Frequently Asked Questions 

How many Canisius students may be accepted in the Early Assurance Program (EAP) or Joint Program?

Each program is a little different. Some programs reserve a minimum or maximum number of seats for Canisius students. Others have no specific limit. Please contact us for specific program details. 

What if I am not accepted into the EAP or Joint Program?

This is not a problem and it will not diminish your future chances for a particular school. You may apply in the traditional manner after your junior or senior year.

Why were these programs instituted?

  • To allow you the freedom to take a broader range of classes to expand your knowledge.
  • To take a class you’ve always wanted to take ‘just for fun.’
  • To allow you to spend time on other significant learning and service activities (e.g. research or study abroad.)
  • To alleviate the application pressure you may feel over the course of your undergraduate study.
  • To provide incentives to bright students to pursue medical and health professional school in this region and ultimately practice locally.
  • To provide additional guidance to accepted students.
  • To encourage excellent pre-medical/pre-health students to become part of the extensive Canisius medical alumni network.

What are the advantages of the Combined (Joint) or Early Assurance Program for the student?

  • Each program has its own distinctive advantages. Examples include;
  • For the University at Buffalo Medical School - once accepted the student is not required to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and as long as the student maintains a 3.75 GPA they will have a seat in UB's Medical School.
  • For Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, NY - once accepted the student must maintain a 3.5 GPA and must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of their junior year.  As long as they achieve a 30 on the MCAT they will have a seat in Upstate's Medical School.
  • For the University at Buffalo Dental School-once accepted as long as the student maintains a 3.75 GPA and takes the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and achieves a score of 20 in the following areas Academic Average, Perceptual Ability and Reading Comprehension sections the student will have a seat in UB's Dental School.
  • For the LECOM College of Pharmacy – once accepted the student is not required to take the PCAT exam and may instead substitute a writing assessment.

Note: test scores and GPA requirements are subject to change and should always be verified prior to applying.

Are International Students eligible for these programs?

Each program determines its own policy. Please check program websites to check the latest policies.

  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine: US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University: International Students may apply (but note this program is very competitive)
  • University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy: International Students may apply (but note this program is very competitive)
  • University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine: International Students may apply (but note this program is very competitive)
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine : US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • LECOM School of Pharmacy: US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • LECOM School of Dental Medicine: US Citizens and Permanent Residents only
  • State University of New York College of Optometry: International Students may apply (but note this program is very competitive)
  • Ontario Veterinary College/Guelph University: International Students may apply (but note this program is very competitive)