Applying to medical school is a challenging and competitive task. Acceptance rates to allopathic medical schools are consistently below 50%.
When considering these numbers, one must understand the factors that weigh in during the medical school admission process.
In large part, acceptance hinges on quantitative factors, such as total GPA, science GPA, and MCAT scores. Generally, medical schools look for students with approximately a 3.50 total and science GPA, and a 510 on the 2015 MCAT (or a 30 on the previous version).
Beyond quantitative factors, medical schools look for students with a strong interest in medicine (demonstrated through medically-related experience), extracurricular activities, research experience, strong letters of evaluation, a well-written personal statement, and a successful interview.
In the 2002-2017 application cycles, well-qualified Gettysburg applicants (total GPA ≥ 3.50, total MCAT score ≥ 510 or 30) had an 88% acceptance rate to medical school. Less qualified applicants (total GPA < 3.50, total MCAT score < 510 or 30) had a 57% acceptance rate.
In addition to the factors discussed above, the timing of your application is extremely important. Most medical schools have rolling admissions, so the earlier you apply, the better your chance of being accepted. You should plan to take the MCAT in the spring, and then apply on approximately June 1. If you take the MCAT in the summer, you will not be able to apply until late summer or fall, critically diminishing your chance of acceptance. If you feel you must take the MCAT in the summer, you should seriously consider waiting until June 1 of the next application year to submit your application.
There is no doubt that applying to medical school and being accepted is a demanding undertaking. Gettysburg College offers an engaging and challenging environment that fosters success. In addition, we are dedicated to helping you develop as a student and person, and to providing the necessary support to assist you through each step of the process.