Case Western Reserve Linkage FAQs

Who can apply to the linkage program?

A student must maintain a 3.8 GPA or better in the post-baccalaureate premedical program, complete all core course work at WUSTL, and have a cumulative 3.6 GPA in undergraduate and post-baccalaureate work combined by the time of application. Please speak with an advisor to assess your qualifications.

What are the benefits of the linkage program?

Students who are accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine through this linkage program don’t need to take the MCAT and save time by skipping the glide year.

What is a glide year?

A glide year is the year between completing a premedical program and entering medical school, traditionally used for the application process.

What is the timeline for applying to the linkage program?

Students complete one year of course work in the post-baccalaureate premedical program and then apply to the linkage the following August. Applicants are evaluated while completing their second year of course work. Admitted students will matriculate into medical school for the summer semester immediately following completion of the post-baccalaureate program.

How are applications to the linkage program evaluated?

Each student’s entire record is evaluated by the WUSTL post-baccalaureate pre-health committee. Strong candidates are recommended to the office of admission at CWRU, and all final decisions regarding admission will be made by CWRU. While academics are key, successful applicants will have significant extracurricular experience as well.  

If I attend the post-baccalaureate premedical program at WUSTL, am I required to apply to the linkage program?


If I am accepted to Case Western Reserve University through the linkage program, am I required to attend?

Yes. Applicants to the linkage program sign a binding agreement.

Why did WUSTL choose to partner with CWRU?

CWRU is an excellent school with a supportive learning environment and excellent opportunities in both research and community service outreach.

Is there a limit on the number of students who can be accepted through the linkage?

CWRU does not have linkages with any other schools. Currently, there is not a limit on the number of seats available through this linkage program.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA in the post-baccalaureate program at WUSTL if admitted to CWRU through the linkage program?

Yes, 3.8 or better.

Is the MCAT required for admission to CWRU through the linkage program?

No. Since MCAT preparation usually demands a significant amount of time, CWRU expects that students will invest a comparable amount of time in a substantial service or research project instead. 

Does CWRU SOM require any course work beyond the core courses in the WUSTL post-baccalaureate program?

No. CWRU’s specific requirements include:

  • two semesters of general chemistry with labs
  • one semester of organic chemistry with lab
  • one semester of biochemistry
  • one semester of college writing

They recommend:

  • cellular biology
  • physics
  • statistics
  • social sciences

All of the recommended courses are available as electives in WUSTL’s program.

What happens if I apply to the linkage program but I’m not accepted?

Students would then apply to medical school after completing the PBPM program. For this reason, all students are encouraged to take the standard prerequisite courses including physics I and II and organic chemistry II.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the linkage program?

Acceptance to CWRU SOM through the linkage program allows students to skip the MCAT and to save time by avoiding a glide year. However, some students may want to apply more broadly or may decide that CWRU is not the right fit for them.