To apply for for one of these combined programs, please visit the Admissions Office website.
Please note that there is a supplemental application form for the medical and dental programs. There is not a supplemental form for the optometry program.
For more information about these programs, please contact Ms. Mary Ellen Raposa, pre-professional counselor for Lehigh University.
Application for admission to the program is made through Lehigh
Office of Admissions. Criteria for Admissions includes:
- Medicine: minimum SAT of 1360 out of 1600
- Dental: minimum SAT of 1350 out of 1600
- Optometry: minimum SAT of 1300 out of 1600
- SAT subject tests are not required, but students are strongly encouraged to take Math (level I or II) and Chemistry
- Scholastic achievement
- Motivation for medicine
- Deadline for applying is November 15th (Medicine only)
- Deadline for applying for Dentistry and Optometry is January 1st.
Completed applications are reviewed by the Office of Admissions.
Interviews are not required at Lehigh, but students are encouraged
to make arrangements to come to campus to have an interview and
to become better acquainted with Lehigh and the special features
of the program.
In cooperation with Drexel
University College of Medicine the university offers an accelerated
program that enables selected students to earn both the bachelors
of Arts degree in premedical science and the M.D. degree after seven
years of study at the two institutions. The program was initiated
The program includes three academic years at Lehigh during which
time credit hours are earned toward the 121 credits required for
the baccalaureate degree. The next four years are spent in the regular
program of medical education in Philadelphia. After successfully
completing the one year at the medical school, students will have
acquired necessary additional credit hours for the baccalaureate
This program also requires that students take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Scores of either 9 or better on the verbal section of the MCAT and 10 or better on the science sections or a total minimum score of 31 (with no individual section score less than 8) are required.
The medical college reserves the right to withdraw an offer of
acceptance if academic or personal concerns cause the college to
question a student’s academic or personal maturation.
Required Science and Math Courses:
Chemistry: Chm 30, 31, 110, 111, 112, 113
Biology: BioS 41, 42, 115, 116, 120, 371, 372
Physics: Phy 10, 12, 13, 22
Math: Math 21, 22 or Math 51, 52 plus one additional approved
Required Non-Science Courses:
English Comp & Lit (two semesters)
Humanities (3 courses, 9-12 credits)
Social Sciences: Psych 1, SSP 1, plus 1 additional (11-12 credits)
Approved Electives: (12-16 credits)
The university, in cooperation with the School of Dental Medicine
at the University of Pennsylvania, offers an accelerated program
that enables selected students to earn a combined baccalaureate
and dental degree after a minimum of seven years of
study at the two institutions.
The program includes three academic years during which time credit
hours are earned toward the baccalaureate degree. The next four
years are spent in the regular program of dental education in Philadelphia.
During the first three years at Lehigh, students are expected to
make satisfactory progress in the academic areas as well as in the
areas of personal growth, developing those attributed ultimately
needed to become a dentist. Students must maintain a minimum overall
and science GPA of 3.5 throughout the three years at Lehigh and
are required to take the Dental Admissions Test with a minimum of
16 in all subject areas.
The dental school reserved the right to withdraw an acceptance
if academic or personal concerns cause the college to question a
student’s ability to function as a dentist. The dental school
also reserves the right to require that students spend additional
time at Lehigh if the school feels that this is necessary to insure
the student’s academic or personal maturation.
Application to the program occurs when a student applies to Lehigh
University. The dental school takes action on the applicant in the
spring of an academic year. Final decisions are forwarded to Lehigh
University about March 20. The applicant is notified of joint acceptance
by Lehigh University. Admissions is based on SAT scores, scholastic achievement,
maturity, and motivation for dental school. Application deadline
is January 1.
Joint Degree Program in Optometry
In cooperation with the State University of New York, State College
of Optometry located in New York City, Lehigh offers a seven-year
Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience and Doctor of Optometry
(O.D.) Program. Students accepted into the joint degree program
are admitted into the behavioral neuroscience major and are simultaneously
admitted to candidacy in the SUNY College of Optometry’s professional
program of study.
Application to the program occurs when a student applies to Lehigh
or while enrolled at Lehigh. Criteria for selection is based upon
maturity and motivation; an interest in the basic understanding
of the optometric profession; an interest in the basic understanding
of the optometric profession; minimum SAT score (see above),
92 high school grade point average, and ranked in the top 10% of
the high school graduating class. Or as a first or second-year Lehigh
student, a minimum overall 3.2 GPA in undergraduate coursework and
in all prerequisite math and science courses completed at the time
of application with no grade below a C. A committee comprised of
representatives from both institutions selects the students for
admission into the program.
Students will spend three years at Lehigh during which time credit
hours are earned toward the baccalaureate degree. Upon maintaining
a minimum 3.2 GPA in the math and science prerequisites, attaining
total science scores of 330 or above on the Optometry Admissions
Test (OAT), and passing reasonable personal interview standards,
these students will be admitted to the SUNY College of Optometry
at the completion of their third year at Lehigh.
Students must submit a formal application, transcripts, and recommendations
at this time. After successfully completing all first-year coursework
at the college of optometry, a BA degree on behavioral neuroscience
will be granted by Lehigh.
The optometry school reserves the right to withdraw an acceptance
if academic or personal concerns cause the school to question a
student’s ability to function as an optometrist.
Application for admission to the program for incoming students
is made through Lehigh Office of Admissions. Application deadline
is January 1. For curriculum information; consult with the pre-professional
advisor in Career Services.