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Average MCAT Score and GPA for Medical School

Your GPA and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are significant factors in medical school admissions.  The admissions committee uses these scores to evaluate your academic potential and readiness for the rigorous curriculum of medical school. The average MCAT score for medical school matriculants in the 2023-2024 cycle was 511.7. The average GPA was 3.77.

However, it’s important to note that these are just averages and do not guarantee admission into medical school. Admissions committees also consider other factors such as extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and interviews.

Still, a competitive GPA and MCAT score definitely puts you in a strong position when it comes to securing an acceptance. In this article, we’ll discuss the role of GPA and MCAT scores in the admission process and take a look at the average GPA and MCAT scores for medical schools.

Why Do Medical Schools Care So Much About GPA and MCAT Scores?

We know you’re so much more than your numbers! A higher MCAT score doesn’t determine how talented of a doctor you’ll be. So, you might be wondering why GPA and MCAT scores hold so much weight in medical school admissions. 

Predicting Academic Success

GPA and MCAT scores have been shown to correlate, to some extent, with academic performance in medical school. High scores suggest you have strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as well as the foundational knowledge and skills to handle rigorous coursework.

Your GPA, in particular, matters because it is a cumulative representation of your grades over the course of your undergraduate career. 

Furthermore, a consistently high GPA across semesters demonstrates a candidate’s ability to perform well time and again, manage their time effectively, and handle stress—qualities essential for success in medical school.

Standardized Comparison

Undergraduate schools may vary significantly in grading standards and course rigor. Therefore, MCAT scores are meant to serve as a neutral, standardized metric that [are supposed to] level the playing field. It allows admissions committees to compare applicants from diverse backgrounds and educational institutions.

What is a Good MCAT Score for Medical Schools?

Unfortunately, there’s no single magic number when it comes to either GPA or MCAT scores. The best scores depend on a number of factors.

1. The Specific Medical Schools You’re Targeting

Highly competitive programs at top medical schools understandably draw applicants with stellar academic records. The average GPA and MCAT scores at these schools will be significantly higher than those at other schools.

Generally, MCAT scores above 511 are considered competitive for most schools. However, if you want to be above average, a score of 515 or above will put you in the 90th percentile, which will look great on your application!

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2. Your Overall Application: Medical schools look at the whole picture. Excellent stats can sometimes offset other weaknesses. However, a strong GPA and MCAT alone won’t guarantee admission.

Apart from GPA and MCAT scores, schools consider other factors like:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Research experience
  • Volunteer work
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Interviews

Further Reading

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Average GPA and MCAT Scores for U.S. Medical Schools

Let’s take a look at some national trends before we go into each medical school.

Median MCAT and GPA Scores for Applicants  (2023-24 Admissions Cycle)

  • Average Total MCAT Score: 506.3
  • Average Science GPA: 3.54
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.64

Median MCAT and GPA Scores for Matriculants  (2023-24 Admissions Cycle)

  • Average Total MCAT Score: 511.7
  • Average Science GPA: 3.71
  • Average Cumulative GPA: 3.77

As per data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), acceptance rates from the 2021-22 through to the 2023-24 admission cycles:

  • High GPA (3.79+) and High MCAT (517+): 82.9%
  • High GPA (3.79+) and High MCAT (514-517): 75.3%
  • High GPA (3.79+) and Low MCAT (494-497): 18.5%
  • High MCAT (517+)and Low GPA (2.80-2.99): 32.3%

Clearly, it is very possible to apply to medical school with a low GPA and get accepted, but your MCAT score will need to be competitive!

