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Average GPA’s for Admissions to California Colleges

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:00

Last week I mentioned that the required GPA for the UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program was a 4.0 or higher. If you are interested in any public college in California you will note that the average accepted GPA is very high. Most of the UC’s have an average accepted GPA over 4.0.

But what if the highest GPA in your class is a 3.97 or something below a 4.0. Does that person not stand of chance of getting into a California public college? No, that is not at all what it means.

If you missed my recent post about the difference between weighted and unweighted grades, go read it now.

In California, the public colleges, including the University of California system, the UC’s, and the California State Universities, the CSU’s, use WEIGHTED GPA’s in admissions. As a result almost all California high schools use a weighted GPA on their transcripts. Many of my students from California don’t even know what their unweighted GPA is.

Most colleges in the United States, outside of California, use unweighted grades because of the problem of comparing weighted GPA’s from one school to another.

If you are interested in applying to a California public university, use your weighted GPA to see if you will competitive. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Why I Don’t Understand What Your Weighted GPA Means

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00

One of the most common, and most important, questions I ask prospective students is “what is your GPA.” But I’ll let you in on a secret. When you tell me what your weighted GPA is, I don’t know what it means.

Here’s the problem.

Last time I discussed weighted vs unweighted grades and what those terms meant.  But what I didn’t tell you is that there is no uniform method for weighting grades. Some high schools give one extra point for an AP class. Some give one point for an honors class but two points for an AP class. Some give three points for an AP class. One high school I have worked with gives six extra points for an AP class. Some only give half a point for an AP class. And some high schools don’t use weighted grades at all.

When you tell me your weighted GPA is a 4.5, that may be great given how your school weights grades. But it might be an average GPA at some other high school.

Are you started to get an idea of the problem here? When a college gets a weighted GPA in from a high school they are trying to compare it to the weighted or unweighted GPA from another high school. And with no uniformity in how the weighting is done, they don’t know if you are a great or average student.

That is why the majority of colleges in this country strip all of the weighting out of your grades and rely on the good old 4.0 system. In other words, a 4.0 is as high as your GPA can possibly be.

Now you may be worried that, while your grades are good, they are not as good as that kid that took all of the shop and phy ed classes your school offers. Have no fear. Colleges are looking at your GPA but they are also looking to see what classes you took to get that GPA. You need good grades in serious academic subjects to be a good candidate for a selective college.

If you are interested in attending a highly selective college, and your high school gives you your weighted GPA, go to your guidance counselor to see if they can also give you your unweighted GPA. That way, we can all understand what we are talking about.

 

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Weighted GPA’s vs. Unweighted GPA’s.

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:00

Everyone knows how important the high school grade point average, or GPA, is in determining admissions to college. The problem is that GPA’s can be calculated two different ways.

The traditional way to calculate a GPA was to give 4.0 points for an A, 3.0 points for a B, 2.0 points for a C and 1.0 point for a D. Because this didn’t allow for distinctions between grades, schools soon developed GPA’s for + and – grades. So an A- became a 3.67, a B+ a 3.3, a B- a 2.67 and so on.

This is unweighted grading and is what existed for many years. Under this system, if you receive all A’s you have a 4.0 GPA.

But with the development of the AP system, some high schools started to believe that they should reward students taking the more challenging classes. So, high schools started to give higher points for AP classes. Commonly, an A in an AP class would now be worth 5.0 points rather than the traditional 4.0. Some high schools also started to do the same thing for honors classes.

These are weighted grades. The weighting refers to the additional points, or weight, given for the AP and honors courses.

Next time I will talk about the mess that has come about because of weighted grading.

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UC San Diego’s Invitation to BS/MD Program

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:00

I was talking the other day to one of my students from California who has an interest in the UC San Diego Medical Scholars Program.  The program says that only those students that are invited to apply may apply for the program.  The student was concerned that he might not get an invitation to apply.

I assured the student that this was not an issue. Many BS/MD programs have minimum grade and test score requirements before students will be considered for the program. At the Medical Scholars Program, students must have a GPA of 4.0 or higher and a minimum SAT score of 2,250 or a minimum ACT score of 34.

The UCSD Medical Scholars Program invitation will be sent to ALL students that have applied to UC San Diego undergrad and who have those grades and test scores.  In a typical year they send out over 500 invitations.

