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School of Medicine

Special Admissions Programs


Early Decision Program

The Early Decision Program (EDP) is open to both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents. As with the regular application cycle, you must apply to Katz School of Medicine through AMCAS®, then designate Temple/St. Luke’s as your first choice when completing the online supplemental application.

Please be sure your AMCAS® application and transcripts are submitted by August 1 of the year before you plan to enroll. The Katz School of Medicine Admissions Office must receive all supplementary materials by August 15. Interviews will be scheduled in early September. We will notify you of our decisions by October 1st. If you apply and are accepted as an EDP candidate, you may not apply to any other medical school.

Early Assurance Program

Special agreements between Katz School of Medicine and Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and DeSales University allow outstanding undergraduates at these schools to be considered at the end of their junior year under the Early Assurance Program (EAP).

Applying through the EAP can save you the time, money, and stress of applying to multiple schools through the regular application cycle. To be eligible to apply as an EAP candidate, you must, by the end of your junior year, have at least a 3.6 GPA (overall and science). You also must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to service, with extensive community and health care experiences, and show leadership potential. After interviewing in the spring of your Junior year, select candidates are offered a conditional acceptance to the School of Medicine. Students who meet the academic and MCAT requirements will matriculate into Katz School of Medicine after completing their bachelor’s degree. You can learn more about the EAP, either through your health professions advisor or our office. Your health professions advisor has application forms.

Colin Patrick Caverly

“Attending school in the Lehigh Valley is an enriching experience. As a Temple / St. Luke’s student, be prepared to work and, most importantly, serve. We work in a high-volume hospital with an extremely diverse patient population. The community has embraced our presence and we are expected to be heavily involved in patient care. With a smaller student body, we are able to make an immediate impact on the community. Through various service projects and clinic opportunities, we become heavily invested in our patient population.”
– Colin Patrick Caverly, Class of 2016 and St. Luke’s Emergency Medicine Attending