Number of Schools to Apply To

For the 2016 American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) cycle, students (nationally) applied to an average of 15 schools. In our experience, Duke students usually apply to 15-25 schools. In the 2016 application cycle, however, Duke students applied to an average of 23 schools.

Estimating Cost of Application (2018 Application Year)

Cost is certainly a factor in deciding on the number of schools to which you will apply. For the 2017 entering class, the AMCAS fee was $160 for the first school and $38 for each additional school.  The majority of medical schools require a secondary application.  Those fees typically range from $0 to $150, with an average of about $75.  If applicants quality for the AAMC's Fee Assistance Program, some medical schools will waive the secondary application fee.  The following table breaks down these application fee costs that you will want to consider in deciding on the number of schools to which you will apply.

Number of Schools AMCAS Fee & 1 School (included) Additional School ($33 each) Application Fee to Each Medical School (avg. $75 each) Total Cost
10 $160 9 x $38 = $342 10 x $75 = $750 $1,252
15 $160 14 x $33 = $532 15 x $75 = $1,125 $1,817
20 $160 19 x $33 = $722 20 x $75 = $1,500 $2,382

You should also add in to your calculation the interview costs, which might include airfare, hotels and meals.