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BS/MD Programs with High GPA or MCAT Scores Required

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:00

In the last two posts I have mentioned that there are some BS/MD programs that have higher than typical required grades or higher than typical MCAT scores to advance to the medical school. Today I want to identify those programs.

The University of Alabama has a 3.5 GPA requirement for math and sciences courses but a 3.6 overall GPA requirement.

The University of Connecticut has an overall GPA requirement of a 3.6 GPA.

George Washington University has an overall GPA requirement of a 3.6 GPA.

The St. Bonaventure/George Washington program also has a science and overall GPA of 3.6.

The University of Central Florida has a 3.75 science and overall GPA requirement.

Washington University in St. Louis has a 3.8 over GPA requirement and a 36 MCAT requirement.

Rosemont/Drexel has a minimum required MCAT score of 31.

The University of Pittsburgh has a GPA requirement of 3.75.

There are some wonderful programs here that I have had many students apply to. But, before applying to these programs, carefully consider the higher requirement to advance to the medical school  so that you are making an informed decision.

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Minimum College GPA to Advance to Medical School from BS/MD Program

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:00

Last time I talked about the minimum MCAT score required by many BS/MD programs. But you also need to be aware that many programs have a minimum college GPA that a student also must earn to advance to the medical school.

Most commonly, this is a 3.5 GPA. Many programs are also specific about the grades that must be earned. Typically the programs require that a student get no longer than a “B” grade in one of the required classes for medical school.

When I am working with students applying to medical school through the traditional approach I generally advise that they have a minimum 3.5 college GPA and higher is better. Like the minimum MCAT score, the BS/MD programs let a student have the minimum competitive GPA and still advance to the medical school. In like manner, if you have a “C” grade in a course required for medical school, admissions to a medical school will be very difficult.

My experience is that most students who work hard are able to achieve the 3.5 GPA required for most BS/MD programs.

As with the MCAT, however, there are programs that require higher GPA’s and a student needs to be aware of that before applying to one of these programs as it can make advancing to the medical school much more difficult. Washington University in St. Louis is an example of such as program. The require a student to have a 3.8 GPA to advance to the medical school from the BS/MD program.

 

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Do BS/MD Applicants Have to Worry About the MCAT

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:00

When talking with students about BS/MD programs, many express a desire to avoid the MCAT. But how much does the MCAT really matter?

About 20 of the BS/MD programs don’t require the MCAT at all.  Here is a list of those BS/MD programs that don’t require the MCAT.

That means that most of the programs do require the MCAT.  However, each program handles that requirement differently. Some BS/MD programs require that students take the MCAT but don’t require any minimum score. Most of the programs that require a minimum score to advance to the medical school require a 30 on the MCAT.

When I am working with students applying to medical school through the traditional approach I always advise them that to be the most competitive they will want to have at least a 30 on the MCAT.  Higher than a 30 is preferred.

Since a 30 on the MCAT is the minimum for traditional medical school, requiring a 30 to advance to the BS/MD program is not so bad. Students in these programs do not have to worry about getting the highest possible MCAT score. They just need the minimum score.

I understand that students want to avoid the MCAT if possible. To do well on the test requires a great deal of studying. But having a minimum score of 30 allows a student to avoid the stress of getting the highest possible score. Moreover, many of the BS/MD programs that require the MCAT also provide MCAT prep as part of the program. The medical schools really do want the students admitted to these programs to succeed.

There are a few programs that require an MCAT score higher than a 30. If you are considering one of those programs, you need to be very aware of that requirement and the risk that you may not score at that higher level.

Wanting to avoid the MCAT is a legitimate reason to apply to a BS/MD program. But, the bottom line is that most BS/MD programs provide an advantage over traditional medical schools even if the MCAT is required.

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How is the PSAT Used in College Admissions?

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:00

I often have students send me their PSAT scores or express concern because their scores are not high enough to qualify for National Merit consideration. I always tell them the same thing.

Don’t worry about it. The PSAT doesn’t matter.

For purposes of admissions to colleges, including the most selective colleges in the country, a student’s PSAT score mean absolutely nothing. It is never considered.

The only thing the PSAT is used for is to determine who qualifies for National Merit semi-finalist status. I can hear you already. “So, that is what is important to colleges.”  Nope.

