Applying to Medical School (2023)

AnAMCAS application workshopis held every spring for current applicants (see schedule). The 2023 AMCAS webinar presentation and recording(for late summer/fall 2023matriculants) and FAQs are provided below.

AMCAS and other primary application & secondary applications and Casper and other situational judgment tests

Applying to State Medical and Dental Schools in Texas: Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)

Applying to Osteopathic (DO) Schools: Association of American College of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)

Casper (Computer-based assessment for sampling personal characteristics)

At this time,over 30U.S. medical schools require applicants to do an online situational judgment test (SJT) called Casper as a pre-interview screen. The test presents a scenario which includes an ethical dilemma and then asks applicants to comment on how the individuals in the scenario should proceed. Proponents of the test believe it measures personal traits such as integrity and the ability to reason. If applicants are required to do this, we strongly recommend that they do free online practices (see two examples). The SJT requires timed, rapid typing about specific scenarios, so applicants need to practice that skill if possible. Note: There are on average just1-2 test dates per month, so be sure to register ahead of time. Please be sure to review the CasperFAQs. We recommend that you aim to take Casper by the end of July, so it does not delay any interview invitations.

The 2022 AAMCPREview™ professional readiness exam (formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test)

Learn more about thePREview exam.
Listof participating medical schools.

Review test datesand theregistration deadlines for each testing window.
For questions about thePREviewtest and program, emailaskpreview@aamc.orgor call 202-540-5457.

FAQ for Applicants:

    • Coursework Section

      Q: How do I classify a course in AMCAS?

      A: Many Harvard courses do not fit perfectly into AMCAS course classifications, so you will need to use your best judgment. Classify according to the primary content or disciplinary approach of the course. So, biostatistics would be classified as math/stats, not biology. For further explanation, please see the AMCAS Applicant Guide. The OCS premedical/pre-health advisers cannot make this determination for you; AMCAS is the final arbiter of all course classifications. Your Science (“BCPM”) GPA is made up of your Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (Statistics = Math) grades. For more information about how to classify your courses, see theAMCAS Course Classification Guide.

      If AMCAS changes a classification you made, and you disagree with the change, you can appeal the change via the Academic Change request option (available within the AMCAS application). You only have a limited time to appeal this decision, so review your application carefully as soon as it is verified by AMCAS.

      Q: I am not Advanced Standing but want to indicate to med schools that I have taken AP Calculus. How do I do this in the coursework section?

      A: AMCAS has asked that students not list AP calculus on their AMCAS application if it is not on that student’s Harvard transcript. You will have other opportunities to tell medical schools how you are fulfilling their requirements, either on the secondary application, on the interview day or later after acceptance. The Harvard Registrar will not validate the APs, but you may be asked at some point to have the official AP score sent from the College Board to particular medical schools.

      Q: Do I have to list future coursework?

      A: No. Some applicants may want to indicate to med schools how they will complete the requirements or that they plan to take more science courses. But most applicants do not fill this out. You are not under any obligation to enroll in courses you indicate you plan to take.

      Q: What should I list as the Course Number?

      A: The course number is generally the department name and the number that follows (e.g., Chemistry 17, Math 21a, etc.).

      Q: Should I list the Course Name exactly as it appears on my transcript? (e.g., “Frank Lloyd Wright and the”)

      A: What you list for Course Name does not need to correspond exactly to what is listed on your transcript. But make sure it is similar enough, so that AMCAS can easily match up your course with the one on your transcript. Med schools need to be able easily to discern what kind of course it was. It is fine to abbreviate course names.

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      Q: For a SAT/UNSAT (or SEM/UEM) course, do I select “Pass/Fail” for course type?

      A: Yes, AMCAS only has one option for pass/fail, so you select this regardless of whether the course was required pass/fail or optional pass/fail, and regardless of whether the grade on your transcript is “PA” or “SAT” or another binary grade notation. Note that the grade you enter should be the grade that appears on your transcript (e.g., “SAT” or “SEM”).

      Q: If I did a Harvard Summer School (HSS) abroad program, do I indicate that this was a study abroad program in AMCAS?

