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Best for pre-med?

ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2007 in College Search & Selection
So far I have been accepted to Tulane University, University of South Florida (Tampa), University of Miami (Florida), and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Tulane and USF I am not necessarily considering so much as I am UNC and UM.

My question is: Which of those two (UM & UNC) is better for premed?

Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks
Post edited by ArmandoChavez on

Replies to: Best for pre-med?

  • drpepper867drpepper867 Posts: 148Registered User Junior Member
    i would suggest unc-chapel hill

    (but that's b/c i'm biased and i like unc)
  • ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
    Well as of now I'm leaning toward UNCH, only problem is UM has an actual pre-med program whereas UNCH has an advising program.
  • ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Posts: 3,344Registered User Senior Member
    UNC is the stronger academic school in general and has a much better reputation for when you apply to med school. Plus I just like UNC-CH better as a school, although i do have to hate the heels.
  • ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
    Does it make a difference when you apply to Med School whether undergrad you were in a pre med program or not?

    That's my main thing - UM has the pre med program, UNCH doesn't.
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Posts: 3,344Registered User Senior Member
    Well CH doesn't have a premed major, but they do have a pre med track, much like Wake Forest.

    Edit:
    And almost everyone gets in one of their top med school choices here. Premed as a specific major doesn't mean much.
  • cbf88cbf88 Posts: 479Registered User Member
    Declaring pre-med just means you intend on taking the core sciences required to do well on the MCAT, and that you have plans for medical school. Accordingly, any school will be good at 'pre-med'.

    For what it's worth, here's an example articulating what I meant above: say you're a biochem major. Because of your major, by the time you graduate you'll have satisfied all the 'pre-med' requirements by a long shot. You can take the MCAT and apply to med schools to your heart's content.
  • GasdocGasdoc Posts: 652Registered User Member
    I would advise against majoring in premed - meet the general requirements for med school and find a major you that you passion for and would excel in. It'll make you a much more interesting candidate.
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Posts: 1,571Registered User Senior Member
    I agree with above. I would go with UNC. Just because UM has a premed major doesn't mean that will look better when applying for med school. The vast majority of schools have the premed track, that is you take the required courses (chemistry, biology, organic, physics, biochem, calc) and then take the MCAT. The most important thing is that you do well on the MCAT. With this respect, I think a strong school like UNC will prepare you better than UM. Also, I think UNC offers better research opportunities and opportunities in general for you to work in that will look really good on your med school applications.
  • ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the feedback - appreciate it.
  • AlexandreAlexandre Posts: 21,772Super Moderator Senior Member
    I would definitely recommend UNC. For one thing, UNC's Biology and Chemistry departments are amazing, and that's what most premeds generally major in. Secondly, UNC has a top rated medical school and hospital, which generally means that you will get research and internship opportunities as an undergrad. Finally, UNC's campus and surrounding town are awesome!
  • ArmandoChavezArmandoChavez Posts: 220Registered User Junior Member
    Well someone just convinced me :P

    Thanks for the info.

    I was leaning toward UNCH already anyway, but this just makes my decision a bit easier.
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