A kid who has a shot at Dartmouth would not be challenged at Florida Southern (which is a good school, but nowhere near Dartmouth or even Villanova academically) or StBonaventure. They’re not in the same universe. Or perhaps he applied to Dartmouth on a whim but his stats would rather indicate he’s a “top student for Florida Southern” or St Bonaventure?
There are two issues
1° he needs to be at a school where he is academically stretched without being overwhelmed. While the college’s name or rank does not directly matter for med school admissions, the content of the courses does play a role. No need to go overboard but the pace&depth of classes will be different. This is 100% individual: (using scores as shorthand) if he’s got a 29-30 ACT, Bonaventure or Florida Southern will be perfect in providing comfortable challenge, if he’s got a 33, not so much.
2° Most premeds never make it to med school. Some are weeded out during their first year courses, some can’t hack organic chemistry, and among those who passed all these hurdles 60% never get into even one med school. As a result, the college needs to be chosen with an eye toward med school (where the student is roughly top 20-25% to rank high in premed classes but not top 5-10% leading to insufficient challenge) but also with an eye toward Plan B: the student graduates from this college and doesn’t get into med school, is his chosen major and his college, in themselves, sufficient to lead him where he wants to go?
Can you indicate what exactly “Biology Scholars” entails?
Can you list his stats and net price at each school he’s been admitted to (as well as what the NPC indicated for Dartmouth - you won’t know till April 6 but we can include it in the evaluation if you wish).