November Admissions News

By Brandie Erickson November 15, 2023 BS/MD Admissions Consulting Newsletter

October was crunch time at Moon Prep, with many Early Decision (ED), Early Action (EA), and direct medical (BS/MD) programs having deadlines on November 1st. Now that November 1st is in our rearview mirror, students are using this time to readjust as they look toward the immediate future. Our seniors applied to direct medical programs like Brown University, The College of New Jersey, Siena, and Drexel University. 

If the November 1st deadline was more stressful than you expected, or you didn’t get a few schools completed, contact Moon Prep to get on track for the next deadline. Space is limited, and almost all of our counselors are already at capacity for this cycle, however, we do still have a few openings available with seasoned essay coaches. Our essay coaches will help you create an Essay Map, outline each essay together to hit every talking point, and complete multiple rounds of edits to expertly polish each essay.

As we approach the next round of upcoming deadlines-November 15th and December 1st, this is the last opportunity to refine your application and supplemental essays with the assistance of expert essay guidance! Contact us today for a free consultation, while we still have the capacity to help your student.

Here is the list of Direct Medical Program November 15 deadlines and beyond:

  • Baylor University: 11/1 (undergrad), 11/15 (BS/MD)
  • University of Connecticut: 11/15
  • George Washington University: 11/15
  • Florida State University (undergrad + honors college): 12/1
  • Augusta University: 11/15 (undergrad), 1/15 (BS/MD) 
  • Tulane University: 11/15 (EA – undergrad) 
  • University of Rochester: 11/15
  • Hofstra University: 11/15 or 12/15 (undergrad) 
  • University of South Carolina 11/15 (undergrad + honors college), 1/29 (BS/MD)
  • St. Bonaventure University: 11/30
  • Florida Atlantic University: 12/1
  • University of South Florida Honors College: 12/1 (undergrad), 1/15 (BS/MD)
  • Wayne State University: 12/1
  • St. Louis University: 12/1
  • Creighton University: 12/1 (undergrad), 1/10 (BS/MD)  
  • Caldwell College: 12/1
  • Rowan University: 12/1
  • Case Western Reserve University: 12/1
  • University of Cincinnati: 12/1

*Deadlines are subject to change; confirm all program deadlines directly on the program’s website.

Rising Researchers – NEW Winter Session

As winter break approaches, make the most of your time by getting involved in research. Rising Researchers offers the perfect opportunity for students to get exposed to scientific literature and complete the course with a publication and poster presentation. Gain valuable research experience in only 4 weeks, while working alongside peers in a small class cohort, under the guidance of a research mentor.

Schedule: 4 weeks long – meeting twice a week

Dates: Every Tues/Fri (12/19-1/12), 7:00p – 8:30p ET/4:00p – 5:30p PT

Research Topic: Social determinants of health in cardiovascular disease. An intersection between how public health impacts medicine.

Cost: $3200

Register online or schedule a call to learn more.


Casper Test Services

With the first application dates behind us, it’s time to make a plan for those “extra steps” that seemed so far away when working on essays. Multiple BS/MD programs require the Casper test, a situational judgment test. Most students take this test in November or December, to make their deadlines for the programs they applied to.  The test can only be taken one time per cycle. 

Also, the Casper Test has rolled out significant changes for this admissions cycle, so it is more important than ever to prepare properly. 

The following BS/MD programs have a Casper requirement:

  • Hofstra University

  • Drexel University (but only if the student receives an interview)

  • Texas Tech University

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (optional)

Moon Prep works with students to help prepare them for the Casper exam. View the syllabus here. Sign up for a free consultation to learn more about our Casper package to help you prepare to take the test. 


BS/MDs With Scholarships?

Attending college is only becoming more expensive each year, every article in higher education agrees. Some parents and students combat this rising cost by staying in state for college, or thoroughly research third-party scholarships like the Coca-Cola Scholarship. Another smart approach, is knowing the scholarships available at the universities on your college list. Many universities offer automatic, merit-based scholarships for students, including colleges that offer direct medical programs. Read our article in Forbes, Direct Medical Programs That Offer Automatic Scholarships, for more information on these schools. 

