Each year, after discussion with admissions officers, analyzing national and global trends and developing predictive analysis, my team and I try to see the trends on BS/MD Admissions.

This year is expected to be another highly competitive year as the share number of high school students interested in BS/MD programs is increasing, while the admissions rates to BS/MD programs are expected to fall.


This year, there are several developments and trends that will cause an even greater competition for admissions to BS/MD programs for current juniors (class of 2023):

  • More students are deciding to pursue medicine.
  • Closing of BS/MD programs including: Northwestern HPME and Washington U. and U. Cincinnati. For this reason, the number of available beds/slots have decreased.
  • Within a particular demographic (South Asian/Indian community) more students are applying for coveted spots.
  • Programs are not just seeking top grades and SAT scores, but looking at character and intangibles.
  • Several BS/MD programs including ones at : Union College, UConn, Penn State, UPitts and have become test-optional which means that schools will be looking characteristics outside of typical grades.
  • Comments we have heard from admissions officer who review applications is that applicants are making mistakes on their Common Application: (1) Not answering the questions (2) Not understanding the supplements (3) Disconnected answers.

High school students applying to BS/MD programs typically has: high GPA, high standardized test scores, health-care-related extracurricular activities, volunteer community service, research, medical clinical experience, seemingly compelling essays, strong letters of recommendations, seemingly outstanding resumes. However, they all sound the same, and unremarkable to admissions officers


Our clients stand out because in addition to the have characteristics they have a WOW factor and pizzazz that makes them stand out as compared to other applicants! This is what makes them achieve their dream!



Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of admissions advisors, through the admissions affiliate, BS/MD Admissions Advisors, help high school students get accepted to BS/MD programs. 

Our BS/MD Admissions practice is specialized: Dr. Lowe and his team only work with parents who understand that the BS/MD admissions process is competitive, who desire help from an admissions expert and who see the value and investment in paying for expert advice through a detailed and ongoing comprehensive admissions advisory service for their child’s dream of becoming a doctor.  He also specializes in helping international students in the BS/MD process. Parents who chose to use our services want to call their son or daughter – “Doctor” when they are seniors in high school.