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Pre-Med Programs and My Chances of Getting In?

npat32npat32 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited March 2011 in College Admissions
I'm a junior and a prospective pre-med student. The problem is that as a first generation college student in the US, I have no idea what universities I have a chance of getting into. I've been browsing other threads to see nationally acclaimed pre-med programs but I was hoping someone could give me an estimate as to the ones I've got a chance of getting into.

Extra curricular:
-Science Olympiads (5th place-Disease Detectives)
-National Honor Society
-National French Honor Society
-Positive Edge
-Brass Ensemble
-Math Honor Society

Weighted GPA (as of mid-Junior year): 4.2 out of 4.4
Rank: Probably top 10%. I'm on the honor roll with about 30-40 other kids.

SAT: 2100
SAT II for Bio: 750. (Plan to take three more SAT II this year)

AP Exams:
Bio: 5
AP World: 3
I'm taking APUSH, AP Language, and AP Physics this year, and AP Psych, AP Eco, AP Chem, AP Lit, and AP Calc next year.

-Disease Detectives: 5th place (regionals)
-Long Island Science Congress (high honors)
-Math Fair (bronze)
-MIT Inventeams (grant winner)
-Honor Roll

Community Service
-community service at Stony Brook Hospital over the summer
-Thanksgiving Food Drive
-Soup Kitchen
-Nursing Home

-internship at Stony Brook this summer
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Replies to: Pre-Med Programs and My Chances of Getting In?

  • rmac399rmac399 Registered User Posts: 410 Member
    Good quals. I'll mention a couple of possibilities. You're going to Stony Brook this summer. With your stats, you'll get in honors and possibly a full ride. U. Pittsburgh has a guaranteed medical school program with certain freshman admits. Probably worth checking out.
  • npat32npat32 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Would I have any chance at getting into a school like Northwestern? I'm not entirely sure what they're looking for.
  • n99127n99127 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Knowing your unweighted GPA would be rather helpful since most schools would consider that over your weighted GPA. You may want to take SAT II Chemistry if you can. Applying to Northwestern might be a slight stretch if you don't improve your SAT I score though.
  • npat32npat32 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    My unweighted is 3.8. I can't take AP Chem until next year which is unfortunate, but it's how my school works. Are there any state schools with good pre-med programs?
  • mikemacmikemac Registered User Posts: 10,128 Senior Member
    I've been browsing other threads to see nationally acclaimed pre-med programs but I was hoping someone could give me an estimate as to the ones I've got a chance of getting into.
    This sounds like you're looking for a program that has discovered the "secret sauce" of preparing kids for med school, doing something the rest of the colleges are unable or unwilling to do. You're entitled to think that, and I'm sure someone will quickly supply you with lists of said schools.

    In fact how successful you are in applying to med school depends on what you do in college and not some magic the college has with regards to preparing students for med school. There are hundreds of colleges that can give you the opportunity to be a strong med school candidate.

    There is an excellent online handbook at Amherst I recommend you read to get an understanding of the process and what really matters
    What does elevate a student's chances is to go to an institution (1) that energizes and challenges that particular student academically, while providing good teaching and academic support so the student can meet the challenge satisfactorily; and (2) that provides opportunities for accomplishment and leadership in extracurricular areas. Of course the student must take advantage of these educational and extracurricular opportunities - in the end it's the student's accomplishments that count, not the name of the institution.
    Amherst College Guide for Premedical Students
  • Dad_of_3Dad_of_3 Registered User Posts: 2,067 Senior Member
    Your stats are comparable to my D's who's a junior at NU, with the intention of getting into med school. She didn't get the 7 year program, though.
  • jengajenga117jengajenga117 Registered User Posts: 593 Member
    Nw HPME is ridiculously tough to get into. Most kids who do get in have years of research under their belt. Also, the pre reqs for the nw program are that you take math 2 and Chemistry sat2s. Look in to the program and the pre reqs
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