Applicant Evaluation and Decisions


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  • Academic Metrics

    Grade Point Averages (GPAs) and Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT®) scores comprise the academic metrics considered for admission. For information regarding when and how they are applied in the admissions process, see Interviews and Admissions Committee Deliberations.

    GPAs

    The scholastic record in courses preparatory for the medical school curriculum is important. This is summarized as the applicant's cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA). Due to variations in grading schemes between schools, only GPAs calculated in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) application will be considered.

    It is recommended that students receive a grade in all courses that satisfy the admission criteria option selected by the applicant to qualify for admission (see Course Requirements), avoiding courses with pass-fail grades. Academic averages are calculated on a 4.0 basis. If a course is repeated, all grades are used in calculating the average.

    The admissions criteria option selected in the SOM Secondary Application determines which GPA will be primarily considered in evaluating whether or not the applicant qualifies for admission; however, grades in all academic course work may be considered during admission committee deliberations.

    • AMCAS® cumulative undergraduate biology, chemistry, physics and math (BCPM) GPA will be used to assess applicants who select the following options: 1) pre-requisite courses, 2) end-point courses and 3) course-competency-maps for science majors.
    • In addition to considering any available BCPM GPA, AMCAS® cumulative undergraduate all other GPA and grades in pertinent courses will be used to assess applicants who select the following options: 1) course-competency-maps for non-science majors and 2) novel premedical curricula.

    The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA required for automatic file review and consideration for interviews is 2.8. For applicants with a GPA close to but below this threshold, a file review will be conducted that includes any available post-baccalaureate and graduate GPAs, MCAT® scores, life experiences and personal attributes to determine if, on a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee finds a compelling reason to invite the applicant to interview.

    MCAT® Scores

    An equally important metric is scores reported for the applicant's performance on the MCAT®. Applicants must take the MCAT® and release score reports to this medical school. Selection of applicants for the medical school class entering in a given calendar year will be based, in part, on MCAT® scores acquired during the previous four calendar years only.

    The minimum MCAT® sum (add scores for all sections on any one exam) required for automatic file review and consideration for interviews is 21, provided that no one section score is less than 5 (MCAT1991 format). The highest MCAT® sum on any single examination will be considered for applicants who report scores for more than one MCAT®. For applicants whose MCAT® score is close to but below this threshold, a file review will be conducted that includes GPAs, life experiences and personal attributes to determine if, on a case-by-case basis, the admissions committee finds a compelling reason to invite the applicant to interview. While initial emphasis is placed on the sum of section scores, individual section scores will be examined for balance.    

    The typical entering class at this medical school has an average BCPM GPA of 3.6, overall GPA of 3.7 and an MCAT® sum of 28 (MCAT1991 exam, not MCAT2015).