Furman University is looking to help its students apply to medical school while saving them money at the same time. The school said Monday that the USC School of Medicine Greenville will provide early admission to some of its best students. Up to five students will be selected each year.
As part of the agreement, up to five juniors will be recommended by faculty for admission to USCSOMG. These recommendations will take place during the first semester of their junior year. The students will then have to go through a screening process and will find out if they have been accepted by USCSOMG during the second semester of their junior year.
Furman biology professor Eli Hestermann said that if students are accepted into medical school early, then they will be able to save money. According to Hestermann, early-accepted students who plan on attending USCSOMG will no longer have to pay for other schools’ application fees or travel to in-person interviews during their senior year.
Hestermann believes that USCSOMG will benefit from the agreement as well.
“From the med school’s point of view, it gives them the opportunity to identify those top-notch Furman students and lock them in,” Hestermann said.
Rising juniors at Furman will be able to apply early to USCSOMG.
“This is a program where genuinely both institutions are excited about the possibilities that it brings,” said Hestermann.
Hestermann also said that the two schools have partnered on previous occasions. Both institutions are involved in the Medical Experience Academy, a summer program that helps high school and college students prepare for a medical career.
Out of the 280 students enrolled at USCSOMG, 33 of them are Furman graduates.
USCSOMG began accepting its first students in 2012.
Jeremy Urso contributed to this report.