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Fredonia and SUNY Upstate sign agreement that ensures qualified incoming students admission to medical school
Monday, October 22, 2012

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SUNY Fredonia has signed an agreement with SUNY Upstate Medical University to ensure admission to the medical school for students who graduate having completed the required courses through Fredonia's biology department.

Known as an "articulation agreement," it establishes early assurance that academically superior high school applicants to SUNY Fredonia will be admitted to the College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate.

The announcement comes at a particularly exciting time on the Fredonia campus, as construction continues on its new, 92,000-square-foot Science Center, set to open in 2014 and designed to strengthen the quality of all of Fredonia's science and health profession programs.

Interested high school students should contact David Steiner in the SUNY Fredonia Admissions Office when applying to SUNY Fredonia. Acceptance into the program with SUNY Upstate requires the proper academic credentials, an interview with a selection committee at Fredonia, and then an interview with SUNY Upstate. To be eligible, students should have a 90 or greater high school average and SAT scores of 1250 or better (or ACT scores of 28 or better). Applicants should also have extracurricular activities in a health care setting and a commitment to service work.

According to Biology Professor Ted Lee, who chairs the Health Professions Advising Committee for Fredonia students interested in careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine, the agreement also addresses the shortage of physicians in rural communities in New York.

"The program will consider students with excellent academic records, and will give preference to students from rural communities," he said.

SUNY Upstate Medical University is located in the University Hill district of Syracuse, N.Y.  It is an upper-division transfer and graduate college, and its College of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in New York. More physicians practicing in Central New York received their training there than at any other medical school.

Upstate also ranks eighth nationally for the number of graduates who are on the faculty at academic medical centers across the country.

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