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Early Opportunity Program FAQ

What is the Early Opportunity Program?

The Early Opportunity Program gives Pathways Honors students an opportunity for an early admission decision into one of six professional programs at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science: medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, and physical therapy.​​

Is the Early Opportunity Program only available to students in an Accelerated 3+ program?

No – Pathways Honors students who are following a traditional four year course of study may also participate in the Early Opportunity Program.​​

Who is a good fit for the Early Opportunity Program?

The Early Opportunity Program is a highly competitive program. Typically students who have been admitted in the past have an exceptional cumulative GPA (3.7 or above), have completed significant shadowing of professionals in their desired profession, and have been volunteering in a position they are passionate about. ​

As a Pathways Honors student do I have to participate in an Accelerated 3+ program or the Early Opportunity Program?

No – As a Pathways Honors student, you are not required to pursue an Accelerated 3+ program, nor are you required to pursue the Early Opportunity Program.​

Do I have to have a specific major/minor in order to participate in the Early Opportunity Program?

Students must be in the College of Science and Health and in the Pathways Honors program to be eligible for the Early Opportunity Program. If a student also chooses to do an Accelerated 3+ program they must be a Health Sciences major for medicine, podiatry, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, and physical therapy. Students interested in the Accelerated 3+ program for pharmacy can major either in Health Sciences or in Chemistry (pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree).​

Do I need to maintain a certain GPA for an Accelerated 3+ program or the Early Opportunity Program?

Yes- the GPA requirement is dependent on the professional program you wish to enter.  Each program has specific grades and guidelines for admission. Please review the Early Opportunity Program​​ of interest for more information. 

Does the Early Opportunity Program require me to take the MCAT, PCAT, or GRE?

No – The standardized test for the program of pursuit is waived in the Early Opportunity Program. ​

By being in Pathways Honors can I only apply to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFU)?

No - Students can apply to any professional school of interest. However, the benefits of the Early Opportunity Program and the Accelerated 3+ programs are only available for those students going to RFU.  Students applying to other schools will be required to take the admissions test required for the programs they apply to.   ​

Is there any penalty if I decide not to enroll at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science?

No – There is no penalty if you decide to pursue professional studies at a different institution.​​