Frequently Asked Questions
Does SGU accept transfers?
Yes. SGU considers applications from students seeking transfer from another medical school into our Four-Year Doctor of Medicine program. Students are considered for entry into Year 3 (Clinical Training) or Year 1 (Basic Sciences).
Are there specific times in the program that I can enter SGU?
Yes. Transfers can enter SGU Year 1 (Basic Sciences) or at the beginning of Year 3 (Clinical Training).
Applicants will be considered for admission into Year 3 if they have successfully completed all pre-clinical coursework at another medical school that is accredited by an agency recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Students wishing to transfer into Year 3 must be preparing for or have already passed the USMLE Step 1 exam. Admissions are rolling and there are multiple start dates for the Year 3 students throughout the year.
Advanced standing is not granted for entry to Term 1, and no credit is awarded for any coursework taken at another medical school. Students who are accepted will be enrolled in Term 1 and will need to complete the full Basic Sciences curriculum and all other academic requirements.
Can I be considered for a provisional acceptance pending my USMLE Step 1 results?
Yes. If you haven’t yet taken your USMLE Step 1, you may still be eligible for transfer to SGU Year 3 via a provisional admission offer. Successful passing* of USMLE Step 1 may occur before or after acceptance into SGU as a transfer student but must occur prior to matriculation into Year 3. Contact us at Admissions@sgu.edu for more information.
*Passing is defined as receiving a passing score on the first attempt. If a student failed the USMLE during any previous attempt, they are not eligible for admission.
Does SGU accept transfers for all start dates?
Yes. SGU offers you the flexibility to begin Year 1 (Basic Sciences) medical training in August, January, or April. Students may begin Clinical Training at eight (8) different points in the year. We operate on a rolling admission cycle, which means our committee on admissions—the Faculty Student Selection Committee—reviews transfer applications and makes admissions decisions throughout the year.
Is there a deadline to apply?
Although there are no absolute application deadlines, we encourage students to submit their application as early as possible to be considered for the next term or clinical start point.
What are the requirements for transfer students?
Transfer applicants into the third-year clinical program must have successfully completed or be in the process of completing all pre-clinical coursework at an accredited medical school with a four-year curriculum. The accreditor of the medical school must be recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Transfer students must be in good academic standing (with no failures or repeated courses, no academic or behavior-related discipline) at current medical school or any medical school previously attended. Transfer applicants are reviewed in the same manner by our Admissions Committee as other applicants to SGU. Please see the admissions webpage.
Is Financial Aid available for Transfer Students at SGU?
For eligible US citizens and permanent residents, US federal student loans may be available. In addition, other loan programs may be available depending on the student situation. SGU Scholarship funds may also be available for transfer students. See link to Financial Aid webpage.