November 16, 2013
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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While browsing through the curriculum, fee structure, school terms and other details, you will find that most medical schools are almost similar to each other. So how do you decide which schools to apply to and which to strike off your list? Although there is no limit to the number of schools you can apply to, it is a good idea to keep the list down to 15. Applying to more than 20 schools can be overkill and you want to avoid that.
Here are a few tips that can help you narrow down the list of medical schools:
This is the absolute first thing you need to do. Take a look at the minimum qualifying requirements for each school and if you do not qualify, strike it off your list right away.
If staying with your family or at least as close as possible to your family is important to you, give first preference to med schools in and around your city. Even if you are staying on campus, it’s nice to know that your family is close enough that you can run home to them whenever you want to.
Do you love the hustle and bustle of a big city or do you thrive in more quiet surroundings of the suburbs? It is important to be comfortable in the surroundings you live in so take the location of the school and its environs into consideration too.
Over the past few years, there have been several new medical schools that have been launched. If your stats are on the lower end of the scale, these might seem tempting to you. But remember, that they have still not established their status and everything might just be in an experimental phase so be extra careful and do your due diligence before applying to a school that has just been launched.
Colleges that offer undergraduate programs have a more extensive and exciting overall program that includes art performances or shows, fairs, a larger student community and more ambitious science programs. Schools that do not offer undergraduate programs tend to have smaller campuses and fewer resources. If you love the larger-than-life lifestyle, then it is important to look for a med school that offers an undergraduate program. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quieter, more low-key college term, then a school that does not offer an undergraduate program may be more suited to you.
Ultimately, the main objective of this exercise is that you should find a school that is best suited for you in all aspects. After all, you are going to spend at least 4 years at the school and it is important that you feel comfortable and happy with your choice.