There is no tried and true way to earn admission into a medical school. Ultimately, a student’s admission prospects depends on several determining factors. Many things can influence your odds, including GPA, MCAT scores, and medical experience.
Finding The Right Pre-Med Major As An Undergraduate
For most medical schools, an undergraduate major does not matter in the grand scheme of things, as long as you fulfill certain pre-requisite courses. Typically, medical schools will require good-to-great grades in a number of science and math courses, including biology, chemistry, physics, calculus.
Involvement Is Key
Most medical schools look for students who have spent time volunteering or working in medical-related activities. Consider volunteering at a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office or shadowing a physician during your time at school. Most pre-med colleges offer summer internships or programs to get involved and build your transcript.
The Top Pre-Med Colleges & Universities
Although you can choose any major before med school (provided you fulfill certain course requirements), these schools have particularly strong offerings in pre-med fields and have a high acceptance rates into medical school:
Case Western Reserve
College of the Holy Cross
Franklin & Marshall College
Johns Hopkins University
St. Olaf College
University of Pittsburgh
University of California-San Diego
Wake Forest University
Washington University (MO)
*College lists are compiled on the basis of counselor interviews, guide books, exhaustive internet searches (of college and departmental websites), and data provided by The College Board and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).