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?