GPA & Metrics

Your cumulative GPA, your science GPA and MCAT or other test scores are important markers of your academic achievement and potential.  These ....

  • demonstrate your strong foundation in science
  • show well-developed study skills and efficient time-management
  • indicate that you can easily learn and master the material in medical or other health professional school
  • predict your success on future exams

Schools will note if you have been capable of rigorous academic loads and overloads, able to take advanced or graduate level classes, as well as if you have had to work part-time or if your academic skills have strengthened over four years.  You may start at Duke as an average student, but you can show your improvement and achievement in science over time.

Schools will often list the median or range of test scores of applicants they have accepted.  Keep in mind that these numbers pertain to national applicants, and that your GPA and metrics are only a small part of what they will look at in your application.  But do understand that very low grades and test scores can raise doubts as to your ability to be successful and in a time when there are many well-qualified applicants, this can affect your ability to be evaluated and interviewed.

Over the past 10 or 15 years, Duke students accepted to medical schools have had a mean GPA (both overall GPA and science GPA) of 3.4 to 3.6.   If you are considerably below this or are worried, schedule a meeting with a prehealth advisor to find out more information and suggestions. 


To calculate your science (BCPM) GPA, you take the average grades of all courses listed as:

              * Biology (including courses in Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Biophysics)

              * Chemistry (including coures in Biochemistry)

              * Physics

              * Math  (including courses in Statistics)

Some other courses (e.g., Evolutionary Anthropology, Psychology and Biomedical Engineering) may also be included if 50% or more of the course content is considered "Biology", "Chemistry", "Physics", or "Math". 

For more information, see "BCPM GPA Calculation" in the Apply Section

For a program to calculate your GPA, see GPA