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- Tell us more about your shadowing experiences. How did you get the position? What did you learn?
Be specific. No vague answers that can apply to other programs as well.
Jackie: I actually didn’t have to take the MCAT, although the requirements have changed for the Rice/Baylor program since I matriculated. Several programs throughout the country are like mine and do not require the MCAT for conditional acceptance into medical school. I do have to maintain a certain GPA in my science coursework and overall though.
Jackie: I created my blog just before I graduated from high school after listening to Poly alumnus and dermatologist Dr. Saeed Jaffer speak at a luncheon. He taught me the phrase “see one, do one, teach one,” and I thought that this philosophy was inspiring and relevant to every aspect of life. I created an outlet to share my experiences, opinions, and any helpful insights as I began to learn more about nuances within medicine. I mostly write about my specific interests in medicine, including surgery and health policy, but also write as I develop my perspective on how to be a better person, and thus a better physician in the future.
-Try your every best to maintain the highest GPA possible; it took me 2 years of striving for a 4.0 GPA to balance my freshman year regrets, so every year counts to be a competitive applicant!
ACT: 36 (34 Math, 36 all else; 8/12 Essay)
SAT: 1550 (750 RW; 800 M; 15/24 Essay (6 Reading 4 Analysis 5 Writing)
The Rice/Baylor application essays are available below so that you may prepare your responses in advance.
The Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program (MSP) promotes the education of students who are scientifically competent, compassionate and socially conscious. Rice and Baylor College of Medicine select up to six incoming freshmen each year to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree at Rice, followed by admission (conditional acceptance) to Baylor College of Medicine.
The goal here is to strike a balance between discussing the academic advantages of Rice, and the sociocultural elements of Rice’s campus that dovetail with your personality and goals. You will especially want to avoid the pitfall of common sentiments here — instead of citing the low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes that the university’s website advertises (which is also found at other schools), dig deeper beyond the first sub-page on Rice’s website to find information that most candidates do not have.
Rice admitted a record-low 8.7% of its 27,084 applicants last admissions cycle. Students who are interested in attending Rice will need more than a solid academic performance and good test scores to stand out to the admissions committee.