What is the acceptance rate of your students applying to medical school?
This is the most frequently asked question by prospective pre-medical students and their parents, and we are proud to say that since 1995 approximately 90% of Spring Hill students who have applied to health-related professional and graduate programs have eventually been accepted. This is in contrast to the national acceptance rate of 38.2% as published by the American Association of Medical Colleges. In reality however, the acceptance rate of graduates is probably one of the least important factors to be considered when selecting a college for a pre-medical education. A student who is bright, motivated, has good standardized test-taking ability and interviews well, will have an excellent chance of acceptance to medical school regardless of the overall acceptance rate of the undergraduate institution they attend. Likewise, a student who perhaps is bright, but not particularly motivated, lacks standardized test-taking skills, and interviews poorly, will not have a good chance of acceptance even if the acceptance rate of students from their undergraduate institution has been 100% for the past 50 years.
Where do your graduates go to medical school?
Students will always have their best chance of acceptance at the state-supported medical school(s) of their state of residence. So, Louisiana residents go to the schools of medicine at LSU-Shreveport and New Orleans, Mississippi residents to the University of Mississippi, and Alabama residents to either UAB or the University of South Alabama. Our students have also been accepted to schools of medicine associated with Jesuit institutions such as Creighton University, Georgetown, and Loyola of Chicago.
Do I have to major in a science to go to medical school?
No. Medical schools require that an applicant have a bachelor’s degree in some (any) discipline. If a student chooses to pursue a major other than a science, then in addition to meeting the requirements for a degree in their major, they will also have to take one year of Biology, one year of General Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, and one year of Physics.