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How can I be the strongest candidate for a B.S./M.D. program?

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Todd JohnsonTodd Johnson
Founder and President
College Admissions Partners
B.S./M.D. programs are looking for students who are very strong academically but also dedicated to a career in medicine. Many programs have minimum academic requirements to even be considered, and this typically includes being in the top 10% of your high school class or, if your school does not rank, a 3.8 unweighted GPA. Additionally, these programs are looking for a minimum SAT score of 1350–1400 on the Critical Reading and Math sections or a 2100 on all three sections of the SAT. If a student has taken the ACT, they will need at least a 30. The strongest candidates will be in the top 5% of their class and have an SAT score in excess of 2200 or an ACT score greater than 32.

But grades and test scores alone are not enough. Students need to have significant volunteer experience (at least some of which is health care-related), experience with doctor shadowing, and some research experience. In addition, you will need to show leadership and maturity to be a strong candidate for these competitive programs.