What makes a great pre-med program?

Great pre-medical schools can be found around the country. What makes one great compared to another is often the quality of the education, their resources for premeds (think research and clinical opportunities) and also the ability for a student to perform well while maintaining a high GPA. Many schools publish their "pre-med acceptance rates", however you should take this number with a grain of salt as it doesn't often tell the whole story.

SchoolStudents applyingStudents acceptedAcceptance RateEnrollmentAvg ACT ScoreAvg SAT ScoreApplication deadlinePublished acceptance Rate for Undergraduates/Alumni Applying to Medical School
Harvard University39,0002,1105%1,663331476Jan 1st93%
Columbia University36,2922,2796%1,420331510Jan 1st91%
Yale University31,4451,9886%1,371331484Jan 1st86%
Duke University31,6713,43011%1,723331475Jan 3rd85%
Boston University57,44116,90729%3,552301316Jan. 280%
University of Pennsylvania38,9183,6749%2,491331463Jan 5th78%
Cornell University44,9656,33714%3,315321424Jan 1st76%
Johns Hopkins University27,0943,23412%1,311331475Jan 1st70%
University of California--Berkeley82,58113,50716%6,253331449Nov 30thNot published
Georgetown University19,9973,36917%1,574321406Jan 10thNot published
UNC Chapel Hill34,8899,40027%4,228291288Jan. 15Not published
Stanford University43,9972,1185%1,739331455Jan 3rdNot published
University of Washington43,51719,73345%6,415281241Nov. 15Not published

Should you look at published acceptance rates?

There are several reasons that you shouldn't consider just the published acceptance rate in your decision to apply or enroll at a particular school. Many schools don't tell the whole truth with these numbers. There maybe students who they do not support through the medical school admissions process because of their grades or MCAT and so the school won't count these students in their numbers. Bottom line, you want to make sure to know the whole story (which is often difficult to get). That said, the list above has absolutely fabulous pre-med programs that can set you up for great success!