9 months ago
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What should I do to have a really good application for a bsmd program?

What stats, activities, what are these programs expecting?

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9 months ago

Admissions to BSMD programs are considered to be as competitive as gaining entrance to top tier universities like Harvard or Stanford. When applying to BSMD programs, your high school GPA will be crucial. There are some programs that have GPA minimums and to be a competitive application, you should shoot for a 3.8. unweighted GPA. You should at least be in the top 10 percent of your class with the ideal applicant being in the top 5 percent. The minimum SAT score for applicants admitted to BSDM programs is 1160, while the average score is a 1420. The minimum ACT score is a 24 while the average score is a 32. Admissions officers will also look at class rigor, with STEM classes given more weight. Science and math SAT IIs are required by many programs as well.

Additionally, you will be evaluated on your extracurricular activities. Like any applicant applying to a top tier school, extracurricular activities are a great way to separate yourself from applicants who have similar grades and test scores. BSMD programs like to see extracurriculars related to health, medicine, and helping others. Consider taking on community-based service work in the realm of medicine. Admissions officers want to see that you’ve demonstrated leadership capabilities too.

In addition to the application that all undergraduate applicants to a given university must fill out, nearly all BSMD programs require applicants to submit program-specific supplemental essays and, if chosen as semifinalists, to participate in an on-campus or local interview with an alum. Writing compelling essays that communicate your interest in studying medicine and attending the specific programs you're applying to will have a significant bearing on your acceptance.

Letters of recommendation are also required for BSDM applicants. For BSMD programs, consider having one recommender who is a physician or someone from a healthcare-related EC and a second recommendation letter from a science teacher.

9 months ago

A lot of the information for combined BS-MD programs can be found online, but you have to search pretty hard to find the information you are looking for. I read college blogs and looked deeper into the programs they mentioned. To give yourself a good chance of getting into a BS/MD program, you should shoot for at least a 3.8 unweighted GPA and either a 1500 SAT score or a 34 composite ACT score.

I hope this helps :)


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