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NUPSP Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to NUPSP, a Northwestern undergraduate student who has completed two years of undergraduate coursework in residence at the University is expected to receive counseling from a premedical adviser and an NU college adviser at Health Professions Advising.

*Transfer students may apply if they meet the listed requirements and coursework was conducted at a similarly rigorous program.

Students who meet the NUPSP program requirements listed below are to seek premedical counseling between the completion of their second year and prior to submitting an application to NUPSP in the Fall quarter of their third year.


Committed to a career as a medical physician and are able to express their commitment in a sincere and convincing manner, both orally and written.

Demonstrated their commitment to medicine by participating in several years of on-going extra-academic clinical and research activities.

*Completed two full years in residence at Northwestern University with an overall and science GPA of 3.7 or higher

All four of the prerequisite science sequences listed below must be completed before matriculation to Feinberg.  Prior to applying to NUPSP, students should have completed the general chemistry and the biological sciences courses and at least the first quarter of organic chemistry.  Preference will be given to students who have completed the organic chemistry/biochemistry sequence prior to the NUPSP application.  The prerequisite coursework should be taken while in residence at Northwestern University and if AP credit is given by the University for any of these courses, the Admissions Committee will expect to see upper level coursework in that discipline.


Inorganic, Physical Chemistry 3 quarters or equivalent (either Chemistry 110, 131 and 132 with labs, or Chemistry 151 and 152 with labs, or Chemistry 171 and 172 with labs)
Organic Chemistry

2 quarters (215-1, 2 with corresponding labs) + Biochemistry 301

OR or 212-1, 2, 3 with corresponding labs

Physics 3 quarters (130-1, 2, 3 or 135-1, 2, 3 with labs)
Biological Sciences

3 quarters (Bio 201, 202, 203 with labs 232, 233, 234)

Highly Recommended

The following courses are highly recommended or encouraged, but not required.

  • Highly recommended:  English composition, Statistics, Biochemistry
  • Encouraged:  Genetics, Global Health, the Humanities, Social Sciences (i.e., Psychology, Sociology, Ethics)