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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by andythegolfman, May 16, 2008.
Does anyone here know if the Pre-Med Program at Towson University is any good?
You can get into medical school by excelling at pretty much any university, the majority of your success from here on out will be the result of your individual effort, not the program or school you choose.
i know that...i want to know about the inherent qualities of the program at towson though
Anyone... try the search feature of this website?
The poster before me answered your question in a satisfactory way. Don't like it? I'd just drop out of college. I hear McDonald's employees have great success in the match. Look into it.
It can't be very good. I took a calculus class at Towson during the summer and it was like math for ******s. Anyway, you can still get into med school if you go there, you will just have to do well on the MCAT (and have a very high GPA which shouldn't be too hard)
Towson is not a very highly respected school (I can't say I have any familiarity with the pre-med program). I'm sure it fulfills the requirements of med schools, though. Like other posters said, it's what you put into it is what you get out; come out with a 4.0 GPA and a 38 MCAT and you'll be laughing your way into med school. Do poorly, though, and you won't be getting the benefit of the doubt (especially from folks in MD).
What do you want to know about it? I graduated from Towson. When I was there, it wasn't very structured, but they did a good job explaining the application process, and they have a committee for letters and whatnot. There's no structured undergrad pre-med program - there is for post-bacs. I enjoyed my time there.
Look, just go where you enjoy the campus, people, etc. It isn't worth your time to dissect little things like this when you're past the Ivys of the world. Towson isn't the Harvard of Baltimore County or anything, but its a good place with small classes and personal attention for how large a student body they have. Go where you like, get good grades, do well on the MCAT, and presto - success! If you do have any specific questions though, feel free to PM me. Studying for boards right now, so nothing better to do.
can anyone else offer any input about towson?
Of course you need a decent GPA and MCAT score from Towson to get into medical school. You need a decent GPA and MCAT coming from ANY school. It's pointless to speculate about "what kind of MCAT score" one needs. There's no magic equation where you can plug in the parameters "GPA" and "med school admission" and, voila, you have the MCAT score that you need revealed to you.
Regarding Towson, there are Towson alumni in my medical school class. As a matter of fact, one of them is in the MD/PhD program. They must be doing something right.
The program is pretty decent. The college of math and sciences is one of the strongest things there. I went through the program, did very well in the science classes, and well on the MCAT, not extremely well, but well enough. I got interviews at five of the eight schools to which I applied, and I got into every school where I interviewed. I did not take a prep class for the MCAT, and the med micro class I took at Towson was so excellent, I used study guides for the class I took in med school. There is excellent advising, but as a post bacc, you may have to seek it out more than others. I received much advice and good guidance from my advisor there. I am currently awaiting my board scores. If you want to attend Towson, it is a good program, it is cheaper than Hopkins's program as well as Goucher's it may not be ranked as highly, but as other posters have said, if you get a 4.0 from there, that will go far towards admissions. Write a good personal statement, get people to critique it for you, pay attention in class, and you should be fine.
I would rank Towson high, but I took classes with the known "harder" graders for chemistry and biology classes, and I took extra classes as well.
Not that I know anything since I haven't actually gotten in to a medical school yet, but-- it's gonna be what you make of it.
Just like everyone else said, get good grades, a good score on the mcat, etc., etc., and you'll be fine. I'm sure coming from towson won't necessarily open any doors for you, but it's not going to hurt you either. If they have a committee letter service and a pre-med office that is a plus too. I bet you could even get some great clinical experience/research at UM's medical center in Baltimore.
Basically, if you like the school and think you'll do well there, you probably will. Just don't get off track as I've heard it's somewhat of a "party school"...