How Medical Schools Select

Your chance of acceptance to any school depends on multiple factors which are generally classified into two categories:

  • Cognitive variables, which include your GPA (grade point average) and MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores as well as your degree program and its rigor.
  • Non-cognitive variables, which include factors including your motivation, compassion, maturity and exploration of the medical profession.

The relative weight of these variables varies from school to school and is not generally determined by an exact formula.

For more information, see What Schools Are Looking For in the Resource section of this site.

Also, review the article "Core Personal Competencies Important to Entering Students' Success in Medical School: What Are They and How Could They Be Assessed Early in the Admission Process?" Academic Medicine, Vol. 88, No. 5 / May 2013