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Premed Advisor Resources

A one-stop spot for premed advisors, their colleagues, and the students they advise.


The data below is based on AUA’s most recent entering fall term (August 2021) of nearly 400 students. If you think you know a student who’s a great fit for AUA, you and other premed advisors can email our Department of Admissions.

  • Nearly three-quarters (72.68%) of our students hail from the United States. The remaining 24% are from more than 20 other countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and more.
  • 65% of our student population is female; 35% is male. Most entering students are between 18 and 24 years of age.
  • AUA encourages a highly diverse campus and class. The most recent starting class at AUA was made up of students who identified as the following:
    • White/Caucasian: 14%
    • African-American: 22%
    • Hispanic/Latino/Puerto Rican: 11%
    • Asian-American: 30%
    • Other: 4%
    • Did Not Report: 18%
  • MCAT scores are not factored into the admissions process, though completing the exam is required for US students. Students who score a 505 or higher are eligible for scholarships of up to $80,000.


‘Schreiner is delighted to form a collaboration with AUA, because we see the tremendous opportunities for our students. I have been impressed with the success metrics I have seen in AUA graduates, and those closely align with the Schreiner focus on student success. Together, we can do great things to educate tomorrow’s physicians.

Diane Comuzzie, Developer of Health Professionals Program, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX

Read a press release announcing the AUA/Schreiner MOU.

USW is thrilled to begin a new collaboration with AUA. As admission to medical school is extremely competitive, we are grateful to now be able to provide an opportunity for guaranteed admission to AUA’s College of Medicine to our qualified graduates who are seeking a career in medicine.

Brian Arnold, Director of Counseling and Career Services, University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM

Read a press release announcing the AUA/USW MOU.

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated May 2022
  • How does AUA’s curriculum compare to US medical schools?

    AUA’s MD program, like medical schools in the United States, is divided into two parts: Preclinical Sciences, which takes place on our medical school campus, and the more hands-on Clinical Sciences, which takes place at affiliated hospitals throughout the US.

    Like most US medical schools, AUA follows an organ-system-based structure for teaching the Preclinical Sciences: Year 1 focuses on learning about the structures and functions of organ systems, while Year 2 focuses on disease-based pathologies for those systems. Students learn via modified case-based and problem-based studies, as well as large group active learning techniques like team-based learning and flipped classroom lectures.

    During AUA’s Clinical Sciences curriculum in academic periods 5 through 8 (Years 3 and 4), students continue to develop clinical and communication skills in all areas of patient care, under the direction of the medical faculty at teaching hospitals in a patient-centered environment. The clinical education consists of 84 weeks of core and elective rotations.

  • Where do AUA students complete preclinical and clinical studies?

    Preclinical Sciences generally take place on AUA’s high-tech campus on the island of Antigua, though students have temporarily been learning via a hybrid curriculum in the wake of COVID-19. Read how AUA is responding to the COVID pandemic.

    The Clinical Sciences curriculum (ie, clinical rotations) takes place at teaching hospitals throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or India. View our full list of clinical affiliates.

  • How large are class sizes during the Preclinical Sciences curriculum?

    Via AUA’s Curriculum Next program, Preclinical Sciences students work primarily in small groups—approximately 10 students or less per group—each of which is equipped with its own small-group learning center to serve as students’ academic base of operations.

  • What can students expect from the island of Antigua?

    Students can expect to find virtually everything they’ll need on the island of Antigua, from grocery shopping to transportation. The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has a storied history and unique culture that provides a rich backdrop for students learning the study of medicine here.

    Read more about life in Antigua.

  • What are some of AUA’s standout programs and collaborations?

    AUA offers a program track specifically dedicated to global health. Conducted in collaboration with Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and fully integrated into AUA’s MD curriculum, the Global Health Track offers special academic programming to help guide students in developing expertise in global health issues. Read more about the Global Health Track and AUA’s other collaborations with FIU.

  • Can my school collaborate with AUA, and what are the benefits of doing so?

    A wide variety of undergraduate universities throughout the United States have signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with AUA, which grants advanced admissions priority, scholarship opportunities, and other benefits to students of those schools who select AUA for their medical education. Email Kelley Taptich, Associate Vice President of Student Acquisition, if you’re interested in establishing an MOU.

  • What is AUA’s residency track record?

    Like most high-quality Caribbean or international medical schools, AUA graduates earn a wide variety of residency placements across the spectrum of medical specialties, with the majority of its graduates entering primary care programs after graduating. Many move on to more specialized postgraduate training via fellowship programs.

    For 2022, more than 240 AUA graduates earned residencies at a wide variety of hospitals and sites.

    View sortable year-by-year residency listings for AUA.

  • What criteria does AUA look for in a potential student?

    The Admissions Committee uses a holistic philosophy when evaluating students, typically looking at things like work experience, prerequisite and cumulative GPA, volunteerism in healthcare fields, personal statements, conduct during the interview process, and intrinsic qualities like determination and dedication.

    Completing the MCAT is required for US students, but the Admissions Committee will not consider the numerical MCAT score when making an admissions decision.

    AUA encourages a highly diverse campus and considers students from all backgrounds and walks of life. View full admissions requirements.

  • How can I refer a student to AUA?

    If you think you know a student who would be a good fit for our university, email our Department of Admissions.

