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The Competitive Applicant

Competition for admission to professional schools is very intense. Currently, only about one-third of those who apply to medical school gain admission--even though the majority of those rejected would, by common agreement, be able to successfully complete medical school, and could make competent and dedicated physicians.

Professional school admissions committees certainly consider grades and admission test scores, but they also give serious consideration to many other factors. What does the competitive applicant "look like"? This is the average profile for students who have been admitted:

Professional School

Cumulative GPA

Science GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math)

Entrance Exam/Score

Allopathic Medicine

3.7

3.6

MCAT/30

Osteopathic Medicine

3.5

3.4

MCAT/26

Podiatry

3.3

3.1

MCAT/22

Dentistry

3.4

3.2

DAT/18

Optometry

3.3

N/A

OAT/323

Other factors considered by admission committees:

  • demonstrated leadership
  • exposure to the profession in patient-care settings
  • involvement in service work to benefit the community
  • independent study or research
  • strong, well-written letters of evaluation from faculty
  • a clear, authentic answer to why the student wants to pursue the profession
  • strong interpersonal communication skills evident in the interview

The Pre-Professional Advising Office can provide guidance and support as you work to achieve your goal. Remember that it is YOUR academic performance, YOUR admission test scores, and YOUR overall credentials that will determine YOUR success.

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