McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars Program


Question:  Will I need to take General Biology, BSC 114, during my freshman year if I have High School AP Biology?

Answer:  The McCollough Pre-Medical Scholars Program is focused on the interdisciplinary medical studies minor.  For course requirements outside of IDMD (Interdisciplinary Studies in Medicine Minor in the McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars Program), please contact your advisor.  For details:


Question: Are students required to live in Blount Dorms?

Answer:  Yes, The McCollough Pre-Medical Program is a living learning community.  Living in the Blount Dorms is a program requirement when the student enters the program.   The Blount Hall offers residents fully furnished living spaces consisting of 2 double occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom.  Common areas provide residents with access to four seminar rooms, a reading room, and a community kitchen and laundry room on the 3rd floor.  Living with McCollough Pre-Medical Scholar peers enables students to study together, be mentored by senior participants in the program, and live with students who share similar interest.


Question: Is it a requirement for the prospective student to have a field of study in the College of Arts & Sciences?

Answer:  Yes, The University of Alabama’s College of Arts & Sciences offers the McCollough Pre-Medical Scholars Program which is designed for students aspiring to attend medical school. This program focuses on the art of medicine and helps students develop the complex skill set required to practice medicine well. For a list of disciplines, please visit Majors, Minors & Concentrations – Arts & Sciences (


Question: Are there any exceptions to the selection criteria?

Answer: There are excellent students that don’t have the requisite testing scores and/or GPA scores.  Given the number of students interested in the program, the McCollough Pre-Medical Scholars Program must adhere to the requirements as outline Apply – McCollough Scholars (


Question:  How do I schedule a visit or make an advising appointment?

Answer:  To make an advising appointment SARS·GRID On-line Appointment System (  All first-year students will be advised by their College or Pre-Professional Advisor.  If you would like to speak to or schedule a visit with the McCollough Scholars Program fill out the appointment form


If you have additional questions about the program, feel free to submit questions here.