How much do the numbers really matter?
Everyone studying medicine has heard that the MCAT and GPA are important. Meanwhile, students frequently hear that getting into medical school isn’t just about grades. The truth is that medical schools will use your GPA and MCAT scores to assess your ability and capacity to succeed as a medical student, but once you’ve passed a certain point (and are therefore viewed as a viable candidate for a particular school), the other factors are frequently just as, if not more, valuable than your GPA and MCAT scores. Not only do medical schools want to know if you have the ability to master the coursework and knowledge base, but also what kind of person and doctor you will be.
Below is a list of the applicants’ overall GPAs, science GPAs (called BCPMs) from BYU and across the country who applied to MD programs last year. This should help you understand what it takes to be a strong applicant. Remember once more that each year, both students who score below these means and those who score significantly higher than these means are denied admission. Other factors count!.
To find out how competitive you would be for that program, you should thoroughly research the universities you are most interested in.
Accepted 2019 Allopathic, MD Applicants at BYU — National Average GPA in (): 3 79 (3. 72) BCPM GPA: 3. 73 (3. 66) MCAT: 514 (512).
**These are averages. Students with scores below 510 are accepted, while those with scores over 520 are not. Other factors matter!**.
National averages for the MCAT and GPA are not provided by osteopathic medical schools. However, schools frequently selected by BYU students provide an estimate:
Rocky Vista (Saint George and Colorado): GPA: 3. 66 Science: 3. 62 MCAT: 505 Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine: GPA: 3. 5 AT Still (Kirksville, Missouri and Arizona) MCAT: 503 GPA: 3 52 MCAT: 504.
Preparing for the MCAT
The MCAT comprises four sections: 1. Foundations of Biological Systems: Chemical and Physical Aspects (59 questions/95 minutes) 2 Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (53 questions/90 minutes) 3. Foundations of Living Systems: Biological and Biochemical (59 questions/95 minutes) 4 Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (59 questions/95 minutes).
Total Questions: 230 Total Content Time: 6. 25 hours Total “Seat” Time: 7. 5 hours.
Studying for the MCAT
Normally, students begin their MCAT preparation several months prior to the test. Many successful students set aside time each day for study. We advise treating your study like a four- or five-credit course. The key to success, whether through self-study or an MCAT prep course, is putting in a lot of time studying. Here are a few resources to get you started:
Aamc is currently selling the MCAT 2015’s Official Guide to the MCAT Exam. org. This book includes preparation tips and 120 practice questions for the exam.
The Official MCAT 2015 Sample Test and the four official MCAT Practice Exams are available from https://www.aamc.org/
Khan Academy MCAT Collection is a collaborative project made with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It contains videos and review questions for the MCAT2015 Exam. Resources can be found at https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat.
A complete list of AAMC/MCAT resources may be found at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/online-practice-mcat-exam/
Registering for the MCAT
Registration is available through the AAMC website (aamc. org). * By May or June of the application year, the majority of students take the MCAT. There are only a limited number of MCAT test dates, so sign up far in advance. Test dates for the spring and summer usually become available for registration in February.
Paying for the MCAT
The registration fee is subject to change. To find the current pricing, visit https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/. Fee Assistance is available for qualifying students. To find out more about the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) visit www.aamc.org/fap.
4 Surprising Medical School Admissions Statistics
Is BYU a good med school?
BYU Pre Med Program Rankings place it among the top colleges for pre-med students.
What medical school has lowest acceptance rate?
The 10 medical schools with the lowest acceptance rates are:New York University (Grossman)9,2432SCHOOL (NAME) (STATE)TOTAL APPLICANTSACCEPTANCE RATE 2%Stanford University (CA)6,8002. 3%University of Arizona—Tucson9,5632. 3%Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine4,2992. 3%.
What is the highest acceptance rate for medical school?
The average medical school acceptance rate for individual allopathic medical schools in the United States is 7% This year, 41 percent of applicants to allopathic medical schools were accepted. 15%. Medical SchoolCornell University (Weill)Median GPA3. 88Median MCAT515Medical School Acceptance Rate5. 1%Total Applicants6385.
Why doesn t BYU have a medical school?
“You really need to set up a whole hospital, and the money needed for that, among other things, would just devastate some of the other programs at the university,” One of the biggest obstacles to BYU’s plans to establish a medical school, according to Wilkins, is a lack of funding.