The majority of colleges do not care if a student is a National Merit scholar or not. What colleges care about is what are your actual test scores.  SAT or ACT they don’t really care. I have seen many students with very modest PSAT scores that scored very well on the actual SAT or the ACT. Those students have almost universally done well in the college and BS/MD admissions process.

There are some colleges, particularly those that typically don’t get very many students that score well on the SAT, that offer significant financial aid packages for National Merit finalists. But the vast majority of highly selective colleges give either no extra financial aid for National Merit finalists or at most give $2,500 a year.

If you are looking for significant merit money and are willing to consider some less selective colleges, then by all means try to do well on the PSAT. Otherwise, don’t freak out about it. If you do well, great. And if you don’t do well, so what.

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Why I Don’t Work With Everyone Who Wants to Hire Me

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:00

The other day I mentioned that I don’t work with everyone who wants to hire me. In fact, I turn down more students than I accept. Why?

There are two basic reasons. First, there needs to be a good fit between the counselor and the student. This is one of those things that can be hard to define but I have been doing this long enough that I generally know when I will enjoy working with a student and when I might not.

Second, students need to be realistic in their expectations. No one is guaranteed admission to a BS/MD program. Now, that being said, it is not too often that I am surprised by the overall results of a particular student. I can’t say where someone might be admitted but in most cases, if I think a student is competitive for BS/MD programs, they will get in somewhere.

But some students only want a particular program. “I only want PLME” or “I only want HPME.” Some students with perfect or near perfect grades and test scores will assume that admission to an Ivy League college is something to be expected.

I have said it over and over, NO ONE is guaranteed admission to a particular college or BS/MD program. If the student does not understand that, I am not the best counselor for them.

I will also tell my students my honest opinion on their odds at a BS/MD program and some students don’t want to hear my opinion. That is their choice but if someone doesn’t want to at least hear my opinion, then they would be better off hiring someone else to work with.

I’m picky in who I work with but mainly because my main concern is helping my students to the best of my ability. As long as they understand that, and are willing to work hard to get accepted into the best BS/MD program or regular college for their needs, we will get along just fine.

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Cost vs. Value with BS/MD Packages

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:00

I sometimes get a phone call and the first thing they want to know is how much do I charge. Now I am not shy about telling people what I charge to help students, but it isn’t a good question to start with.

Why? Imagine you don’t know there is any difference in various car models. You call one dealer and are told the car costs $15,000.  You call the second dealer and are told the car costs $30,000. If all cars are the same you would go with the cheaper car, right? I would.

The problem is that not all cars are the same and in like manner not all consultants are the same.  If someone calls me and wants help with a student who has learning difficulties, I will immediately refer that student to one of the counselors that I know works with students like that. I regularly refer callers out to other consultants because I know I am not the best choice for them.

If your goal is to get to medical school, either through a BS/MD program or as a traditional pre-med student, I may be a good counselor for you. Why?

Because 95% of the students I work with are focused on becoming physicians. I have been working with students who want to go to medical school for more than 14 years. I know what medical schools are looking for in deciding who to admit. For the past five years, an average of 80% of my BS/MD students have been admitted to one of the programs.

So what does this have to do with what I charge? One word…

Value.

Having worked with hundreds of BS/MD applicants I know what works in an essay and what doesn’t. I know what responses in an interview will eliminate you from consideration and which ones will make you a strong candidate. I know what the different programs are looking for in strong candidates.

You know in hiring me that you are getting a counselor experienced in BS/MD admissions. One who has worked with students just like yours many times before.

Does that mean I can guarantee admission to a BS/MD program? Of course not. But I can make sure that your student is the strongest possible candidate that they can be.

Want to know the value I can provide to your student? Give me a call and we can chat.

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Admissions Packages for BS/MD Programs

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:00

At the beginning of the year I changed the BS/MD packages I was offering and I wanted to explain why and how the new packages work.  If you started to work with me under the old package you are still under that old package.

The old package provided unlimited time with me for help with admissions to as many colleges and BS/MD programs as you wished.  While that package worked great for some families it wasn’t necessary for many students who didn’t want to apply to a ton of colleges.   Students applying to 2 BS/MD programs were paying the same as those applying to 15.

