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Current Senior Undergrad at the University of Miami, AMA

Felt like I should give back to my future Alma Mater by answering any questions potential applicants have! Ask away!
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  • 2020CollegeDad2020CollegeDad 12 replies1 threads New Member
    Thanks. I am wondering how difficult the workload is for most students. How rigorous are the courses? Is there any grade deflation? Do most students have time for a good college experience outside of class?

    Finally, If you are familiar do you have any sense as to how difficult/competitive the pre-med program is?

    Thanks again!!
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  • 40119594011959 52 replies4 threads Junior Member
    CollegeDad,
    I have the same set of questions.
    My older son is attending a flagship state school in NY. His major is biomedical sciences. He has done wonderfully well. 3.98 general GPA. Research, shadowing, volunteering, etc. He has received several academic awards. In short, he is well on his way to medical school. He chose a SUNY school over Boston University for financial reasons. I truly believe he wouldn't have done any better anywhere else.
    My younger one, also interested in premed, is applying to U of M and hoping for a merit award.
    The answers to the questions asked are just as important as the cost of attendance.
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  • Mom2NNDMom2NND 194 replies13 threads Junior Member
    @2020CollegeDad and @4011959 Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents on your question: my D is a sophmore at U of Miami majoring in Biochemistry and French on a pre med track. She has a 4.0 GPA currently and just finished her exams for the first semester Sophmore year. She studies and keeps up with her classes, but she does have time for fun and parties and going out to explore Miami. Yes, she is stressed at times due to the work load but she gets through it. She just finished Organic chem 2 and has an A. She said the professor told her that some students got a 5 out of 100 on the final exam with the average being a 50. The exams end up being curved to account for the low scores. So the pre med chem and bio classes are hard, the tests are difficult with low average scores, however I think this seems to the be norm at other competitive schools too. But I can tell you it is possible to do very well and still enjoy some of the college life experiences and enjoy some of what Miami has to offer.
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  • 40119594011959 52 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thank you, that is useful.
    What does she think about pre med advising at U of M?
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  • Mom2NNDMom2NND 194 replies13 threads Junior Member
    @4011959 She does not have a specific pre med advisor, her advisor is assigned based on the Biochem major, however I feel he has been helpful with her questions. She does participate in a pre med society that has MDs come and speak on different topics, and she has probably gotten more "pre med" advice (as to things that med schools look for from applicants) from that than from her academic advisor
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