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- Ms. Quo Vadis M. Webster, MA, LPC
- Director of Premedical Program
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Schools to Which XU Students Should Apply Based on State of Residence (updated 12/22/16)
This document has two supplements: Selecting the Schools to Which You Apply and Special Info for Students from CA, LA, MS or TX.
This handout is intended to assist students from Xavier University choose the medical, dental, etc. schools to which they will apply.
The Premedical Office encourages students applying to medical school (allopathic and osteropathic) to apply to at least 10 schools (unless you are from CA, in which case you should apply to at least 12). Students applying to dental, veterinary, optometry, podiatry, and other types of health professions schools are encouraged to apply to at least 5 schools.
General Categories of Schools to Which You DEFINITELY Should Consider Applying:
- All of the public schools in your home state. Because most public institutions give preference to state residents (whose parents are paying the taxes which fund the schools) and many accept NO non-residents.
- Public schools in your region which have a reputation for accepting students from nearby states. Examples are: a) The University of Tennessee Medical School will accept students from any state which borders Tennessee and b) The University of South Alabama Medical School will accept students from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida. You should check residency requirements for admission in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) online resource and similar resources for details regarding other schools. NOTE: Even though some state schools accept out-of-state students, they probably give preference to residents and generally expect non-residents to have higher GPA's and test scores than in-state residents. Check MSAR and other admission requirements resources to see residency requirements of various schools.
- At least one "Wild Card" school. These are private and public schools which have a good reputation for enrolling underrepresented minorities, are making efforts to increase minority enrollment, and have graduated XU students in the past (although they may not currently have very many XU students enrolled). Further, these may be U.S. schools that are not as as "well known" to students, for example, due to geographic location or being newly accredited. A few examples are U of Iowa, the U of Louisville, Thomas Jefferson U (Philadelphia), Medical College of Wisconsin, St. Louis University, Wright State, and Wayne State . Review the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) online resource and other admissions requirements publications to see which schools take appreciable numbers of out-of-state residents as well as those which have appreciable numbers of minority students. It is imperative that you take the time to explore public and private schools that might be considered "wild cards"
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Xavier students have been accepted into and successfully completed medical/dental school at Howard (Washington, DC), Meharry (Nashville, TN), and Morehouse (Atlanta, GA) for many years. It is HIGHLY recommended that students apply to programs at these institutions.
Other Schools to Which You Should Consider Applying in Order to Reach the Recommended Number of Schools:
- Private and public school to which XU students have been accepted in the past. Private schools generally do not receive state aid and are thus able to accept students from all areas of the country. However, because they accept students from the entire country, they are generally more competitive. Consider applying to public schools outside of your state provided they accept out-of-state residents.
- Schools in states where you already have connections. For example, if you were raised in Chicago but have been living in Atlanta for the past four years, you might apply to Chicago schools. You should also consider applying to schools where you attended a research or enrichment program and were encouraged to apply.
- "Big Name" schools (PROBABLY NOT WORTHWHILE IF YOUR GPA and MCAT, DAT, etc. scores are NOT competitive). If you have very competitive academic credentials, you might consider applying to a "Big Name" schools such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCSF, and others that are ranked very high in a variety of areas (for perspective, see latest US News & World Report rankings).
- More of the "Wild Card" schools described above.
List of MEDICAL to Which Students from States with Sizeable XU enrollments Might Consider Applying as Well as the Total Number to Which They Should Apply:
- Alabama: Apply to at least 10 including UAB, South Alabama, Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, Tennessee, at least one "Wild Card"
- Arkansas: Apply to at least 10 including Arkansas, Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, Tennessee, at least one "Wild Card"
- California: Apply to at least 12 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, Drew/UCLA, UCLA, UCSD, UCSF, USC, U Washington, at least one "Wild Card"
- DC:Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, Temple, Maryland, EVA, VCU, GWU, at least one "Wild Card"
- Florida: Apply to at least 10 including Florida, FIU, South Florida, Central Florida, South Alabama (if from panhandle), Miami, Morehouse, Meharry, Howard, at least one "Wild Card"
- Georgia: Apply to at least 10 including Emory, Med College of GA, Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, Tennessee, Louisville, at least one "Wild Card"
- Illinois: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, SIU, Illinois, Rush, Chicago Med, Case, Northwestern, at least one "Wild Card"
- Indiana: Apply to at least 10 including Indiana, Cincinnati, Wright State, Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, at least one "Wild Card"
- Louisiana: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, LSU-New Orleans, LSU-Shreveport, at least one "Wild Card" (above)
- Maryland: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, EVA, VCU, Drexel, Maryland, Temple, at least one "Wild Card"
- Michigan: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, Michigan, Mich State, Wayne State, Case, at least one "Wild Card"
- Missouri: Apply to at least 10 including Missouri-Columbia, St. Louis, Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, Wash U, Kansas, at least one "Wild Card"
- Mississippi: Apply to at least 10 including Mississippi, Meharry, Howard, Morehouse, Tennessee, South Alabama (if from Gulf Coast), at least one "Wild Card
- New York: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, SUNY-Brooklyn, NYU, Mount Sinai, NY Med, Rochester, Temple, Drexel, at least one "Wild Card"
- Tennessee: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Tennessee, Meharry, Morehouse, E Tennessee, Louisville, at least one "Wild Card"
- Texas: Apply to at least 10 including Howard, Meharry, Morehouse, at least 4 in the UT system (e.g. UTMB, Southwestern, Texas A&M, etc.), at least one "Wild Card"
Additional Advice for Select Students:
- For applicants to medical, dental, and other health professions schools: Review the list of XU acceptances into health professions schools, available at www.xula.edu/premed to see where Xavier students have been gaining admission.
- For ALL students applying to allopathic (MD) medical schools: It is HIGHLY recommended that you apply to a few osteopathic (DO medical schools).
- A special note for California residents: The University of California medical schools are public schools but, because of the competition, are often as hard to get into as are "Big Name" schools. Therefore, California residents MUST apply to schools outside the state as well.
- For students who are considering applying to LSU Medical School: In the past, LSU-New Orleans did not accept non-LA residents. However, they now allot a certain number of spots in each class to non-LA residents. All Louisiana residents should apply to BOTH LSU-New Orleans and LSU-Shreveport!!
- For students who are considering applying to the U of Mississippi Medical School: Mississippi generally only accepts students who are residents of the state of Mississippi.