The Creative Premedical Scholars Program seeks students who want to major in the liberal arts at Tulane and pursue a career in medicine after graduation.  Successful applicants receive guaranteed admission to Tulane's School of Medicine and are not required to take the MCAT.  Relieved of the pressures that often accompany preparation for the MCAT and applying to medical school, Creative Premedical Scholars are free to invest in a course of study within the humanities, arts, and social sciences.    


Students apply in the spring of their sophomore year and must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a GPA of 3.6 or above
  • Complete a minimum of 60 credits of undergraduate work by the end of the sophomore year
  • Complete all of the premedical science course requirements by the end of their sophomore year with a B- or higher in each class. The requirements are: one year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics, all with laboratories. Courses may be taken during the summer at Tulane or at another institution that has been approved by the respective departments for transfer credit.
  • Plan to earn a BA or BFA degree in the School of Liberal Arts.  Majors in the Business School, School of Science and Engineering, School of Continuing Studies, or School of Public Health are not acceptable, though a student may pursue any minor
  • Students who have completed more than two years of undergraduate work or have transferred to Tulane from another university are not eligible.   

Application Process:

Application materials are available starting the first week of February in the Pre-Health Office of the Academic Advising Center (Richardson Hall). Students must make an appointment with one of the pre-health advisors (see below) to receive the application.  The completed application, faculty evaluations, and all other required materials must be submitted to the Pre-Health Office by April 1.  

In the application, students will need to submit a carefully constructed plan of study for their Liberal Arts BA or BFA degree.  Creative Medical Scholars are expected to carry at least 15 credits per semester.  They must also write an Honors thesis (Scholars not in the Honors program will write a thesis in their major department).  

Applicants also need to explain what academic or Tulane experiences they will engage in instead of preparing for the MCAT or medical school interviews.  Examples include an additional Liberal Arts major or minor, study abroad, campus organizations, and internships.   

Applications will be reviewed by the Creative Scholars Nominating Committee and qualified students will be invited to interview with the committee at the end of April. The Committee will notify applicants regarding their selection by mid-June.     

Pre-Health Advisors:

Kathleen Maier

Sarah Withers


Tulane University, School of Liberal Arts, 102 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA  70118, (504) 865-5225,