Why in the world would anyone turn down a BS/MD program? Although they are among the most selective programs in college admissions, they are not appropriate for everyone.
I had two students this past year turn down a BS/MD program and I thought I would explain these students thinking. One student was admitted to one of the Drexel programs but decided to attend a highly ranked liberal arts college instead.
This student decided she wanted to have a more traditional college experience. The student was also concerned about having more options available for medical school. These are both very legitimate reasons for choosing a traditional college over a BS/MD program.
A second student was admitted to Northwestern’s BS/MD program but turned the program down for an Ivy League school. The reason, as you may suspect, was the prestige of the Ivy League college. Personally, this was not a choice I would have made but when college decisions are being made, it is a very personal choice that each student must make for themselves.
The bottom line is that what is the right choice for you depends on you and your particular interests. And that is the way it should be.
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