Medical Schools: Difficulty of Admission


Have you ever wondered which medical school will be easier to get into?
Here is how medical schools rank by their difficulty of admission. At the top of the list are medical schools that are the hardest to get admitted to. Our list is exhaustive – almost all medical schools are included.

Methodology:

This is a ranking of medical school, ordered by how difficult it is to be admitted to a school. The ranking is based on two important measures:
(i) The number of applicants for each seat (i.e., the number of applicants per matriculant), and
(ii) The average MCAT score of entering students.




Here are the details:

(i) Using data reported by medical schools, we calculate the number of applicants per matriculant by dividing the number of applications by the number of first year students.
(ii) Using data provided by the AAMC (the MCAT authors), we calculate the ‘rarity’ of the average MCAT score of each school. Specifically, we calculate how many test takers there are for each one receiving the average score of the school or higher. This number is derived from the percentile of the average MCAT score of the school.

The product of the numbers obtained by (i) and (ii) is related to the number of potential students competing for each seat of the medical school. This number is listed in the last column of the table as the “Admission Difficulty”.




A higher admission difficulty means higher competition for each seat at the school, making it more difficult to be admitted. The table is listed in declining difficulty of admission: the school at the top of the table has the most difficult admission and the last school has the easiest admission.

Rank school Number of Applications Number of Matriculants Applications/
Matriculant Average old MCAT score Average MCAT score is one of Admission Difficulty

Rank school Number of Applications Number of Matriculants Applications/
Matriculant
Average old MCAT score Average MCAT score is one of Admission Difficulty
1 Washington U St Louis 4022 122 33 38 67 2198
2 UCLA Drew 1656 24 69 36 26 1816
3 Stanford 6567 86 76 35 18 1364
4 Chicago-Pritzker 7314 100 73 35 18 1306




5 Harvard 6462 165 39 36 26 1031
6 Cornell-Weill 5827 101 58 35 18 1030
7 Duke 5201 100 52 35 18 929
8 Johns Hopkins 6089 118 52 35 18 922




9 Brown-Alpert 4559 94 49 35 18 866
10 Vanderbilt 5032 105 48 35 18 856
11 Emory 6055 128 47 35 18 845
12 UCLA-Geffen 7478 163 46 35 18 819




13 Columbia 6926 153 45 35 18 808
14 Pennsylvania 6546 154 43 35 18 759
15 Mayo 3739 50 75 33 9 680
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