Admission to Combined BA/MD Programs

Question: I am interested in pursuing medicine in college and I have narrowed my list of potential colleges down to six. Five of these offer an accelerated BS/MD program, which is attractive to me but I've heard can be hard to get into. Should I expand my list to include other colleges?

As you are aware, accelerated bachelors/M.D. programs are fiercely competitive, and admission to them is generally far more difficult than it is to the colleges and universities that sponsor them, if you’re not applying to these special programs. For example, the middle-range SAT scores for Drew University in New Jersey are about 560-670 Verbal and 550-650 Math, yet there is a minimum requirement of 1,400 for applicants to their combined medical program, and the majority of those admitted score closer to 1,500. Big difference, eh?

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