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Pre-med/ Med school ACceptance rate

FightingIrish01FightingIrish01 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
edited December 2005 in Northwestern University

How is pre-med at Northwestern? Is it cutthroat like JHU, Cornell or somewhat competitive? Also, what is the med school acceptance rate for pre-med students? Thanks
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Replies to: Pre-med/ Med school ACceptance rate

  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    A college guide says it's 66% but I talked to the premed advisor there and she said it's in the high 70s to low 80s in the past few years, which is more in line with other peer privates such as Cornell/MIT (high 70s) and WashU (low 80s).
  • FightingIrish01FightingIrish01 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    But what about grade deflation and cutthroat premed environment at Northwestern? Is that the case there? In addition, do you think the quarter-system is difficult to adapt to
  • Sam LeeSam Lee Registered User Posts: 9,449 Senior Member
    I personally like the quarter system. I had less courses to deal with at the same time (4 instead of 5) and thus it was easier to focus for me. However many course are taught at faster pace and so good discipline and time management skill is important. Courses here are not cut-throat and people are not known to be very competitive with each other. Grade inflation does exist, esp in the schools of music, education, communication. However, there's no grade inflation in premed courses such as orgo and bio (the mean for orgo was B- when I took it) and they are all curved. So it's definitely not easy to get good grades in those since there are many smart students (my friend got a C in one quarter and decided to do the next sequence in easier school near her home over a summer and got an A there). I doubt other peer schools are any easier though. The good news is premed courses are not taught at faster pace unless you take the accerlated ones. A one year chem/bio in quarter system is the same as one year chem/bio in semester system.
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