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Liberal Arts Colleges for PreMed

WannabeWannabeWannabeWannabe 94 replies27 threads Junior Member
What are some good liberal arts colleges for premed? I really like the idea of going to a LAC, but one big drawback is the lack of research opportunities.
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  • merc81merc81 10945 replies179 threads Senior Member
    edited January 26
    If you have an interest in a particular academic discipline such as, say, chemistry, then your opportunities for research may be enhanced through attendance at a liberal arts college. For medically related activities and clinical exposure, you can seek on-campus EMT service as well as off-campus summer positions.
    edited January 26
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1345 replies38 threads Senior Member
    What are your stats?
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  • WannabeWannabeWannabeWannabe 94 replies27 threads Junior Member
    96.8 gpa @ Stuy

    I have yet to take the SAT, but I think i'll get ~1550.
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  • blossomblossom 10162 replies9 threads Senior Member
    everyone thinks they will get a 1550. What did you get on the PSAT? Start there.
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  • merc81merc81 10945 replies179 threads Senior Member
    If you search "The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds," you will arrive at LAC suggestions Bowdoin, Bates, Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, Union, Carleton, Hamilton, Amherst, Middlebury, Williams, Centre and Colgate. You can research these colleges to see whether their missions align with your general academic interests and personal preferences.
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  • Sue22Sue22 6545 replies115 threads Senior Member
    With that GPA from Stuy, and if you're able to get an SAT score in your predicted range, you should have a lot of options. A lot of the NESCACs would be appropriate match/reach schools. They tend to have good med school placement rates. Ideally I'd look for school within walking distance of a hospital, or if you'll have a car, within a short drive. It makes getting research opportunities outside of school easier.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22799 replies239 threads Senior Member
    So many LACs would be suitable - Carleton, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Wesleyan, Swarthmore, to name a handful. I'd consider other characteristics you want in a school and narrow it down from there. Different LACs have different vibes.

    +1 to what others have said about research opportunities being abundant.
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  • CaliMexCaliMex 2015 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Check out Rhodes College, too.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 8738 replies82 threads Senior Member
    St Olaf as well
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  • WannabeWannabeWannabeWannabe 94 replies27 threads Junior Member
    Thank you! Are there any other non LACs that you'd recommend? Opinions on places like Stony Brook?
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7226 replies69 threads Senior Member
    The thing is that there are more places that are good for pre-med than not. Almost every college and university has the courses you need, research opportunities and/or opps for exposure to medicine. The main thing you need is a school where you can get a super-high GPA and graduate with little to no debt.
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  • otispotisp 402 replies3 threads Member
    What @collegemom3717 and the others have said about LACs being just fine for premed. Generally within the top 15 overall for MD acceptance rates are (in alpha order): Carlton, Davidson, Middlebury, Pomona, Swarthmore, Washington & Lee, and Williams. HOWEVER, that does not mean any of those are the best for a particular student - it's the student, not their college that gets them into med school. As you'll hear from others, pick the college that provides an environment where an individual believes they can thrive in and out of the classroom, and remember that the CW is that most students who begin college as premed don't end up that way, and the majority who do apply don't get in. As for Stony Brook, there was a Quora post from a current premed not too long ago who basically said while there are lots of premeds, there are also plenty of resources if you take the initiative to find and use them.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 7226 replies69 threads Senior Member
    it's the student, not their college that gets them into med school.

    Exactly
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 3307 replies62 threads Senior Member
    otisp wrote: »
    Generally within the top 15 overall for MD acceptance rates are (in alpha order): Carlton, Davidson, Middlebury, Pomona, Swarthmore, Washington & Lee, and Williams.

    A source for this statement would be most helpful. Thank you!
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  • CupCakeMuffinsCupCakeMuffins 1038 replies98 threads Senior Member
    edited February 7
    Whether you pick a research university or an LAC, look for ones in medical districts so you have access to more opportunities all year, small schools in small towns may lack this advantage. Also avoid schools with graduate focus. Good research opportunities go to graduate students and professors also use them to teach undergraduates instead of doing it themselves.
    edited February 7
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  • waverlywizzardwaverlywizzard 191 replies0 threads Junior Member
    College of the Holy Cross has achieved extremely high admit rates of its graduates into medical schools.
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  • Jugulator20Jugulator20 1547 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Do you have an actual interest in research, or is your interest because you think it's very important to have research listed as an EC on a med school application. If it’s the latter, although nice, research is not a must have EC on a med school application.
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