Does University matter as far as getting into medical school is concerned?

  • SDN Site Updates

    Hey everyone! The site will be down for approximately 2 hours on Thursday, August 5th for site updates.

  • How To ACE Your Medical School Interview

    In this webinar hosted by SDN with experts from BeMo Academic Consulting, you will learn a simple five-step process to help you translate your interview invitation into an acceptance.

jordan23

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 3, 2007
35
0
Status (Visible)
Ok for example, currently I am at the University of Houston in Houston Texas., main campus. However, I was thinking about transfering to the Downtown location. Can a person still get into a medical school if you get a degree from a school that is part of the system and not necessaraly at the main campus? Does it matter? Please give me some feedback thanks.
 

wisguy

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Sep 26, 2006
214
1
WI
Status (Visible)
  1. Pre-Medical
Ok for example, currently I am at the University of Houston in Houston Texas., main campus. However, I was thinking about transfering to the Downtown location. Can a person still get into a medical school if you get a degree from a school that is part of the system and not necessaraly at the main campus? Does it matter? Please give me some feedback thanks.

This has been covered many times. Search.
 
About the Ads

riceman04

Full Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 21, 2005
8,506
5
39
Los Angeles
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
Ok for example, currently I am at the University of Houston in Houston Texas., main campus. However, I was thinking about transfering to the Downtown location. Can a person still get into a medical school if you get a degree from a school that is part of the system and not necessaraly at the main campus? Does it matter? Please give me some feedback thanks.

Why would you transfer from UH main to UHD?

It's not like they are far away (like 10 - 15 min max) from each other.
 

turkleton

Capeless Crusader
10+ Year Member
Dec 26, 2006
347
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
Ok for example, currently I am at the University of Houston in Houston Texas., main campus. However, I was thinking about transfering to the Downtown location. Can a person still get into a medical school if you get a degree from a school that is part of the system and not necessaraly at the main campus? Does it matter? Please give me some feedback thanks.

No. You're screwed. I'd suggest applying to Bolivia. Or Madagascar. Or press search.
 

jordan23

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 3, 2007
35
0
Status (Visible)
can u guys just answer the question? are system schools in other campuses off limits from medical schools? is it agaisnt the rules?
 

Phil Anthropist

SDN Moderator
Moderator Emeritus
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 14, 2004
5,131
4
Status (Visible)
Use the search function. armybound made a great tutorial on how to search.

As the others have mentioned, this has been discussed ad nauseum. Please read through the recent discussion from the Pre-Allo FAQ.
 

TleilaxuMD

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Feb 18, 2007
167
0
Status (Visible)
Ok for example, currently I am at the University of Houston in Houston Texas., main campus. However, I was thinking about transfering to the Downtown location. Can a person still get into a medical school if you get a degree from a school that is part of the system and not necessaraly at the main campus? Does it matter? Please give me some feedback thanks.
It only matters if you go to harvard, yale, or UCLA. These will help you get into a top tier med school with lower gpa. Otherwise it really dont matter.
 

maestro1625

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2006
2,106
5
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
move away from the main campus???? but that would take you away from

Houston_Dynamo_logo.gif


THE DYNAMO!!!!!!!
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
new-member-thread-starting reform now!!!!

Come on guys! We were all noobs at some point, and the search function is a little useless IMHO. Unless you know how to use the advanced search it is pretty hard to find relevant information.

Maybe that could be a new SDN requirement! All new members have to go through a training session on how to use the advanced search function!!!

Yay!



PS: Maestro 1625...did you also get happy jitters when the National team lost after Hugo Sanchez took over it? I wasn't happy because they lost per say, more because he's such an arrogant, arrogant man. It must have been a humbling experience for him. Or at least I hope.
 
About the Ads

TleilaxuMD

Membership Revoked
Removed
10+ Year Member
Feb 18, 2007
167
0
Status (Visible)
Come on guys! We were all noobs at some point, and the search function is a little useless IMHO. Unless you know how to use the advanced search it is pretty hard to find relevant information.

Maybe that could be a new SDN requirement! All new members have to go through a training session on how to use the advanced search function!!!

Yay!
I agree. And baylormed has volunteered to be the only trainer at these sessions.:cool:
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
I agree. And baylormed has volunteered to be the only trainer at these sessions.:cool:

Haha, no no no. I never volunteered...you volunteered me, which is not exactly "volunteering".

I don't have the patience for it, I might end up blowing some computers up with my incredible mind powers.
 

maestro1625

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Jan 22, 2006
2,106
5
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
PS: Maestro 1625...did you also get happy jitters when the National team lost after Hugo Sanchez took over it? I wasn't happy because they lost per say, more because he's such an arrogant, arrogant man. It must have been a humbling experience for him. Or at least I hope.

LaVolpe, Sanchez... same mistakes. Mexico's problem will always be that their tactical abilities lag way behind their technical abilities... But as a someone who throughly enjoyed taunting Oswaldo Sanchez from Sam's Army after the USA 2-0 win in columbus in 05... I can only hope that Hugo has a long-lasting career for el tri. :D
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
LaVolpe, Sanchez... same mistakes. Mexico's problem will always be that their tactical abilities lag way behind their technical abilities... But as a someone who throughly enjoyed taunting Oswaldo Sanchez from Sam's Army after the USA 2-0 win in columbus in 05... I can only hope that Hugo has a long-lasting career for el tri. :D

Indeed, it is a hard thing to pick a side on these things. I would be betraying someone either way. Let's just say I'm always happy for whoever wins and sad for whoever loses.

