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Do you have to go to a prestigious university to get into a "good" medical school?

I plan to study to become a physician after I graduate from high school. I want to attend a "good" medical-school, but I don't know if I'll be able to get into one if I attend a public-school. I know that it is mostly up to me on whether I make it or not. But I have to believe that people who are undergraduates at ivy-league schools are more likely to get into top medical schools. However, I don't want to be piled high with student-debt before I even get to medical school, which will probably be even more expensive .

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Ransi’s Answer

No you do not. You need to have a good GPA, good MCAT scores and write a compelling essay. If you are selected for interviews, have a compelling story as to why you want to go to med school and why that particular med school.

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Rachel’s Answer

Any 4 year university should be able to provide you with all of the premed requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). I would look at each school individually and see which fits your personality and desired major (does not have to be science) best. My advice is to attend a school that will allow you to have a high GPA. This is more important than which school you attend.
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Richard’s Answer

Any 4-year university should suffice. Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you.

Good grades and a high MCAT score are more important. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Hi Richard, it sounds like you're saying that grades are incredibly important for getting into med school and I am sure everyone would agree but the student is asking if the prestige of their undergrad university matters. Any insight you can provide would be helpful! Gurpreet Lally, Team