I was notified this morning that one of the students in the Early Medical School Acceptance Program(EMSAP) at the University of Alabama Birmingham has been chosen as a Rhodes Scholar for 2015. This is of course great news for the young man given this award but it also illustrates a point I have often made.
You do not need to go to one of a handful of colleges to be successful. Students interested in medical school in general, and BS/MD programs in particular, have a wide range of options. Many colleges provide wonderful opportunities even if the college may not be highly ranked by a group like US News.
How many Rhodes Scholars did HPME have this year? None. Don’t get me wrong. I like Northwestern and HPME and have had many students attend. But it is not the only great option available to students interested in BS/MD programs.
Most students admitted to EMSAP pay little or no tuition because of merit awards that they receive. And, unlike many other BS/MD programs, students can apply to other medical schools without losing their guaranteed seat at the UAB medical school.
Is EMSAP a good option for everyone? No. But no BS/MD program is a good option for everyone. This is why I encourage students to do some homework before deciding where they wish to apply. And forget the rankings because they might cause you to miss some great options for you.You can trust us to help you find the best college for your needs. We offer a FREE 1/2 hour consultation to discuss your needs for college admissions counseling. Give us a call now at 888-970-BSMD(2763) or drop us an email.