Hiram College

Pre-Medical Studies Concentration

Traditional Undergraduate

When it comes to medical school, Hiram College students get noticed – and admitted. Hiram's first-in-the-nation biomedical humanities major gives students exactly what medical schools look for beyond grades and test scores: medical and research experience, diverse interests and community service.

Each student competes, as part of the curriculum:

  • two internships:
    • 120 hours in job shadowing
    • 120 hours in research
  • two service courses
  • a strong science core
  • one-of-a-kind courses in the medical humanities that provide unique perspectives on the human side of medicine and issues in health care




Erin Telepak ’08
University of South Florida
Pediatric Resident

The biomedical humanities major gave me structured requirements for research, job shadowing and volunteering in health care, which confirmed the path I wanted to take in medicine. This made me a strong applicant. The humanities classes I took prepared me to think differently about my patients. This made me a unique applicant. The incredible mentorship through Hiram’s personable faculty made me believe that I could be more than an applicant. I could be a doctor.


Direct-Admittance Partners

Our network of direct-admittance medical school partners is growing. Get accepted as a sophomore, and a medical school seat will be reserved for you upon graduation.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Five medical school seats are reserved for Hiram students each year at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio (25 minutes from Hiram College). This non-accelerated combined degree program is designed for future primary care physicians.


Why Direct-Admittance?

Physician demand is growing, but medical school remains highly competitive. Even with high MCAT scores and GPAs, only 45 percent of medical school applicants get accepted into a program each year.

As a Hiram student, your chances of getting accepted are better than most undergraduates. Our direct-admittance partners want Hiram students – so much that they’ve reserved program seats for them each year. When you choose direct-admittance, you won’t be competing against the nearly 50,000 medical school applicants each year, hoping your application will be noticed. With qualifying grades and MCAT scores, our direct-admittance partners are looking for you.

Nationally Respected

Hiram students have earned admission into nationally respected medical programs at The Ohio State University, Mayo Clinic, the University of Pennsylvania and more.

Thanks to our unique biomedical humanities curriculum, close advising and an abundance of hands-on opportunities, Hiram students fare extremely well against the competition, even if they don’t choose one of our direct-admittance pathways.

Since 2002, Hiram’s medical school acceptance rate for qualified applicants* is almost double the national average – 80 percent versus 45 percent. Even Hiram students who fall below the MCAT’s average scores for qualified applicants* tend to fare well – around 50 percent get accepted, compared to the national average of 22 percent. That’s because our faculty are willing to write recommendation letters for students who they feel will make good practitioners, even if their test scores are not as high. Most colleges and universities will only write letters for “qualified candidates” based on test scores and GPA, in order to boost their program’s acceptance rate.

*The Association of American Medical Colleges defines a qualified applicant as someone with a 27 on the old MCAT and a 3.4 GPA in the sciences.


Brad Goodner Headshot

Brad Goodner, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Edward J. Smerek Endowed Chair in Mathematics, the Sciences & Technology
Director, Center for Scientific Engagement

Pre-Medical Studies is a part of Hiram Health

Health is at the core of everything we do at Hiram College. It’s in our curriculum, in our residence halls and in our programming. It’s in everything we do. The liberal arts education you receive at Hiram will provide a strong foundation for your health care career aspirations.

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