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IMPORTANCE OF MCAT AND GPA 

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MCAT Score & GPA

MORE STUDENTS ARE DENIED THAN ACCEPTED EACH YEAR

2017-2018

51,680 apps

21,338 matriculants

2016-2017

830,016 applications by 53,042 students

Only 21,030 students matriculated

  • Admissions committees consider the totality of your application, not just one component.

    • However, there are too many applications for each school to review (700K+)

  • Most schools will preliminarily screen applications for GPA and MCAT scores

    • If your grades and GPA are not above a school’s arbitrary threshold, then the rest of your application will not be reviewed and you will receive a rejection.

  • A strong MCAT score can help a lower GPA, but a poor MCAT score negatively affects the best GPA

  • Use resources like the MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) book to help select schools that generally fall into the range of your GPA and MCAT