Zero Supplements

After the first major deadlines pass and students see how many essays are involved in the college application process, many students reevaluate their college lists before the December and January deadlines. It’s a smart move to figure out which schools will let you recycle essay ideas or remove the essay requirements altogether. If you are in a similar mindset, our recent Forbes article is just for you: More Than 80 Colleges With No Supplemental Essays

Here are a few popular schools we see on many of our student lists that do not require additional supplemental essays, unless you’re applying to an Honors or BS/MD program:

  1. Case Western University

  2. Clemson University

  3. Colgate University

  4. Denison University

  5. Grinnell College

  6. Northeastern University

  7. Rhodes College

  8. Williams College


Did you know you can listen to BS/MD advice while you drive to work? We not only release videos on our YouTube channel, but we’ve also launched a podcast called The White Coat Club. 

BS/MD Changes and Updates

This year, there have been more changes to direct medical programs than in any year in the past decade (and most of these changes occurred in August, after the application cycle started!). Essay prompts have changed, deadlines have moved forward, and many application details have been altered. Dive into all of our insider insight on the highlights of these changes as well as what to expect from this admissions cycle with our podcast episode, What To Expect For The 2023-2024 BSMD Cycle

Did you know? Our Moon Prep seniors are added to a shared Google Classroom, where they receive updates and news in real-time for their upcoming deadlines.

Application Basics

A few of our recent senior sign-ups have confessed to feeling very overwhelmed by trying to navigate the college process on their own. Sometimes, even the basic items like which application platform to use when applying to a school can feel like there is an hour of research involved. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the tricky details like how to apply to merit scholarships, if binding decisions like Early Decision and Restrictive Early Action are the same thing, and checking missing documents in student portals. On the latest podcast episode of the White Coat Club, All About Applications we share our expert advice on some of the application basics. You can subscribe on SpotifyAmazon or Apple

Essay Topics To Avoid

When it comes to essays, to be honest, many students have had similar experiences. Tutoring, student council, Key Club, HOSA  and music: we see these activities across many resumes. So it can be difficult to know how to stand out, especially when it comes to the essays. In our very recent episode of the White Coat Club podcast, Essay Topics To Avoid, our counselors discuss which essay topics to avoid, and for what reasons. Learn which topics can come across as unoriginal or even as a red flag as they describe examples of mistakes that they have seen in previous years from past students. This is your essay insider episode!


Rutgers University was experiencing technical issues with access to the Application Portal. For all students who submitted their application by November 1st, the Early Action due date to submit all required credentials (including the SRAR) has been extended to November 10th.

Baylor University’s BS/MD program is not test-optional this year. According to Baylor, students typically have a minimum score of 1430 SAT or 32 ACT. You can find the secondary application in the goBAYLOR portal under the “Connect & Visit” tab. 

Georgia Southern University is offering No Fee November until November 30th as part of Georgia Apply to College Month. Apply for free at

For the Stevens Institute of Technology’s supplemental essay for their BS/MD program, you must select Regular Decision, or the additional essay will not appear. 


One small step of college applications has been tripping up a few seniors this year: the SRAR/SSAR. Multiple colleges also require applicants to complete the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR/SSAR). The SRAR/SSAR allows applicants to record and submit courses, grades, and test scores in their application. Here are some popular colleges that require the SRAR/SSAR including: 

  • Baylor University

  • Northeastern University

  • New York University (NYU)

  • Pennsylvania State University

  • Rutgers University

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Florida

Read our blog post to make sure you are aware of every school on your list that requires this essential application step. 

November financial advice: This is your last call to gather documents for the December 1 opening of the FAFSA! The FAFSA previously was open in October, so take advantage of the extra time this year!

Want more tips like this? Sign up for our free Scholarships and Financial Aid Crash Course.

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