If You Call the Admissions Office, Always Ask With Whom You Are Speaking, Write Down His or Her Name, the Date of Your Call, and the Reason for Your Call

If you need permission to deviate from the stated policies, be sure you know to whom you are speaking and mark the date and time. It is important to follow-up with an email confirming what you were told. If, for example, your application was late and you called to get an extension, you must be able to verify that a deadline extension was granted by someone in the admissions office. Another example might be that students will sometimes contact an admissions office to have a course evaluated or to determine whether or not they have successfully met one of the required prerequisite courses for admission. While most admissions offices keep a record of such requests and decisions, considering the amount of emails and the volume of mail received each day, things do get lost or misplaced, despite best efforts. It is important to keep a record of such exceptions and decisions, to keep track of which schools granted their approval and which did not. In case the issue should come up again, you will have documentation of the decision.

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This is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.


College Admissions: Is A Liberal Arts Education Worth It?

Last weekend, I went to my college reunion.  I walked the quads, gawked at the beautiful new buildings, and had discussions with my classmates about how much happier the current students looked.  It’s ironic, of course, because I had an intellectually engaging and, honestly, fun undergraduate experience.  My fellow reunion attendees were doctors, and lawyers, and investment bankers.  They were engineers, and writers, and professors.  More than two thirds of us graduated with liberal arts degrees.

With the total cost at many selective colleges (even public ones) significantly in excess of $100,000, it’s not uncommon for students and parents to express concern over the return on investment.  Have you been asked, “What are you going to DO with your major in philosophy?”  While I envied my roommate and the ease with which she turned her electrical engineering degree into a job as an electrical engineer, as an adult, I wouldn’t trade my liberal arts education.

A liberal arts education gives one an opportunity to study both a breadth of subjects, and then pursue an area of interest in depth.  You will learn how to think critically, question liberally, and read and write fluidly.  A liberal arts education can allow you to see the world from different points of view, form an independent opinion and apply it to any number of situations or opportunities.  After you complete your undergraduate degree, it might be years, or perhaps decades before you have the opportunity to learn more about ancient philosophers, geology, or Impressionism.

Ask yourself, what I am looking forward to learning in college?

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Consider Taking Some Time Off Between College and Medical School

Taking time off from academics before entering medical school is becoming more common, and it occurs for a variety of reasons: research opportunities, clinical experiences, traveling abroad, and family or financial reasons, such as working to pay off undergraduate student loans. It also may be a good time for you to decide if the medical profession is the right career for you. Medical schools are seeing more and more non-traditional applicants, including students who have been out of school for a while or who may be changing careers. Many of these applicants wanted to be physicians earlier in their lives, but felt it was unattainable. Only now are they realizing that they should have followed their heart from the beginning.

It is very important to not rush this process. Too often, applicants are in a hurry to apply, because of the long application cycle, and do so without taking the time necessary to submit the best application possible. These applicants often end up being denied and ultimately have to start the process over again.

Medical schools want you to apply when you are ready. For some applicants that is right out of college, but for others it is after years of pursuing another career, taking time to reflect or starting a family. Be prepared to articulate clearly why you took time off or why you decided to change careers.

This is excerpted from 101 Tips on Getting Into Medical School by Jennifer C. Welch, who has served as the Director of Admissions at SUNY Upstate Medical School since 2001.


“Reality Check”: How to Evaluate Your Profile

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