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How to become a JAMPer?

Becoming a part of the JAMP program is easy!

As a senior in high school:

·       Apply to College: Apply to A&M-Texarkana to enroll for the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school or a home-school program.

·       Take the SAT or ACT: You must earn a score not less than the mean for the state of Texas. See the JAMP website (www.texasjamp.org) for the most current scores.

·       Apply for Financial Aid: You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible to receive a Pell Grant or an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) up to $8,000.

As a freshman/sophomore in college:

·       Meet with the JAMP faculty director (Dr. Nurul Alam, Associate Professor of Biology, STEM College, Office SCIT 318E; Tel: 903-334-6671, E-mail-nurul.alam@tamut.edu) to see if you qualify for the JAMP program.



In order to qualify for the JAMP program you student must:

1. Take the SAT or ACT and earn a score not less than the mean of the state of Texas. For the most current scores, see the JAMP website (www.texasjamp.org)
2. Graduate from high school or home-schooled program.
3. Begin coursework at Texas A&M-Texarkana (or any other participating university) in the fall semester immediately following graduation from high school.

4. Complete 27 semester hours of credit (no more than 3 semester credit hours of AP credit) during the freshman year at the university 

5. Earn a minimum of a 3.25 GPA, including 3.25 GPA in science courses.

6. Apply for Financial Aid and complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $8,00 or less.

7. Be an American citizen or permanent resident

8. Be a Texas resident for the purpose of tuition under subchapter B, Chapter 54 of the Texas Education Code.

Application Procedure:

1. As a freshman in college/university, meet with the JAMP faculty director (Dr. Nurul Alam, Associate Professor of Biology, STEM College, Office SCIT 318E; Tel: 903-334-6671, E-mail-nurul.alam@tamut.edu), who will provide academic advising and assistance in applying to JAMP.

2. Complete the "Notice of Intent to Apply" form (available at the JAMP website), and submit the form to Dr. Nurul Alam.

3. Complete the on-line JAMP application at www.texasjamp.org (by the student). The application will be available on May 1. The deadline for summiting your application is October 1. The application takes about two hours to complete when all the required information are at hand. 

The application includes the following sections:

·       Biographic data

·       Residency information

·       Family history and data

·       Financial data

·       High school and university extracurricular activities

·       Educational data

·       Personal statement.

4. Completion of the JAMP Application Package by the JAMP Director. The following documents must be submitted to the JAMP office in Austin.   

·       Two letters of evaluation: One must be from the JAMP faculty director (Dr. Nurul Alam) and the other from another university faculty member. Evaluation letters should be accompanied by the JAMP Evaluation Form available on the JAMP website. 

·       Official transcripts (high school and college/university attended).

·       A copy of ACT and/or SAT score reports.

·       Student Aid Report (SAR) provided by the financial aid office or a copy of your current and previous year’s FAFSA document confirming your eligibility for federal Pell Grant (or EFC of $8,000 or less) and


Selection process:

After evaluation of the completed application packages, you will be interviewed by the representatives of the JAMP Council in Austin. Selection is made based on a number of factors and is very competitive. Factors that are heavily weighted include-

1. Grades in college/university: Minimum of a 3.25 GPA, including 3.25 GPA in science courses. Preference will be given to those with higher grades.

2. Course selection: Preference will be given to those students following a premedical curriculum heavier in the sciences (math, biology, chemistry).  

3. Personal factors: Ability to communicate, integrity, maturity, a history of service, and dedication to academics and medicine.

Requirements for continuation as a JAMP student:

1. Attend A&M-Texarkana on a full time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours per semester).

2. Maintain a minimum cumulative and Biology-Chemistry-Physics-Math (BCPM) GPA of 3.25.

3. Meet the JAMP faculty director at least once a month during the academic year.

4. Successfully complete two summer medical internships. These two internships take place during the summers following the sophomore, and junior years, respectively. Receive satisfactory evaluations by faculty overseeing summer internships at each Medical School.

5. Progress towards completing a bachelor's degree within four years. Without summer school this requires a course load of 16-17 hours per semester.

6. Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the spring of the junior year or as directed by the JAMP Council. 

7. Exhibit intelligence, integrity, and personal and emotional characteristics that are considered necessary for the student to become an effective physician.

Summer internship:JAMP participants are matched to a medical school summer program by the JAMP administration. All JAMP students must attend at least two different schools during the three summers.

Knowledge assessment test:

Upon entering JAMP, you will take a Knowledge Assessment Test to determine proficiency in foundational concepts of Biology and General Chemistry. These results determine to which Summer I enrichment track the student will be assigned.


Phase I - Summer I

            You may be assigned to the following Phase I programs:

  • Critical Thinking (10 hrs/week)
    • Verbal reasoning, reading comprehension (speed, vocabulary)
  • General Chemistry (8 hrs/week)
    • Full and in-depth coverage of General Chemistry topics relevant to the MCAT.
  • Biology (8 hrs/week)
    • Full and in-depth coverage of Biology topics relevant to the MCAT.


Phase II - Junior Academic Year

            You will receive the following resources as part of the Live Online Kaplan           preparation:

  • Live Online (LOL) Program – 300+ hours of comprehensive prep over 6 months taught in a live online class with designated class dates and times. Provides students with access to the Kaplan Library of MCAT Preparation modules.

JAMP Contact:

If you have any further questions about the JAMP program, please contact Dr. Nurul Alam, Associate Professor of Biology, STEM College, Office SCIT 318E; Tel: 903-334-6671, E-mail-nurul.alam@tamut.edu). 

  • 7101 University Ave
  • Texarkana, TX 75503
  • p: 903.223.3000
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