Average GPA and MCAT Scores (Individual Medical Schools)

State Degree Type Average GPA Average MCAT Score Minimum MCAT MCAT Score
A.T. Still University AZ DO 3.45 505 NR
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine MO DO 3.63 503 NR
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine AL DO 3.38 504.3 NR
Albany Medical College NY MD 3.7 510 NR
Albert Einstein College of Medicine NY MD 3.82 516 NR
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University AZ DO 3.54 505 NR
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine AR DO 3.5+ 500+ NR
Baylor College of Medicine TX MD 3.91 518 NR
Boston University School of Medicine MA MD 3.74 517 NR
Brown University The Warren Alpert Medical School RI MD 3.83 516 NR
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University NM DO 3.48 501.4 493
California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine CA DO 3.48 506 498
California Northstate University College of Medicine CA MD 3.77 512 497
California University of Science and Medicine CA MD 3.61 514 NR
Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine NC DO 3.66 507 NR
Carle Illinois College of Medicine* IL MD 3.73 513 498
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine OH MD 3.83 518 NR
Central Michigan University College of Medicine* MI MD 3.7 508 NR
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University IL DO 3.69 509 NR
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science IL MD 3.66 512 510
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons NY MD 3.9 522 NR
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University* NJ MD 3.77 511 NR
Creighton University School of Medicine NE MD 3.84 513 NR
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine IA DO 3.66 507 NR
Drew/UCLA Joint Medical Program Drew University of Medicine and Science CA MD 3.42 NR NR
Drexel University College of Medicine PA MD 3.66 511 NR
Duke University School of Medicine NC MD 3.9 520 NR
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine* NC MD 3.61 506 NR
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine* TN MD 3.73 507 NR
Eastern Virginia Medical School* VA MD 3.6 513 NR
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus AL DO 3.67 502 494
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus SC DO 3.7 500-506 496
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Louisiana Campus LA DO 3.67 502 496
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus VA DO 3.7 502 494
Emory University School of Medicine GA MD 3.78 515.4 NR
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine* FL MD 3.81 516 NR
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine* FL MD 3.76 509 NR
Florida State University College of Medicine* FL MD 3.68 507 498
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth NH MD 3.77 516 NR
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine PA MD 3.79 511 NR
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences DC MD 3.72 512 NR
Georgetown University School of Medicine DC MD 3.78 512 NR
Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine GA DO NR 500 NR
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine NJ MD 3.8 514 NR
Harvard Medical School MA MD 3.9 520.59 NR
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine NY MD 3.86 518 NR
Howard University College of Medicine DC MD 3.61 507 494
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NY MD 3.81 519 NR
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine ID DO 3.6 506 501
Indiana University School of Medicine* IN MD 3.8 511 NR
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine MD MD 3.92 521 NR
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine CA MD 3.76 516 NR
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine MO DO 3.62 505 NR
Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine KS DO 3.0 Minimum for consideration NR 500
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine PA DO 3.41 503 NR
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus FL DO 3.73 506 NR
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine VA DO 3.52 504 501
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine TN DO 3.5 499 494
Loma Linda University School of Medicine CA MD 3.83 509 NR
Louisiana State University – New Orleans School of Medicine* LA MD 3.73 509 NR
Louisiana State University – Shreveport School of Medicine* LA MD 3.77 507 NR
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine IL MD 3.6 510 NR
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine IN DO 3.71 504 491
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine* WV MD 3.8 504 496
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine AZ MD 3.94 521 508
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine MN MD 3.94 521 NR
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University* GA MD 3.8 512 NR
Medical College of Wisconsin WI MD 3.7 509 NR
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine* SC MD 3.82 511 500
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine TN MD 3.46 503 NR
Mercer University School of Medicine GA MD 3.7 504 493–494
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine* MI MD 3.7 508 NR
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine* MI DO 3.50–3.70 506–508 NR
Morehouse School of Medicine GA MD 3.68 506 NR
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine NY DO 3.62 506 NR
New York Medical College NY MD 3.6 515 NR
New York University Grossman School of Medicine NY MD 3.97 523 NR
New York University Long Island School of Medicine NY MD 3.78 515 NR
Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine UT DO 3.42 503 500
Northeast Ohio Medical University* OH MD 3.68 510 NR
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine IL MD 3.92 520 NR
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine FL MD 3.86 512 NR
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine FL DO 3.6 506 NR
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine MI MD 3.88 510 NR
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine* OH DO 3.66 503.44 NR
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine* OK DO 3.6 500 492
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine* OR MD 3.66 509 497
Pacific Northwestern University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine WA DO 3.6 503 NR
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine* PA MD 3.75 511 NR
Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania PA MD 3.92 520.8 NR
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine PA DO 3.5 505 NR
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences PR MD 3.5 499 494
Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine CT MD 3.8 511 NR
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine CO DO 3.61 506 NR
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine* NJ DO 3.67 506 NR
Rush Medical College of Rush University IL MD 3.62 509 NR
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School* NJ MD 3.7 515 NR
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School* NJ MD 3.7 512 NR
Saint Louis University School of Medicine MO MD 3.86 513 NR
Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine* TX DO 3.65 506 NR
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine PR MD 3.57 499 492
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University PA MD 3.8 514 NR
