Choosing Med Schools

Why Getting into Medical School is Harder Than Ever

 Why Getting into Medical School is Harder Than Ever

The new MSAR data from the 2018-2019 cycle is live, and it shows higher average MCAT and GPAs for most medical schools, compared to the prior cycle, meaning that admission has become even more competitive.

In the graph below, we’ve outlined the changes in MCAT, GPA, and index scores over the last few cycles. We also provided the average changes for each category.

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

The 25 Best Colleges for Pre-meds

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.

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

How to Choose a College to be Pre-Med

“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.

Can Applicants Bribe Their Way into Medical School?

Can Applicants Bribe Their Way into 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.

Kaiser Permanente Medical School Offers Free Tuition for its First 5 Medical School Classes

Kaiser Permanente Medical School Offers Free Tuition for its First 5 Medical School Classes

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.

Which States’ Pre-Meds Have the Highest Acceptance Rates?

Which States’ Pre-Meds Have the Highest Acceptance Rates?

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.

Should You Move to Texas to Improve Your Chances of Getting into Medical School?

Should You Move to Texas to Improve Your Chances of Getting into Medical School?

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.

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

I Applied to 151 Medical Schools and Lived to Tell the Tale

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.

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Every Question You Have About the New 2019 Medical School Traffic Rules

Imagine a private gathering of medical school admissions officers, perhaps in an ivory tower somewhere. This conclave of academic gatekeepers, mostly from prestigious schools, is meeting behind-the-scenes to discuss candidates and divvy them up amongst their programs.

Sound corrupt? Sure does.