Pre-Health Resources

Important

Competitive GPA and MCAT/DAT Scores

Please note that these numbers apply to the tri-state region and California. Programs in the south or mid-west might be slightly lower, but all students should visit each school's individual site for their exact requirements.

MCAT Scores and GPAs for Applicants to U.S. Medical Schools by Sex, 2017-2018 through 2018-2019
MCAT Scores and GPAs for matriculats to US Medical Schools by State of Legal Residence, 2018-2019
MCAT and GPA Grid for Applicants and Acceptees to US Medical Schools, 2017-2018 through 2018-2019 (aggregated)

What GPA do I need to be competitive for graduate training in health professions?

Your application to any health profession school depends on many factors. The two quantitative factors are your science grades and your test scores. But there are many, many other considerations that schools look at when they assess your potential candidacy. For instance, schools look at how many science course you take in a semester and how difficult the other courses in your schedule are. So, the student with a 4.0 with only one science class every semester and carries only 13 credits a semester is not as strong as the student with a 3.6 with two or more sciences every semester and 16-17 credits each term. Schools are looking for hard-working, honest, tenacious students who have a prove track record of success in their sciences. Success can mean a B+ in orgo with lab and 17 credits that semester. Success can also be two B's in first year biology and chemistry and A grads in orgo and advanced biology courses. Not taking big science courses in the summer also gets noticed.

The average BCMP (science) GPA for allopathic medical schools in the northeast has historically been 3.7 for accepted students. For osteopathic schools in the northeast, the average BCMP has been 3.5 for accepted students. Students who are willing to attend medical schools in Israel would want to maintain a 3.5 GPA.

The average BCP GPA for dental schools is 3.3 or higher. (Dental schools do not include math as part of their science GPA.)

The average for other health professions range from 3.2 to 4.0.

But these are statistics for without test scores or resumes! There are many students who fall short of this average science GPA who still go on to successful careers in health care. Your extracurricular activities, your leadership skills, and your ability or manage a heavy course load will be important factors in the admissions process. Showing improvement as your courses get harder, working while in school, having a great research experience--these are activities that will get noticed!

Bottom line: doing well is about more than grades. for more information, please contact our office. We are happy to help.

GPA Calculator: To calculate your GPA, use this link available on the YU Registrar's Office site.  https://www.yu.edu/registrar/students

Time Management

Planning Your Time at YU

Suggested Four Year Timeline--BIOLOGY FIRST
Suggested Four Year Timeline--CHEMISTRY FIRST

Research

Finding Research Opportunities

Research is an important part of your medical school application (and a plus for dental applications.) Finding the right opportunity takes time, so refer to this PP presentation to help with your search. Special thanks to YU Career Center for creating it.

Professionalism

Professionalism

After the GPA and test scores, health programs are most concerned with an applicant's maturity, ability to deal with others, compatibility...in short, their professionalism. All students in the pre-health track should review these articles and videos.

Medical Professionalism
Disciplinary Action by Medical Boards and Prior Behavior in Medical School
Medical Student Mistreatment
What Should Students Or Residents Do When Abused By Faculty?
Professional Boundaries
Undergraduate Medical Education and the Foundation of Physician Professionalism
Tattoos, Beer, and Bow Ties: The Limits of Professionalism
IPL Through Simulation 

Pre-health Recommendations

Pre-Health Handbook for Underclassmen