Many colleges do not recognize pre-med as a major, though there are schools that offer advising services and special programs, as well as majors in such areas as biology, chemistry, and biomedical science, that can prepare students to meet medical school admission requirements. This article will look at some of the Christian colleges that help students prepare to enter medical school.
The list below looks at five of the best Christian Colleges in the nation. Among these, you'll find Roman Catholic and Methodist colleges, as well as schools scattered along the East Coast and the in the South. All of these schools cost over $40,000 a year.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Washington, DC||$52,300|
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Atlanta, GA||$49,392|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Waco, TX||$43,790|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Notre Dame, IN||$51,505|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Pre-Med Programs at Christian Universities
Consider some of the following colleges for your pre-med needs. You'll find that these colleges offer essential life science courses, medical school preparation, and health science groups.
Duke University boasts an acceptance rate of 85% among undergraduates applying to medical school as of 2018. Its Trinity College of Arts and Sciences offers over 4,000 courses each semester and around 50 undergraduate degree programs. Among those majors are some great options for students seeking a pre-med curriculum, such as biology, neuroscience, biophysics, and global health. Duke also offers a clinical observation program that pairs prospective medical students with Duke alumni who are in the medical profession. As one of these observers, you'll spend two days shadowing a doctor to see what his or her daily routine is like. There is also a Prehealth Experiential Programme for students, which is a week-long immersion program at the Singapore medical campus. You'll learn about the health of Singapore and hear from local speakers. On campus, you can get involved with your spiritual side through mission trips and other faith-based activities run by the student group, PathWays. There are also over 150 opportunities throughout the year to attend chapel service.
One of the biggest benefits of attending Georgetown University is its Early Assurance Program. This program allows you to apply to the medical school at Georgetown during your sophomore year and have guaranteed acceptance. You must be attending Georgetown when you apply and have four of the five recommended pre-med courses completed. These five courses are organic chemistry, calculus, physics, biology, and general chemistry. Once accepted, you must maintain a GPA of 3.6, but you do not need to take the MCAT, which is often required by medical schools. To get students into the school spirit, the ESCAPE first-year retreat gets students away from campus and into the Shenandoah Valley. Students can also take MAGIS immersion trips that get them involved in social justice issues in areas of need both locally and internationally.
Emory University reports that graduates from the class of 2017 were admitted to several top medical schools. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university's graduate biological sciences program as the 33rd best in the nation for 2018, which could bode well for undergraduates pursuing study in this area. There are over 70 undergraduate programs to choose from outside of biological science, though this is one of the best for pre-med students. There are also many religious organizations on campus, including Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Bread Coffeehouse, and the Emory Missional Community. For students with pre-med interests, there is a group called the Religion and Health Connection, where religious and health topics are discussed over lunch. There are also 18 NCAA Division III sports teams and many green initiatives to make Emory a sustainable campus.
Baylor University offers a comprehensive pre-med program to prepare students for admission to medical school. It's open to students pursuing all majors and includes medical humanities courses and research opportunities in addition to a 4-year planner that outlines strongly recommended pre-med courses, such as genetics, physics, biochemistry, calculus, human physiology, and chemistry. There are also several health profession workshops available, such as advising workshops, medical school interview workshops, and medical school application workshops. Baylor is also part of JAMP, which guarantees medical school admission and undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students who qualify. At Baylor, chapel attendance is a requirement, but it is considered a privilege as well.
University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame was named the 18th best university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2018. The school also reports that, on average, over 75% of its graduates are successful in gaining admission to medical school as of 2018. Through the College of Science, you can enter the preprofessional studies program, which prepares you to further your education in the medical field. Advising and workshops help you to apply to school, and the pre-medical curriculum can keep you on track with the proper courses. For students who want to combine pre-med studies with research, there is also the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, a research group that strives to combine the study of religion and the sciences. As a Catholic college, the rosary, masses, Reconciliation services, and Vespers services can be found throughout the year.