Medical schools will take an extra long look at someone who is well-rounded, in addition to having good grades. You don’t have to choose a non-science major as a pre med to be well-rounded. There are various ways to spice up your application, and a non-science major is only one option for diversifying your application.
It’s a common mistake pre-med students make thinking one or two lines on their application are going to convince admissions committees they’re a super star. That’s simply not the case. AdComs will look at your application as a whole, with an emphasis—for better or for worse—on your GPA, MCAT score, and research experience. Then your EC’s like shadowing, volunteering and work in medical settings. Followed by an excellent personal statement and superb letters of recommendation. So, if you can accomplish all of those things—a great GPA, noteworthy MCAT score, and research experience—a non-science major as a pre-med is only one more thing to catch the admission’s committee’s attention.
Try to put yourself in the admission committee’s shoes. If you look over an application with a great GPA, MCAT scores, adequate research hours, a non-science major, but not much else vs. an application with the same GPA, MCAT score, and research hours, but a biology major with diverse healthcare experiences or unique volunteer exposure, who would you invite for an interview?
So the point is, while a non-science major as a pre med student could add some diversity to your resume and application, there are better ways to get noticed when it counts! A non-science major is only one way, among many, to spice up your resume.
For more on this, and on how to prepare for medical school, see: “What’s the best pre med major?”