Eligibility for Application to the BA/BS-MD Degree Program

The BA/BS-MD degree program at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote diversity and to better serve the health care needs of the State of Colorado.  Students who have an interest and passion in becoming a physician, and practicing medicine in the State of Colorado, are encouraged to apply to the BA/BS-MD Program.

We believe it is our responsibility to help meet the healthcare needs of the State of Colorado by selecting talented students that intend to practice medicine in Colorado. The BA/BS-MD Program Admissions Committee will consider all aspects of an applicant's experiences, academic performance, and background including but not limited to:

  • Excellence of academic record
  • Array of community and/or volunteer service experiences
  • Characteristics and capabilities that would make you an excellent physician
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Honors and Awards
  • Full or part-time jobs held during school or in summers

Students must meet the following minimum criteria to be eligible to apply to the BA/BS-MD Program:

  • Applicants must apply to CU Denver by October 23, 2023, and be accepted for admission as a degree seeking student at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown campus by November 20, 2023.​ *This is a program for CU Denver undergraduates only. Students wishing to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, the Univerisity of Colorado, Colorado Springs, or any other college/university are not eligible for this program; however, it is encouraged that you still apply to multiple universities and colleges, as there is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the CU Denver BA/BS-MD Program.
  • Applicants must be current residents of the State of Colorado and a citizen of the United States​, a DACA recipient, or a U.S. permanent resident with a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C.
  • Applicants must be current high school seniors planning on graduating from high school in the fall of 2023 or spring of 2024.

​Colorado public colleges and universities consider the following in making admissions decisions:

•     High School GPA

•     Test Scores

•     Academic course mix and rigor

•     Extracurricular activities and other considerations 

***A successful BA/BS-MD applicant should have:

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.5 (weighted or unweighted; whichever is higher).
  • A composite ACT Score of 27 or higher and or an Evidenced Based Reading & Writing +Math SAT Score of 1185 or higher. 

***Please Note: The BA/BS-MD Program does not require test scores for admission consideration, however, you may submit these scores as supplementary material for your application if you choose.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates who have a strong interest and desire to become physicians and who will eventually practice medicine in the State of Colorado and have an interest in serving diverse communities. This program is focused on Colorado high school seniors such as the following: 

  • From educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • From financially disadvantaged backgrounds
  • From federally designated rural/frontier communities in Colorado
  • From ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the medical community in Colorado including:
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​Black or African American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Native American/Alaska Native
    • Pacific Islander
    • Vietnamese
  • First generation college students-someone whose parents did not attend or graduate​ from college or did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
  • Desire to practice medicine in Colorado as a physician after the completion of medical school and residency.

The University of Colorado BA/BS-MD Program conducts its review practices holistically; in a manner which treats each applicant fairly, on the basis of experience, attributes and metrics without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, in accordance with federal law.

*NOTE: Students wishing to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, or any other college/university are not eligible for this program if admitted. The Program is a University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus Pathway Program.

Interviews will be offered to a select group of applicants by the University of Colorado School of Medicine Admissions Committee.  Factors that will be considered in choosing interviewees include activities that indicate a strong desire to participate in a career in medicine, leadership, academic achievement and potential, and one's unique lived experiences. Interviews will be conducted by members of the CU School of Medicine's Admissions Committee on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Each interviewee will be interviewed separately by two committee members, and each interview is 30 minutes in length. Students must be available for a virtual interview on the date scheduled to be considered for this program. We will not be able to accommodate any alternative dates for interviews. Interviews will be held virtually on Saturday, December 2, 2023.  Students can expect the interview process to last all​ day; 8:00AM to 4:00PM.