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Pre-Med Colleges

Top Pre-Med Colleges

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:

  • Amherst College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Emory University
  • Franklin & Marshall College
  • Grinnell College
  • Haverford College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Juniata College
  • Macalester College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Scripps College
  • Smith College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Swarthmore College
  • Trinity College
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of California-San Diego
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

*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).

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