St. Bonaventure University

SBU-George Washington U. Med School

B.S./B.A.-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.

Important 2020-2021 program updates

  1. Applications for the 2021 George Washington BSMD program through the Franciscan Healthcare Professions Program will not require SAT II test results. Applicants who have completed the SAT II should still submit their results.
  2. An SAT or ACT test is still an expected requirement and students are asked to continue to sign up for and take these exams. If a student is having difficulties with test cancellations and with testing site availability, please email Chris Scheppner, our FHCP Admissions liaison, or call him at (716) 375-2413 to discuss options on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The deadline for applications for this program has been extended to Dec. 15, 2020.

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.
  • Successful completion of a SAT II subject test in a science; molecular biology is preferred (Bio-M), chemistry is also acceptable.
  • 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