Choosing Where to Apply

One of the most exciting parts of applying to medical or dental schools is researching and compiling your school list. There are several factors to consider when drafting that list:

  • Number of schools
  • Location
  • Your state of residency
  • GPA and MCAT statistics
  • School-specific factors—mission statement, curriculum, dual-degree programs, grading policy, out-of-state acceptance rates, research opportunities, clinical rotation sites, etc.
  • Personal factors—composition of student body, support systems, career goals, costs and financial aid, etc.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has developed a handy worksheet (AAMC Worksheet: Factors to Weigh Before Applying) to help you keep track of these factors.

When deciding where to apply, make sure to explore individual school websites. Also make sure to review the following resources for more information:

In summary, when choosing schools, you want to select programs that best fit your professional and personal interests. When you apply, the Pre-Professional Advising Office will provide more factors to consider for choosing medical/dental schools. In the meantime, should you have any questions about choosing a medical school, please schedule an appointment with a Pre-Professional advisor.