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine* IL MD 3.7 508 498
Stanford University School of Medicine CA MD 3.89 518 NR
Stony Brook University School of Medicine* NY MD 3.89 515 NR
SUNY – Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine* NY MD 3.73 513 NR
SUNY – Upstate Medical University* NY MD 3.64 509.86 NR
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine TX MD 3.77 511 NR
Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine* PA MD 3.74 512 NR
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine* TX MD 3.86 513 NR
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine* TX MD 3.82 509 NR
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine – Lubbock* TX MD 3.85 509 NR
The Ohio State University College of Medicine* OH MD 3.81 514 NR
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences* OH MD 3.75 509 NR
The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine* VT MD 3.6 512 NR
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harlem Campus NY DO 3.47 506.75 498
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown Campus NY DO 3.48 502.68 498
Touro University – Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine NV DO 3.54 506.9 500
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine CA DO 3.56 509 NR
Tufts University School of Medicine MA MD 3.76 514 NR
Tulane University School of Medicine LA MD 3.64 510 NR
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine* MD MD 3.7 511 496
Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine PR MD 3.8 501 495
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences* NY MD 3.58 507 NR
University of Alabama School of Medicine* AL MD 3.83 509.5 494
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson* AZ MD 3.74 508 498
University of Arizona School of Medicine – Phoenix* AZ MD 3.78 516 495
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine* AR MD 3.8 508 NR
University of California – Davis School of Medicine* CA MD 3.58 509 NR
University of California – Irvine School of Medicine* CA MD 3.93 516 NR
University of California – Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine* CA MD 3.81 516 NR
University of California – Riverside School of Medicine* CA MD 3.6 509 NR
University of California – San Diego School of Medicine* CA MD 3.77 515.11 NR
University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine* CA MD 3.87 517 NR
University of Central Florida College of Medicine* FL MD 3.84 515 500
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine IL MD 3.91 521 NR
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine* OH MD 3.83 515 NR
University of Colorado School of Medicine* CO MD 3.82 516 NR
University of Connecticut School of Medicine* CT MD 3.76 513 NR
University of Florida College of Medicine* FL MD 3.79 514 500
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine* HI MD 3.77 512 NR
University of Houston College of Medicine* TX MD 3.59 506 NR
University of Illinois College of Medicine* IL MD 3.85 513 NR
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine* IA MD 3.81 514 NR
University of Kansas School of Medicine* KS MD 3.79 508 NR
University of Kentucky College of Medicine* KY MD 3.78 506 495
University of Louisville School of Medicine* KY MD 3.71 507 NR
University of Maryland School of Medicine* MD MD 3.7 513 NR
University of Massachusetts Medical School* MA MD 3.81 514 NR
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine FL MD 3.8 515
NR – (510 for 3-year accelerated path)
University of Michigan Medical School* MI MD 3.84 515 NR
University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth* MN MD 3.76 506 495
University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities* MN MD 3.76 512 NR
University of Mississippi School of Medicine* MS MD 3.7 504 496
University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine* MO MD 3.77 508 494
University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine* MO MD 3.5 495 495
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine NE MD 3.75 515 NR
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine* NV MD 3.73 509 NR
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine* NV MD 3.68 509 500
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine ME DO 3.57 502 490
University of New Mexico School of Medicine* NM MD 3.72 507 494
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine* NC MD 3.66 512 NR
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences* ND MD 3.8 507 NR
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine TX DO 3.81 508.7 NR
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine* OK MD 3.86 509 492
University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine KY DO 3.5 500 NR
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine* PA MD 3.79 514 NR
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine* PR MD 3.86 506 495
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry NY MD 3.82 516 NR
University of South Alabama College of Medicine* AL MD 3.83 510
For out-of-state applicants only: 70th percentile (~507.5)
University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia* SC MD 3.78 508 NR
University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville* SC MD 3.7–3.75 511 NR
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine* SD MD 3.78 509 496
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine* FL MD 3.92 518 NR
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine CA MD 3.8 517 NR
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine* TN MD 3.89 511 NR
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School* TX MD 3.78 514 NR
University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston* TX MD 3.88 512 NR
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine* TX MD 3.8 511 NR
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine* TX MD 3.69 508 495
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio* TX MD 3.88 517.7 NR
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School* TX MD 3.89 516 NR
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine TX DO 3.6 503 NR
University of Utah School of Medicine* UT MD 3.87 514 500
University of Virginia School of Medicine* VA MD 3.86 517.58 NR
University of Washington School of Medicine* WA MD 3.75 511 NR
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health* WI MD 3.75 511 NR
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine TN MD 3.5-4.0 509-528 NR
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine* VA MD 3.7 512 NR
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute* VA MD 3.62 513 NR
Wake Forest School of Medicine NC MD 3.67 513 NR
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine* WA MD 3.65 508.3 NR
Washington University School of Medicine MO MD 3.88 519.5 NR
Wayne State University School of Medicine* MI MD 3.8 514 NR
Weill Cornell Medical College NY MD 3.91 519 NR
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine* WV DO 3.53 504 495
West Virginia University School of Medicine* WV MD 3.81 509 NR
Western Michigan University School of Medicine MI MD 3.69 514 497
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific CA DO 3.68 509 NR
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest OR DO 3.62 507 NR
William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine MS DO 3.53 505 NR
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine* OH MD 3.63 508.6 NR
Yale School of Medicine CT MD 3.92 522 NR