At the same time the average number of BS/MD programs that students were applying to was about 5 or 6. Needless to say, the amount of work I was doing differed dramatically depending on the number of BS/MD programs being applied to.

So I decided to restructure and offer 3 packages depending on the focus of the student.

The new Silver Package provides unlimited help for up to 2 BS/MD programs and up to 6 regular colleges. This package is great for those students who aren’t sure if a BS/MD program is for them but want to see if they can get into a program as an option. The Silver Package is also good for the student who might not be competitive for most BS/MD programs but wants to at least try to get admitted to one. About 10% of my students fall into this category.

The new Gold Package provides unlimited help for up to 5 BS/MD programs and up to 10 regular colleges. This is the most popular package and for most students can accommodate a reasonable number of BS/MD programs and regular colleges. About 60% of my students are using the Gold Package.

The Platinum Package is the old package providing unlimited help for an unlimited number of BS/MD programs and an unlimited number of regular colleges. This is for the student that really wants to keep the most options open. About 30% of my students are using the Platinum Package.

I hope that the new package structure will better meet the needs of my clients. If any of you have questions about the new packages, give me a call to chat about your questions.

 

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What Does it Take to Get Into BS/DO Programs?

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:00

I sometimes have students ask about admissions to BS/DO programs and what it takes to get admitted into one of these programs.

First, let’s make sure we know what we are talking about. BS/DO programs are the same as BS/MD programs except that the associated medical school grants the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy rather than the Doctor of Medicine. I discussed BS/DO programs in this past post.

BS/DO programs are good for several different types of students. Some students like the holistic approach to medicine that BS/DO programs typically take and therefore prefer applying to them rather than the typical MD programs. The other type of student that is a good match for a BS/DO program is the student that is strong but not quite strong enough for a BS/MD program or that has something unusual in their background.

For the student that is not as strong as the typical BS/MD candidate, I still like to see a 3.5 unweighted or better GPA and test scores in the 2,000 plus range to be competitive for a BS/DO program. These programs are a little more forgiving if a student does not have any research experience and are sometimes willing to consider the student with a more limited volunteering background. However, having some research experience and a strong volunteering background will still help in admissions to the BS/DO programs.

The other type of student that may find a BS/DO program a better option is the student with an unusual background. This might be the student that has skipped one or more grades in school and is young for their grade or the student that has attended multiple high schools.

Like BS/MD programs there is no guarantee of acceptance even with strong grades and test scores, but you will have somewhat better odds for admissions with a BS/DO program.

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What Does Reach, Match and Safety Mean

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:00

Reach, match and safety are terms often used in the college admissions world to describe a student’s chances of acceptance into a college. What do these terms actually mean?

A reach college is one in which it is unlikely that you will be admitted. This might be because your grades and test scores are in the bottom 25% of scores typically accepted by that college. A college might also be a reach because it accepts so few students. In general terms, I tell students that if a college accepts less than 30% of the students who apply, it should be considered a reach for everyone.  A college might also be a reach even if you have good grades and test scores if you don’t have strong extracurricular activities.

A match college is one in which your grades and test scores are consistent with the middle 50% of grades and test scores typically accepted by that college. This is particularly true for those colleges that commonly accept between 30 and 60% of the students who apply.

A safety college is one in which you are quite confident that you will be admitted because your grades and test scores are in the top 25% of that colleges typical grades and test scores. These colleges will commonly have greater than 70% acceptance rates.

All of these are broad generalizations and what is a reach school for one student might be a safety for another. The important thing to understand is that in applying to colleges, you MUST make sure that you are applying to some colleges that for you are a pretty sure thing. Otherwise you may be scrambling in May of your senior year trying to find colleges that are still accepting students.

And trust me, you don’t want to be that kid.

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What is the Right Number of Colleges to Apply to?

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:00

So what is the right number of colleges to apply to? Did you read my post last week about the right number of BS/MD programs to apply to? If not, go read that right now. I’ll wait….

So, you already know the answer, don’t you? Well, yes and no.  The right number of colleges to apply to differs somewhat from the right number of BS/MD programs because there is more variation in acceptance rates at regular colleges.

All BS/MD programs are a reach for ANY student. But there is a huge range of acceptance rates for colleges. You have the most selective colleges that are pressing a 5% acceptance rate. And you have many very good colleges with acceptance rates of 70% or greater. Contrary to popular believe, a lower acceptance rate does not make for a better college.