      A. Yes. If you took courses abroad through a Harvard Summer School (HSS) program, you must first add a second entry for “Harvard University” in the “Schools attended” section of your AMCAS (in addition to your main entry of your “Harvard University” undergraduate degree program).

      In the box called “School Name,” in which “Harvard University” appears as an option, please type into the box to add “—Study abroad” so that it will say “Harvard University—Study Abroad—Name of country in which you studied abroad.”

      Next, assign “undergraduate credit,” enter the dates of your HSS summer program, and for “Other options,” check the box “Study Abroad Program.”

      When you get to the “TRANSCRIPT REQUEST” page, you will be prompted to answer the question “Does AMCAS require an official transcript from Harvard University-Study Abroad?;” answer “No,” and select “Foreign Institution or Study abroad program sponsored by U.S., U.S. territorial or Canadian institution- Credits transferred” as your “Transcript Request Exception Reason.”

      Next, answer “Yes” to the question “Was credit for Harvard University-Study Abroad transferred to another institution?”. As “School where transfer credits appear,” select “Harvard University” (which refers to your first entry of “Harvard University” under schools attended, where you recorded your undergraduate degree and major, and for which you should make a transcript request for your Harvard College transcript; your HSS Study Abroad summer course/s appear on this transcript).

      Note that courses taken in the summer are entered as part of the upcoming academic year (e.g., a course taken in the summer of 2021should be entered as part of the 2021-2022academic year, along with the year in school status (i.e., SO, JR, or SR).

      For all Study Abroad-related questions about course work and institutions attended: See the “Foreign Coursework” and other relevant sections of the AMCAS Applicant Guide. If your question is not answered by these instructions, please contact the AMCAS Help Line at 202.828.0600.

      Q: I took organic chemistry, CHEM S-20, in the Harvard Summer School, for which I received a full year’s worth of Harvard credit (8 credits) / Q: I took an intensive semester-long language course (e.g., French Bab), for which I received a full year’s worth of Harvard credit (8 credits). How do I indicate that these courses were equivalent to a full year’s worth of credits? How do I make sure that the full weight of these grades is entered into my GPA calculation?

      A: Your transcript will indicate the amount of credit you received. But do make sure that you double check that these courses were coded and calculated correctly when your verified AMCAS is returned to you.Do not code these courses as “Full Year” courses.For all summer courses, assign the upcoming year’s status (e.g., courses between FR & SO year will be listed as SO status). For an intensive term-long 8-credit course, assign the term’s status (e.g., for junior year spring, JR/ 2021/ S2).

    • Work & Activities Section

      Q: In the description section, is it better to write full sentences or in resume form? (e.g., “I volunteered at the Red Cross for four years” versus “Volunteered at the Red Cross for four years”)

      A:From theAMCAS Applicant Guide( “Medical schools receive all text entry responses as plain text. This means that formatting options such as bulleted lists, indented paragraphs, and bold/italic fonts do not appear for reviewers.” Because of this and for the ease of the reader, it is preferable to write these descriptions in sentences rather than using a resume style of writing.

      Q: Should I say only what I did or also what I got out of the experience (i.e., should I reflect on what the experience meant to me)?

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      A: We think that keeping your “Experience Descriptions” (700 or fewer characters) brief and to the point makes sense. Med schools will glance over your activities very quickly, and you want to make sure they are able easily to pick out the main points.

      For the three activities you select as your “most meaningful experiences,” you have an additional 1325 characters to write about the experience. See the instructions that go with this additional “Experience Summary.” Remember that you also have your personal statement for additional reflection on any experience described in the “Activities” section you feel merits more attention.

      Q: I was the director (or a member) of a student-run volunteer group, and there is no supervisor who can verify my role and responsibilities for this activity. Who do I enter as the “Contact” for the organization?

      A: Supervisor contact information must be provided. If the activity was organized by a student group, list a faculty/staff advisor or another administrator who can verify your experience, if possible. This person does not need to know you personally. You may use a student director as contact if there are no administrators who can validate the activity. As a courtesy, be sure to notify the person whose name you list for this contact.

      Q: Should I fill up all 15 slots for activities and/or go right up to the word limit?

