Graduate Faculty - Research
Hi Te'yah, As others have pointed out, there is not a "required" major at the undergraduate school for a future that includes med school, but Biology is very common to see. Other "hard sciences" such as Physics, Anatomy, and Chemistry are also fairly common. It's also important to choose a major that YOU can really excel in because your GPA will be important in getting into Med School. So while the biological sciences might best prepare you for med school, you also need to post really good grades. As you know, medical school acceptance is very competitive, so read all you can about the process. I've included some links for you below that can help. You can review the average MCAT scores and the average GPA's of students who get accepted into med school (MCAT is the Medical College Application Test). For example, the average GPA of accepted students into the Medical College of Georgia is a 3.79. Also - med schools ask you to write at least one essay for your med school application and will look at things like Volunteer experience....and you will be interviewed as well. So you want to be a good well-rounded candidate to be as competitive as possible. And while you may have your heart set on UGA for undergrad school, consider other options and apply to several undergrad schools. Visit the schools and choose the one that is the best "fit" for you. Fit is something many students forget about... but you want to choose a good fit so you're in an environment where you feel supported and where you can excel. As a UGA grad myself, I love my DAWGS , but I also know that it's not the right college for everyone. I didn't start at UGA - I transferred in from a smaller school after my Freshman year - and I'm glad I did that. I might have been a bit overwhelmed if I had gone straight to UGA from high school. Doing my Freshman year at a smaller school helped me adjust to the rigors of college academics which is quite different from most high school classes and curriculum... and most students need time to adjust to being their own "parent". You need to be able to make yourself study and work hard instead of relying on family to push you to do that. You need to be able to push yourself. I wish you the best of luck... and Go Dogs!
This professional recommends the following next steps:
- Average MCAT scores and GPA's for med school admissions: http://www.mcattestscores.com/usmedicalschoolsmcatscoresGPA.html
- Med school undergrad majors and other info: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/articles/2016-08-23/infographic-4-questions-about-undergraduate-majors-for-medical-school
- Not great at Biology? Other med school undergrad majors to consider: https://www.collegemagazine.com/10-good-majors-for-med-school/
- First hand stories of getting into med school: https://students-residents.aamc.org/choosing-medical-career/medical-careers/inspiring-stories/