The focus on choosing non BS/MD colleges should be on how well they do getting students accepted into medical school and not the name of the college. You also need to make sure that you have colleges on your list with a range of acceptances. It is fine to have 2 or 3 colleges that would be considered a reach, 3 or 4 that are a match and at least 2 colleges that you are fairly confident will admit you. Consistent with this, my typical BS/MD students apply to between 8 and 10 regular colleges.

Can you apply to more? Of course you can. But in doing so you run the very real risk that you are applying to too many colleges and not giving each college a convincing statement about why you are a good match for that college.  And applying to 10 colleges that each have a 10% admit rate does not mean that you will get into at least one.

Find a reasonable number of colleges that are a good fit for you and that have a range of acceptances.  That will do more to help you gain acceptance than applying to 30 colleges.

 

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What is the Right Number of BS/MD Programs to Apply to?

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 10:00

If you have followed my blog for any period of time you know that I get asked many questions every day about BS/MD programs. One that always makes me pause a little is “what is the right number of BS/MD programs to apply to?”

I hesitate because there is no one right answer to that question.

Are you thinking about applying to BS/MD programs but not really sure if they are the right option for you? Do you have academic credentials that, while good, are weak for most BS/MD programs?

These type of students may best be served by applying to one or two BS/MD programs.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to spend all of your time applying to programs that you aren’t sure about or that are a long shot at best.

On the other hand, are you the type of student that knows you have wanted to be a doctor since you were 7 years old and have done everything right to apply to BS/MD programs?  Then 10 or more BS/MD applications might very well be appropriate.

How many BS/MD programs to apply to, like which programs to apply to, is a decision that requires looking at many different factors. There is no one right answer to most questions about college and BS/MD admissions because there are many routes to the right choice.

The question is, what is the route for YOUR best choice?

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Senior Acceptances 2014

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 10:00

It has been another good year at College Admissions Partners. For the fourth year in a row more than 75% of my students applying to BS/MD programs were admitted to at least one BS/MD program and many were accepted into more than one program. If there is a number after a college it reflects the number of my students admitted to that program. Congratulations to all of my students on all of the hard work you have done to get to this point.

Here is a partial list of the 2014 college acceptances:

1. RPI/Albany (2)
2. Siena/Albany
3. Boston University BS/MD program (3)
4. St. Bonaventure University/George Washington University(3)
5. Drexel BS/MD (2)
6. University of the Sciences BS/MD (2)
7. University of Miami BS/MD (2)
8. University of Connecticut BS/MD
9. Wayne State University BS/MD
10. NEOMED
11. Texas Tech Honors College and BS/MD program
12. Penn State/Jefferson Medical College
13. University of Texas PACT BS/MD program
14. TCNJ/New Jersey Medical School
15. Gannon Leocom BS/DO
16. St. Louis University Med Scholars (2)
17. Carleton College(2)
18. Wellesley College
19. Barnard College
20. Claremont Mckenna College
21. Hamilton College (3)
22. The College of New Jersey
23. The College of William and Mary
24. Colorado College
25. Yale University
26. Harvard University
27. Princeton University
28. Columbia University
29. Brown University
30. Dartmouth College(2)
31. Cornell University(2)
32. University of Pennsylvania(2)
33. University of Chicago
34. Duke University biomedical engineering (2)
35. Duke University non biomedical engineering
36. Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering
37. Caltech
38. MIT
39. Rice University(2)
40. Vanderbilt University (2)
41. Carnegie Mellon University(2)
42. University of Rochester (2)
43. Emory University (3)
44. Penn State University
45. University of Miami
46. Northwestern University
47. Case Western Reserve University
48. University of Southern California
49. University of Texas Dallas full ride
50. University of Notre Dame
51. Georgetown University
52. University of Virginia(2)
53. University of Michigan
54. Boston College
55. Texas Christian University – Accepted with $6,000 per year scholarship
56. Denver University – Accepted with $9,000 per year scholarship
57. Loyola Marymount University
58. Butler University
59. University of Missouri – Accepted with $7,000 per year scholarship
60. University of St. Thomas – Accepted with $21,000 per year scholarship
61. Texas A&M University honors college at college station
62. University of Texas Dallas
63. University of Texas San Antonio
64. University of California Berkeley (3)
65. University of California Los Angeles(3)
66. University of California San Diego (3)
67. University of California Davis (3)
68. University of California Irvine (3)

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Do BS/MD Admission Requirements Change from Year to Year?