      A: Probably not. Many applicants will not have 15 substantive activities that they can list. Also, most activities will not require using all the space allotted to you in the description section. Be concise and to the point.

      Q: If I was involved with an organization for an entire summer but only sporadically during the year, what do I fill in for hours per week, dates, etc.?

      A: By selecting the ‘repeated activity’ option, you are able to enter up to four separate date ranges, including future end dates up to the start of the matriculation year. Specify the total hours spent on this activity for each date range.If you do not select ‘repeated activity’, you will only see one time range; if you enter an activity that began sophomore fall and ended junior spring as one continuous time range, you add up the total number of hours for the duration of the activity.

      Q: Can I consolidate activities and awards under one entry?

      A: Yes, feel free to be flexible. If you have been involved in three different service activities but do not have a lot to say about each one individually, perhaps list them as one activity and call it “Various service activities.” If you have received a fellowship for an internship, you can mention the fellowship in the description section of the internship; it does not require its own entry. If you have little to say about an activity or award, this is probably an indication that you can fold it into another entry or leave it out. You want to make understanding how you have been involved as easy as possible for the reader, and consolidating activities, awards, etc., can help you do this.

      Q: Is it appropriate to include activities in which I participated for only a year (e.g., First or Sophomore year), or for short period of time only, etc.?

      A: Any activities you list are fair game for questions during interviews, so list only those activities that were significant and that you know you would be enthusiastic to talk about.

    • Letters of Evaluation Section & Process

      Review the AMCAS letter service links on their website: AMCAS Letter Service|AMCAS Letter Writer Application

      Q: How many letters do I need to “add” in AMCAS?

      A: You will only enter one “committee letter” in the Letters of Evaluation section. This “committee letter” consists of the committee letter written by your House (or the Dudley Community), as well as your individual letters of support. For “Letter title,” enter “Harvard Committee Letter.” For primary contact’s title, enter “[House name/or Dudley Community] Academic Coordinator.” For primary contact’s first name, enter “Academic,” and for their last name, enter “Coordinator.” For primary contact’s email address, enter your Academic Coordinator’s email address, and for their mailing address, enter the US Postal Service address for your House Office.

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      Q: Will AMCAS process my application before my House letter is uploaded?

      A: Yes, these processes are completely separate. Plan to submit AMCAS by mid-June. Your letters of recommendation will be sent to AMCAS by your House/the Dudley Community by mid-August.

      Q: What is the AMCAS Letters program and what do I need to do?

      A: For most U.S. medical schools, AMCAS is going to serve as a central repository for applicants’ recommendation letters. Letters will be sent to AMCAS and then AMCAS will make them available to each of the medical schools on your list. There are three things that you will need to do in order to ensure the successful delivery of your recommendation letters through AMCAS.

      1. Within the AMCAS application, you will need to “add” a committee letter to let AMCAS know about the letters they are going to receive from your Premedical/Pre-Health Committee.
      2. An AMCAS Letter ID is automatically generated when “adding” a committee letter in AMCAS. Your Academic Coordinator (see instructions in the first FAQ answer in this section for how to add their contact and other information)will receive an email from AMCAS with instructions for how to upload your letters to the AMCAS Letter Service.
      3. You need to assign the committee letter to each of the schools that participate in the AMCAS Letters program to which you are applying. Please see Completing the AMCAS 2022Application (available at the top of this page) for more detailed instructions.
      4. For MD-PhD applicants: If you are applying to both MD and to MD-PhD programs, and wish to send a different selection of individual letters and/or different versions of your Committee Letter to your MD and your MD-PhD schools, respectively, you will create two separate AMCAS Letter IDs for these two sets of letters. You will then assign the MD schools Letter ID to the schools where you are applying MD only, and the MD-PhD Letter ID to the schools where you are applying MD-PhD.

      Q: I created multiple AMCAS Letter IDs for each individual recommender rather than just the one that I was supposed to do. What do I do?

