Best Pre-Med Schools In New Jersey
New Jersey, both the Garden State and the Diner Capital of the World, has many options for a great pre-medical education. From smaller private schools to larger public institutions, the state has many highly regarded universities. Students in New Jersey are also only a train ride from opportunity-rich Manhattan, and a short trip from the state’s western farmland and eastern beaches.
From Princeton to Rutgers to Seton Hall, New Jersey is a small state that packs a big punch when it comes to finding the perfect university.
Best Pre-Med Colleges in New Jersey
Established in 1746, Princeton is one of the oldest universities in the U.S. As one of the smaller Ivy League schools, Princeton intentionally focuses its resources on undergraduates, as evidenced in its 5:1 student-faculty ratio. The university boasts robust Health Professions Advising, which provides students “all things pre-health.” Pre-med support ranges from professional staff to a formal network of peer advisers to Jock Docs, a peer advising program designed especially for student-athletes on the pre-med track. An impressive 84% of Princeton graduates were accepted into medical school over the past five years.
Rutgers is a Big Ten University, meaning it is a large state school and is heaping with school pride. As the “Birthplace of College Football,” there will be plenty of opportunities to face paint and tailgate, though when it comes time to get down to business, Rutgers students get the job done. In addition to the traditional four-year bachelor’s degree, the university offers a top-ranking 7-year BA/MD joint degree program, an accelerated program that serious high school students can apply to. The school’s Pre-Health Program assists students with course planning, shadowing and internship placement, and securing research opportunities at institutions such as Mount Sinai and the Aidekman Neuroscience Center.
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens is a small, private research university in Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan. While known for being highly selective, students who make the admissions cut have a high chance of success. For the 2019-2020 academic year, graduates from the Biology and Chemical Biology Programs enjoyed a 100% acceptance rate to medical schools around the nation.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
The state’s public polytechnic university, NJIT provides a strong, STEM education that caters to students who are interested in practical, technology-based skills training. The school has a competitive 7-year accelerated BS/MD program that requires 3 years at NJIT followed by 4 at the New Jersey Medical School or Rutgers School of Dental Medicine; alternatively, students can choose an accelerated plan that blends 3 years at NJIT with 2 years at St. George's University (Caribbean Islands) and 2 years at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark. The Albert Dorman Honors College—also highly competitive—provides 100% of students with merit scholarship packages.
Seton Hall University
A small, private Catholic university, Seton Hall is one of the oldest universities in the country. The school’s Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Plus Program offers financial aid to qualifying New Jersey residents to prepare historically underserved students for careers in the health profession. To further foster inclusion, the university offers a formal shadowing program (Shadowing Physicians to Educate and Elevate Diversity; S.P.E.E.D.) for underrepresented students in medicine. U.S. News ranked Seton Hall one of its “Top Performers for Social Mobility,” and included it in the listing of “A-Plus Schools for B Students.”
The College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey is a small, suburban public university located on the Delaware River, just 40 minutes northeast of Philadelphia. Touted as academically rigorous, the school has roughly a 50% acceptance rate and roughly half the students receive need-based financial aid. The school partners with the New Jersey Medical School to offer a 7-year combined BS/MD program, though the majority of pre-med students follow traditional four-year undergraduate degrees with a 65% acceptance rate to med schools.
Finding a college admissions consultant that will assist in preparing and supporting you in your medical school application process should be an important consideration in your pre-med process. If you would like additional guidance in the best colleges for pre-med students in New Jersey, get in contact with our team at Bentham Admissions.