School of Medicine

Special Admissions Programs


Early Decision Program

Applicants who have selected Temple / St. Luke’s as their first choice school and campus are encouraged to apply under the Early Decision Program. Early Decision is open to both Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents. Early Decision applicants first apply to LKSOM through AMCAS®, then designate Temple / St. Luke’s as their first choice when completing the online supplemental application. Applicants accepted under the Early Decision Program may not apply to any other medical school.

Timeline (year before intended matriculation):

  • August 1: AMCAS® application and transcript deadline
  • August 15: Supplementary materials deadline
  • Early September: Interviews
  • October 1: Applicants are notified of admissions decisions
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 Resident

Early Assurance Program

LKSOM offers a number of early assurance programs that allow students to be considered for acceptance in their junior year of college. Special agreements between LKSOM and DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College 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 may save the time, money, and stress of applying to multiple schools through the regular application cycle. To be eligible to apply as an EAP candidate, candidates must, by the end of their junior year, have completed the minimum science pre-requisites and have at least a 3.5 GPA (overall and science). Candidates also must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to service, with extensive community and health care experiences and show leadership potential.

If accepted under this program, candidates must complete their senior year of college and take the MCAT® exam by the end of May of their junior year. You can learn more about the EAP, either through your health professions advisor or our office. Your health professions advisor has application forms.