Last week I talked about how some college admissions counselors manipulate data to look better. Many colleges do the same thing with the information they provide regarding medical school admissions.
Colleges want to look good to perspective students and many of those students want to be doctors. So what better way to look good than to talk about your high medical school acceptance rate. And this is where it gets tricky.
Many colleges only provide their best students recommendations to medical school. Since the recommendation from a college professor is critical for admissions to medical school, not having one, or not have a good one, will often prevent you from getting into medical school.
But if the college only gives their best students recommendation letters, those students have a much higher percentage of getting into medical school. If only students with 3.8 GPA and a 34 MCAT get recommendations, it is going to look like your college does a great job of placing students into medical school.
There are colleges out there that regularly have over 90% of all of the students that wish to apply get accepted into medical school. Yet few of those colleges advertise that fact. If a college is bragging about a very high percentage of acceptances into medical school, be very skeptical until you ask many questions.