Maybe I should just pick a team from another country and stick to that one. :laugh:
 

jordan23

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 3, 2007
35
0
Status (Visible)
no seriously. is a school that is part of the system, nationally accreddited? Has anyone in the past 5 years or so ever been accepted into a medical school that wasn't a regular university? Like could someone get a bachelors online and still get in? The reason I ask this is because I like small classes and UH is just too big. Would the downtown campus screw my chances forever? Please only nice threads. Thanks
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
no seriously. is a school that is part of the system, nationally accreddited? Has anyone in the past 5 years or so ever been accepted into a medical school that wasn't a regular university? Like could someone get a bachelors online and still get in? The reason I ask this is because I like small classes and UH is just too big. Would the downtown campus screw my chances forever? Please only nice threads. Thanks

Online classes don't count, usually medical schools do not accept them.

However, if your university/college is an accredited college you are going to be fine.
 

jordan23

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 3, 2007
35
0
Status (Visible)
but do u think the downtown campus is fine, i mean, like, would someone accept me from there? could u go on the website and tell me what u think? www.uhd.edu. Thanks. Since you seem to know the ropes and all.
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
but do u think the downtown campus is fine, i mean, like, would someone accept me from there? could u go on the website and tell me what u think? www.uhd.edu. Thanks. Since you seem to know the ropes and all.

I can't tell you that, because I am no expert when it comes to colleges. Why don't you try e-mailing the medical schools' admissions offices and ask them? I think it would make you feel better if you do.
 

Krisss17

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 3, 2007
716
2
In btwn here and there!
Status (Visible)
  1. Other Health Professions Student
I can't tell you that, because I am no expert when it comes to colleges. Why don't you try e-mailing the medical schools' admissions offices and ask them? I think it would make you feel better if you do.

I'm so glad that you said this...because you are not an expert...you are just another premed trying to get into medical school.

I also don't totally agree with your comment of online courses. True, when it comes to your science prereqs, on campus is definitely better than off campus, especially because of required labs; however, as long as the online classes come from a properly accredited school and are no different than the classes that you would take in a lecture setting...I don't see it as a negative. Actually, online classes require a lot more in the sense of self-discipline and many times the workload is heavier.

jordan23, whether or not you are on the "home" campus, it doesn't matter. The classes are the same. The only good advice that she gave you was to go directly to the medical admissions office.
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
I'm so glad that you said this...because you are not an expert...you are just another premed trying to get into medical school.

I also don't totally agree with your comment of online courses. True, when it comes to your science prereqs, on campus is definitely better than off campus, especially because of required labs; however, as long as the online classes come from a properly accredited school and are no different than the classes that you would take in a lecture setting...I don't see it as a negative. Actually, online classes require a lot more in the sense of self-discipline and many times the workload is heavier.

jordan23, whether or not you are on the "home" campus, it doesn't matter. The classes are the same. The only good advice that she gave you was to go directly to the medical admissions office.

Jeez, thanks a lot.

Oh yeah, and I already got into medical school.

You might be right regarding the online courses, though (not sure). Although I think I have read on SDN before that as far as pre-reqs go they are not acceptable. The rest of the classes, however, you might be able to get some in, but for that you would need to ask each individual school. In the end, it doesn't matter what your opinion is about online classes, it matters what medical schools want, so the OP should find out directly from them.
 

Droopy Snoopy

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Apr 3, 2006
1,846
21
The Alamo
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Jeez, thanks a lot.
You might be right regarding the online courses, though (not sure). Although I think I have read on SDN before that as far as pre-reqs go they are not acceptable. The rest of the classes, however, you might be able to get some in, but for that you would need to ask each individual school.

I think s/he is. I took several online classes, and on my transcript they didn't appear any different than regular classes. Might vary by school though, and in any event I wouldn't risk it with prereqs.
 

baylormed

On the Search
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 4, 2005
4,286
53
Right behind you
Status (Visible)
  1. Post Doc
I think s/he is. I took several online classes, and on my transcript they didn't appear any different than regular classes. Might vary by school though, and in any event I wouldn't risk it with prereqs.

I think I mentioned that it might not be valid because the OP said something along the lines of "getting a degree from an online university," which is probably not an ideal situation for applying to medical school. Otherwise, online courses given by an accredited 4 year institution (one that is a regular college, not an online college) are probably acceptable (except maybe the prerequisites). See quote from the OP below:

jordan23 said:
Like could someone get a bachelors online and still get in?
 

Droopy Snoopy

Full Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Apr 3, 2006
1,846
21
The Alamo
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
I think I mentioned that it might not be valid because the OP said something along the lines of "getting a degree from an online university," which is probably not an ideal situation for applying to medical school. Otherwise, online courses given by an accredited 4 year institution (one that is a regular college, not an online college) are probably acceptable (except maybe the prerequisites)

Ah, I didn't read that far back. Yeah OP, there aren't any shortcuts in this game, sorry.
 

shnjb

Rod
10+ Year Member
Jan 12, 2006
363
1
California
Status (Visible)
  1. MD/PhD Student
Imagine you're an admission acommittee member.

Candidate A: 3.5 GPA, 35 MCAT, California Institute of Technology, majored in physics.

Candidate B: 3.5 GPA, 35 MCAT, San Diego State University (notorious for parties), majored in anthropology.

Really. What do you think?
Clearly with 35, they can both get in, but if you were on the board for WashU, they'd both be inferior so perhaps it would be a tough choice.
But provided you have one spot left, which one would you choose all things being equal? (remove the major difference)
 

HOLDENc

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Nov 23, 2006
281
0
Status (Visible)
I went to the best University in the world and I have multiple acceptances. So just looking at my scenario, it matters.
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 14 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.