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UC's with better pre med programs?

foreverpetalsforeverpetals Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
Which UC's have better pre med programs?

In terms of pre med I guess I am referring to opportunities for undergrad research, academic advising on campus, facilities, classes, any schools that carry more prestige when applying for med school, etc or any other factors you can offer!
Please respond, it would greatly help me in making my college decisions. Thanks!
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Replies to: UC's with better pre med programs?

  • xcrunner1478xcrunner1478 Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
  • amby262royamby262roy Posts: 949Registered User Member
    for premed : UC Davis, UCI, UCSD
    but who does premed rankings anyway ? ;)
  • foreverpetalsforeverpetals Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Well I guess I was just kind of curious because I am seriously considering going onto a premed track. And I would think it's more beneficial to be in a better premed program to be more prepared for med school... more research opportunities, resources, etc. From what I hear, Cal's premed program isn't very good bc of its lack of a grad med school and too much competition...

    But thanks for your responses.
  • collegemom16collegemom16 Posts: 4,257Registered User Senior Member
    I suggest you go over and read the premed forum on this site. Once you have done some reading ask some questions there.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 21,453Registered User Senior Member
    research opportunities exist on every campus. But research opportunities for YOU depends on where you are in the student pecking order, since Regent's scholars get first crack (and all the attention). If you are a spring admit to Cal, premed will be a tough road to hoe on that campus. Better to go with a mid-tier campus, where you have a better chance to stand out.
  • dmissiondmission Posts: 1,365Registered User Senior Member
    You'll want a midtier: UCSD, UCD, UCI
  • ManOfFaithManOfFaith Posts: 363Registered User Member
    UCSD is an upper-tier UC.
  • dmissiondmission Posts: 1,365Registered User Senior Member
    I wouldn't call it upper-tier, actually. It's sort of in its own tier. Not as high as in stats as UCLA or UCB, but above UCD, UCI, etc.

    Nonetheless, I think there is a difference between UCSD/D/I for pre-med and UCB/LA for pre-med.
  • tastybeeftastybeef Posts: 939Registered User Member
    You'll want a midtier: UCSD, UCD, UCI
    It's sort of in its own tier. Not as high as in stats as UCLA or UCB, but above UCD, UCI, etc.

    You first call it a midtier UC and then change your mind to say it's in a tier of its own. Make up your mind.


    To OP,

    The best UC for premed is one where you can get the highest GPA while balancing out your extracurricular activities. It's slightly harder to get a high GPA at more high-ranked schools, but the prestige definitely helps in getting your foot in the door for an interview. Most top 20 med schools interview very few applicants from public schools. These applicants usually hail from Cal, UCLA, UMich, UVA, and UNC.
  • dmissiondmission Posts: 1,365Registered User Senior Member
    For purposes of the thread, tastybeef, it's irrelevant. I simply didn't see the need to express that technicality, though apparently you did. In terms of med school admissions, UCSD is a mid-tier UC ("prestige factor", etc.).
  • amby262royamby262roy Posts: 949Registered User Member
    actually ucsd med school is very amazing from what i hear.
  • dmissiondmission Posts: 1,365Registered User Senior Member
    We were talking about undergrad. :P

    But yes, their med school is great.
  • amby262royamby262roy Posts: 949Registered User Member
    yes sorry for the mistake but who the heck ranks premeds ?

    all med schools probably care about are GPA and mcat, u basically get the same level of education anywhere.

    If i had to pick i would pick UCD or UCI since its basically nearly impossible to get a high GPA at berk.

    this goes for grad school as well.

    All THIS IS MY OPINION so don't criticize me for my thoughts...
  • foreverpetalsforeverpetals Posts: 36Registered User Junior Member
    Again,amby, im really not trying to RANK premeds...I'm simply asking which schools would be more beneficial for me to attend as one who is seeking a premed track. But thank you guys for your input. Now I can attend UCI with confidence in the school and my potential benefit from the program.

    And to collegemom, I have been to the med forums but felt that it would probably be more helpful if I posted in the UC general forum because these are students who are experienced with the UC system.

    Thanks to all. :)
  • spellingbeadspellingbead Posts: 140Registered User Junior Member
    It's interesting how new most of these med schools are:
    UCSF (founded 1873, the oldest one)
    UCLA (founded 1951)
    UCI (1965)
    UCD (1966)
    UCSD (1968)

    maybe UCSD School of Medicine loses some of the "prestige" because its the newest one (I'm not saying it does though)
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