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Adelphi, SUNY Poly are latest to sign up for the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program

Upstate Medical University has signed Adelphi University and SUNY Polytechnic Institute to the Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program (ASP), a guaranteed medical school entrance program available to undergraduate applicants this fall.

Adelphi and SUNY Poly are among a growing list of schools, including Colgate University and Rochester Institute of Technology, that have signed up to partner with Upstate’s Accelerated Scholars Program.

Students admitted to Adelphi and SUNY Poly for their bachelor’s degree program who meet certain requirements and who complete additional requirements during their undergraduate studies will automatically be accepted for medical school at Upstate. Incoming qualifications include a 3.5 or 90 percent high school GPA, combined SAT scores of at least 1360 or composite ACT of 29, and extracurricular activities that clearly document experience in a healthcare setting and a commitment to community service. The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) requirement is also waived for those motivated students.

“Adelphi already has many early decision/joint degree/guaranteed interview affiliations with graduate programs in the health sciences including dentistry, osteopathic medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry and veterinary medicine,” said Robert Schwartz, EdD, Adelphi’s director of pre-professional and joint degree programs. “The Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program provides an additional route to a successful career in the health sciences, in this case to an allopathic medical career.”

SUNY Poly Interim Provost Dr. Steven Schneider says the partnership adds even more academic value to the institution’s health-related programs after SUNY Poly’s recent high rankings for its affordability and quality in healthcare administration and management programs. “While SUNY Poly has been a world-renowned leader in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering field since its inception, this strategic partnership will allow ASP graduates from SUNY Poly and SUNY Upstate to be beacons of innovation and progress in healthcare for generations to come,” Schneider said.

Students may earn a bachelor of arts, science or fine arts at Adelphi and SUNY Poly, and also be eligible to participate in summer programs at Upstate to prepare for the rigors of medical school

“These new agreements not only provide guaranteed admission to select students, but also open communication for other opportunities on the graduate level for all undergraduates at Adelphi and SUNY Poly,” said Krystal Ripa, director of special admissions programs at Upstate. “For students who know they want to go on to be physicians, these pathways help them to avoid the stress of traditionally applying to medical schools. For us as a medical school, in addition to finding talent, we believe we can also develop talent among these undergraduates.”

Ripa notes that the summer programs, available to Upstate Accelerated Scholars students centered around the Association of American Medical College’s Premedical Competencies, focus on skills needed for success in medical training, such as critical thinking, effective communication, and cultural competency, among others. Undergraduates will also be able to connect and build community with their future medical student colleges on social media and through on-campus opportunities, including interaction with mentors who are currently enrolled in medical school.

Adelphi University, based in Garden City, N.Y., is a doctoral research university liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica campus.

In addition to the aforementioned colleges and universities, other schools affiliated with the Accelerated Scholars Program include Albany College of Pharmarcy and Health Sciences, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Hamilton College, Hampton University, Purchase College, University at Albany and Yeshiva University.

For more information on Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program and an updated list of institutions that are partnering with Upstate, visit www.upstate.edu/uas

Caption: Adelphi University campus in Garden City, N.Y.

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