Best Pre-Med Schools In San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area—best known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Silicon Valley, vineyards, proximity to Tahoe, and access to beaches—has a strong selection of universities for students interested in pursuing medicine.
The Bay Area boasts two of the top six medical school programs in the U.S., giving students an edge to network and gain the required shadowing, research, and clinical experiences for their med school applications.
Best Pre-Med Colleges in the San Francisco Area
Stanford offers many resources to prepare pre-health students, including pre-med advisors who work one-on-one with students to plan a strategic undergraduate experience and a specialist who prepares students for mock interviews during their medical school application process. Undergraduates can apply for shadowing, clinical experience, and research opportunities at top-ranked Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and the Palo Alto VA Hospital. Students also have the opportunity to apply for Community Health in Oaxaca, an overseas seminar offered in the spring semester to students who qualify in Spanish language skills.
University of California - Berkeley
UC Berkeley provides pre-med advising through their career center and access to top medical facilities for clinical and research experience. Berkeley also boasts consistently high acceptance rates to med school for its graduates. While there’s no pre-med specific degree program, there is a strong community to support the pre-med/pre-health professional path.
San Francisco State University
SF State is close to both the Pacific Ocean and downtown San Francisco. A large public school, SF State has a College of Health and Social Sciences, and, for those interested in osteopathic medicine, The Institute for Holistic Health Studies. For those who already have their undergraduate degree though need to meet additional academic requirements, SF State offers a Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program—a great option for those who are changing careers.
Mills College is a women’s liberal arts college outside of downtown Oakland. The university offers a Medicine/Health Sciences pre-professional program for undergraduate students, and due to the small class sizes, provides students with greater access to research stipends, facilities and equipment, and faculty mentoring. Mills College students are often placed in prestigious internships around the country.
Finding an admissions consultant that will help with your strategic positioning during your medical school application process should be an important factor during your pre-med process. If you would like guidance in getting your application seen by the best colleges in San Francisco Area for pre-med students, contact us to speak with our team at Bentham Admissions.