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Seeking Advice on Pre Med Schools

futurestudent100futurestudent100 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
Hey Guys,
I'm currently a junior in a competitive high school whose very interested in pursuing premed in my undergrad.
My ACT was a 33 but I plan on trying to get a 34 this June. (math and science are 34 and 35, but english and reading were 30 and 31).
I plan on taking the math 2 and physics subject tests. I also took bio but did poorly (740), so I may/may not use this score.
Unfortunately, since I attend a competitive high school, my grades are not as high as I want to be. Freshman year I got half A's and B's, but sophmore year I got straight B's. However, my juniour year I am beginning to get half A's and half B's again (but with a much harder course rigor than previous years - 4 AP's). Hoping to get straight A's 1st semester senior year.
My weighted GPA will be around 4.0, and my unweighted will be around 3.4-3.5. My course rigor is high (1 AP sophmore year, 5 AP's junior year, 4 AP's senior year).
For extracurriculars, I have been on my school's varsity swim team for 3 years, and varsity debate team for 2 years. I have volunteered in a hospital, and shadowed a neurologist in the past. This summer I will be doing a research internship for 6 weeks.
What are some good premed school to look for with my gpa range and these stats? I know ivies are out of the question, but any second tier schools?

Replies to: Seeking Advice on Pre Med Schools

  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 6,258 Senior Member
    edited April 20
    For ideas you could consider some of these schools:

    http://www.collegexpress.com/lists/list/the-experts-choice-colleges-with-great-pre-med-programs/199/

    Based on your record, at least several would be open to you in terms of admission.
  • trackmbe3trackmbe3 Registered User Posts: 409 Member
    College Express list is a good start but by no means is it all inclusive. And not entirely accurate either. So many colleges with good premed programs are missing from the College Express list- I question that they are really "Experts" as their website puffs. Tulane, Pittsburgh, Florida, Sony Brook, Ohio State are five undergrad schools that come immediately to mind and which I am familiar with and should have been included on that list. Also, some schools that College Express lists as Honorable Mention (like Michigan, U Rochester, Case Westem) are significantly better than some of the schools it lists as Top Choices (Muhlenberg, for example, which should be recognized instead for its theatre program). I wonder if some of the schools pay College Express to be put on that list? IMO a better and more objective resource for students thinking of premed should be the following statistical information https://www.aamc.org/data/facts. Students can see medical school applicants and matriculation data, as well as a list of the undergraduate institutions that supply the most applicants (broken down by race and ethnicity). I think a student can learn more about which undergraduate schools are best for premed here. If an undergrad school does not have even have the minimum number of applicants (50 or 100 ) to be included in this Listing, then i think it says something about how premed oriented that school is.
  • CrewDadCrewDad Registered User Posts: 1,217 Senior Member
    @trackmbe3 No one gives any credibility to College Express.
  • Muad_dibMuad_dib Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    @futurestudent100 - There's no such thing as a "pre-med program". There are certain core classes that are required for med school (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, math, physics) that are offered at any university or college. You can major in just about anything, but you must take the requisite science classes. I knew a pre-med student who was a history major. Now he's a podiatrist. You're better off finding a school where you'll get a ton of financial aid because med school is expensive.

    Good luck.
  • merc81merc81 Registered User Posts: 6,258 Senior Member
    edited April 20
    @trackmbe3 : I'd disagree with few of your points. I'd note, though, that that site's list originated with a book, so their methodology may be more serious than it initially appears. Its chief weakness seems to be, as you pointed out, that it leaves off many potentially excellent choices that would be equivalent to those it includes. However, as a source for ideas for named colleges that might meet the OP's specific and general criteria, it may serve a purpose. The OP, as of the first post, indicated a blank slate in terms of schools, and can't, in the end, attend an abstraction.
  • artloversplusartloversplus Registered User Posts: 7,351 Senior Member
    edited April 21
    Standard questions you have not answered: How much your parents can/will pay, geographic area and what is your state?

    Premed track UG school should be that your stats are above 25-30% of all admitted students, lowest net cost, has a variety of programs that are interest to you and a fit to your life style after visit.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 81,310 Senior Member
    <<< College Express list is a good start but by no means is it all inclusive. And not entirely accurate either. >>>>

    <<<@trackmbe3 No one gives any credibility to College Express.>>>


    Agreed. And I'm not convinced it's even a "good start". Virtually any good school deserves to be on that list.

    That list just gives false hope to the naive. Potential premeds and their parents often grasp at any straw that they perceive will give their child an edge. Picking a school from that list, simply because it's on that list, is just crazy.


    <<<
    Premed track UG school should be that your stats are above 25-30% of all admitted students, lowest net cost, has a variety of programs that are interest to you and a fit to your life style after visit.
    >>>

    Agreed! And if it's a tippy top UG, then being within the top 10% is probably a safer bet.


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