January 19, 2023

A senior at Shawnee State University majoring in Biomedical Sciences (Pre-Med), Kolton Bauer is grateful for the experience his small class sizes has been able to give him throughout his time in the program.

“The Pre-Med program here at Shawnee, I've loved every step of the way,” he said. “The smaller class sizes have allowed me to get close with my professors, ask questions, and I feel like I've been able to learn a lot more than what I would be able to on a larger campus.”

Entering a rigorous program, Bauer knew he would need to find a way to balance his time and dedicate himself to his homework and lab sessions. To students thinking of entering the program, he encourages them to not be scared, but to be prepared to commit themselves to their studies.

“You're going to have to study, going to have to have time management, but here at Shawnee you are given every resource to succeed,” he said. “You have help at every corner with all the professors willing to answer questions and to help you with any problems you have.”

SSU’s Pre-Med program is designed to prepare students to enter medical school with a strong foundation in biology, a development of scientific research skills, and with hands-on experiences like the advanced human anatomy course – where students can participate in a human cadaver dissection lab. The program also offers an Early Assurance Program for high-performing high school students to enter the university’s Pre-Med program while also receiving guaranteed acceptance into Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

To learn more about the Pre-Med program at Shawnee State University, visit