Rank the best colleges in Pittsburgh for Pre med and Pre pharm

<p>What are the best colleges here for Pre med? Also for Pre Pharm? Just curious to know. Thanks for feedback.</p>

<p>This site is one set of rankings, but doesn't address one curriculum versus another for under grad.
Best</a> Colleges | Find the Best College for You | US News Education</p>

<p>If you are serious about med school, many people recommend going to an undergrad college where you can avoid excessive debt, because you will probably need to take on large amounts of debt to get through med school. Remember that effective fall of 2012, the federal government will no longer provide subsidies of any new graduate or professional school loans.</p>

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<p>You need to realize that there is no "pre-med" or "pre-pharm" major, first of all. Anyone studying anything can apply to med school, pharm school, or law school. For med (don't know about pharm) there are certain extra requirements such as medical community service (EMT, volunteer at a hospital) that you must do on your own. Also, a lot of students will take physics, organic chem, and bio to help study for the topics that appear on the MCAT, but obviously anyone can take those classes (for example, a history major).</p>

<p>Like CharlieSchm said, go somewhere you like and can avoid debt. Med school is EXPENSIVE (~$50k a year, or more) and lengthy. If you can go to a good school, get good grades, and do well, that is much more important than the rank or name recognition of the school.</p>

<p>Outside of cost and fit for any particular student, I always advise students to look for schools with strong science and easy access and amply opportunities to hospital volunteering, physician shadowing, undergrad research, and community outreach. Those are the things that help set med school applications apart outside of stellar GPAs and MCATs, which everyone has. The two best schools to build those credentials in Pennsylvania are the University of Pennsylvania in Philly and the University of Pittsburgh because both are among the nations top 5 health/bioscience research universities and both have large, and top ranked hospitals right on campus that are easily accessible to undergraduates looking for such experiences while going to school.</p>

<p>If a student has any interest in becoming a physician-scientist by going through a MD-PhD program (which are highly selective but would pay for med school), then undergrad research opportunities take on additional importance.</p>