Prospective students frequently wonder how Blount fits into their larger program of study both as an undergraduate and beyond. Within the context of undergraduate study, The Blount minor is an excellent complement to virtually any major—not only those in the College of Arts and Sciences, but those in other colleges, such as Communications and Information Sciences, Engineering, Commerce, and Education, as well. The ability to conduct critical problem solving and the written and oral communication skills that Blount students develop stand them in formidable stead in their non-Blount classes. Moreover, the synthetic and interdisciplinary nature of the Blount curriculum gives students a valuable perspective on the connections between various domains of knowledge that more applied study does not provide.
Unsurprisingly, these skills also provide Blount students with a strong foundation for graduate study. And equally, unsurprisingly, Blount students attend graduate school in disproportionately high numbers.
Blount By the Numbers: Graduate School
95% of Blount Scholars apply to graduate school.
On average, in excess of 95 percent of students graduating from the program in any given year apply to graduate school. Of those pursuing graduate study, 99 percent report being accepted into a program of their choice.
20% of Blount graduates go to law school
As you would assume, liberal arts is essential to understanding the nuance of the law, and the Blount Scholars Program provides a superb foundation exactly for that. Blount students also benefit from being just down the street from one of the most prestigious public law schools in the nation, the University of Alabama School of Law. In 2020, The University of Alabama was ranked the 25th best law school in the nation (Blount students always provide sources) and our students can benefit greatly from this proximity. Blount faculty often request Law School professors to come to speak on complex topics and Blount students can even have the opportunity to be taught by current or former Law School professors.
Blount students also often matriculate directly into the University of Alabama Law School which further shows the caliber of our students but Blount students have also gone all across the US to law school.
15% of Blount Graduates go to medical school
While the prevailing view of the quickest route to medical school is the obvious focus on biological sciences but in recent years humanities, students who apply to medical school often outperform their purely biologically focused peers. This is because skills like critical thinking and problem solving are critical in this ever-changing field. Blount provides these skills to its medically focused students in spades. Blount students who apply to medical often come back and highlight how the in-depth analysis of long-forgone philosophers provided the unusual framework of abstract thought that gave them the extra push that admissions offices are looking for.