October 3, 2003 Feature
State Students See 85 Percent Acceptance Rate to Medical School
That's what it takes to get accepted to medical school, and
Utah State University's pre-health professions advisers work
hard to ensure that Utah State students receive those acceptance
letters. In fact, Utah State's medical school acceptance rate
soared this year to an incredible 85 percent, said Susan Haddock,
the pre-health professions coordinator and adviser.
While most schools around the country see about a 45 percent
acceptance rate for students applying to medical school, Utah
State usually sees percentage rates in the 60 to 70 percents.
But this year exceeded everyone's expectations, she said, when
28 of the 33 Utah State students who applied were accepted into
medical schools all over the country.
"Medical schools are looking for exceptional students,"
said Haddock. "They want students who are bright but who
are also well-rounded."
Haddock said students wanting to apply to medical school must
begin preparing for the application process as a freshman. Students
preparing to attend medical school can choose any undergraduate
course of study they like, just as long as they choose their
major early. While 60 percent of students applying for medical
schools have a science background, the other 40 percent come
from such areas as English, liberal arts, psychology, business
or education. Utah State's pre-health advisers ensure that students
coming from any major have completed the required coursework
in the sciences so they may successfully apply to medical school.
The advisers also urge students considering medical school to
have a strong background in undergraduate research and other
extracurricular activities, including leadership experience,
service hours and physician observation.
While the list of qualifications may seem daunting to new students
entering a university, Utah State makes the process as easy
as possible for those who want to someday become doctors, Haddock
said. According to pre-health adviser and professor Andy Anderson,
Utah State’s medical school acceptance rates are high
because the university has great students as well as good advisers
who help the students prepare for application to medical school
beginning their freshman year.
The students receive weekly emails giving details about meetings,
special presentations, visiting lecturers, medical school representatives,
deadlines and upcoming classes. They also are given a reference
guide detailing preparation for health professional schools,
including information on the medical school admissions test,
application service information, letters of recommendation information,
suggestions on learning cultural literacy and words of wisdom
from the pre-health advisers.
One-and-a-half years before entering a medical school students
meet with the Utah State Pre-Health Professions Evaluation Committee.
The committee is comprised of faculty from around campus who
help the students by interviewing them, after which they provide
a letter of recommendation. Before entering an interview, students
meet with Haddock for advice on how to present themselves and
what to wear for an interview, as well as help to prepare them
for possible questions.
Anderson and Haddock said they are proud of each student who
receives an acceptance letter.
"Utah State is doing something good," said Anderson.
"We are benefitting the community and the nation by providing
a top-quality undergraduate experience for those wanting to
attend medical school and some day serve the community."
The biology department in the College of Science at Utah State
houses the pre-health advisers and offers the service to any
student interested in the medical, dental or any other health
professions. Anyone interested in receiving advising in these
areas can call Anderson or Haddock at (435) 797-3203, or stop
by the Biology-Natural Resources Building on the Utah State
campus in room 101 to set up an appointment or meet with one
of the student peer advisers.
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(435) 797-2577 or
Andy Anderson, andy@firstname.lastname@example.org,
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State University Boasts Competitive Vet School Acceptance
This year, 85 percent of Utah State University's graduating
bioveterinary students who applied to veterinary school
were accepted. And 65 percent of all students who applied
from across campus were accepted, while only 33 percent
of students nationwide were accepted.
"These statistics show Utah State's commitment to
quality education," said veterinarian Stan Allen,
who coordinates preveterinary medical advisement for students.
"The qualities that admission committees look for
in applicants include academic skills, experience with
animals, and hands-on knowledge of veterinary medicine
as a profession and good communication skills," Allen
And the applicant pool has seen dramatic changes, Allen
said. Twenty years ago, 95 percent of veterinary school
applicants nationally were male. Today, 70 percent are
Utah State's department of animal, dairy, and veterinary
sciences offers a wide variety of research options for
students, including animal nutrition, breeding and genetics,
molecular biology, reproductive biology, animal and dairy
management, animal health-related programs and toxicology.
For more information about Utah State's department of
animal, dairy and veterinary sciences, contact Tami Spackman
at (435) 797-2150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Tami Spackman, email@example.com, (435) 797-2150
Writer: Matt Hawks, firstname.lastname@example.org, (435) 797-1350
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