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December 5, 2012
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate, SUNY Fredonia sign admissions agreement

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University has signed an agreement with SUNY Fredonia to ensure admission to Upstate’s College of Medicine for those students who complete the required courses in biology. The latest in a line of partnerships, the Fredonia program aims to give exceptional students from smaller communities an opportunity to attend medical school and improve healthcare in rural areas.

Known as “articulation agreements,” these partnerships are designed to build strong bonds between Upstate and community colleges and four-year institutions to address the shortage of physicians in rural communities in New York, university officials say.

“The hope is that these students will go back after receiving their medical degrees and practice medicine in their local communities, bringing better healthcare standards to rural and disadvantaged communities,” said Upstate’s Director of Admissions Jennifer Welch.

Acceptance into the program with Upstate requires the proper academic credentials and interviews with a selection committee at Fredonia and Upstate. To be eligible, students must 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 healthcare setting and demonstrate a commitment to service work.

“My colleagues and I are truly very excited to have this articulation agreement with Upstate,” said SUNY Fredonia’s Ted Lee, professor of biology and chair of the Health Professions Advising Committee. “We have been working to recruit academically talented students with interests in the health professions to SUNY Fredonia and this agreement will help us do that.”

SUNY Fredonia is a four-year liberal arts college located in western New York, with an undergraduate population of 5,398 students.

Through its articulation agreements, the College of Medicine offers several other special admissions options. Benefits include an early acceptance with guaranteed admission, as long as students maintain the academic requirements outlined in the agreement, as well as a simplified admissions process.

One such program, the Blackwell Medical Scholarship Program, offers students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree at Hobart and William Smith College and be guaranteed admission to Upstate’s College of Medicine, pending all program standards are met.

In addition to SUNY Fredonia, Upstate has agreements with other institutions, including Clarkson University, Hobart & William Smith, St. Bonaventure University, St. Lawrence University, Siena College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY ESF, SUNY Potsdam, Wilkes University, SUNY Cobleskill-Siena/Cornell and Elmira College.

Caption: A view from SUNY Fredonia, the most recent SUNY campus to sign an articulation agreement with Upstate.

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