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Connections Dual Admissions (BS/MD) Program

Frequently Asked Questions

The Connections Dual Admissions Program

Can I make an appointment to meet with someone about the Connections Dual Admissions Program?
Yes. To learn more about the Connections Dual Admissions Program please sign up for an Information Session.

  • Our next information sessions will be held in Summer/Fall 2018. 
  • We recommend attending the Preview UC and College Close-Up prior to the information session. 

How many years will it take me to complete Connections Dual Admissions – undergraduate through medical school? 
Connections Dual Admissions students spend four years completing their undergraduate degree, followed by four years at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Students majoring in Biomedical Engineering will finish their undergraduate degree in five years, followed by four years at the College of Medicine.

Are Connections students required to take the MCAT or to maintain certain a certain GPA? 
Yes. Connections Dual Admissions students must take the MCAT and score a minimum composite score, with a minimum score on each MCAT subsection. Students must also earn a minimum AMCAS-calculated cumulative GPA of 3.50 and BCPM 3.45.

If I finish college in less than four years, can I begin medical school early?
No. Most Connections Dual Admissions students come to college with a significant number of AP, post secondary, and/or IB credits; however, students are not permitted to enter the College of Medicine until four years after starting their undergraduate degree. Instead, students are encouraged to utilize this advantage by participating in special opportunities (e.g., multiple majors, study abroad, internships, co-ops, research, dual degrees).

Is the Connections program binding? 
No. The Connections Dual Admissions Program does not require that students matriculate to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. However,the majority of Connections Dual Admissions students do matriculate to our College of Medicine (~90%). 

The Online Application

How do I access the application for the Connections Dual Admissions Program?
The application opens in early September each year and will be accessible on the Connections Dual Admissions Program homepage. Applications must be completed in-full prior to the application deadline posted on the Program's website. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Do I need to apply to the University of Cincinnati, or does my application to the Dual Admissions Program also address the undergraduate admissions process?
The Connections Dual Admission application is separate from the University of Cincinnati application for undergraduate admission. In order to interview for our program, you must have submitted your Common Application by the Connections application deadline, and, subsequently, be accepted to the University of Cincinnati undergraduate college. Please visit the UC Undergraduate Admissions website for application details.

Is there an essay component of the Connections Dual Admissions Program application?  
Yes. The essays are included with the online application. No separate essays should be submitted for application to this program. Additional essays/personal statements and other collateral materials not requested by the online application will not be considered. 

Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Selecting individuals to write your recommendations is a personal decision. Your letters should be written by people who can comment on your strengths in science and your interest in and commitment to medicine. Letters should be written on letterhead and must be uploaded by the Letter Writer in the Application Portal.

Do I have to submit separate copies of official transcripts to the Connections Dual Admissions Program and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions? 
Yes. Students must complete the Connections application as outlined, independently from the undergraduate admissions application. This means that a school official must submit transcripts to the undergraduate admissions office, as well as upload a transcript via the Connections Application Portal. Transcripts sent to Connections are not shared with the Undergraduate Admissions office and vice versa.

How do I submit my ACT or SAT scores to the Connections Dual Admissions Program? Do you have a separate school code? 
The Connections Dual Admissions Program uses students’ self-reported ACT and SAT scores provided through the online application. We do not have a program specific code, and therefore cannot accept (and do not require) an official copy of the test scores report. Please note that the application process for Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Cincinnati is independent from Connections Dual Admissions Program and you should follow the process for submitting ACT and/or SAT codes to them.

Can I pay the application fee by credit card?
Yes. The application fee is submitted electronically with your online application. 

My school has a policy that does not allow transcripts to be uploaded. How should I submit my transcript? 
We understand that high schools have various policies regarding transcripts. If your school's policy dictates that transcripts must be sent via paper copy rather than uploaded, please have your counselor contact our office by email or phone well in advance of the application deadline so that special accommodations can be made. All components of the application, including the transcript, must be received by the application deadline; incomplete applications will not be considered.

How will I be notified regarding the status of my Connections Dual Admissions application?
All changes to the status of a Connections Dual Admissions application will be communicated via the application status page. Therefore, students should regularly log-in to their applications (using their unique username and password combinations) and review the application status page for any updates regarding the status of their applications.

  • We STRONGLY recommend that students do not wait until the deadline to submit your application.
  • Once the online application is successfully submitted, the application status page will read “Applied”.
  • Applications cannot be submitted until BOTH Letters of Recommendation and a high school transcript have been received. Once they are received, students will need to login to their application and hit Submit.

Can I meet with someone to discuss my Connections Dual Admissions essays before I submit the online application? 
No. We do not meet with applicants to discuss their applications. Instead, we suggest that you have a teacher or other trusted adult review your essays and written responses. It is important to construct essays that are focused and respond to the question, but that also reflect your personality and interests. Honest and reflective essays that refer to specific experiences are often more effective than those that rely on common observations (“I want to be a doctor because I want to help people”).

What happens after I submit my Connections Dual Admissions application?
Applications are reviewed after the application deadline. The application review committee will invite up to 32 students to interview on campus. Only students who have also completed the University of Cincinnati undergraduate application will be invited to interview. Students are notified of their invitation to interview via the application portal in late January through February. Therefore, it is recommended that students regularly log-in to the portal at this time.

When will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
All applicants’ statuses will be updated in the Application Portal as admissions decisions are made. Interview invitations will be posted in the Application Portal, and final admission decisions will be available in early March each year.  We do not discuss applicants’ interview or admission status over the phone; applicants must first check the Application Portal. Applicants may contact our staff via email ( with follow-up questions.

Is the interview mandatory? 

Do I have to live in Ohio to apply for the Connections Dual Admissions Program? 

No. The Connections Dual Admissions program welcomes applicants from any state within the United States (i.e., applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents). The proportion of out-of-state students varies from year to year, but overall roughly 20-50% of our students are out-of-state residents.

Student Life and Financial Aid

Does the College of Medicine offer special scholarships to Connections Dual Admissions students?
No. However many Connections Dual Admissions students qualify for various merit scholarships and aid at the University level. Please visit the UC Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information. 

Are students ever removed from the Connections Dual Admissions Program?
Yes, in rare cases. If concerns arise at any time regarding students’ academic performance, personal conduct, or professional development (including underage alcohol violations), they will be reviewed by the Admission Committee, and will be subject to action up to and including dismissal from the program. 

Can students withdraw from the Connections Dual Admissions Program?
Yes. We understand that making a decision about a career while still in high school is daunting. Students may withdraw at any time during their undergraduate career by submitting a signed letter to the Director of the Connections Dual Admissions Program.

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