GEMS

Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School

Students who COMPLETE the GEMS program are automatically admitted to UofL's School of Medicine if they maintain a 3.4 GPA, score at or above the national mean on each section of the MCAT and fully participate in program activities. As a GEMS participant, you enjoy the advantages of an unparalleled hands-on experience in the medical community. GEMS participants are able to:

  • Build relationships with medical school faculty, administrators and students
  • Accompany physicians on rounds and observe surgeries
  • Participate in selected programs that strengthen academic preparation, encourage research and/or introduce the practice of medicine
  • Attend meetings of professional medical organizations
  • Develop friendships with students who share similar goals and interests

Requirements to Apply:

  • 31 ACT or 1420 SAT
  • 3.75 GPA
  • Once you apply for admission, you can apply for GEMS. A complete application includes:
    • One essay concerning how you arrived at this point in your life and career decision-making, including plans and goals for the future (400 words or less)
    • Two letters of recommendation (one high school principal or counselor and one science or mathematics teacher)
    • Be a resident of Kentucky (Special circumstances may be considered when a student’s parents are transferred out of the state due to a military or government commitment.)*

All materials should be uploaded using the University of Louisville's online scholarship application.

Application and materials due December 15.

*Absent special circumstances, high school students who are residents of the state of Kentucky but are attending a high school outside of the state are not eligible to apply to the GEMS program. Special circumstances may be considered when a student's parents are transferred out of the state due to a military or government commitment.