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Prestigious private liberal arts colleges & medical school admissions

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Carleton College kid, Jul 16, 2001.

  1. Carleton College kid

    Carleton College kid Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2001
    Carleton College
    I am currently attending a pestigious private liberal arts college in the midwest and I was wondering what impact that has on medical school admissions process. Do they take into account what type of school you went to? Or does it not really matter? Also, if your school has a national reputation of zero grade inflation do medical school's take that into account? I am aware the the MCAT's are the true test of how much you have and it evens the playing field, but I was just curious what doors going to a good undergraduate institution opens.
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  3. Smoke This

    Smoke This Sweet cuppin' cakes! 10+ Year Member

    I would imagine that Carleton College has a premed advising office, or at least some records of where Carleton alumni have gone to med school. Why don't you start there? I think that would be your best bet.

    I'll bet you're in pretty good shape, though. Going to such a school can't hurt.
  4. fishtolive

    fishtolive Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    i'm sure it won't hurt but as long as you're not in community college, they probably don't scrutinize that college won't even accept summer credits at community colls and i'd say that says a lot...other than that, it probably makes a big difference at the ivies and to a lesser extent at all the others.
  5. pre-hawkdoc

    pre-hawkdoc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I know that there's at least one kid in the class of '04 at Iowa that went to Carleton, if that connection helps at all...
  6. Katy2004

    Katy2004 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    New York
    I'm also a private liberal arts school (not as good as Carelton, but top 20). Although I don't have any evidence, I'd also hope that tough classes would help performance on the MCATs.

    I went to a prestigious high school, and I know that certainly helped me in college admissions... my grades were less than stellar, but I had amazing SATs and APs. I know med school is different, but I can at least fantasize that the same thing will happen.
  7. lilycat

    lilycat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2000
    Smoke This probably gave the best advice -- start with your premed advising office, or general undergraduate advising office. Many schools keep track of where their grads have been accepted. I know that at least at my school, each year they prepare a handout summarizing the admissions results from the previous year -- for each school they show how many students applied, how many admitted, how many matriculated, and the GPA range for the accepted and matriculated students. I found this to be extremely helpful when applying. Hopefully your school has a similar system.

    Katy2004, I know what you are talking about with the high school prestige and college admissions -- I went to a fairly prestigious college and noticed the same trend. I have not noticed it quite as much with med school admissions. I think it is one of those things that if all else is equal, the student from the more prestigious undergrad will get the boost, but I wouldn't count on your school name to make up for a lackluster GPA or MCAT, if that is the case.
  8. Stephen Ewen

    Stephen Ewen 10+ Year Member

    Usually, in the letter from your pre-med commitee, they will go to considerable length in an opening paragraph to detail that before even discussing you. So I do not see how it could not be taken into account.
  9. mdhopeful

    mdhopeful Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Los Angeles
    hey there carleton kidd. thought i could resist this thread, but i could not. i went to a tough liberal arts college outside of philly. it's been 4 years since i graduated and from where my friends have gotten in over the years, i can say that it does matter at some schools. some schools in the northeast and local in PA definitely have a soft spot for my school. however, like others have said, this probably won't make up for lackluster grades, mcat. since the mcat is standardized, you'll only make a better case for the difficulty of your school if you come out with a high MCAT but grades that don't necessarily correspond. honestly though, many schools don't give a hoot. science courses are difficult at most schools that are highly ranked both liberal arts and big schools, so many med schools do screen out by gpa & mcat regardless of undergraduate institution. others, do seem to weight the gpa. take a look at GWU's admission criteria. they explicitly say they "view grades within the context of the school from which they were received and the academic load carried by the student." my only advice is that if you are still in college, boost up those grades. when you are old and grey like me, it's too late.
  10. lilycat

    lilycat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2000
    Unless of course your school doesn't have a premed committee, and the AdComms may have differing views on your school's level of grade inflation.
  11. Stephen Ewen

    Stephen Ewen 10+ Year Member

    The letters I have read from the College of William and Mary, who does not have grade inflation, go to considerable length to detail it all and compares it up against grade inflation grades and standardized test scores, and prior students success, blah-blah-blah, and the like. There seemed little way one could not get an accurate impression, especially with the high standardized scores there.
  12. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    WHAT'S WRONG WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGES?!!! :mad: Nothing! In fact, 80 or 90% of the Doctors I know did some, most, if not all of their pre-reqs at a CC. Going to the best school is not always a requirement. Doing the best that you can at whatever school to you go to is necessary, however. Stop worrying about what school you go to and worry about which medical school you're going to pick. I transferred to a "prestigious" liberal arts school from a CC in full standing. I'm making honors grades and have been told I'm a strong candidate. I'm not familiar with Carleton College, but I'm sure it's a fine school. Don't sweat'll be viewed highly.
  13. connietinoco


    Oct 12, 2010
    Hi, I'm really interested in becoming a DO and I'm planning on attending Cornell College in Iowa. I'm currently studying at UC Berkeley as a Molecular Biology Major as a first year but the economy is really bad here in CA and UCB has lost funding of a scholarship I had. Luckily I've gotten an offer from Cornell and they told me that if I attend their college I will get a full ride scholarship, but I don't know if this will look good when I apply to medical school. Now I have a dilemma, I don't know whether I should stay with UCB and graduate with a prestigious diploma and have tons of debt or if I should go with Cornell College and stay debt free. Can you please give me your opinion on this? Thanks!
  14. mmmcdowe

    mmmcdowe Duke of minimal vowels Moderator Physician Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2008
  15. morning

    morning butane in my veins

    Feb 6, 2010
    we just had this thread like one week ago.
  16. slowbutsteady

    slowbutsteady slowbutsteady 5+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    search function. really. no, i mean, really.
  17. Avoidthetiger

    Avoidthetiger roar 7+ Year Member

    Dec 29, 2008
    was there a search function 9 years ago? haha.

    new OP -- go to Cornell College if you think you will be happy there and can get As. You will be able to get into med school without the UC Berk degree.
  18. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    Epic bump is epic.
  19. Chops369

    Chops369 7+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Ancient thread is ancient
  20. TallScrubs

    TallScrubs Coude Rockin' Everywhere 7+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I was going to say something before i realized this thread was a hundred years old
  21. Mizoodles

    Mizoodles 5+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    this thread tickles me
  22. Stixman28

    Stixman28 Medical Scientician 7+ Year Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Yoknapatawpha County
    We always dish out the search function advice...but then **** like this happens where someone bumps a 10 year old thread bc both threads are about colleges.

    This bump is just ridiculous

    connietinoco, u need advice, but it's not about med school, its about using forums appropriately.
  23. christene


    Jan 30, 2011
    I am just checking all the colleges through web ranking....
  24. christene


    Jan 30, 2011
    I would like to know more about this college..
  25. christene


    Jan 30, 2011
    infact i was just going through all the liberal arts colleges and could not decide which one is better because there is always ros and cons of one or the other college...
  26. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    I wonder what happened to that kid?
  27. Residual

    Residual Magnificent Meat Machine

    Jan 13, 2011
  28. [​IMG] is my guess. :rolleyes:

    Wow, I was 9 when this thread was posted.
  29. gravitywave

    gravitywave fourth year 2+ Year Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    s/p ERAS
    lol what a pest
  30. christene


    Jan 30, 2011
    I was just going through the websites of liberal colleges... I found to be a very useful site.. This will help u out to search for better colleges...

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