Medical School Admissions Statistics: Tips to get into Medical School 2019-2020 | MedEdits


– This year more than
50,000 applicants will fight to medical school. You worked hard to position yourself as a competitive medical school applicant. I’m gonna show you which statistics are important for medical
school applicants, so you can make the best decisions on where to apply this coming cycle. By the end of this video
you will understand, what medical school admission statistics are the most important to consider, as you get ready to
apply to medical school. So let’s get started now. (light tune) I’m Doctor Jessica Freedman, founder and chair of
MedEdits Medical Admissions. And in this video we’re going to discuss the data, that will help you
to get into medical school. Our motto at MedEdits
is to work efficiently and effectively, so we don’t
waste your valuable time. I will follow that ideal today. If you review the comments on my videos, my articles or on my Amazon page, you will see, that I’m often asked, what are the most important pieces for medical school admissions? Is it your essays? Your letters of reference? Your grades, your research,
your clinical experience? At MedEdits over the last 12 years we’ve been helping students beat the odds, and get into medical school. One of the reasons our
students are so successful, is because we spend hours reviewing admission’s
data and information. Down in the comments, please let me know, if there are any statistics, that you want me and my team to review. Yes, we do pay attention to your comments, so please post down below. So, which medical school
admission statistics will help you build a solid foundation and impact your success? I will review these important numbers, but, before we begin, here’s a warning, that can be difficult to hear. No matter how exceptional
an applicant’s background, personal statement, activities entries, letters of recommendation,
secondary assays, it is often impossible to overcome low medical school statistics. It’s true, so, we have to know, which numbers are important
and which statistical forces you’ll be competing with. I have a question for you, do you know the two biggest objective med school admissions stats, that determine an applicant’s success? Here they are and they probably won’t come as a surprise to you. The medical college
admission’s test or MCAT score and undergraduate grade
point average or GPA, your BCPM, meaning biology, chemistry, math and physics GPA matters as well. This seems simple, but don’t be fooled, it is not always easy to find out a medical school’s
average MCAT score and GPA for accepted students. Down below in the description section, I put a link to the
MSAR, the medical school admission requirements
published by the AMC, most students rely on the
MSAR to make decisions about where to apply,
but that may not answer some important questions however. The MSAR only lists median
or middle statistics, and not mean or average
statistics for accepted students. So what can you do? Some medical schools, but not all, post this data on their websites. So do a Google search for the school, and see if you can find this data. If you can, we can help. Post a message below in the comments, and let the MedEdits
team get to work for you, this process is really important, because understanding
the numerical criteria, that influence an applicant’s success, will allow you to set goals. It also enables medical school applicants to gauge, how competitive
they are in general. Next, I want you to review medical school acceptance rates, so you get an idea, of how competitive some
medical schools are. Remember, the lower the
medical school acceptance rate, the more competitive the medical school, and the higher a medical
school acceptance rate, the less competitive the medical school. When deciding where to
apply to medical school, you must know each medical school’s average acceptance rate. Every year we spend countless
hours with students, trying to figure out if
they’ll be competitive for a particular school,
but, here is the problem, many medical schools do not disclose, how many interviewees
they actually accept. Medical schools may only
publish the following, how many applications they received, the number of applicants they interview, how many applicants actually matriculate, therefore it isn’t
always possible to know, what percentage of applicants interview are ultimately accepted. Either way, my faculty and I always stay on alert for new data. So be sure to subscribe
to this channel below, or head over to our
blog to keep up to date. Next, I wanna introduce
you to what we refer to as camouflage medical schools. These medical schools
are, you might think, are not very competitive,
based on the average GPAs and MCATs of accepted students, however, as I discuss in my top ranked Amazon book, the MedEdits Guide to
Medical School Admissions, some of these less
competitive schools receive a huge number of applications, and interview a very small
percentage of applicants, making them fiercely competitive. So don’t be fooled by all this statistics. Can you name a camouflage medical school? Post below what you think that might be. So which schools receive
the most applications? There are a few schools, that get more than 15,000 applications. On our website we profiled these schools, and we update that profile
throughout the season. Then there’s the 10,000 application group, these groups receive more
