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GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program (GMDP)

GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program (GMDP)

The GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program is a six-week summer program. The purpose of this program is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be competitive applicants for graduate or professional school. The core experience for program participants will be a test preparation course for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) examinations. In addition to strengthening test taking skills, participants will engage in different workshops designed to support them through the admissions process for graduate or professional school. Workshop topics include learning interview techniques, writing personal statements, and applying for financial aid and scholarships.  Please note, this is not a residential program, as such housing will not be offered as a part of this program.


  • Individuals interested in pursuing careers in a health profession.

  • Applicant must have completed their third year of undergraduate coursework or beyond.

  • To be competitive, applicant should have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and science GPA of 2.5.

  • Applicant must self-identify as coming from an economically and educationally disadvantaged background.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Documentation to support your eligibility may be requested.



  • Transcripts from ALL undergraduate or graduate institutions attended.  Trancripts may be official or unofficial, and can be uploaded at the end of this application. 

  • A personal statement discussing your academic and career goals and how this program will support those goals.  All statements should be typed, and a mimimum of 500 words. Statements can be uploaded at the end of this application.  

  • One letter of recommendation (from a current or former college advisor, college professor, counselor, or employer). Recommendations should be sealed and signed across the envelope seal by the person writing the recommendation or may be emailed directly from the recommender to this email Recommendations may be sent to the following address:


          GMDP Program
          Attn: Kimberly Johnson
          University of Illinois at Chicago
          School of Public Health
          1603 W. Taylor St. Suite 152 (MC 923)
          Chicago, IL 60612-4394



  • Application Packet deadline EXTENDEDMonday, April 16, 2018

  • Notification of Acceptance: Late April 2018

  • Start of Summer Program: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  • End of Summer Program: Wednesday, August 1, 2018



To apply to the 2018 GMDP Program

Click Here





For additional information please contact the Health Professions Navigator Program at 312-996-5511


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