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 10:00

I have been getting many emails and telephone calls asking if the admission criteria for BS/MD programs was different this year than in past years.  Basically what they are asking is, was it more difficult to get into a BS/MD program this past year.

Although there are minor changes that occur every year from application deadlines to grades and test scores needed, in general terms this past year was no different than any other year. What admissions committees are looking for in a candidate rarely changes from year to year.

You need good grades, test scores, health care related volunteering, doctor shadowing and some research is nice to see.

The relative importance of each of those issues may change from year to year at individual programs. For example, historically the BS/MD program at Case Western has seemed to put a fair amount of emphasis on research experience. But, I was talking with the director of admissions at Case several weeks ago who said that the medical school isn’t that concerned about a heavy research background. They are more interested in students who can demonstrate their passion to become a physician. That’s not to say that a great deal of experience in research is bad, it just is one aspect of admissions to that program.

If you have the fundamental academic and experience background you may be a competitive candidate for a BS/MD program even if there are minor changes in the relative weight of each criteria among the various programs.

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Can I Transfer Into a BS/MD Program?

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 05/13/2014 - 10:00

It is somewhat surprising to me but I often get asked if a person can transfer into a BS/MD program. Generally, the answer is no but there is one limited exception. The University of Missouri Kansas City, UMKC, will consider limited transfers as long as the student has less than 24 hours college credit. This includes any credit earned during the semester when the student is applying to the BS/MD program. The student must also meet all of the other criteria required to apply to the BS/MD program at UMKC. This is NOT a common route into the program but it is an option if you decided later than normal to apply to a BS/MD program.

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Why are Colleges Getting So Competitive?

College Admissions Partners - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:00

There are fewer students applying to college now than there were 5 years ago. Does that surprise you?

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How can it be that colleges are getting so much more competitive now than in the past when there are fewer students applying to college? Because the number of applications that some students are submitting has been increasing significantly. And most of these additional applications are being sent to just a handful of colleges.

The reality is that for the vast majority of colleges, they are no more selective now than they have been in the past.  In fact, most colleges accept most of the students that apply to them.

Is there anything you can do about this increased selectivity to a small number of colleges? No, I’m afraid not. But what you can do is broaden your idea of what is a good school. Don’t assume that because a college rejects most of the people that apply that it is a better college than one that accepts most of those that apply.

In deciding where to apply don’t worry about artificial rankings or the number of students that are rejected by a college. Neither tells you whether a particular college might be a good choice for you and your needs.

And that is all that should really matter to you.

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Is it Safe to Attend Dartmouth College?

College Admissions Partners - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:00

Dartmouth College is a popular choice for many of my students to apply to. It is a good school academically. However, Dartmouth has always had a reputation as a party school. The movie Animal House was based in part on stories of fraternity life at Dartmouth.

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But, it appears that things have been getting out of hand at Dartmouth. The President of Dartmouth, who is also an alumnus of Dartmouth, has called for an end to the high-risk and harmful behavior that has been occurring on campus.

Specifically there are concerns being raised about sexual assaults on campus, high-risk drinking and the lack of inclusion of minorities into campus life. In fact, Dartmouth is under federal investigation for its handling of sexual misconduct claims.

InsideHigherEd has an article on this issue reflecting on the history of those who have tried to change the climate at Dartmouth in the past.

I hope that the new President is able to clean up these problems. But the story goes beyond Dartmouth. Things like this occur everyday on campuses around the country. Just because a college has a good academic reputation doesn’t mean that there are no problems on campus.

It is your duty, in investigating colleges to apply to and attend, to get to understand what daily life is like for students on a campus. Read the school newspaper if you are on campus. Many colleges will even put them online if you can’t get to campus. Look at the crime statistics being reported by a college. Colleges are required to report these under the Clery Act. Actually talk to current students and ask them what concerns there are on campus.

Going to college is about getting an education. But you want to be safe at the same time. Do your homework and keep yourself safe.

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