      A: If you have created multiple Letter IDs (the IDs that get generated in AMCAS when applicants “add” letters that will be sent on their behalf), keep the Letter ID for the Committee Letter (to which your individual letters will be attached), which will be uploaded to the AMCAS Letter Service by your Academic Coordinator. Be sure to correct your AMCAS application to indicate that the other letters will no longer be sent.

      Q: Do I need to let my Academic Coordinator know to which schools I am applying?

      A: Yes, your Academic Coordinator will need your list of schools. For a school that uses theAMCAS Letter Serviceprogram, your letters will be sent as explained in the previous FAQ. As long as you complete your AMCAS Letter section correctly and meet your House/the Dudley Community-deadlines for turning in their materials (e.g., list of medical schools, individual rec letters turned in by your recommenders, list of which letters to send, etc.), your letters will be successfully transmitted via AMCAS to medical schools by August 15. For a school that does not use the AMCAS Letter Service Program, your letters will be sent by your Academic Coordinator directly to those medical schools, bypassing AMCAS. Only one MD program in the United States does not participate in the AMCAS Letter Service – the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. For this school you will need to arrange for your Academic Coordinator to send a paper copy of your letters via U.S. mail. For those of you applying to Texas schools, Osteopathic (D.O.) schools, and/or Canadian, European, or other foreign medical schools, your Academic Coordinator will transmit your letters to these schools electronically or, in some cases, by mailing hard copies directly to the schools. Please consult directly with your Academic Coordinator for detailed instructions.

      Q: Can I customize the group of letters I send from medical school to medical school?

      A: No, all medical schools will receive a single PDF containing the committee letter from your House/the Dudley Community and the individual recommendation letters that you choose to include. (MD/PhD applicants: see below.)

      Q: I am an MD/PhD applicant. Does the process change for me?

      A: The letter transmission process is the same for an MD/PhD applicant as it is for an MD applicant. If you will apply to MD/PhD programs only, you will only need one AMCAS Letter ID. If you are applying to both MD and MD/PhD programs, and wish to send two different letter selections, follow the instructions in the third FAQ in this section. For example, applicants in this category may want to include four to five letters for MD-only programs and five to seven letters for MD/PhD programs (to include additional research-focused letters). Once you have created two separate AMCAS Letter IDs for these two selections of letters, your Academic Coordinator will be able to transmit the MD-only PDF to your MD schools, and the MD/PhD PDF to your MD/PhD schools.

      Q: Do I need to list Additional Authors under the Committee Letter details in the AMCAS?

      A: No, leave these fields blank. However, make sure to fill out the Primary Contact/Author fields with the words “Academic” and “Coordinator” as per the instructions in Completing the AMCAS 2022Application (available at the top of this page).

      Q: Will I be notified when my letters have been transmitted to medical schools?

      A: Yes, you will be able to see if your letters have been transmitted to and received by your schools in the “My Documents Statuses” section or your AMCAS application.

      Q: Can I send in a letter that came in late, after my letters were already sent?

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      A: Letters arriving to your Resident Dean’s Office after the committee letter packet has been sent will need to be submitted to AMCAS separately. This is highly discouraged and should happen only in the rarest of circumstances. Please use theAMCAS Letter Serviceto send any additional letters.

      Q: When will my Committee Letter PDF be sent?

      A: The Academic Coordinators will transmit all Committee Letter PDFsto medical schools by mid-August if the applicant abides by the deadlines set by the Premedical/Pre-Health Committees by which to submit all required application-related materials. This timeline for completing and transmitting letters is similar for all of our peer institutions. Medical schools are aware of this timeline for when to expect your letters, and have confirmed that receiving your letter PDF by mid-August will not place you at a disadvantage in the admissions process.

    • Secondary Applications

      Q: What questions have medical schools asked within their secondary applications?

      A: Read theexamples of secondary application questions(scroll down to the end of the page) that medical schools have asked applicants on their secondary applications. Keep in mind that next year’s questions may be different and the specific questions vary from school to school. Many students access questions from the secondary applications of previous years on or the “Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts Database” on the site.

      Q: Washington University (or another medical school) has a math requirement and on their secondary application say they accept AP Calculus but only if it appears on a transcript (and they will not accept the ETS score report in lieu of the score appearing on my transcript). What should I tell them? Will this hurt my chances for admission?

