Pre-Med Major with Average Stats---Where do I Stand?





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By Antique (Antique) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 01:45 pm: Edit

I'm a rising senior hoping to major in biochemistry and do pre-med. I'm really interested in those BS/MD programs and am looking at places like MSU, NEOUCOM, etc.

I am also applying to U of M-AA (instate). I REALLY need to know where I stand in terms of accelerated med programs and any other reputable colleges in the Midwest.

SAT I: 700M, 690 V (retake in OCT)
ACT: 32, 30
SAT II: 710 USH, 720 BioM, 760 Writing
Rank: 2/448
GPA: W: 4.225, UW: 3.95
APs: 5's in Bio, Chem, US Hist; 4 in Stats; 3 in English Lit

CLUBS/ACTIVITIES
1. Volunteer at Oakwood Medical Hospital (11,12)-- 50 hours

2. Volunteer at East Village Medical Center (summer 04) (12)

3. Shadowed pediatrician at East Village Medical Center (summer 04) (12)

4. Safety Town; 20 hours of community service (summer of 03) (10)

5. Red Cross Volunteer

6. ACCESS Member of the Learning for Life program
focused on Health Careers (11,12)

7. National Honor Society (11,12)
Vice-President (12)

8. Science Olympiad (10,11,12)
Captain (12)

9. French Club (9,10,11,12)
Vice-President (12)

10. Key Club International (9,10,11,12)

11. Quiz Bowl (10,11,12)

12. Student Congress (10,11,12)

13. Sophomore Class Treasurer (10)

14. Junior Class Senator (11)

15. Student Congress Treasurer (12)

16. Advancement Plus Program (11, 12)

17. Dual Enrollment Program (11, 12)

18. Future Educator (9,10,11,12)

19. Islamic Faith Club (11,12)

20. Member of YMA (Young Muslim Association)
(11,12)

21. Volunteer at local community mosque (11,12)

22. DCMST: Dearborn Center for Math, Science and
Technology; highly competitive public magnet school (9,10,11,12)

23.Member of school magazine The Quill (11,12)

HONORS AND AWARDS:
1. High Honor Roll: (9,10,11,12)
2. Michigan Merit Award (MEAP) $5000: (10)
3. Science Olympiad Medals: (10,11,12)
4. Current Salutatorian of the 2005 class (10,11)
5. PSAT-NMSQT National Merit Semifinalist; hopefully, got a 216 in MI. (11)
6. DCMST Challenge Competition Winner (9)
7. DCMST Honors Biology (10)
8. DCMST Honors Physics (11)
9. Hype Athletics Inc. Anti-Drug Essay winner $500. (11)
10. Optimist International Club Essay Winner
12. AP Scholar with Honor (11)

EMPLOYMENT:
Intern at Ford Motor Co. working 40hrs a week.

RESEARCH:
1.Research at Ford as intern
2.Research on snails on organic food vs inorganic food.


Thanks for any help. ALL suggestions are most welcome!

By Antique (Antique) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 05:42 pm: Edit

Does anyone have ANY suggestions?

By Lotrmemp (Lotrmemp) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 05:45 pm: Edit

University of Miami has a BS/MD program. The average applicant there has a 1400 SAT and around 700 SAT II in one math science and english.

By Lotrmemp (Lotrmemp) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 05:46 pm: Edit

University of Florida also has one. But they only accept 12 students every year. To get in you'd probably need higher SAT's or ACT's. Around maybe 1400 and 33

By Zetsui (Zetsui) on Sunday, August 08, 2004 - 10:27 pm: Edit

Lotrmemp both suggestions are excellent I would also say you try out for cincinatti

By Antique (Antique) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 10:15 am: Edit

Anyone have any alternative schools (ie. not BS/MD)?

By Alexandre (Alexandre) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 10:26 am: Edit

You call yourself average?

4.0 GPA with a heavy and challenging courseload?

1400 on your SAT

Top 1% of your High School class

A 5 and a couple of 4s on your APs? Ok, you aren't screaming Harvard, but you certianly are a competitive student.

as an in-stater, Michigan-Ann Arbor is a safety and probably one of your top choices.

Other great schools in the midwest:

Grinnell
Northwestern
Oberlin
University of Chicago
Wisconsin-Madison (another backup)

Outside of the Midwest, look into the following schools. Most of them are reaches or matches:

Amherst
Bowdoin
Carleton
Cornell
Dartmouth
Davidson
Duke
Haverford
Johns Hopkins
Middlebury
Pomona
Reed
Stanford
Williams

I will not recommend safeties for you because Michigan really is a safety and I cannot think of another safety that comes close in terms of quality or cost.

By Antique (Antique) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 12:37 pm: Edit

Thanks a lot. I was kind of considering UMich to be my safety.


Does anyone else have any recommendations?

By Antique (Antique) on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 09:23 pm: Edit

Anyone at all?

By Miamidude (Miamidude) on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 03:24 am: Edit

I dont think UF has a bs/md program. Its a littler weirder. I think you have to go to UF for one year THEN apply. I may be wrong. UM bs/md isnt easy to get into either. 12 students a year, its open to people who arent students either making it harder.


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