Best Pre Med Majors

The Best Pre-Med Majors

Did you know that pre-med is not considered an actual major by most universities in the United States? Most times, there isn’t even an official pre-med concentration available to students.

So what should you study if you want to go to medical school? We’ll explain what schools are really looking for, what pre-med tracks you can take, and where to find the best college for pre-med students.

What Med Schools are Really Looking For

It may surprise you to learn that yes, medical schools typically require one year each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and English, but majoring in science isn’t necessarily required or encouraged by many medical schools.

In fact, the Harvard Medical School Admissions page explicitly states:

“We adhere to the important principle that the college years are not, and should not be, designed primarily to prepare students for professional schools. Instead, the college years should be devoted to a creative engagement in the elements of a broad, intellectually expansive liberal arts education.”

So it’s not all about science– being well-rounded in many different subjects in addition to science makes for an attractive medical school candidate. Why? There’s more to being a doctor than knowing the causes of disease– doctors must have an appreciation of cultural nuance and human behavior in order to truly understand and treat their patients.

The Different Pre-Med Tracks

Because students have to fulfill the science requirements, many end up studying science as their primary major. Although as we explored above, the liberal arts route can be an attractive way to get a comprehensive understanding of all subjects, while fulfilling requirements. It’s really up to you!

Here are four popular pre-med majors:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Liberal Arts

All of the above are good majors for medical school– there isn’t a definite “right track” for getting into a good program. As long as you meet the course requirements and complete the MCAT, admissions staff are generally looking for well-rounded individuals who demonstrate a passion for medicine.

Where are the Best Schools for Pre-Med?

Because majoring in “pre-med” is not an option, we’ve listed out the top 10 best colleges for biology, chemistry, physics, and liberal arts— all common majors for those wanting to attend medical school.

 

The Top 10 Colleges for Biology

Rank College Name Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* Overall Acceptance Rate
Rank 1
College Name Harvard University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Rank 2
College Name Stanford University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1470
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 5%
Rank 3
College Name Yale University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Rank 4
College Name MIT
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1520
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 35
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 5
College Name Duke University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1470
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 11%
Rank 6
College Name Princeton University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1490
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Rank 7
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1460
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Rank 8
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1440
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 32
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Rank 9
College Name University of Chicago
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1470
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 10
College Name Cornell University
Avg. Biology Student SAT Score on Niche* 1410
Avg. Biology Student ACT Score on Niche* 32
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
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The Top 10 Colleges for Chemistry

Rank College Name Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* Overall Acceptance Rate
Rank 1
College Name Harvard University
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1540
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 35
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Rank 2
College Name Cal Tech
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1560
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* N/A
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Rank 3
College Name Princeton University
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1520
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Rank 4
College Name University of Chicago
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1510
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 5
College Name Rice University
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1450
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 16%
Rank 6
College Name Pomona College
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1550
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 35
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Rank 7
College Name Duke University
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1450
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 11%
Rank 8
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Rank 9
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1440
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Rank 10
Avg. Chemistry Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Chemistry Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 13%
View the Top 100

 

The Top 10 Colleges for Physics

Rank College Name Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* Overall Acceptance Rate
Rank 1
College Name Cal Tech
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1550
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 35
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Rank 2
College Name MIT
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 3
College Name Harvard University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1550
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 35
Overall Acceptance Rate 6%
Rank 4
College Name Yale University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1500
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Rank 5
College Name Stanford University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1510
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 5%
Rank 6
College Name Princeton University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1530
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 7%
Rank 7
College Name University of Chicago
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1490
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 8%
Rank 8
College Name Brown University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Rank 9
College Name Cornell University
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1500
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 34
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
Rank 10
Avg. Physics Student SAT Score on Niche* 1480
Avg. Physics Student ACT Score on Niche* 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
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The Top 10 Colleges for for Liberal Arts

Rank College Name Average SAT Score Average ACT Score Overall Acceptance Rate
Rank 1
College Name Bowdoin College
Average SAT Score 1400
Average ACT Score 32
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
Rank 2
College Name Pomona College
Average SAT Score 1430
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 10%
Rank 3
College Name Carleton College
Average SAT Score 1420
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 21%
Rank 4
College Name Harvey Mudd College
Average SAT Score 1460
Average ACT Score 32
Overall Acceptance Rate 13%
Rank 5
College Name Middlebury College
Average SAT Score 1390
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Rank 6
Average SAT Score 1380
Average ACT Score 32
Overall Acceptance Rate 24%
Rank 7
College Name Swarthmore College
Average SAT Score 1420
Average ACT Score 33
Overall Acceptance Rate 12%
Rank 8
College Name Barnard College
Average SAT Score 1350
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
Rank 9
Average SAT Score 1410
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 11%
Rank 10
College Name Haverford College
Average SAT Score 1380
Average ACT Score 31
Overall Acceptance Rate 25%
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*Composite SAT/ACT scores are normalized to the same scale of students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the school. Scores are self-reported by students on Niche.com.

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The Best Pre-Med Majors