      A: Washington University’s secondary application asks you to list which courses satisfy their year-long math requirement and, if an AP is used, that it should appear on the transcript. APs do not show up on the Harvard transcript unless you activated Advanced Standing. If you did not take math at Harvard and would like to use your AP Calculus scores to satisfy this requirement, please list the AP on your Washington University secondary.

      In the additional information section, you should explain that you would like to petition that the AP be counted in place of coursework. Each House has access to a letter from the Math Department explaining the equivalence between an AP Calculus score and math courses offered at the College. For now, list your AP on the Washington University secondary and explain the situation briefly in the additional information section.

      You will not need this letter until later in the process, if at all, and you should ask this to be sent to a medical school only if they explicitly request it.Please be aware that not all medical schools with this policy (e.g., John Hopkins University School of Medicine) will accept this letter and, therefore, not all medical schools will accept your AP test scores.In most circumstances, whether or not you have already verified that you satisfy a school’s math requirement will not affect your chances of being admitted.

    • Ordering & Sending Harvard Transcripts to AMCAS

      For instructions about how to obtain your official Harvard transcript, please see theFAS Registrar’s Office instructions.

      If a school has placed a financial hold on your transcripts, AMCAS will not grant an exception under any circumstances.

    • State Residency Concerns

      Our office is not equipped to answer questions related to this topic, as the definitions and requirements of residency vary from state to state, and within states, and sometimes from one medical school in the state to another. Also, residency is often defined differently for different purposes. Please contact state medical school/s directly for all questions related to how to validate, establish, or re-establish state residency in a particular state.

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    • Contact AMCAS for Help

      Remember that the quickest answers to many questions can often be obtained by contacting AMCAS directly:

      1. AMCAS Help Line: 202.828.0600; office hours M-F 9:00am – 7:00pm EST. 24-hour automated phone line.
      2. On theapplicant website, see especially the AMCAS Applicant Guide.


How can I guarantee me to get into medical school? ›

Here's how you can make your med school application stand out from the crowd.
  1. Highlight Your Clinical Experience. The majority of successful applicants have some experience in a hospital, clinic, hospice or other health care setting. ...
  2. Show off Your Academic Chops. ...
  3. Demonstrate the Value of Your Extracurricular Activities.

How do you answer what will you do if you don't get into medical school? ›

Here are eight choices to consider:
  1. Apply again. Applying a second time is a common step for many med school candidates. ...
  2. Apply to other schools. ...
  3. Take a gap year. ...
  4. Pursue a master's degree. ...
  5. Apply to nursing school. ...
  6. Apply for a physician's assistant (PA) program. ...
  7. Change your med school plans. ...
  8. Consider an alternative career path.
Oct 21, 2021

What matters most to get into med school? ›

Without a doubt, the two most important factors are GPA (science and overall) and MCAT score. Many medical schools do not even consider applicants whose GPA and MCAT scores fall well below their averages.

What are my odds of getting into medical school? ›

Approximately 41% of medical school applicants are accepted into medical schools annually. Your chances of acceptance increase with a higher GPA, MCAT score, and an overall strong application.

Can I get into med school with a C+? ›

In general, pre-med students are advised to retake courses in which they have earned a 'C. ' In reality, one or two 'C's will not rule out medical school for anyone, especially for otherwise high-achieving students.

What do med schools look for on social media? ›

Don't let your social media profiles to endanger your medical school acceptance. Avoid posting pictures and text related to alcohol, sexual behaviors, drugs, and content relating to surgery and patients. Posting this type of content can badly affect your reputation and decrease your chances of acceptance.

What do medical schools look at when you apply? ›

Medical schools consider each applicant's academic proficiency, whether they are likely to thrive in the culture of the institution, and if their experiences, attributes, and goals are in line with the school's mission and goals.

