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Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars (FASTS)

Purpose of the Program

The program Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars (FASTS) allows students with academic excellence and a demonstrated interest in medicine to receive early acceptance to the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio (UTSOMSA).


The program is a partnership with the following universities:
    St. Mary's University
    Texas A&M International University
    University of Texas Pan American

It is expected that participants will complete their undergraduate degree in biology or chemistry at one of the schools listed above prior to medical school matriculation.

Program Benefits

The FASTS program provides conditional acceptance to the School of Medicine as early as the junior year upon completion of the undergraduate prerequisites at one of the partnering universities.  The program provides a rigorous academic preparation for medical school and provides students with academic enrichment and clinical experiences provided through the Summer Premedical Academy at the School of Medicine, as well MCAT preparation.

Application and Acceptance to the Program

Applicants who are high school seniors will be considered based on high school academic achievement, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and an interview.  The application deadline is February 1, 2015.  The applications is available through the UTHSCSA website. Click here for the application.


Following completion of the application, a committee consisting of faculty/staff from the partnering undergraduate schools and the School of Medicine will select students for an interview.   Interviews will be conducted in San Antonio, Laredo and Edinburg during the spring to determine if the applicant possesses the academic abilities and personal qualities that predict success as a medical student and physician.  The decision to accept a student to FASTS will be made solely by the Admissions Committee of the School of Medicine.  The student must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident and a Texas resident.

School of Medicine Acceptance Requirements

Successful completion of the program requires participants to complete a Bachelor’s Degree at a partnering university with a 3.5 GPA BCPM with minimum 29 MCAT (no subtest less than 7); minimum 3.75 GPA BCPM with minimum 27 MCAT (no subtest less than 7). When the new MCAT is released, the minimum will be 75th percentile for overall MCAT with subtests score threshold at the 60th percentile (this may change once more data is provided on the 2015 MCAT). GPA BCPM would be set at 3.75. AP coursework will NOT be considered in fulfillment of science requirements.  Participants must satisfy all requirements of the TMDSAS application process including a letter of recommendation from the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee at their undergraduate school, have a record of ethical behavior while a pre-medical student, and demonstrate a continuing commitment to study medicine. 
While the coursework typically is completed within a four-year period, an exceptional student may request to the Associate Dean for Admissions at the School of Medicine to apply after three years.

Advanced Student Application

Advanced students who do not enter during their freshman year who satisfy both academic and non-academic requirements may apply to the FASTS using the same application process and Feb. 1 deadline.   


Additional Information

Belinda Gonzalez
Director of Admissions and Special Programs
School of Medicine