March 15, 2021

Introducing the Best Colleges for Pre-Meds Search Tool

By: Savvy Pre-Med Staff

We’ve received ample praise and positive feedback for our Savvy Pre-Med Medical Search Tool, and we wanted to emulate the same useful resource for younger pre-med hopefuls who are choosing their undergraduate institution.

So, without further ado, we’d like to introduce our Best Colleges for Pre-Meds Search Tool!

Introducing the Best Colleges for Pre-Meds Search Tool

Not sure where to start in your college search as a pre-med? Want more definitive data and criteria beyond standard lists like the U.S. News and World Report?

Well, you’re in luck. We’ve developed a comprehensive database - the first of its kind! - to aid you in your search for the best college for your pre-med goals.

Our database includes 180 colleges that you can browse and search through based on the following categories:


This is the overall rank for a college based on the criteria below.  

Financial Aid and Selectivity Rank:

These are scored based on research and data from the Princeton Review.


This is broken down into Regional, National, and Liberal Arts to help you filter your searches.

Pre-Med Advising Rank:

This rank is measured by the following criteria:

  • The number of dedicated pre-med or pre-health counselors per capita (per number of pre-meds at these colleges). 
  • Bonus points for schools with at least one NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) member. 
  • For smaller schools, we also gave a bonus to schools that offer a pre-med committee.

Our sources for this data came from individual schools’ websites; the College Board, the U.S. Dept of Education, and the NAAHP member list.

Small Classes Rank:

This rank is measured by the student:faculty ratio and the Princeton Review’s data on professor accessibility.

The data are pulled from the College Board and the Princeton Review.

Pre-Med Popularity Rank:

This rank is measured by per capita pre-meds (bio majors) and whether the school shows up on miscellaneous lists of “good schools for pre-meds.”

The data are pulled from the National Center for Education Statistics, the College Board, Collegemapper, CollegeXpress, CollegeWise, and Rugg’s Recommendations.

Clinical Rank:

This rank is measured by proximity to local medical schools and the number of doctors in the nearby area.

The data are pulled from  

Prestige Rank:

This rank is measured by the appearance in the U.S. News and World Report ranking list (National, Regional, Liberal arts), which we normed in order to compare between National, Liberal Arts, and Regional lists.

The data are pulled from the U.S. News and World Report.

Beyond these rankings, we’ve also included a link to each college’s pre-med career services page for good measure. 

So, how did your college(s) rank? Have any questions about the best colleges for pre-meds? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll respond to you personally!

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