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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

MCAT Study Academy (program going under re-evaluation and currently not running)

Preparing You To Get Into Medical School!

For those not familiar with the MCAT Study Academy, it is a student driven study group designed to engage those students of personal financial hardship with an educational opportunity to promote high quality scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Our mission is to reach out to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician, but who also have untold stories of personal hardship. This program strives to provide students with a team-based approach to MCAT preparation utilizing the knowledge of current medical students, prospective medical students, and fellow undergraduate/graduate students aiming to achieve a common goal. The goals of this program are to increase confidence and aptitude of students preparing to take the MCAT, along with fostering the idea of teamwork in achieving a common end goal.

By participating in the program, students will have access to a unique and innovative MCAT preparation. In addition to the team-based approach preparation for the MCAT, each student will have access to material presented in a manner best suited to their learning style based on results from VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading, Kinesthetic). The MCAT Study Academy will also provide the Myers Briggs Learning Assessment which will determine the personality characteristics of students serving as an additional platform for presenting MCAT study material. Students selected to participate in the program will also have access to AAMC MCAT exams, MCAT passages, and free standing questions for every subject. Additionally, outside of MCAT preparation students will interact with current medical student mentors to help guide them through the application and interview process in the future. The program will end with an event that allows participants to socialize with medical students, as well as important faculty from the School of Medicine over a meal. There will not be any fee for participating in the program, meaning this MCAT Study Academy and materials are FREE!

Application Deadline is October 30, 2015 at 5pm. No late applcations will be reviewed!​

All students participating in the program will be required to undergo learning assessment testing before the program begins on January 23rd, 2016. In addition, students will be required to attended guided study sessions during the week as well as participate in the mentored session each Saturday from 8AM-5PM at Anschutz Medical Campus. Failure to participate in each session will result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Eligibility of students will be defined by the Federal Pell Grant via Financial Aid, participation in TRiO programs, and administrative queries searching for pre-medical students at the junior and senior level, post-baccalaureate students, and individuals looking to apply the upcoming cycle. The MCAT Study Academy will be designated for students of disadvantaged socioeconomic status, first generation, and/or underrepresented populations.  Those capable of handling the rigors of the study academy without jeopardizing other academics and responsibilities will be qualified and encouraged to participate.

To apply, please follow the link below. Submit completed applications, along with an official or unofficial transcript, by email​​ to Please see the below timeline for the application process. ​Please do not hesitate to contact the MCAT Study Academy Coordinator, Christian Valtierra, with any​ questions! 

MCAT Study Academy Application Timeline (applications not being accepted at the time)

                October 30th, 2015- Applications due at 5:00pm. No late submissions will be                         reviewed!

                November 16th, 2015- Invitations for interviews will be sent.

                December 1-4, 2015- Potential participants interviewed.

                January 23rd, 2016- First MCAT Study Academy meeting. 



MCAT Academy Student Application 2016.docx
10/8/2015 1:18 PMValtierra, Christian

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