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Subject: medical school admission
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: r2-ga
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Posted: 16 May 2003 13:05 PDT
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Question ID: 204767
What percentage of applicants does the average US medical school accept and reject?
Subject: Re: medical school admission
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 16 May 2003 14:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again R2-ga,

Thank you for your question.

Based on 2000 national data for medical schools as cited in the
Medical School Admissions Requirements, published by the Association
of American Medical Colleges, 47.3% is the overall average acceptance
rate. Given the above, the rejection rate would be 52.7%.

Health Professions Advising Center

The Association of American Medical Colleges provides a table that
compares applicants' acceptance data from 1974 through 2002; last year
50% of both women and men applicants were accepted.

Year of Matriculation:   2000-01 
No. Of Applicants Men:    19,818 
No. Of Applicants Women:  17,274 
No. of Men accepted:       9,510 
No. of Women accepted:     8,028 
% of Men accepted:          47.9
% of Women accepted:        46.4

The Association of American Medical Colleges

Additional Information that may interest you:

The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) 2004-2005 contains
statistics on acceptance rates from every accredited medical school in
the United States and Canada.

Price: $25

“The most up-to-date information on applications procedures and
deadlines, tuition and student fees, and statistics on acceptance
rates from every accredited medical school in the United States and
Canada. For people who are just thinking about medicine as a career,
we've also provided an overview of the entire application and medical
school process, with a timeline to help you get started.”

Source: The Association of American Medical Colleges

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Request for Answer Clarification by r2-ga on 16 May 2003 18:57 PDT
thanks for that information.  I dont believe thats the answer i'm
looking for.

The statistic you list is overall.  So, for example, if I apply to 10
medical schools, the chances of admissions to one of them may be

That's not what i'm after.

I'm asking what the rate of rejectiopn and acceptance is for a medical
school, not an individual who applies to many medical schools.

The average medical school may accept one out of X students.  That's
what i'm looking for


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 16 May 2003 19:37 PDT
Thank you for the clarification. I will resume my search and get back
to you as soon as possible.

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 16 May 2003 20:55 PDT
Dear R2-ga,

Thank you for your patience. Here is the revised information. 

From a medical news article on the American Medical Association

“More than two-thirds of applicants are rejected from U.S. medical
schools each year.”

Is it time for U.S. to start training more physicians?
By Jay Greene, April 23/30, 2001. 
American Medical Association: Americas Medical News

According to Admissions Consultants, Inc., Medical schools are
extremely competitive and only about one in three applicants gain
acceptance to any medical college.

Source: AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.

From About College Admissions: 80% of applicants are rejected.

Because some medical schools reject more than 80% of applicants, your
admissions essay is critical. It is your ideal opportunity to
illustrate and discuss in-depth the attributes that medical school
admissions committees value. Through your essay, you have an
opportunity to draw attention to your strengths, to illustrate your
passions, to discuss your unique experiences, and to demonstrate that
you have the "people skills" that are essential to succeeding as a
medical practitioner.

Source: AboutCollegeAdmissions

Medical School Application Statistics: 

Chances of acceptance at a particular school are 5%.

“As you know, medical school admissions are extremely competitive.
There are 125 medical schools in the US. For the class entering in
Fall of 1997, there were 44,000 different applicants for 16,000 spots
nationwide. That means 27% of applicants actually gets to attend
medical school. But, what about acceptance? The average medical school
class size is 16,000/125 or 128. A school will generally accept two
applicants for each spot, so that makes 256 spots per school. Now,
let's switch to the applicants. There are 44,000 different applicants,
but applicants apply to more than one medical school; the average is
around 15. That means there are 44,000X15 or 660,000 actual
applications. Dividing 660,000 by 125, we have 5,280 applicants per
school. Finally, dividing 5,280 by 256, we discover that there are 20
applicants per spot at each school.”

“That means your chances of acceptance at a particular school are 5%”

“So, to increase your chances of acceptance, apply to a bunch of
schools. While only 5% may get into one particular medical school,
remember 27% of all applicants ended up attending.”

Source: Bruin Online

Primary Care: How Much Do We Need? -  By Oliver Fein Associate Dean,
Cornell Medical College and Fitzhugh Mullan

According to Dr. Mullan, 3 out of 5 applicants are rejected. 

“Quality will not suffer since there is a surplus of qualified
applicants, which has declined only slightly (2.7 applicants for every
1 opening in 1996; 2.4 applicants for every 1 opening in 1999). This
means that 3 out of 5 applicants are rejected.”

Source: New York Academy of Sciences

I hope I got it right this time.

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