*Public medical schools | NR: Not reported | ^Out-of-state | OOS: Out-of-state | IS: In-state

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Using Average GPA and MCAT Score for Medical School as Benchmarks

Every year, there are students above and below a medical schools average that secure an acceptance. Average MCAT scores for medical schools are useful and informative, but how do you use them without obsessing over them? 

Establish a baseline. See where your current practice MCAT exam scores fall in relation to your target schools. This gives you an idea of whether you’re competitive at a glance before you take the official test and how you can strategically improve your odds.

Strategies to Improve Your GPA and MCAT Scores

If you’re realizing that you might need to boost your GPA or MCAT scores, don’t worry. Try these strategies to help you maximize your success.

Improving Your GPA

  1. Strategize Your Course Load: Balance challenging science courses with less intense electives to maintain a high GPA.
  2. Seek Academic Support: Utilize tutoring, study groups, and faculty office hours to reinforce understanding.
  3. Retake a Course: If your undergrad offers grade forgiveness and you meet the eligibility criteria, it may be worth retaking one or multiple prerequisite courses to boost your GPA.
  4. Post-Baccalaureate Programs: Post-baccalaureate (post-bacc) programs are designed to help students prepare for medical school coursework while also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant. 

Boosting Your MCAT Score

  1. Create a Study Plan: Design a comprehensive, but balanced, study schedule covering all sections of the MCAT, giving extra attention to weaker areas. Create one for free using the Blueprint MCAT Study Planner!
  2. Take Full-Length Practice Exams: Every good MCAT study plan will include regular full-length practice tests under test-like conditions. And don’t skip the review process
  3. Stay Healthy and Manage Stress: It’s easy to fall into an MCAT rut. However, ensuring adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and regular breaks allow you to stay mentally and physically sharp during preparation.

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