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M.D. Medical Schools

Things to Consider When Choosing Medical Schools to Apply to:

  • requirements of each school as compared to your credentials (GPA, MCAT, course requirements, etc)

  • citizenship requirements

  • legal residence restrictions

  • the cost of application (including AMCAS fees, secondary application fees, costs associated with interviewing, and acceptance deposits)

  • location (rural vs urban vs suburban, distance from family)

  • diversity of the school

  • mission of the school (service-oriented vs research oriented)


When selecting schools, I feel that it is important to pick schools you can actually see yourself attending, rather than choosing based on rankings. I applied to 10 schools, though some people apply to more. MSAR is a great tool that can help you decide what schools you should apply to. It has a feature where you can input your GPA and MCAT scores and it will tell you how you stack up against applicants for each school. MSAR also has detailed information about the previous year’s application cycle. There’s information regarding the number of interviews given, number of matriculants, etc. In addition, all this information is broken up by in-state vs. out of state. This is important because many state schools have higher MCAT and GPA averages for out of state applicants. It's also important to look into the primary goals of the institutions you are interested in applying to, as some schools are more research oriented and will weigh research experiences heavier. Some are more service oriented and will want to see a significant commitment to service in your application. 


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