Every year it seems that getting into college is more difficult.
The past few years, the number of colleges that each student applies to has increased greatly. Although there are actually fewer students applying to college in general compared to 5 years ago, the number of applications has actually increased at the most selective colleges. This has artificially made it more difficult to gain admission each year.
With a number of colleges now having admit rates less than 10%, my students have been calling up asking if BS/MD programs are also getting more difficult to get into.
The answer generally is no.
BS/MD programs have admit rates ranging from 1% to 8% so they are already the most competitive college programs in the country. If you have the qualifications to apply to one of these programs, your chances are about the same as it was last year or 5 years ago. The reason is that while there are very few spots available for BS/MD programs, it does not appear that the number of applicants each year has changed much.
Moreover, what programs are looking for in deciding who to admit has really not changed. I will be putting up a post soon about the colleges where my current class of students were admitted to but the bottom line is that it is not significantly different from prior years.
If you are considering a BS/MD program you already know that it’s is going to be incredible competitive. Don’t worry about it since worrying won’t help anyway. Instead, make sure you are the strongest possible candidate by doing everything necessary to show you are a great candidate for these programs.