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What Are the Top Schools with Pre-Med Programs?

Learn about pre-med programs and see what kind of programs could give you a leg up on preparing for medical school. Get an overview of pre-med options at three schools; find out what they have to offer with regard to school ranking, facilities and special learning opportunities.

How to Select a Top School with a Pre-Med Program

While all medical schools require you to have an undergraduate degree in order to gain acceptance, they often do not require a specific major. You will mostly have to complete prerequisite courses in physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics. Many schools offer pre-med programs in one or several of these fields that are designed specifically to provide the prerequisites needed to enroll in medical school.

You may benefit from finding an undergraduate school with a medical school affiliation. Schools with strong science-related programs should prepare you for the MCAT exam and enroll in medical school. Undergraduate research opportunities, internships or other exposure to the medical school environment might also help.

Three Top Schools with Pre-Med Programs

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

According to U.S. News & World Report, Johns Hopkins ranked 2nd for medical schools: research and was the 9th best national university in 2021. The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising will assist you with introduction to the health professions, curriculum planning and recommended activities leading up to the MCAT and your medical school application. You also have the opportunity to work in research laboratories at the JHU Medical Institutions or attend a summer research program. Juniors and seniors may have intercession clinical or surgical shadowing opportunities. Potential preparatory degrees for medical school include:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Behavioral Biology
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. in Biophysics
  • B.S. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Cognitive Science
  • B.S. in Neuroscience

University of California in Los Angeles, CA

UCLA tied for 20th among U.S. News & World Report's 2021 national universities. The David Geffen School of Medicine was tied 6th for research in the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings. As an undergraduate, you are encouraged to volunteer at the medical center or other L.A. medical organizations. You can conduct research through the Student Research Program and honors theses. These are a few of the possible pre-med degrees:

  • B.S. in Bioengineering
  • B.S. in Biological Chemistry
  • B.S. in Chemistry/Materials Science
  • B.S. in Molecular Biology
  • B.S. in Neuroscience

Washington University in St. Louis, MO

WUSTL was U.S. News & World Report's 16th-ranked national university in 2021. Its medical school was ranked 6th for research by U.S. News & World Report's in 2021. WUSTL reports that 90% of premed students who take advantage of premed advising programs and do well in coursework are admitted to a medical school. The university offers a full semester MCAT prep course. Undergraduates frequently work with medical school faculty members. You might volunteer at the Washington University Medical Center or at one of three other affiliated teaching hospitals. The strongest premed students may be eligible for the University Scholars Program in Medicine, which guarantees admission to the Washington University School of Medicine. You might pursue these degrees:

  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
  • B.S. in Chemistry
  • B.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • B.S. in Environmental Biology
  • B.S. in Environmental Studies
  • B.S. in Physics

10 More Schools for Pre-Med Training

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition (2019-2020)*
Harvard University 4-year, Private Cambridge, MA$52,000
Cornell University 4-year, Private Ithaca, NY$57,000
University of Virginia 4-year, Public Charlottesville, PA$18,000
Lehigh University 4-year, Private Bethlehem, PA$55,000
Bryn Mawr College 4-year, Private Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania$54,500
Rensselaer Polytechnic 4-year, Private Troy, NY55,000
Tufts University 4-year, Private Medford, MA$58,500
Brandeis University 4-year, Private Waltham, MA$57,500
University of Notre Dame 4-year, Private Notre Dame, IN$55,500
Northwestern University 4-year, Private Evanston, IL$57,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education