Only 25% of students who start as pre-med ever even apply to allopathic medical school, and, of those, only 40% are accepted. That leaves a mere 10% of freshmen pre-meds who make it to allopathic medical school.
With the help of your advisor and editor, you’ll be able to apply once knowing it’s your best application. The Passport Admissions team you’ll work with has helped hundreds of pre-meds apply to medical school, and will help you choose the right schools for you and review your application through the entire process.
Passport Admissions offers the best guarantee of any admissions consulting company. If you work with Passport for pre-med advising and applications, we guarantee you will get accepted, or we’ll work with you until you do (up to two application cycles)!
Carol grew up in Queens, New York, earned her BA at NYU, and then moved to Iowa to study at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During graduate school, she taught creative writing to undergraduates and volunteered as a one-on-one instructor in the Patient Voice Project. Two years later, MFA in hand, she moved to Philadelphia and worked as a writer and editor in nonprofit communications.
Lisa received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Microbiology and Immunology from Emory University. She was then lured to San Diego by the great weather and top scientific research community, where she worked over a twelve-year period as an immunological research associate for institutions including Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Viagene, Inc.
Mara Cobb is an English major pursuing a Master’s degree from Indiana University East (IUE). In 2019, Mara earned her B.A. in English, Professional, and Technical Writing from IUE. She has spent the past three years serving as a genre editor for the IUE literary journal, Tributaries. In that role, she has read and copyedited nearly 200 poems, fiction stories, and narrative essays. Mara is also a current member of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.
Niki Cunningham has been a pre-health advisor for the past 17 years. She has a BA from Brown University (Women's Studies and Modern Culture and Media) and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin (MA, English and Comparative Literature) and Columbia University (MPH, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine).
Sam was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire and moved to the Greater Bangor area in Maine for school and work. Attending the University of Maine, she played Division I basketball and was the fourth generation to play a sport at UMaine. For over five years between her work as the Career Counselor in STEM/Health Professions at the University of Maine and the Health Professions Advisor at Stetson University, Sam has helped countless students pursue their career goals and prepare competitive applications for various professional programs.
Picture this: you walk into the operating room and your surgeon tells you it's her first operation. You wouldn't be thrilled about that, would you? At Passport, we believe in the value of experience in helping students achieve their goals. Our senior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 16 years. Our junior advisors have worked in admissions advising for an average of 5 years.
Most companies either charge you $10,000 for a package with a guarantee or attach 25 conditions to their guarantee, virtually assuring that no one will qualify. At Passport, our Get In Guarantee is simple. If you're not happy with where you get in, we work with you again for free the following cycle. How much help we give for free depends on: 1) what services we determine you need in order to get in this next time, 2) which package you purchased from us originally, and 3) whether you followed our advice the first time you applied. Our goal with these conditions is NOT to prevent students from getting our guarantee (unlike many of the companies we hear about), but it's to make sure that the plan we put in place is going to work to get you in the following cycle. And that attitude shows. Since 2007, we have never once refused a student who wanted to redeem our guarantee.
All advisors have gone through extensive training and have years of advising experience. Regular advisors are trained to work primarily with traditional students. Senior advisors specialize in working with non-traditional applicants in order to offer more guidance throughout the process. All advisors provide the utmost support in students' applications.
It's never too early (well, okay, we know some parents get admissions consulting for their toddlers, so yeah, there is such a thing as TOO EARLY). But seriously, it can't hurt to meet us and ask that question. We would rather tell you to wait a year or two before working with us than to have you sign up too late and for us not to have enough time to make a difference with you.
About six to nine months before they plan to apply to medical school.
Passport's personalized school selection process is more than just GPA and test scores. It's about understanding a fit between your preferences and personality and the schools and programs to which you're applying. Though we've collected gobs of data on the various programs we help our students apply to, we help you choose schools by understanding your hopes and aspirations and finding a range of programs that match.
Yes! It doesn't make sense to us to pay for something up front if you're going to use it over several months or even years. We will even waive the interest if you enroll within two week of your intro meeting!
We deliberately limit the number of students we work with so that: a) we can deliver better service, and b) so we don't get too busy during the busiest times of the admissions calendar.
Admissions consulting is like coaching: you have to listen to the coach in order to improve and achieve your goals. So we at Passport are fundamentally looking for people who will follow our advice and give their all to achieving their goals. We believe that at its best, the admissions process is a journey of self-discovery. We love to help students who see it the same way. You don't have to be thrilled about writing essays to work with Passport, but you have to be willing to put in the work. At the end of the day, we're looking for students who trust us: to have your best interest at heart, to guide you to the best of our ability, to give you honest feedback that will help you improve. And in the end, we want what you want: for you to get in to the school(s) of your dreams.
At most admissions companies, you never meet your editor. You send them your work and a few days later you get to try to decipher their comments on your document. Rinse, repeat. At Passport, we believe in helping our students become better writers. That starts with live sessions with editors so that they can: a) teach the art of better writing b) preserve the student's voice, and c) understand the student's ideas in full, to edit both the meaning and the grammar. And sure, in a pinch, we also edit for grammar asynchronously. But by that point, you already know your editor well.
We meet as often as we need. For our students who are right up against an application deadline, we might meet two to three times per week. For our longer-term students, we might only meet once per month.