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Undergrad name

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by NMH2001, Jun 30, 2001.

  1. NMH2001

    NMH2001 Ferret Momma 10+ Year Member

    May 26, 2001
    Just out of curiosity, does the name of your undergrad institution have any bearing with admission to DO schools. ie: if someone who went to "po-dunk" univerisity have to get better grades that someone who went to a well recognized school? What about if someone has taken about half of their pre-req's at a community college? Thanks for any imput! :p
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  3. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    Your college name doesn't really matter all that much at MD or DO schools. Now, I can't speak for the admissions folks at Harvard Med, but most MD and almost ALL DO schools don't place too much weight on where you went to school. Every school is different in their own respect and the MCAT is the leveled playing field. I know MANY doctors (MD&DO) that did some, most, or even all of their pre-reqs at a community college. The key is to do well and prove yourself on the MCAT.
  4. Hskermdic

    Hskermdic Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 17, 1998
    I think Admissions offices do look at the "selectivity" of your undergrad and how difficult it is. At least I know that is a stat that they look at and keep track of.
  5. Popoy

    Popoy SDN Super Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    Some, not all, take it into consideration. :cool:
  6. sean

    sean Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 1999
    San Francisco
    The fact that you took half of your credits at community college won't matter if you did well at the four year school you completed the other half. However, if your grades dropped dramatically and its only the good grades from community college that keep you competitive you might have a little explaining to do at an interview.
  7. Doctor Wyldstyle

    Doctor Wyldstyle Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001
    Some undergrad schools have better relations with medical schools and are consistent feeders to a school. For example, Jesuit undergrads usually have good ties with the 4 Jesuit medicals out there. You have to check with your university on how their reputation/record has been with the medical school.
  8. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    As far as I know both MD and DO schools take your undergraduate school's name (correlating that with difficulty of the curriculum, etc.) into account in making admissions decisions. You can't possibly compare two applicants, one from Harvard the other from Podunk, and say they're the same.
  9. premedmijo

    premedmijo Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2000
    So. Cal
    That's what I always thought, but I have a friend from Harvard who has been struggling to maintain a 3.4 . His premed advisor told him that his GPA was too low and said that name doesn't matter b/c there will be grads from other ivies with better GPAs.
  10. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    From what I have heard, if you didn't go to an Ivy league school, then the name of your school doesn't really play that big of a factor. Usually the doubts with small schools are that the student's science foundation is not as good. However if the student pulls off a 32 then i'd say his/her science foundation is good enough for medical school, wouldn't you say so. Studnets from small schools that don't have great reputations, must go an extra mile to prove themselves with their MCATs.

  11. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    Agreed. However your statement that nothing other than an Ivy League name is worth something is a bit short-sighted, isn't it? There are plenty of spectacular schools out there, some of which are arguably better than the eight Ivy schools. Chicago? Stanford? Duke? MIT? Do any of these ring a bell? :)

    Let's be honest. Neither Penn nor Cornell compare to Stanford or Chicago. I know I'm gonna get killed for that one. :D
  12. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    I'd be willing to bet that if your Harvard friend with a 3.4 got a 30+ on the MCAT, he'd get in somewhere. In fact he'd only have particular trouble at the super-selective schools like Harvard Medical School. :)

    Many of my friends who were premed at Harvard had 3.3s and got into schools like NYU without breaking a sweat. Me? Well, my 3.53 from NYU, and with buckets of sweat, didn't exactly get me there. :) Viva la SUNY! :D
  13. prolixless

    prolixless Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    I know that my school, COMP, tends to take a lot of students from the UC schools here in California. I think TUCOM is similar. Part of the reason for this is that COMP and TUCOM are more familiar with the curriculum and difficulty level at the UC colleges, probably because of the proximity of these colleges. So, to answer your question, I think where you attend undergraduate college is often a factor in adcoms decisions.

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