What I wish I knew before applying to medical school? ›

10 Things every pre-med should know before going to medical school
  • Having a well-planned schedule is essential. ...
  • You might not study the same way your peers do. ...
  • Practicing medicine isn't always clear-cut. ...
  • Prioritizing personal time is a must. ...
  • Start preparing for licensing exams from the beginning.
Mar 1, 2022

How to impress med school admissions committee? ›

Achieve a strong science and overall GPA. Obtain a high enough MCAT score. Accumulate clinical shadowing, volunteering/community service, and patient exposure experiences. Conduct impactful research.

Why do I keep getting rejected from medical school? ›

Low GPA and MCAT Scores

The most obvious reason for a medical school rejection is a low GPA or MCAT score. Either can hinder an applicant from making it past the first round in the admissions process, as many schools screen out applicants who don't meet a school's minimum cut-off.

Do some people never get into medical school? ›

Therefore, if you have already applied to medical schools but have been rejected, there is no reason to be ashamed. More than 50% of applicants are in the same boat as you are. If you are thinking about applying to medical school for the first time, you must make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

What to do if you don t get into med school first try? ›

Most students will retake the MCAT, take extra courses, engage in research, travel or take the time to invest in themselves in another way.

What GPA do most med schools want? ›

Admissions statistics from U.S. medical schools show that they tend to have high academic standards. All of the 121 ranked schools in the U.S. News 2022 Best Medical Schools rankings reported the median GPA among their entering students in fall 2020 as 3.46 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale.

Is a 3.7 too low for med school? ›

Different medical schools have different GPA targets for applicants, but anything below 3.7 is usually considered low.

What percent of people never get into med school? ›

It's also true that many applicants: a) are borderline qualified or unqualified; b) make serious application mistakes; or c) both. Therefore, if you have solid stats and apply the right way, your odds of getting into medical school will be higher than the roughly 36 percent overall acceptance rate.

How common is it to get rejected from medical school? ›

Every year, over 50,000 students apply to medical school, but 60% are rejected. What are the best next steps to take after a medical school rejection? Let's go through the process of reapplying to medical school step-by-step.

What is the toughest year of medical school? ›

Year one is the hardest year of medical school.

Many students will likely disagree, but the first year is widely recognized as being the most difficult. The majority of the first year of medical school is spent in classrooms and labs and requires an enormous amount of memorization.

Will one C ruin my GPA for med school? ›

One "C" grade can significantly drop your science GPA. If you major in a science, however, one "C" grade can be offset by several "A" grades in upper division courses. Volunteer activities show medical schools you have the desire to find out what you are getting yourself into.

Should I retake a class if I got a C for medical school? ›

Is it advisable to repeat a pre-med course? It is not advisable unless your grade is a C- or below. Medical schools do not accept a grade of C- or below in required courses. If you do retake a class both grades will appear on your transcript.

What are red flags in med interview? ›

Other common “red flags” include a low grade, GPA, or MCAT score, an institutional action or withdrawals from classes but, typically, if you were invited for an interview, these issues were not considered major. That said, you should be able to give explanations for the flaws in your application without making excuses.

What do med schools look at the most? ›

Science Competencies
  • Service Orientation.
  • Social Skills.
  • Cultural Competence.
  • Teamwork.
  • Oral Communication.
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others.
  • Reliability and Dependability.
  • Resilience and Adaptability.

Do med schools look down on online classes? ›

Will online classes impact my chances of admission? Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Maybe. You might have educational circumstances that qualify you as an exception, especially if you are a non-traditional medical school applicant, or if you attended an under-resourced school.

Do med schools check Instagram? ›

Although only about 9% of the admissions officers said they routinely checked applicants' social media at the time, about 50% said that unprofessional content on an applicant's social media network could negatively affect his or her chance for acceptance.

How do medical schools decide who gets an interview? ›

Medical schools consider GPA, MCAT, letters of recommendations, personal statements, extracurricular activities, etc to determine whether an applicant is invited to an interview.

What is the bare minimum GPA for med school? ›

Minimum Standards for GPAs and MCAT Scores

Most medical schools expect a minimum GPA of 3.3, and they scrutinize performance in science-related courses. You could have a higher GPA and still get rejected if you didn't do well enough in those classes.

