this program is not worth it
I still am trying to understand the point of this program making students take upper-level science courses, beyond the minimal requirments needed for VCU medical school of one year of general biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics... with those upper level science courses (while any major is acceptable), it kinda forces students to become biology majors as those upper level science courses fulfill degree requirements
There are MANY MANY MANY students who go through normal admissions having taken only the minimal science requirements and pursue a major of their interest... And honestly, med schools dont care about whether an applicant has done upper level science courses.. this is not like college admissions, where the course curriculum is also looked at... Med schools ONLY care about grades in general bio, chem, orgo, physics, MCAT, and EC's.... in fact, I believe non-science majors who have taken only a year of bio,chem, orgo, and physics and did well in MCAT get preference over science majors (who have done tons of upper-level science and math courses) because they are able to prove they are well-rounded students
And this program defeats the ultimate purpose of guaranteed admission programs... to allow a student to explore his/her interest having all ready been admitted to med school... but this program essentially forces students to become bio majors :/
Secondly, VCU med school is not a ranked med school. both UVA and EVMS are regarded better med schools in VA. UVA is nationally ranked.. EVMS has a smaller class size and has I believe slightly higher MCAT than VCU
VCU undergrad is on the fourth tier of US News I think.
Honestly, there are many many many better guaranteed admission programs than VCU... And if you can't get in those, I would take a higher ranked college than this guaranteed program and apply through regular admissions
this program just doesnt appeal to me... I went through normal admissions in college and got into med school... and i only did a year of general bio,chem,orgo, and physics
did well on MCAT
had good amount of EC's
and did not have trouble getting into med school... and I had nowhere as good high school stats as you guys did, so if you get into say Brown/Brown Med GO!! Or any ranked medical school program say. But VCU/MCV... I would recommend going to a good 4 year college over this program and applying through regular admissions
I am saying this as a premed who has gone through college. I dont think high school seniors really know this, as they all just get attracted to this program because of all the horror stories they hear about how hard it is to get into medical school and this program gives you a guaranteed admission from day 1... if you do well people in college, and apply broadly, chances are you will get in...
And BTW, what is the GPA requirement to stay in this program? Because with your stats you can get into really get into great colleges, and if you get a 3.3 + GPA assuming you did well on MCAT, you can apply to just zillions of med schools...
that is my recommendation