University of Michigan-Flint Premedical Studies
Premed isn’t a major at UM-Flint. (In fact, it’s rarely a major anywhere.) Instead, it’s a set of competency benchmark recommendations, all met through focused preparation during a rigorous education. Since there is a level of cognitive complexity that students are expected to achieve prior to graduation from any accredited university, all baccalaureate majors from UM-Flint are considered by medical schools.
In general, medical schools stress scholastic achievement, especially in the sciences, as a criterion for admission. Your major should be something that excites your interest the most, yet allows you to complete serious science courses; in fact, to further the point, in a recent year the undergraduate major with the highest acceptance rate into medical school was music—and the highest MCAT scores came from philosophy majors.
While no academic major is required by medical schools, you can complement your undergraduate experience with a program of study designed specifically to match medical school expectations. This will serve to enhance your higher-order thinking skills across multi-conceptual disciplines. Our courses are taught by faculty who build such challenges into their coursework; we strongly encourage you to pursue certain undergraduate studies that represent a broad selection of such courses.
Additionally, you may be interested applying to the Honors Program to round out your major. Historically, our premed students who have chosen to pursue the Honors Program have had a 100 percent acceptance rate into medical school.