Judy Levine, Premed advisor at SLC - private premed advising - former director of admissions
Students who do well at any really good college with a strong academic program will be academically prepared for medical school. Students at any really good college who take advantage of extra-curricular possibilities available to them and develop their personal and interpersonal strengths will be prepared for the personal challenges of a career in medicine.
There are a few things that make Sarah Lawrence stand out in a field of “really good colleges.” 1. Classes are small and taught by true faculty. We do not have lectures of 500 students being taught by graduate assistants. It is an ideal place to study science. 2. The school is small and open to participation in all kinds of non-academic activities. There is research on campus and there is a huge variety of community service experience available to students, all of which is really accessible, given the size of the school. 3. The campus is 20 minutes from New York City, with an enormous range of hospitals, clinics, research, and community service possibilities. 4. It’s not often that the premed advisor is a former director of admissions at a medical school. Having had hands-on experience on the admissions committee of a medical school, I have an unusually strong background for advising undergraduates. 5. In addition to having a well-informed premed advisor, our students each have their individual don, who serves as their overall advisor. And because of the small class size, and the individual projects each student does, each faculty member gets to know each student quite well. This degree of advising support is not commonplace. 6. Our premedical students tend to be extremely close and supportive of each other. That is too often not the case.
Grades do count. MCAT scores do count. Most of that is up to the student. But Sarah Lawrence College provides a wonderful environment for making it happen.