than 10,000 applications, Georgetown, Chicago Med Rosalind Franklin, Tulane, Tufts, Wake Forest,
New York Medical College, Drexel, Temple Katz, so, do you think 10,000 to 14,000 applications
seems like a lot? Well, let’s take a look at this year’s overall applicants pool. In 2018, 2019, there were nearly 850,000 medical school applications submitted by almost 53,000 applicants. Therefore, on average,
each applicant applied to 16 medical schools. In total, almost 22,000
applicants matriculated, meaning 41% of medical school
applicants matriculated. So here’s the question, of schools to which you are applying, what are the actual acceptance rates? Acceptance rates between medical schools vary significantly, for most
selective medical schools, such as Harvard Medical School, the acceptance rate is
very low, at below 4%, however, some medical schools have much higher acceptance rates, for example the University of Tennessee has an acceptance rate of almost 14%, average medical school
acceptance rates are 7%, increasing number of medical
school applicants every year, acceptance rates continue to decrease, especially very popular or very
competitive medical schools. Next I’m going to explain, what
a competitive MCAT score is for medical school admissions. For reference purposes
know, that the highest possible MCAT score,
you can earn, is a 528 with a 132 on each of
the four subsections. According to the association
of American Medical Colleges, the average MCAT score
for students acceptance allopathic medical schools United States, was 511.2, which was slightly higher than the previous year of 510.4, showing an upward trend of average scores for accepted students. The typical MCAT score,
one needs to be competitive for medical school admission, is a 508. MCAT scores of 507 or below
are generally considered low, and not competitive for allopathic medical school admissions, however, there are
exceptions to this rule. An MCAT score of 518 or above is considered exceptional and makes you a very competitive applicant. Most medical schools
have MCAT cut off scores, meaning, that an applicant must earn above a specified score in order
for the medical school admission’s committee to
review the application. Unfortunately, medical
schools do not always make this data public. Earning the highest MCAT score possible, with the lowest number of exam attempts, is ideal for getting into medical school. For example the student,
who has taken the MCAT three times, earning
scores of 503, 504 and 512, may be evaluated as a less
competitive applicant, than the applicant,
who took the exam once, and earned a 512 on the first attempt. Which medical schools
have some of the lowest median MCAT scores for accepted students? Let’s review. University of Mississippi, 503, Louisiana State, 504, Northeast Ohio, 506, Central Michgian, 506, Florida State University, 506, Southern Illinois, 506, Michigan State, 507, Brody and Cooper, 508, and Loma Linda, 508 as well. Which medical schools have some of the highest median MCAT
scores for accepted students? Harvard, 519, Hopkins, Pritzker, Penn
and Northwestern, 520, Vanderbilt, Wash U and Yale and NYU, 521. Next I want to explain the importance of the three GPA categories,
as listed on MCAT, a medical school applicant’s
GPA is considered one of the most important
admissions criteria when applying to medical school. GPAs are broken up into three categories on MCATs as follows, your overall GPA, your BCPM, meaning biology,
chem, math, physics GPA, and your non-science GPA. An applicant’s GPA in all three categories is one of the most important factors in medical school admissions, like the MCAT, medical
schools have minimum GPA cutoffs, they will consider, but beware when doing your homework. GPA cutoffs are not always made public. In 2018, 2019, the average medical school matriculant GPAs were as follows, overall 3.72, BCPM GPA
3.65, non-science GPA 3.8, keep in mind, that these are average GPAs, there’s a pretty big variation of matriculant GPAs from medical
school to medical school. The typical GPA we
advise students to have, is a 3.5 across all subjects, however, we work with many students, who have GPAs lower than this, who are accepted to medical school. Grade trends are also important, with an upward trend making you a more competitive applicant, the vigor of your academic classes and your undergraduate college reputation can also impact, how your
grades are interpreted. At MedEdits we consider the
range of competitive GPAs to be 3.4 to 3.5 or higher, so, which medical schools have some of the lowest mean GPAs
for accepted students? So, let’s review the most
important medical school admissions criteria, the
most important criteria in the medical school admissions process, are MCAT scores and GPAs. These factors are the corner stone of every applicant’s candidacy. If you are about to embark
on your pre-medical journey, keep in mind, that academic excellence should be your primary goal, if you are getting ready
to apply to medical school, honestly assess your changes
of medical school admissions by objectively evaluating your stats, together with medical school
admission’s acceptance rates to determine your competitiveness. I realize, that all of this can seem a little overwhelming, but remember, at MedEdits we’re working hard to bring you the data,
that makes a difference, so be sure to hit the
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