St. Bonaventure University

SBU-George Washington U. Med School

B.S.-M.D. 4+4 Dual Admittance Program

GW White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of studies for medical students at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students don their white coats for the first time and recite the school's honor code. These SBU graduates began their studies at GW last year.

Overview of the SBU-GW Dual Admittance Program

Students accepted into this competitive program have a provisional seat waiting for them at the prestigious George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences upon graduation from St. Bonaventure University. 

The student receives a provisional letter of acceptance to the eight-year program upon entering the program at SBU, and has a provisional seat in the medical school class that begins four years later. The acceptance to the M.D. program is provisional as program requirements must be maintained in order to transition into the M.D. curriculum.

The Committee on Admissions for the M.D. program reviews all students concerning promotion to the medical school curriculum at the end of the fourth year of study at St. Bonaventure Univeristy, which is also when the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon successful completion of degree requirements. These requirements include both academic and comportment standards, as well as continued service work and clinical exposure.

We strongly recommend that you complete your application before the due date of Nov. 30 of your senior year in high school. This includes the Common App and all supplemental materials. We will review all completed applications received by Nov. 30; however, last-minute applications may hurt your candidacy.

We can accept updated information and new test scores after this date. Required application materials that do not fit into online applications should be mailed to the Office of Admissions (see address at bottom of page). A separate application for GW is NOT required to enter the program. Transfer students are not eligible for this program. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa. There is no preference given based on state of residence. 

Qualified applicants will be interviewed at SBU by invitation in January. A second interview is conducted at GW by invitation in late February to early March. Decisions on acceptance are made by the Committee on Admissions for the M.D. program in mid- to late March.

Application Requirements

  • Competitive (90%) SAT/ACT scores. Typically at least 1390 (ERW+M) SAT or ACT composite 30.
  • High school average of 90 or higher as calculated by the St. Bonaventure Admissions Office.
  • Community service and clinical exposure are evaluated and taken into consideration.
  • At least two confidential letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a science teacher. 
  • Two essays:
    • One essay (Personal Statement) that will be included with your Common App.
    • An additional essay titled “Applying to Medical School,” which details your interest in working in the profession of medicine and why you are interested in starting that process at SBU and then continuing at GW. 
  • A resume that organizes all of your extracurricular activities in one place (church, clubs, sports, hobbies, volunteering, clinical exposure, employment, etc.).

Maintenance Standards of Phase I of the Program

  • Must be a full-time student
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.6 (A = 4.0)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.6 or better in all math/science courses
  • A grade of B- or better in all courses
  • Complete core science and English requirements
  • Maintain character/comportment requirements
  • Successful completion of the MCAT exam is required.

George Washington School of Medicine

George Washington School of Medicine
The GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences is the 11th oldest medical school in the country. Since its inception it has been at the forefront of medical education. Learn more about the GW School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

How to Apply

The Common Application is preferred for this combined degree program.

NOTE: Send all paper application materials to 

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box D
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778