  • Are AUA students eligible for financial aid?

    US students are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid (Title IV), while Canadian students have several loan options they can explore. Learn more on AUA’s Financial Aid page.

  • Does AUA offer scholarships or grants for entering students?

    AUA offers more than 20 cultural, service, and academic scholarships/grants. View the full list.

  • What academic support services are available to AUA students?

    The Education Enhancement Department (EED), available to both preclinical and clinical students, provides services and activities that providing assistance in students’ organizational skills, study habits, complement and enrich classroom instruction, improve student performance and advance instructional goals for learning, retention, and curriculum progression. Read more about our academic support services.

  • What health and psychological services are available to AUA students?

    AUA hosts an on-campus clinic where members of the AUA community can receive convenient access to medical care. The clinic, which is staffed by four physicians and two nurses, accepts US-based health insurance coverage from United Health Care and Cigna, as well as local provider Sagicor Life. Services provided by the AUA Clinic include, but are not limited to, routine medical care, vaccinations, blood and urine tests, medication, screenings, and electrocardiograms. Students have 24-hour access to the clinic via an emergency number. Off-campus urgent care centers and Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, the area hospital, are also options for medical care. Minor surgeries can be performed at private clinics in the area. In the event of extreme circumstances, students can be medically evacuated off the island.

    In addition, AUA provides a variety of counseling services to meet the specific needs of medical students dealing with issues far from home. Many students experience life events or academic pressures that leave them feeling anxious, confused, lonely, angry, depressed, or overwhelmed, and it is often helpful to speak with an unbiased, objective professional. Counseling services are provided in the AUA Health Clinic. Read more in AUA’s Student Handbook.

  • What processes does AUA have in place to help keep its students safe?

    Though Antigua is considered a safe island, students should practice personal safety just like anywhere else. AUA maintains a 24-hour security presence on campus that consists of AUA-employed security officers and contractors. Security officers are also in place at all approved off-campus housing. The campus is monitored via surveillance cameras, which record all campus incidents, and all students or visitors to campus must first be cleared at a security checkpoint before entry. AUA offers an emergency hotline that students and parents can call.

    Hurricanes have been known to impact Caribbean islands. However, AUA is well-equipped to handle hurricanes and tropical storms. Previous storms have only necessitated campus closures of between 1 and 2 days, with no severe damage. In the event of a severe storm or hurricane, campus would remain closed until the government of Antigua gives approval to reopen. Campus buildings are used as shelter for students, faculty, and staff. Read our Hurricane Preparedness Guide for more information.

Webinars, Toolkits, Guides, and More

Upcoming Webinars

  • Thursday 10/6/2022 @ 1 PM ET: AUA’s US-Modeled Preclinical Sciences Curriculum – What’s Important to Know! Join Troy Sherman, Associate Director of Admissions, University Outreach and special guests, including leadership, faculty, and alumni, for this advisor-only webinar where we explore AUA’s unique curriculum, Curriculum Next, that is based on recent curriculum developments in US medical education. RSVP Now.
  • Thursday 11/17/2022 @ 2:00 PM: AUA’s Ideal Student Avatar Join Troy Sherman, Associate Director of Admissions, University Outreach and special guests, including leadership, faculty, and alumni, for an advisor-only webinar where we explore AUA’s ideal student avatar.  How do you as an advisor, identify students who would be a good fit for AUA? AUA provides students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians. RSVP Now.
  •  Thursday 2/16/2022 @ 1:00 PM: AUA’s Collaboration with Florida International University (FIU) Join Troy Sherman, Associate Director of Admissions, University Outreach and special guests, including leadership, faculty, and alumni, for an advisor-only webinar where we explore AUA’s collaboration with FIU. This one-of-a-kind collaboration allows us to offer our students unique, standout academic programming designed to enrich their medical education and prepare them for even greater success after graduating. You’ll learn about the following AUA-FIU programs:
      • The Global Health Track, a comprehensive, integrated track in global health that allows students to gain expertise in all aspects of global and public health.
      • The Graduate Clinical Core Rotation Certificate Program, through which participating AUA students can complete all core clinical rotations, without interruptions, at clinical sites affiliated with FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM).
      • The MPH Collaboration, which gives AUA students and graduates advanced admissions priority when applying to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. RSVP Now.
  • Thursday, 03/30/2023 @ 3:00 PM: Basic Science Integration Course (BSIC) – How AUA Prepares Students for the Step 1 Exam Join Troy Sherman, Associate Director of Admissions, University Outreach and special guests, including leadership, faculty, and alumni, for an advisor-only webinar where we explore BSIC, AUA’s integrated intersession course essentially designed to reinforce relevant material and concepts in the Preclinical Sciences disciplines, enhance the integration of knowledge acquired in the Preclinical Sciences, and help in the application of this knowledge to clinical scenarios. RSVP Now.

On-Demand Webinars

  • April 2022: AUA 2022 Residency Outcomes | Watch Now
  • November 2021: Clinical Sciences at AUA | Watch Now
  • September 2021: AUA-FIU Collaboration | Watch Now
  • April 2021: AUA Tuition & Affordability | Watch Now
  • February 2021: Residency Support at AUA | Watch Now
  • November 2020: Academic Student Support at AUA | Watch Now
  • October 2020: AUA’s Admissions Process | Watch Now

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