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Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)

What is JAMP?

  • JAMP is a unique partnership between Texas students, undergraduate institutions, and medical schools that makes medical school affordable for Texans.
  • It provides services to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical education.
  • It awards undergraduate and medical school scholarships.
  • It provides for the admission of those students who satisfy both academic and nonacademic requirements to at least one participating medical school.
  • A list of participating universities and medical schools can be found on the JAMP website at

How does a student become part of the JAMP Program?

  • First, the student who graduates from high school or a home-schooled program must enroll, for the fall semester immediately following graduation, at one of the participating colleges or universities.
  • As a senior in high school the student must: apply for admission to one of the participating universities; take the SAT or ACT and earn a score not less than the mean for the state of Texas, with no section on either the SAT or ACT below the mean attained in the state, and provide the scores to the participating university; complete and submit the FAFSA and be eligible to receive a Pell Grant or an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of up to $8,000.00 in the student’s freshman year of college.
  • As a freshman in college the student must: Meet with the JAMP Faculty Director (JFD) at least once per month and complete at least 27 hours of undergraduate credit during the freshman year with a 3.25 GPA or higher and 3.25 GPA in science courses (no more than 3 hours of AP credit can be counted toward this requirement). JAMP defines "freshman year" as the first fall and spring semesters after graduation from high school.

When does a student apply to JAMP?

  • Applications must be submitted by the beginning of the fall semester of a student's sophomore year and are available online at The deadline for applying is October 1 of a student's sophomore year.

What are the steps a student must take to apply to the program?

  • Complete the JAMP online application.
  • Submit a complete copy of the student’s application for admission to the undergraduate school, including a high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Submit a transcript from an undergraduate school.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the JAMP Faculty Director at the undergraduate institution.
  • Provide documentation to qualify as an economically disadvantaged Texas resident applicant.

What does a student accepted to JAMP receive?

  • A scholarship each semester beginning in the spring semester of the student’s sophomore year of college.
  • A stipend to attend summer internships following the student’s sophomore and junior years of college at one of the participating medical schools.
  • Mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for medical school while attending college.
  • Guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school if all program requirements are met.
  • A scholarship to attend medical school.

What is expected of a student who is accepted to JAMP?

  • Sign an agreement with the JAMP Council which specifies the requirements of the program.
  • Attend on a full-time basis, the undergraduate institution to which the student has been admitted.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.25 with all medical school prerequisite courses taken at the home university.
  • Take courses that lead to a degree and graduate in four years.
  • Take the MCAT in the spring of the junior year.
  • Complete the summer internships at a minimum of two medical schools, beginning after the sophomore year.
  • Meet with the university JAMP Faculty Director at least once per month.
  • Apply for admission to a participating medical school before the beginning of the senior year.
  • Satisfy both academic and nonacademic admission requirements of the medical schools, including an interview with the Admissions Committee.

If you are interested in the UHD JAMP program, please contact:

Dr. Maria Gabriela Bowden, JAMP Faculty Director
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite 813N
Houston, Texas 77002

For more information about the JAMP Program, please contact:

Paul Hermesmeyer, Assistant Director
Joint Admission Medical Program
P.O. Box 2175
Austin, TX 78768

JAMP grant information

Title: Joint Admission Medical Program
JAMP Director: Dr. Maria Gabriela Bowden
Description: The Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) was created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged Texas resident students pursuing a medical education. The goal of JAMP is to help Texas students become tomorrow’s medical professionals by providing financial support, mentoring and personal assistance, hands-on experience, and guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school if all program requirements are met.
Total grant amount: approximately $14,000
Grant Duration: renewed annually
Cooperating Institutions: all nine Texas medical schools.