Top schools for pre-med?

<p>Does anyone know the top ten or so schools for pre-medicine???</p>

<p>ivies, nothwestern, washington st. louis, Johns Hopkins, </p>

<p>basically all the ivies, top tier schools, and top lac's.</p>

<p>A school where you can have a 3.8+ GPA in a nationally respected cirriculum
A school where you can have access to cutting edge research
A school where you can have faculty available to write you rec letters
A school where you can participate in some community service</p>

<p>Any school that gives you those experiences is a good premed school</p>

<p>Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn, Brown, Wash U, Princeton, Columbia...many others</p>

<p>The goal is to have a prestigious name with significant grade inflation.</p>

<p>thethoughtprocess...haha, good joke</p>

<p>well, prestigious name comes hand-in-hand with good internship opps, research opps, good faculty ratios etc.</p>

<p>Grade inflation is also good.</p>

<p>Where's the joke?</p>

<p>i don't think that was really a joke. GPA's are supposedly incredibly important for med school so it would make it easier to go to a school with grade inflation.</p>

<p>You shouldn't judge a premed program on grade inflation, but by all means, go to the place where you can do the least amount of work and get the highest grades for it.</p>

<p>halopeno - yeah thats what I meant? GPA is the most important thing next to MCATs, so if the average GPA is higher at the school, I'd assume its easier for the average pre-med to get a higher GPA.</p>

<p>That doesn't mean that the program is good, it means the school doesn't take the time or means to seperate out the kids that can and cannot hack it.</p>

<p>Halopeno - I realize that grade inflation doesn't make a program good, which is why its one of my two requirements (the first being that the school be prestigious).</p>

<p>I think one thing we all neglect in our discussion of a good pre-med school is faculty interaction. Among mass discussion of grade inflation, we tend to forget that med schools (and all grad schools and professional schools) require a letter of recommendation and if close faculty interaction doesn't really happen at your university, a good letter of rec won't be happening. Also, med schools require an interview so it is also important to come off as a well-rounded person who can come off to the interviewer as more than a book worm and more of a person who would be a great communicator to future patients.</p>

<p>Thoughtprocess is right on. Go to the best UNDERGRAD school with the biggest inflation. The best schools at grad placement tend to be HYPS, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, etc.</p>

<p>DON't go to a school for its "pre-med program." No such thing and these schools tend to be weeders (WashU, JHU, Chicago)</p>

<p>I do not see what is so shocking. </p>

<p>Medical school admissions becomes more competitive every year, so it is advantageous to attend an excellent university with a reasonable amount of grade inflation. </p>

<p>Grade deflation does nothing but puts you at a disadvantage when you are competing against students from comparable universities. Assuming you are not weeded out before you decide to apply.</p>

<p>Of course, the MCAT plays a huge factor, but GPA is equally important.</p>

<p>I never understand the martyrs who purposely attend schools without inflation. You're loss. I'd rather get better grades, have more fun, and get into a better grad school thank you. And I don't see how the academic experience is less because I get an A- instead of a B.</p>

<p>hahaha. A martyr. I like it.</p>

<p>Let me preface my comment by saying that I am NOT interested in pre-professional study. I AM interested in a liberal arts education, working my butt off, and getting an academic master's or (maybe?) even a PhD degree.</p>

<p>I do agree with Slipper that if your PRIMARY goal in college is to gain admittance to med school, then maybe a grade-inflatory school is better for you and you'll be happier there. There are enough students, though, who care about a challenging liberal arts curriculum first and professional graduate school second. There are tons of kids who go on from my grade-deflated Chicago to great business, law, and med schools. They work hard; they care; they end up on the same track in the end as students from grade-inflated schools.</p>

<p>If Slipper and I were to take the same course, with the same professor, and do the same work, where he (I assume he) gets an A- and I get a B, I feel more encouraged to improve, whereas with an A-, I'm more complacent with my work and I don't feel like I need to do much work to improve. In high school, I did my best in challenging classes that really engaged me and my worst in the "easy A" classes, where I end up losing the motivation to even read the five pages I have to to earn my grade. I don't LIKE getting an easy A-- I want to know that I'm on an uphill battle, and the feeling that I'm improving is much, much more important to me than the A.</p>

<p>Then again, this is me.</p>

<p>hmm, so learning the same amount for a worse grade is...good.</p>

<p>I guess it gets you prepared for the abuse of the real world.</p>

<p>so slipper, which schools whould you consider going to for grade inflation?</p>

<p>slipper mentioned these:</p>

<p>HYPS, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, etc.</p>

<p>Great academic reputations with a bit of grade inflation</p>

<p>unalove, you are a part of a small minority, but more power to you. :)</p>