Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions posed by students interested in Pre-Health Professions.


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What is the overall acceptance rate to medical and dental schools?

Among students who have studied at Wheaton College, the overall acceptance rate to medical and dental schools including first and subsequent attempts was approximately 74.8% for the 21 year period from 1993 to 2014.

How many Wheaton students apply to medical and dental schools annually?

During the recent application cycles of the last ten years (2005-2014), our Pre-Health Professions program offered assistance and support services to students and alumni applying to graduate programs. The average number of applicants to allopathic medical schools annually was 54 (range: 43-66); to osteopathic medical schools 10 (range: 0-20); and to dental schools 3 (range 1-5).

What are common majors chosen by pre-health professions students?

Common majors for students interested in pursuing a health career are Biology, Applied Health Science, Chemistry, Psychology, and Spanish. However, students are encouraged to pursue a discipline that is of significant interest to them personally. Students studying Bible and Theology as well as Mathematics and Business have gained entrance to health professions schools.

What must future applicants to medical schools know?

Students should be aware of the changes in preparation for medical school and in the criteria for admission to medical school. Pre-requisite courses for sitting the new MCAT and changing admissions requirements are listed in the College Catalog. Admissions Initiatives from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC >>) include MCAT 2015 (competency-based), Holistic Review, and Competency-Based Admissions (CBA). Holistic Review includes a review of the applicant's experiences, attributes, and academic metrics. CBA refers to a set of core competencies which students entering medical school should be able to demonstrate. Competencies and attributes for future nurse leaders have been established as well. The Pre-Health Professions program at Wheaton is available to serve students wishing to pursue a Health Profession of choice.

Where Wheaton College graduates were accepted to medical and dental school, 2011 to 2015

What are some other health professions schools where Wheaton College graduates have been accepted?

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