester hours) - lab is NOT required
     Advanced Biology (3-4 semester hours) - lab is NOT required
     Recommended coursework: Spanish

*The expository writing requirement may be accomplished through coursework in a number of disciplines that require intensive writing. It may also be accomplished through an Honors Thesis, writing intensive upper division science course, or completion of a major research paper.

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14. What are the other paths available at Rice for becoming a physician?

Most Rice graduates who attend medical school were not Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars. Typically, Rice places around 130 students per year in medical schools around the U.S.

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