Academic Requirements

We evaluate applications against minimum and average standards in 7 specific areas. Applicants must achieve at least the minimum level of performance in all 7 areas and be average or above average in 5 out of the 7 areas in order to proceed in the admissions process.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The minimum acceptable GPA is 3.2. Applicants with a science, non-science, or overall GPA below 3.2 will not be considered. The average GPA is 3.6 in science, non-science, and overall. All grades received for college credit are included in the AMCAS GPA calculation. If a course is repeated, both grades received for that course are calculated into the GPA.

To determine average criteria, the applicant's GPA is compared to the average GPA of students who have gone on to attend medical school from the applicant's undergraduate institution.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

All applicants are required to take the MCAT within three years of their application. The minimum acceptable score for each section of the 2013, 2014, and January, 2015 MCAT is 7. The average overall score is 30. For tests taken in 2013, 2014, and January, 2015 only, the best score for each section will be considered.

If the test is taken after April 1, 2015, only the scores from the latest test will be accepted. The minimum acceptable score is 123 in each of the four sections.

Required Activities

Community/Volunteer Service

The minimum requirement is 36 hours completed within the last 4 years. The average is 100 hours completed within the last 4 years.


The minimum leadership requirement is 1 leadership experience lasting 3 months within the last 4 years. The average applicant has 3 different leadership experiences each lasting 3 months within the last 4 years.


Supervised scholarly or scientific hypothesis investigation.

The minimum is part of a class where applicant answered or tested a hypothesis and received a grade. Examples: A writing project, laboratory work, or the like.

NOTE: Research completed as part of a premedical course requirement will not be accepted.

The average is hypothesis based research that is supervised by an individual with verifiable research credentials. This may include independent research or senior thesis. The average MD-PhD student has undertaken significant independent research before admission to the program. Peer-reviewed publications are not necessary, but highly desired.

Physician Shadowing

MD or DO caring for and treating patients in the United States.

The minimum requirement is 8 hours shadowing a physician(s). The average applicant spends 24 hours with a physician(s).

Patient Exposure

Hands-on involvement in caring for conscious people in a health care environment.

The minimum patient exposure requirement is 32 hours. The average experience is 48 hours.

Note: Physician shadowing and caring for friends and family members cannot be used to meet this requirement.