Admissions Statistics

This page summarizes general medical school admissions statistics and trends for Bryn Mawr applicants from the 2009-2015 application cycles. 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 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 successful in the health professions.

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

The applicant pool ranges between 20-25 applicants. Many of these applicants are recent graduates.. 

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 majority of these applicants are also alumnae. 

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

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

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

Admission to medical school is a very competitive process. According to the AAMC:

  • 41% of applicants to allopathic medical schools were accepted in 2015
  • 21,467 of the 52,550 applicants were accepted

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

Of all Bryn Mawr applicants from 2009-2015, 56% were accepted to a U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school. 

Students and alums 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:

96% of applicants with a science and math GPA of 3.4 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 professions schools in the United States?

International students face significant challenges in seeking admission to health professions 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 professions school.

In 2015, only 164 international students matriculated into allopathic US medical schools, thereby representing 0.7% of the 20,631 matriculating medical students. 

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

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