Admissions Statistics

While Bryn Mawr students and alumnae are interested in a wide range of fields within healthcare, the majority of Bryn Mawr prehealth students are interested in becoming physicians.  This page summarizes general admissions statistics and trends for Bryn Mawr applicants from the 2009-2014 application cycles.  For more detailed information about where Bryn Mawr alumnae have been accepted and chosen to  matriculate in medical, dental or veterinary school, visit the Matriculation Information page.

It is important to recognize that many factors contribute to the decisions made by medical school admission committees.  An applicant’s grade point average is of course important, but medical schools also take seriously clinical experience, leadership on campus and in the community, and the depth and breadth of a candidate’s academic curriculum.  Bryn Mawr’s rigorous liberal arts curriculum prepares students in critical thinking and other skills vital to becoming a successful professional in the health professions.

How many applicants apply to medical school each year from Bryn Mawr?

The applicant pool ranges between 20-25 applicants.  The vast majority of these applicants are alumnae.

How many applicants apply to dental school each year from Bryn Mawr?

Generally about 3-6 students and/or alumnae are in the applicant pool.  Interest in dental school has been increasing in recent years.  The vast majority of these applicants are also alumnae.

When do most Bryn Mawr students apply to medical school?

Most applicants – approximately 80% - apply after they have graduated from Bryn Mawr.  This trend of working while applying to medical school is consistent with national trends of taking time between college and medical school for other experiences.  A survey by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported in 2011 that approximately half of matriculating medical students had a period of 12 months or longer between graduating from college and entering medical school.  (Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR): Getting Started 2013, page 15)  There are many benefits to applicants who take time off before applying to medical school.

Does the college write a committee letter for every student or alumna who applies?

Absolutely.  We will write a committee letter for every applicant who applies and meets our internal application deadlines.  There is no GPA or MCAT score cutoff below which Bryn Mawr will not provide advising support to undergraduates and alumnae.

What is the national acceptance rate for applicants to medical school?

Admission to medical school is a very competitive process.  At the national level the acceptance rates to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools were:

41% of applicants to allopathic medical schools were accepted in 2014
(49,480 applicants for 20,343 places)

44% of applicants to osteopathic medical school were accepted in 2014
(17,944 applicants for 6192 places)
(Source:  2014 Osteopathic Medical College Applicant and Matriculant Profile)

What is the acceptance rate for Bryn Mawr applicants to medical school?

Of all Bryn Mawr applicants from 2009-2014, 61% were accepted to a U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school. 

Students and alumnae whose numerical profiles are close to those of the national averages of accepted medical school applicants are very successful in the medical school application process:

95% of applicants with a science and math GPA of 3.5 or higher and a score of 10 on each section the MCAT were accepted to a U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school.

What challenges do international students face in gaining admission to medical, dental, and other health professional schools in the United States?

International students face significant challenges in seeking admission to health professional schools.  Many schools will not accept applications from international students, and international students are not eligible for U. S. government loans, which is one of the primary ways that U.S. students pay for health professional school.

In 2013 only 115 international students matriculated into allopathic US medical schools, thereby representing 0.5 % of the entering medical students.
(115 international matriculants / 20,055 total matriculants in the US)

Similarly for dental, veterinary, and other health professional schools, the percentage of international students enrolled in those programs is extremely low.