For immediate release
May 7, 2004
Abilene Christian University's high percentage of student acceptance to professional graduate schools continues this year with 29 graduating seniors accepted to medical schools.
In the past seven years, more than 80 percent of ACU students who applied to medical school were admitted. The national average is less than 40 percent
Admission to these graduate schools is highly competitive, said Dr. Perry Reeves, professor of chemistry and chair of the health professions advisory committee. Students must have a high GPA, high national test scores and extensive volunteer work in the field.
"The acceptance rate of our students to graduate programs speaks to what kind of students we have and the competitiveness of our program," Reeves said.
Several students from Abilene are among the 29 ACU students accepted to health profession graduate schools: Matt Cope, Baylor College of Medicine; Emily Fuller, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine; Katherine Holden, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and Leslie Pickett Hutchins, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.
Other ACU students and the professional schools they will attend are:
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine: Jeff Beers, Liberty Hill; Matt Bozeman, Idalou; Jason Gipson, Jasper; and Alan Muns, Rockwall.
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine: Jonathan Henderson, Ore City, and Kelly Sunderland, Belton.
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston: David Case, College Station, and Heather Sheets, Muleshoe.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas: Chris Chaney, Clyde.
University of Texas Medical School at Houston: Annie Sprott, Belton.
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine: Stephen Thomason, Whitehouse.
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio: David Vance, Pflugerville.
SABA University Medical School: Marisha Austin, D’Abadie, Trinidad.
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine: Amy Ballard, Dallas, and Ren Lai, Taipei, Taiwan.
University of Alabama School of Medicine: Doug Johnson, Birmingham, Ala., and Adam McDonough, Enterprise, Ala.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine: Jenny Lyons, Chicago, Ill., and Josh Rampton, Chicago, Ill.
Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas: Brandon Greer, Vega, and C.C. Massey, Hobbs, N.M.
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine: Mim Smith, McAllen, and Amanda Williams, San Antonio.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy: Laura Trammell, Slaton.
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