C Patrick’s Answer
Yes it is considered to an extent—placing grades, coursework, and extracurricular activities in context of applicants from that school historically and the resources available to students. However, attending a rigorous university does not mitigate the need to perform well at your particular institution and cultivate a strong, balanced application. In fact, you may get more leeway from some of the more rigorous state schools than some of the elite colleges to which you may be referring where grade inflation can been an issue. Ultimately, choose the college where you feel the most comfortable and have the resources you personally need to succeed.
C Patrick recommends the following next steps:
- Consult your prospective colleges pre-medical advising office or committee to gauge the institutional track record. Not just students who enrolled in medical school but the number of applicants vs enrollees.
- A university with a medical school or major hospital affiliation may offer more opportunities for shadowing doctors and advising on the application process.