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Choosing Medical Schools

The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) is a tool you can use to choose schools. It contains data on each medical school, including their links. It can be useful to have your own MSAR account as well, though there is a small cost ($27). For that reason, we also have a synthesis of much of the data created by Charlotte Wahl '19. The information sources for this collation are the most recent version of the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirements) from the AAMC (2015-16 version) and other selected application data from the AAMC. Information can change without notice. Check the website of each school in which you are interested in the MSAR and/or by contacting them.

Link to the Dartmouth MSAR spreadsheet: use the tabs on the bottom to view the data in several different formats. Included are all US and Canadian Schools listed alphabetically in the first document.

Begin Choosing Your Schools

Use this Medical School Worksheet to assemble your list.

Work with the HPP Advisors to craft a list that suits your interests.

To note when considering schools

What matters to you?

Preferences include location, size, curriculum type, educational emphasis, school culture, community and faculty; research or community service access, etc.

Look at GPA and MCAT ranges

While it may appear schools have approximately the same median for accepted applicants, look at the percentile ranges of GPAs/MCAT from which schools have chosen applicants. If a school has chosen candidates a bit lower on the GPA scale, it's not a standard distribution, the median is still higher.

Explore deeply through a school's website

Glean information about curriculum, community, mission, and institutional values. This helps shape your list and will help you explain to them why you are a good match.

State schools

Be aware state schools may not take many applicants from out of state.

International students

If you are an international student, make sure to sort out which US schools accept international students. Only about 55 of them do. More information can be found on the International Students page.

Last Updated: 8/15/17