Top Pre-Med Colleges

Pre-Med CollegesThere 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 (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).

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