You may also want to write for catalogs from specific medical schools or look for their websites on the Internet. This is a great way to get information quickly.
The pre-medical studies resource room (Life Science Building, Room 2058) has a variety of reference materials.
Make yourself a competitive applicant:
Grade point average will be calculated both cumulatively and in math/sciences courses. Both are important! A competitive GPA is over 3.50 on a four-point scale. You will need to get on track quickly, as it becomes impossible to significantly raise a cumulative GPA as you accumulate more and more credits. Also keep in mind you will be applying after your junior year; you cannot plan to "fix" any GPA problems with senior year classes, even if it is mathematically possible.
MCAT scores are critical. Most medical schools expect scores of at least nine on each of the three sections. An average overall MCAT score of 30 is a good ballpark goal.
You should plan to take the MCAT in April of your junior year, if possible. This means you must complete the required coursework prior to this time.
Preparation for the MCAT should begin your freshman year! Get the student manual from AAMC to learn about the exam and obtain appropriate extra materials and practice tests. AED gives a mock MCAT each February; take it before the real thing.
Volunteer work, job shadowing, independent studies, team-oriented activities, involvement in community or campus organizations — all of these are activities that get you around people.
Consider independent research. It is valuable — both on you application and as an exposure to other options in the sciences — and many successful applicants have been active in undergraduate research.
Take courses that help make you a "well-rounded" person, not just a science geek. Do not shy away from "difficult" courses in an attempt to bolster your GPA. Rigor of coursework is important as well.
Work on your written and oral communication skills.
Be realistic. If your grades and/or MCAT scores are below acceptable levels, you must make a decision about what you are going to do. You can either pursue a course of action that will lead to improvement or think about alternative careers, in the health professions or in a different field. Sophomores should have at least a 3.30 GPA.
Apply to medical schools early and follow the rules:
Apply early. Applications are accepted starting June 1, and you should have yours in as soon after that as possible, certainly no later than Aug. 1.
Individual medical schools then have the option of sending supplemental applications to you if they choose to do so. These must be completed and returned in a timely fashion.
Be sure that you have letters of recommendation from individual professors sent to the Pre-Medical Studies Office by the time supplemental applications are coming in to you. The pre-medical advisor will compose a composite letter to be sent to medical schools.
Provide updates about completed coursework, awards, changes of addresses, etc.
If you are invited for an interview, think about possible questions for the schools as well as questions they might ask you.
Conduct yourself professionally in all your interactions with application services and schools.