42 Rhodes College Graduates Accepted to Medical School in 2018

Andrew Nguyen ’18 during Commencement at Rhodes College
Andrew Nguyen ’18 during Commencement at Rhodes College. He is now in the MD program at George Washington University.

Rhodes College graduates have been admitted to some of the nation’s top medical schools in 2018. The national liberal arts college has one of the top medical school acceptance rates in the nation. Eighty-six percent of Rhodes graduates with a GPA greater than 3.4 and an MCAT score greater than 57 percent have been accepted to medical school over the last five years. 

“The accomplishments of our pre-health students continue to impress me. Our rigorous curriculum and opportunities for undergraduate research here on campus and with our partners in Memphis prepare our graduates for the challenges of medical school,” says President Marjorie Hass.

Harvard, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago (Pritzker), and Emory were among the medical schools where Rhodes graduates were admitted in 2018. Two graduates were awarded spots in the prestigious National Institutes for Health Medical Scientist Training Program, which provides a fully funded path to a PhD and MD.  

“We are a leader among national liberal arts colleges and universities in the number of graduates sent to medical school,” says J. Carey Thompson, vice president of enrollment and communications. “Our pre-health advising program has a top-notch reputation, as proven by this year’s list of acceptances.”

Rhodes offers pre-health advising to all students pursuing medical school or a career in the health professions.  Mentorship begins as soon as students are admitted to the college and continues beyond graduation. Undergraduates can be prepared to be a competitive applicant as early as May of their junior year at Rhodes. 

Students have the opportunity to participate in fellowship and research programs with partners such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Healthcare, and many others. 

The college’s location in Memphis, a major healthcare hub, and its academic environment, focused on close contact with professors and individualized advising, makes Rhodes a pre-med powerhouse.  

Learn more about what Rhodes College offers to pre-health students.