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Top Undergrad Majors at the Best Medical Schools

Biological science is among the most popular undergrad majors at top-ranked medical schools, U.S. News data show.

Megan Schwehr always knew she wanted to be a doctor, even though she didn’t decide on her major until her sophomore year of college.

“I wanted to pick a major that helped me get there,” says the 22-year-old, who initially thought a major in biology would serve that purpose. “I actually enjoyed chemistry more than I thought I would, and it seemed to be a better fit for what I needed to get into med school – so I switched to biochemistry.”

The Idaho native finished her biochemistry degree with a minor in mathematics at Linfield College in Oregon last December and was accepted at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which ranks No. 1 among the 2018 Best Medical Schools for Primary Care.

“The classes I took catered to the MCAT perfectly,” she says. “One concept that was on the test I literally learned in my molecular biology class the day before the exam.”

Schwehr isn’t the only premed student who studied a biology-related discipline to be accepted at a competitive medical program.

In fact, more than 40 percent of premed students accepted at the top 11 – due to ties – Best Medical Schools for Primary Care or the top 10 Best Medical Schools for Research in 2016 studied a major with a biological science emphasis, according to data submitted to U.S. News by 113 ranked medical schools in an annual survey.

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