If the University of Maryland a typical state medical school is like this:
- In reply to:
How many applications does the University of Maryland School of Medicine receive?
At the end of 2007 cycle 4,508 applications had been received for the 2007 entering class. There are a 160 spots in the new first year class.
What are the average MCAT score and GPA of accepted students?
Accepted students in the 2007 entering freshmen class had an average GPA 3.67 and an average MCAT score of 31.
And then this
The MCAT and at least 90 semester hours of accredited arts and science college credit are required. Credit hours must have been earned in colleges or universities whose names appear on the current list of Accredited Institutions of Higher Education as compiled by the National Committee of Regional Accrediting Agencies of the United States. Preference is given to applicants who will have earned a bachelorâ€™s degree. The following courses must be completed, with a grade of C or better, prior to matriculation
All the university of Maryland
Then only 3.5% get accepted each year
I think this:
The min requirements make it look like there is a shot for some of these people but what the average accepted student above says volumes to me, it says that no way will a 3.0 and 26 get into a US school,
This is just one school and example but I could with time prove the case that the cards are greatly stacked against getting into a US school unless you have an awesome undergrad.
Yes a post bac can help but only if the undergrad is 3.0 ish or better.
Is it like this at all the schools in the US, is the acceptances like 3 to 5% of the numbers that apply? If so then its harder then we think to get into US schools.
I thought 40% but it seems I may be greatly mistaken.