What are some of the best premed schools? (that don't have insane acceptance rates)
I am a junior in high school currently compiling my list of colleges I'm going to apply to next year. I want to be premed, and hopefully get into medical school one day. I've been doing a lot of research lately, and I learned that choosing a good school for premed is actually really important -- schools with more opportunities, better student to staff ratio, etc. high-school college university premed medicine science medical_school doctor
Mary Jane Shroyer
The other thing to consider is whether the school has a pre-health advisor who can help you understand the process of preparing for and applying to medical school. The pre-health advisor often runs special programs and workshops, can help you with editing essays for your med school application, and help you prep for interviews. Some schools use a committee to write letters for med school applicants -- for those schools, find out if everyone who requests a letter receives one or they only send letters for the top students. Are students ranked and only those with a certain GPA get help or do they help everyone working towards med school?
Beyond that, be sure to look at the campus culture. Most schools usually have more clubs and activities than any one student can participate in, so look to see if there are groups to join who are doing things you enjoy and are passionate about -- not just medicine, but in other areas of your life and community. Are the premed students active in clubs or do they stay locked in their rooms studying all the time? Are students engaged in community service (med schools will expect you to show a dedication to service)? Do premed students have the ability to shadow during the school year? How hard/easy is it to arrange that, both in terms of timing and transportation? If you want to study abroad, are premed students encouraged to study off campus? How many of them actually do it? Meet some of the professors and students -- do you like them? Can you imagine yourself living and working with them for four years?
In the big picture, there is no "best" college for going on to med school. Students get into med school from a huge variety of undergraduate schools. Ultimately, it's about what you do during college and how well you can talk about those things. For instance, it doesn't matter if a college has dozens of tutors for organic chemistry if you never go talk to them and get C's. If you don't make any effort to build relationships with your professors, your letters of recommendation are going to be generic. If you don't volunteer or shadow and you can't talk about how the things you did in college will make you a competent, compassionate physician able to serve a diverse community, it really doesn't matter if your degree comes from the most prestigious school. Don't get caught up in guessing what med schools will think is "the best". Look for a school that offers enough support and opportunities for you to become the best version of yourself.
Good luck! It's an exciting time!