Undergraduate to Medical School Initiative
About the Program
The Honors College of Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine offer an exciting and competitive program designed for academically talented and highly motivated students interested in pursuing a M.D. degree. UMSI is not an accelerated, 6, 7 year, or other type of fast-track program to medical school. By meeting the special requirements and deadlines of this joint program, a select group of entering freshmen are guaranteed admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at Texas Tech University. Combined with undergraduate coursework and medical school, the student is looking at 8 years of study.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S at the time of application.
- Must be a Texas resident.
- High School Senior classification, from a Texas high school.
- Achieve a minimum score of 30 ACT or 1360 SAT. Test scores must be achieved from a singular testing date. SAT exams include math and critical reading sections only.
- SAT or ACT "Superscores" will not be accepted.
- Preference will be given to candidates ranked in the top 10% of their class
Students must apply and be admitted to Texas Tech University and the Honors College as entering Freshmen, before the application process for UMSI is complete.
- UMSI students are required to spend four years as an undergraduate at Texas Tech University and demonstrate significant evidence of health-related activities in a hospital or clinical setting before entering the School of Medicine. By waiving the MCAT requirement and guaranteeing medical school admission, UMSI gives students the opportunity to have a varied undergraduate education, which could include internships or study abroad.
- Students accepted into the UMSI program are required to complete the Honors College requirements as well. The completion of the required coursework, activities, and events in the Honors College are a condition of matriculation to TTUHSC School of Medicine.
- NOTE: Study abroad programs must be taken with an affiliated Texas Tech University institution or program. These grades MUST appear on your Texas Tech University transcript.
- Early matriculation may be considered after students have completed at least three
years of undergraduate study at Texas Tech University. Applicants must demonstrate
accelerated levels of appropriate medical readiness and submit a formal request to
the Office of Admissions.
- Students who apply for early matriculation must have completed all their prerequisite coursework, fulfilled the requirements in the UMSI and Honors College Agreements, and submitted all their volunteer and healthcare hours.
- After these requirements have been met and their request has been approved by the Office of Admissions, the student will be able to submit their application for consideration and will be invited for a UMSI Readiness Interview with select faculty from the Admissions Committee. This is not a guarantee for early matriculation.
|October 1||UMSI Application opens|
Deadline for UMSI application and all supporting documents (see applications section for details)
UMSI applicants must apply to all the following:
Applications to Texas Tech University and Honors College
A complete application to Texas Tech University is comprised of the following:
- Apply to Texas Tech University through ApplyTexas
- Honors College Application
- The following documents are submitted to Texas Tech University-Undergraduate Admissions
at the time of application and will be reviewed when applying to the UMSI program.
- Test scores
- Either SAT or ACT scores are acceptable
- Scores should be sent to Texas Tech by the testing service agency
- Official copy of high school transcripts indicating
- Class rank
- Courses in progress
- 2 letters of evaluation addressing academic and leadership potential
- Test scores
TTU application processing notes
Processing of submitted applications will be completed and students will be informed of admission status within 4-6 weeks. Contact TTU admissions for any questions regarding undergraduate degrees.
Application to Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
A complete School of Medicine Application is comprised of the following:
- The UMSI application must be completed and submitted online.
- One letter of evaluation is required as a part of your UMSI application, which must
be submitted within the online application. This letter should address your readiness
and preparation to pursue medicine and complete both the UMSI and medical school programs.
- The School of Medicine will also use the letters of evaluation you included in your application to the Honors College at Texas Tech University.
- A completed CASPer test
- The CASPer test is an online screening tool designed to evaluate key personal and professional characteristics that TTUHSC School of Medicine feels is important for medical students and graduates. Three examples of CASPer scenarios.
- A complete CASPer test taken and submitted by the application deadline is required to maintain admission eligibility. Without a complete CASPer test you will not be eligible for an interview or offer of acceptance to TTUHSC School of Medicine.
- NOTE: Additional documents that were submitted to Texas Tech University at the time of application (see Step 1) will also be reviewed and may include
- Proof of acceptance to TTU
- Proof of pending application to Honors College
UMSI application notes
Successful and timely completion of the UMSI application, including any letters of recommendation, and CASPer test results are the sole responsibility of the applicant. Failing to submit any application materials or documents before the deadline may result in the withdrawal from consideration of said application.
Interviewing at the School of Medicine
After the above applications have been submitted, admissions officers will review the files and invite a select group of qualified individuals for personal interviews with the UMSI selection committee.
Students that have submitted their application after the deadline will not be considered for an interview
Qualities Searched for in an interview
- Ability to balance academics with extracurricular and work activities.
- Evidence of caring behavior.
- Experience in health care field.
- Knowledge of the health care system and its current changes.
- Interpersonal skills such as the ability to interact well with patients and peers.
Undergraduate Requirements at Texas Tech
UMSI students are welcome to pursue a major of their choice. However, the following prerequisite courses must be completed by all in the program:
|Course||TTU Course Number||Hours|
|General Biology or Zoo (with labs)||
|Upper Division Biology||CHEM 3310/CHEM3311 (Biochemistry may be used here if not otherwise satisfying another requirement)||9|
|General Chemistry (with labs)||CHEM 1307/CHEM 1107||8|
|Organic Chemistry (with labs)||
|Physics (with labs)||
|Statistics Offered by Math Department||MATH 2300||3|
* Recommended upper division courses (3000 or 4000 level courses) include: Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology and Parasitology.
Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree.
Note: A limited number of Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit courses may also be accepted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine for coursework only in English.
All prerequisite courses require graded work. All AP and/or dual credit for prerequisite courses must be replaced with a higher level course.
Prerequisites for UMSI are specific to the program and are different than general admission requirements.
UMSI participants are required to submit the Texas Medical Dental Schools Application (http://www.tmdsas.com/) between May 1st and October 1st the year prior to matriculation to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. We ask that participants complete this by July 1 to assist with processing times.
UMSI participants receive a fee waiver for the secondary application to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.
UMSI participants will be required to take a CASPer before October 1st the year prior to matriculation.
Maintaining UMSI qualifications
- Take all coursework and prerequisites at Texas Tech University. Coursework can also be taken at any study-abroad affiliated TTU program with the exception of medical school specific courses or prerequisites.
- All UMSI students must maintain a 3.7 overall GPA
- All UMSI students must maintain a 3.6 science GPA
- A grade of "B" or higher must be earned in all graded prerequisite courses
- Matriculation will occur four years from acceptance into the UMSI program and is dependent on completion of an undergraduate degree and maintenance of program requirements.
- Be in good standing in the Honors College (including regular involvement in Honors extracurricular activities)
- Meet all requirements of the Program Guidelines
- Be in good academic and non-academic standing
- Show evidence of 100 hours of continued related health care and volunteerism or service-based activities due by August 31 of each year. Fourth year UMSI students must submit hours by July 1.
- Healthcare/Volunteer Activity Log
- NOTE: Criminal background checks will be completed on all students matriculating to TTUHSC School of Medicine.
- If a student desires to change their academic major or degree plan they must first meet and be granted approval by the TTU Honors College and TTUHSC School of Medicine Office of Admissions.
Director of Admissions
School of Medicine - Office of Admissions 2B116
Lubbock, TX 79430
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Special Programs
School of Medicine - Office of Admissions 2B116
Lubbock, TX 79430