Start Here

Top 10 Most Underrated Colleges to Be Pre-med

Top 10 Most Underrated Colleges to Be Pre-med

“…most of the time, something is “underrated” based on opinion, or a general sense of underappreciation, rather than some actual measure.

We at Savvy Pre-med know that ‘underrated’ is a loaded term; that’s why we put a lot of thought, time, and energy into the research for this list.”

Don't Hurt Your Odds

Don't Hurt Your Odds

“I figure I might as well apply this year to see how it goes. Besides, I can always re-apply.”

This “winging it” attitude usually arises from a sense of pressure to become a doctor as fast as possible. It’s such a long journey - four years of medical school, followed by another four of residency - that you don’t have time to waste if you want to get a real paycheck before you turn 35. Maybe your parents or peers have belittled the idea of a gap year, causing you to rush the application despite what your gut says.

What’s the problem, then, with going all in with your medical school chips? There are a few.

How to Avoid the Pre-Med Blues

How to Avoid the Pre-Med Blues

Sky blue. Robin’s egg blue. Turquoise. Cerulean. Navy. Denim. Teal. Periwinkle. Aquamarine. Some of these Crayola crayons are fancier sounding than others and some hardly seem blue at all (looking at you Periwinkle), but in the end, they’re all blue.

As the admissions committee drafts a medical school class, it also uses an array of colors. Admissions committees believe in the value of diversity, not just the usual skin colors but also a diversity of perspectives, majors, and backgrounds. The class needs only so many “typical pre-meds” (or blue crayons),

Moral of the story: if you’re blue like everyone else, you’ll have a harder time getting selected.

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

5 Pre-med misconceptions that can cost you

Every kid learns you can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven times. A childhood adage, just like “don’t cross your eyes or they’ll get stuck that way,” and “all girls have cooties.” Everyone knows these ideas. And yet, they’re not true.

If you’re a high schooler with ambitions to be a doctor, prepare to have your mind blown! Seriously, we’re about to flip the script on all that you’ve been told.

Newly added! “Start Here” Page

Newly added! “Start Here” Page

The Savvy Pre-Med has officially turned four years old. We’ve been writing since mid-2013, when our only reader was my mother, still our biggest fan to this day. Since then, however, we’ve reached 30,000 pre-meds per month and counting, and we owe it all to you. Thank you for sticking with us and continuing to read what we write!

To celebrate, we’re creating a new “Start Here” page to capture the most relevant, helpful articles for wherever you are in the admissions process.