A new partnership between two central Indiana colleges will provide a streamlined pathway to medical school. The Pre-Medical Fast Track Program involves early acceptance or a guaranteed interview for qualified Franklin College undergraduate students with the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. April 21, 2015

News Release

FRANKLIN, Ind. and INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin College has announced a partnership, the Pre-Medical Fast Track Program, with Marian University, allowing Franklin College students the opportunity for early acceptance into, or a guaranteed interview with, Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM).

“The Pre-Medical Fast Track Program is an innovative incentive for students who are interested in medical school and select Franklin College for pre-medical studies,” said Paul Evans, DO, vice president and founding dean of MU-COM.

Three spots under both tracks – early acceptance and guaranteed interview – will be reserved each year in MU-COM for Franklin College pre-medical students.

To qualify for the early acceptance track, students must:

graduate in the spring semester prior to possible MU-COM matriculation;

have a minimum total GPA of 3.7 with a minimum science GPA of 3.5;

and have a minimum MCAT score of 28, with a minimum biology score of 10.

To qualify for the guaranteed interview track, students must:

graduate in the spring semester prior to possible MU-COM matriculation;

have a minimum total and science GPA of 3.3;

and have a minimum MCAT score of 24, with a minimum biology score of 8.

Acceptance into either track is contingent upon maintaining grades and completing pre-medical requirements. Franklin College students will apply in June 2015 for admittance into the first cohort of the program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and reflects the outstanding performance of the four Franklin students admitted to the first two classes of Marian Universities’ new Osteopathic Medical School,” said Steven Browder, Ph.D., Franklin College professor of biology. “Marian is a great partner for Franklin College, and their program is an excellent match for our premedical students.”

High school students interested in learning more about the program should contact the Office of Admissions at Franklin College at 1-888-852-6471.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its approximately 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu.

Source: Franklin College

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