Premedical Office
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Ms. Quo Vadis M. Webster, MA, LPC
Director of Premedical Program
(504) - 520-7437



Under-Represented Minority Enrollments in Medical, Dental, etc. School

This document is intended to provide information to students at Xavier University of Louisiana applying to medical, dental, etc. school. For clarity on the definition of "under-represented minority" and/or "under-represented in medicine," please visit https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/urm/ . For descriptions of these terms offered by specific health professions schools, visit their official websites.

  • There are two reasons why a minority student should be interested in the enrollment of minorities at medical, dental, etc. school to which he/she applies. First, the number of minority students at a school provides a relatively good idea of the number of persons from whom you might get peer support if you enrolled at that school. The availability of peer support is important since studies show that a good peer support system increases the chance of finishing medical, dental, etc. school. This means that if you go to a school with few minority students, you will have to learn to work the with majority students quickly. If you have no previous experience in doing so, it may be somewhat of a challenge to do so while under the pressures of medical/dental school. Second, the percentage of minority students at a school (when adjusted for location of the school and what is meant by "minority" as indicated above), probably provides a fairly accurate measure of how committed a school is to minority students--that is, how much they really want you.
  • In interpreting minority enrollment statistics, make sure you know which specific groups are being identified by the school or organization reporting the data. In addition, you should note that a low percentage of minority students at the University of Vermont (a school located in a state with very low minority population) is probably less significant in terms of interpreting how committed a school is to minorities than a low enrollment in a city such as Atlanta or New Orleans where there are large minority populations. The AAMC's MSAR online resource provides data regarding racial/ethnic self-identification of students who enrolled in allopathic medical schools in the "Matriculant Demographics" section. Further, the AAMC provides Applicant and Matriculant data By Race and Ethnicity. Similar resources for other types of health professions schools may contain similar data. We strongly suggest you look at the this data when choosing the medical, dental, etc. schools to which you will apply.


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