Taking certain courses to increase my chances at Jesuit schools?

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Would taking undergrad courses in Theology, Religion or Philosophy help me get into the religious medical schools (Jesuit, Loma Linda, etc)? I hear these courses are a significant part of their undergrad curriculum…
I doubt it would make that big of a difference. They want to see that you have the same values as they do; they don't so much care whether or not you have taken formal courses about theology and religion. I wouldn't do it. It would seem to be a lot of effort for something that is unlikely to boost your application that much. If you want to have a better chance at Jesuit schools, focus more on service.
 
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I sincerely doubt it.

Would taking undergrad courses in Theology, Religion or Philosophy help me get into the religious medical schools (Jesuit, Loma Linda, etc)? I hear these courses are a significant part of their undergrad curriculum…
 

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Would taking undergrad courses in Theology, Religion or Philosophy help me get into the religious medical schools (Jesuit, Loma Linda, etc)? I hear these courses are a significant part of their undergrad curriculum…
It would be much more effective to increase your volunteering hours with the underserved.
 

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You could intern at the Vatican over summers.


One of my friends from HS w/ very low stats got into Notre Dame by showing devotion to the Church.
 

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You could intern at the Vatican over summers.


One of my friends from HS w/ very low stats got into Notre Dame by showing devotion to the Church.
I actually interviewed an applicant who had interned at the Vatican. Art history major or something...
 
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I actually interviewed an applicant who had interned at the Vatican. Art history major or something...
Did s/he knock your socks off?
 

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I actually interviewed an applicant who had interned at the Vatican. Art history major or something...
at least he can claim a diversity of experience.
 

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Would taking undergrad courses in Theology, Religion or Philosophy help me get into the religious medical schools (Jesuit, Loma Linda, etc)? I hear these courses are a significant part of their undergrad curriculum…
maybe writing a personal statement that professes christian/jesuit religious devotion and ideals?
 

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Not sure it would help...but TAKE philosophy regardless...you won't regret it.
 

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Not sure it would help...but TAKE philosophy regardless...you won't regret it.
well check the grading curve first. some intro philosophy courses (at my college at least) are bloodbaths.
 

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well check the grading curve first. some intro philosophy courses (at my college at least) are bloodbaths.
Really? That's awful. At my undergrad, it was classroom discussion more than anything...which is the way it should be. Philosophy is meant to broaden perspective..and enlighten/engage in higher level thinking...the last thing I would want is for my philosophy class to be a "bloodbath".
 

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Really? That's awful. At my undergrad, it was classroom discussion more than anything...which is the way it should be. Philosophy is meant to broaden perspective..and enlighten/engage in higher level thinking...the last thing I would want is for my philosophy class to be a "bloodbath".
Philosophy professors value clear and logical writing and speaking and well structured arguments. Philosophy can be a bloodbath grade-wise if you think you can throw any old thing on the page or prattle on and on in a class discussion and expect an A..
 

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Philosophy professors value clear and logical writing and speaking and well structured arguments. Philosophy can be a bloodbath grade-wise if you think you can throw any old thing on the page or prattle on and on in a class discussion and expect an A..
Well obviously we didn't "throw any old thing" on paper...or "prattle on and on" in discussion. We did the assigned readings, and had regular evaluations using prompts. But the class was never intended to be a "blood bath". From my lucky experience, if you did the reading, provided solid arguments with minimal fallacies..and engaged with peers in discussion...you were pretty much guaranteed a B. I guess my whole point is, the grade wasn't as emphasized as the genuine interest in the topic at hand. Keep in mind, I did attend a heavy math/science school...so our class was not nearly as extensive as that offered at a liberal arts school.

All in all, OP, if you are genuinely interested in the course, take it. If not, skip it.
 

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Well obviously we didn't "throw any old thing" on paper...or "prattle on and on" in discussion. We did the assigned readings, and had regular evaluations using prompts. But the class was never intended to be a "blood bath". From my lucky experience, if you did the reading, provided solid arguments with minimal fallacies..and engaged with peers in discussion...you were pretty much guaranteed a B. I guess my whole point is, the grade wasn't as emphasized as the genuine interest in the topic at hand. Keep in mind, I did attend a heavy math/science school...so our class was not nearly as extensive as that offered at a liberal arts school.

All in all, OP, if you are genuinely interested in the course, take it. If not, skip it.
B ??? When you need to be shooting for a 3.6 or better (much, much better) a B in philosophy might be considered a bloodbath.
 
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B ??? When you need to be shooting for a 3.6 or better (much, much better) a B in philosophy might be considered a bloodbath.
Absolutely. If I was doing all the assignments and participating well in class discussion and just getting a B then something must have gone horribly wrong.
 

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Woody Allen joke:

"I was kicked out of my Philosophy class for looking into the soul of the kid sitting next to me."


Philosophy professors value clear and logical writing and speaking and well structured arguments. Philosophy can be a bloodbath grade-wise if you think you can throw any old thing on the page or prattle on and on in a class discussion and expect an A..
 
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If you really want to impress a religious school, for your personal statement make an ASCII drawing of the virgin mary holding baby jesus.
 

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Woody Allen joke:

"I was kicked out of my Philosophy class for looking into the soul of the kid sitting next to me."
That's an IA you can't come back from.
 
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Philosophers were the first physicians.......or something sort of like that.

A magna or summa philosophy major with pre-med reqs fulfilled will get my vote almost every time. Of course, as long as he or she isn't too weird.