Do med schools read every application? ›

Some medical schools tell you that they review every application. And a lot of them are going to use filters for this. They can set up these “digital shredders.” If your MCAT score and GPA do not meet certain cutoffs based on that specific school, your application will wind up on the cutting room floor.

What is medical student syndrome? ›

Mental health professionals consider the syndrome a subgroup-specific form of hypochondriasis: having a fear of or preoccupation with serious illness despite appropriate evaluation or reassurance.

How do you answer why should we admit you medical school? ›

The key to giving a great response to this critical question is to be specific in three ways:
  1. Be specific about your interests in clinical medicine and health care. ...
  2. Link your response to the specific activities you want to pursue in med school. ...
  3. Align your response to the medical school's specific mission and culture.
Sep 29, 2020

How many hours do med students study? ›

Most medical students spend 6-12 hours every day either in class or studying, so if you do not enjoy learning, you should have major second thoughts about going to medical school.

How can I stand out to admissions? ›

Here are six tips from admissions staff on ways to set yourself apart from other college applicants:
  1. Have a diverse list of extracurricular activities.
  2. Challenge yourself.
  3. Go beyond the norm in a college essay.
  4. Show grades trending up.
  5. Demonstrate interest in the college.
  6. Schedule an interview if possible.
Oct 27, 2022

Can you get into medical school without a committee letter? ›

In most cases, if your school offers one, a pre-health committee letter is not required but is recommended. In this guide, we've set out to answer the most common questions you might have about this component of your medical school applications.

How do you ask for a strong letter of recommendation for medical school? ›

Email the recommender explaining that you are hoping they might be willing to write you a letter, and inquiring whether they can write you a strong letter of support. Ask if they would be willing to meet you to discuss it further.

What makes a strong medical school applicant? ›

What stands out is slightly different at each school. Keep in mind that applicants generally have some flavor of the following in their applications: community service, research experience and/or publications, leadership experiences, medical exposure (shadowing or work-related), and extracurricular activities.

How do I sell myself to medical school interview? ›

  1. Be able to give a brief 30 second – 1 minute description about your major extra-curricular activities.
  2. Say what you did and the impact you made. ...
  3. You may want to give a reflection about how your experiences have shaped your perspective or how it will impact the way you practice medicine in the future.

Is it OK to take notes during interview? ›

Taking notes can be acceptable if you want to jot down important points about your role or something else. Also, ensure you check with the interviewer before you begin taking notes. Does bringing notes create a bad impression? No, it doesn't.

Does it look bad to reapply to med school? ›

By leveraging your application materials to impress upon admissions committees your continued commitment to medicine, you can be viewed as an asset to the larger medical community. Reapplying to medical school, therefore, does not look bad.

Does reapplying to med school hurt your chances? ›

In other words, being a reapplicant does not “look bad.” In fact, reapplying to medical school offers the chance to bolster your candidacy and application which might offer more opportunities than you would have had otherwise.

Do med schools reject overqualified applicants? ›

In practice, they do. These days, applicants generally apply far and wide. Applicants of Berkeley, Harvard, and even MIT level apply to safety schools they should be shoo-ins, but realistically won't attend.

How can I increase my chances of getting into medical school? ›

10 Tips on Getting Into Med School
  1. Get Some Medical Experience on Your Résumé ...
  2. Do Research Projects. ...
  3. Put in Time Serving Others. ...
  4. Choose a Major You Will Excel In. ...
  5. Apply to Multiple Schools. ...
  6. Study Early and Often for the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. ...
  7. Learn Another Language. ...
  8. Don't Skimp on Extracurricular Activities.

How many pre med students drop out? ›

They concluded that only 16.5% of students who intended to major in pre-med graduate college with the required coursework for medical schools. Attrition rates are highest initially but drop as students take more advanced courses.

What percent of premeds get into med school? ›

That's an acceptance rate of only 40%, which is an increase from the previous cycle but still less than favorable odds. If you're a premed just starting your future doctor journey, these are worrisome statistics. There is a silver lining though. Getting into medical school isn't like winning the lottery.

How often do students fail med school? ›

Those entering medical schools who are committed to completing the program are 81.6 percent to 84.3 percent. So, what is the dropout rate for medical school? In a standard, single four-year program, that would put the medical school dropout rate at between 15.7 percent and 18.4 percent, confirms the AAMC.

