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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鈥檚 most recent entering Spring term (February 2023). If you think you know a student who鈥檚 a great fit for AUA, you and other premed advisors can聽email our Department of Admissions.

  • Nearly 64% of our students hail from the United States. The remaining聽36%聽are from more than 65 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Puerto Rico, Antigua, and more.
  • 65%聽of our student population is female;聽35%聽is male. Most entering students are between聽21 and 35 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: 20%
    • 础蹿谤颈肠补苍-础尘别谤颈肠补苍:听23%
    • Hispanic/Latino/Puerto Rican:14%
    • 础蝉颈补苍-础尘别谤颈肠补苍:听27%
    • 翱迟丑别谤:听9%
    • Did Not Specify:聽7%
  • MCAT scores are not factored into the admissions process, though completing the exam is required for US students.
  • Students who score a聽505 or higher聽are eligible for scholarships of up to $100,000.


鈥楽chreiner 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,聽Developer of Health Professionals Program, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX

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鈥檚 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鈥檚 curriculum compare to US medical schools?

    AUA鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 Curriculum Next program, Preclinical Sciences students work primarily in small groups鈥攁pproximately 10 students or less per group鈥攅ach of which is equipped with its own small-group learning center to serve as students鈥 academic base of operations.

  • What can students expect from the island of Antigua?

    Students can expect to find virtually everything they鈥檒l 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鈥檚 standout programs and collaborations?

    AUA offers a program track specifically dedicated to global health. Conducted in collaboration with Florida International University鈥檚 Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), the Global Health Track (GHT) Certificate Program* offers academic programming to help guide students in developing expertise in global health issues. Read more about GHT and AUA鈥檚 other collaborations with FIU.

    *There is no fee or tuition for participating in the GHT; as the program is not part of AUA鈥檚 medical doctorate program, federal financial aid is not available for the living expenses of students during GHT sessions. Participation in GHT is strictly voluntary.

  • 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 Troy Sherman, Associate Director of Admissions, University Outreach if you鈥檙e interested in establishing an MOU.

  • What is AUA鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥 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鈥檚 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鈥檚 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

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On-Demand Webinars

  • February 2023: AUA鈥檚 Collaboration With FIU |
  • November 2022: AUA鈥檚 Ideal Student Avatar |
  • October 2022: AUA鈥檚 US-Modeled Preclinical Sciences Curriculum |
  • April 2022: AUA 2022 Residency Outcomes |
  • November 2021: Clinical Sciences at AUA |
  • September 2021: AUA-FIU Collaboration |
  • April 2021: AUA Tuition & Affordability |
  • February 2021: Residency Support at AUA |
  • November 2020:聽Academic Student Support at AUA |
  • October 2020:聽AUA’s Admissions Process |

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