Medical School Acceptance Rates, 2008-2010

The chart above is an update of this CD post from last summer, showing medical school acceptance rates for Asians, whites, Hispanics and blacks based on data from the Association of American Medical Colleges for the years 2008-2010 (aggregated). For 2010, the average GPA of students applying to medical schools was 3.53 and the average total MCAT score was 28.3, and those averages are highlighted above. Therefore, the chart above shows the acceptance rates for students applying to medical schools with average GPAs and MCAT scores, and those students with slightly higher and slightly lower than average GPAs and test scores. In other words, this selected sample displayed above would represent students in the middle range of the distribution of those applying to medical school. Here are some observations:

  1. For those students applying to medical school with average GPAs and MCAT scores, black applicants are almost three times more likely to being admitted than their Asian counterparts, and more than twice as likely than their white counterparts.
  2. For students applying to medical school with slightly below average GPAs of 3.20-3.40 and slightly below average MCAT scores of 24-26, black applicants are more than 8 times as likely to be admitted as Asians, and more than 5 times as likely as whites.

Bottom Line: Because of apparent affirmative action policies for admission to medical schools in the U.S. that especially favor blacks and Hispanics, Asian and white students are discriminated against. For example, a black applicant with average grades and a below average MCAT score is slightly more likely to be admitted to medical school (78.1%) than an Asian student with both higher than average grades and higher than average MCAT score (73.7%). Further, an Hispanic student with a below average GPA and a below average MCAT score is only slightly less likely to be admitted to medical school (38.3%) than a white student with both above average GPA and MCAT score (40.3%).

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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

He holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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1 Comment on Medical School Acceptance Rates, 2008-2010

  1. Prof. Siverls, who teaches at BMCC, is having a show/information session about Medical school in Habana. See below for more info and directions if you want to invite students interested in the medical field.

    Medical School info this Saturday Feb.12, 2011 at 10:00am


    Hello Irene

    This is an invitation for the students to be part of the audience on the upcoming Brooklyn Community Access Television show called “The Peripheral View” on Saturday Feb.12, 2011 at 10:00am. The shoot will be at the BCAT studio, which is located at 55 Rockland Place between Fulton street and Dekalb Ave ( one block off Flatbush Ave and Fulton Street in Brooklyn). Directions by subway is the number 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevins street station, walk down Fulton street one block to Rockland Place and make a left. The studio is located in the middle of the block, the blue doors, take the elevator to the second floor, enter the studio. I am hoping that you will be able to invite one or two current students or graduates to participate on the show. The students should be at the studio by 10:30 am

    . We have invited a number of college students to be part of the audience and will reserve some time for questions from the students. Please invite as many students as you can. The topic will be about attending a free accredited medical school in Cuba that will allow you to practice medicine in the United States.

    . If you have ant questions you can contact me at 917-568-0628 or e-mail me at

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