Several Catholic institutions across the country offer high-quality pre-med programs for undergraduates. These schools have high medical school acceptance rates, unique early assurance programs and/or other characteristics that make them some of the best pre-med programs around. Here we discuss a handful of the best Catholic schools with pre-med programs in more detail.
Massachusetts, Montana and Washington, D.C., are just a few of the locations that have one or more of the best Catholic schools for pre-med students. In the table below, compare a few of the schools' undergraduate tuition rates. All of these schools have a Roman Catholic affiliation.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|College of the Holy Cross||4-year, private not-for-profit||Worcester, MA||$50,630|
|Saint Louis University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Saint Louis, MO||$42,166|
|Carroll College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Helena, MT||$34,480|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Washington, D.C.||$52,300|
|Boston College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Chestnut Hill, MA||$53,346|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Best Catholic Colleges for Pre-Med Students
Some of the best Catholic colleges with pre-med programs provide students with unique resources and opportunities to prepare them for medical school, such as advising programs, honor societies and early acceptance programs. Students trying to decide between these schools may also consider factors like the size of the school and/or spiritual growth opportunities. Find out more about some of the best Catholic schools and their pre-med programs.
College of the Holy Cross
The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts is an undergraduate institution that had close to 2,860 students in 2017, per the NCES. Students at the college who are interested in attending medical school after graduation can pursue any liberal arts degree and participate in the Health Professions Advising Career Program. This program offers lifelong advising and support to students, helps them prepare for medical school with research, internship, volunteer and shadowing experiences and boasts a medical school acceptance rate that is about twice that of the national average, according to the school's website. Students can invest in their spiritual lives on campus by participating in prayer and worship services, immersion programs, pastoral care opportunities, spiritual retreats and student organizations, like Medical Ministry International- Honduras or Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University in Missouri offers a Pre-Professional Health Studies Program with advisors who help students customize their courses and obtain beneficial experience and service opportunities. Students can also network in pre-health organizations, like Alpha Epsilon Delta, the school's chapter of the National Premedical Honor Society, or the Pre-Health Ambassador Program. Spiritual life on campus consists of Christian Life Communities, pastoral conversations, days of reflection, prayer and worship services, faith and justice activities and spiritual retreats. In 2017, the university had 9,910 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Montana's Carroll College helps students grow spiritually through worship services, spiritual retreats, the annual Spring Headlights Immersion Trip, men's and women's formation groups and Peer Ministers, who are available to help students in the residence halls. As of 2017, the undergraduate college had a little over 1,360 students, per the NCES. Most students in the school's pre-med program major in chemistry or biology, and some highly qualified students may be eligible to complete their bachelor's degree program in three years, instead of four. According to the school's website, the pre-med program has an 85% acceptance rate for its students into medical schools around the country.
The NCES reported that Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., had about 7,460 undergraduate students in 2017. The university's School of Medicine offers top medical training and also offers a pre-med program through the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Pre-med students at the school can major in nursing, human science, international health or health care management and policy. Academically strong students in this program can also participate in a unique Early Assurance Program to the School of Medicine at Georgetown and have assurance into the program before their junior year. Students with assurance are not required to take the MCAT. The university has an active Campus Ministry that provides students with worship services, interfaith programs, Hoya Faith Groups, immersion experiences and spiritual retreats.
Boston College in Massachusetts offers a Pre-Health Program for students of any major that helps prepare them for professional schools by gaining relevant experience and taking required coursework. Students planning on attending medical school can take advantage of the university's shadowing opportunities, service work, research opportunities, advanced placement courses and pre-health advising. Spiritual life on campus includes Liturgy and Sacraments, multi-faith programs, pastoral counseling, spiritual retreats, service-immersions and faith communities. Students may also participate in spiritual organizations and medicine-related clubs on campus, like the Asian Christian Fellowship, the Medical Journal Club and MEDLIFE. According to the NCES, the college had about 9,920 undergraduate students in 2017.