We just wanted to point your attention to an article on theVantage, the student newspaper of Newman University. The article explores the validity of the university’s purported 96% medical school acceptance rate for its pre med students and how that statistic only applies to those selected pre med students who get a positive recommendation from the pre-med committee.
Generally speaking, any school with a very high purported acceptance rate for its pre meds is either relying on the positive recommendation that’s only selectively given out and/or there is a ‘gate keeper class,’ usually organic chemistry, that intentionally flunks out a good number of pre med students and only allows the strongest to complete the program and apply to medical school.
Proponents of this type of pre med system can argue that they’re stopping poorly qualified students from investing even more time into a pursuit that wasn’t meant to be and allowing them more time to find another major and still, hopefully, graduate in four years. We’re pretty certain the parents who are often footing the bills are a primary constituency for these policies.
However, there is the alternative consideration that perhaps the bar is often set too high and some of the pre meds who did not quite meet the school’s self-set standards could have gained admission to medical school if given the opportunity to complete the program and/or given a favorable recommendation.
We don’t want to take sides on this issue. We do, however, want to spell it out here so prospective pre meds can better evaluate their options when shortlisting their college lists.