If you Google “Best Colleges for Pre-meds,” you’ll find plenty of conjecture, but until now, you would not get data. But we here at The Savvy Premed have decided to release the world’s first rankings of the Best Colleges for Pre-Meds. We’ve gathered research from dozens of sources, polled veteran admissions counselors to get their feedback, and talked to hundreds of students (and their parents) about their experiences as a pre-med at many different colleges.
“It’s not about finding the best college; it’s about finding the best college for you.”
If you’re a high schooler or parent looking for college admissions guidance, you’ve probably stumbled across this advice before.
It sounds nice, but when taken in a vacuum, this advice is patronizing and unhelpful. It’s especially unhelpful for hopeful pre-meds with long-term ambitions of medical school.
“How much would it cost for you to write my personal statement for me?”
A medical school candidate asked me this question during a particularly stressful moment in the application process. She was a nontraditional applicant with a family and a full-time job, and she was running out of time before her AMCAS submission date.
Pretend you’re the dean of a brand new medical school. You’ve got a lot to build: a campus, a faculty, and a team to help you run the school. You’ve got to get accredited, raise money from donors, and recruit people to join you on this mission.
Oh, and you’ll need an incoming class of talented students who will build the reputation of the school as they go into residency and their careers.
Statistically speaking, as an Ohioan, I should be working as an engine assembler in a factory rather than writing this article for you.
That’s the occupation with the highest concentration in my home state. The Midwest is known for production, especially automotive, so no huge surprise that engine assemblers are common.
They say “everything is bigger in Texas” - 10-gallon hats, 72oz steaks, the world’s largest cowboy boots - but does this expression hold true for your chances of getting into medical school as well?
The Texas state legislature limits the number of non-residents that can attend medical school in Texas to 10%. This seems like great news for Texas residents, giving them a much better shot of getting in.
By: Ryan Kelly
If you wanted to apply to 151 medical schools, what would you need to accomplish that?
In theory, it seems downright impossible to pull off 151 applications in one cycle, at least not without going completely bonkers. We’ve already told you that we think 68 is too many.
Milli Desai is currently a third year medical student at UC San Diego and admissions advisor at Passport Admission. We’re sharing her personal experience and expert tips for applying to MD/MPH programs:
1. Understand how public health and medicine are interrelated
Picture a community on a hill where people live in houses next to a swift, flowing river. You visit this community and are horrified to see that the children are being carried away by the dangerous river as they play outside. The community is distraught about this environmental hazard.
So what do you do to help the children?