What do I do if I get rejected from all medical schools? ›

Their options include:
  1. Taking a year out and reapplying for Medicine next year.
  2. Studying a different degree instead, such as Biomedical Science, which could allow them to transfer to Medicine (at certain universities) or apply for Graduate Entry Medicine later.
  3. Applying to study Medicine abroad.

Is med school harder now than before? ›

In 2001, the average GPA for matriculants was 3.60 and the average MCAT was 29.6. This equates to roughly a 508 on the MCAT today. If we compare this to the most recent 2021-2022 application cycle, the average GPA for matriculants was 3.74 and the average MCAT was 512.

What is the easiest do medical school to get into? ›

Top 5 Easiest Medical Schools : Based on Acceptance Rate
  • American University School of Medicine Aruba. ...
  • University of Mississippi School of Medicine. ...
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. ...
  • Central Michigan University College of Medicine. ...
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

What GPA do you need to get into med school? ›

The Average GPA for Med School Achieved by Admitted Students

Data from the AAMC shows that acing the MCAT ( a score above 517) and having a GPA between 2.8 and 2.99 results in a 46.7% chance of admission. The average applicant and matriculant GPA is 3.59.

What is the lowest GPA you can have to get into medical school? ›

Most medical schools set a cap at a 3.0 GPA. Generally, a low GPA is less than a school's 75th or 80th percentile. You can also review your chosen school's average GPA for accepted students.

What GPA do you need to stay in medical school? ›

Many medical schools have a cut-off for GPAs below 3.0. The average GPA at most MD medical schools ranges from about 3.7 to 3.9. The average GPA at most DO medical schools ranges from about 3.4 to 3.6.

What's the lowest MCAT score accepted? ›

What is the Average MCAT Score (2023-2024)?
  • Applicants accepted to allopathic (MD-granting) medical schools for the 2021-2022 year had an average MCAT score of 511.9. ...
  • This year alone, MedEdits students have been accepted to allopathic medical schools with MCAT scores as low as 508.

What is the hardest class in medical school? ›

Biochemistry. Most medical students agree that biochemistry is by far the most difficult topic you will find on the USMLE.

How many B's can I get for med school? ›

I would say to have a competitive chance at most medical schools you probably want to have a GPA above 3.5 So a B or two per semester is probably OK but do you want to make sure you get mostly A's or A- in your science and math courses.

How many C's are acceptable for med school? ›

Medical schools do not accept a grade of C- or below in required courses. If you do retake a class both grades will appear on your transcript. Medical schools recommend that instead of repeating a course you take upper division science courses in the same area to increase your knowledge and boost your GPA.

Is a 3.4 science GPA bad for med school? ›

A science GPA around 3.3-3.4 is Very Good, one between 3.5-3.7 is usually Excellent and one above 3.8 is generally Superior. By way of reference, the average GPA for students attending top medical schools is 3.89. Students attending state medical schools might have overall GPA's around 3.63.

What medical schools don t look at GPA? ›

Med Schools with Low GPAs
  • Meharry Medical College (Nashville, Tennessee) ...
  • Howard University College of Medicine (Washington, District of Columbia) ...
  • Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (Roanoke, Virginia) ...
  • Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Can I get into med school with a 2.7 GPA? ›

Yes, you can get into medical school with less than a 3.0 college GPA. Just make sure you do well on your MCAT and provide a stellar application.

Can a high MCAT offset a low GPA? ›

Myth 2: A high MCAT score will make up for my low GPA, or vice versa. Fact: This myth is true at a certain level but only in extreme cases. For example, a student who has a 3.4 GPA (which would be considered a low GPA by premed standards) but a 519 MCAT has a decent chance of getting into an allopathic medical school.

What is the average GPA of a doctor? ›

Data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that the average GPA for medical school applicants and matriculants during the 2022–23 school year was 3.62.

Is a 3.3 GPA too low for medical school? ›

Different medical schools have different GPA targets for applicants, but anything below 3.7 is usually considered low.


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