So you want to go to medical school, but maybe circumstances haven’t been in your favor. The easiest medical schools to get into can still offer you a quality education with lower costs and stress!
Don’t fret, you’re not alone! Many students experience conditions that make their acceptance into the school of their choice difficult, like a lower-than-average GPA or MCAT score due to lack of time from working while in school. College is demanding, and this situation is probably more common than you think. Either way, there are schools you can still get into to achieve your dream of becoming a physician.
To be accepted into medical school, applicants must have earned, or are about to earn, an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited school in the US. They must also have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in their science and mathematics courses overall. Pre-requisite course requirements include one semester of biochemistry, one course in genetics, and one in cell biology.
MCAT scores of applicants who took the test prior to 2015 must have at least a 24, while all those after must have a minimum score of 500. Scores must also have been earned within 3 years of the application deadline. These requirements are fairly standard, across the board, for all U.S. medical schools.
Top 10 Easiest Medical Schools to Get Into:
The University of Missouri School of Medicine, located in Kansas City, MO, comes in at #1 on the list of easiest medical schools to get into. The minimum GPA and MCAT scores are 3.0 and at least a 22 or 494 on the MCAT, respectively, to be considered for acceptance. However, the average for matriculating students is around a 3.72 GPA and 28 composite MCAT score.
Tuition rates are a little on the higher side among all medical schools for non-residents at $61,052, but is fairly typical for in-state residents at $31,463. According to the Princeton Review, the UM-KC School of Medicine boasts a 20% acceptance rate and currently has 645 students enrolled.
According to the Princeton Review, the UM School of Medicine accepts 53% of applicants with 407 students currently enrolled. Tuition rates jump dramatically from $408/hour to $1,143/hour depending on whether the applicant is a state resident or not. However, according to the UM School of Medicine website, roughly “90% of first-year students receive some form of financial aid.” As far as acceptance goes, the average GPA of entering classes at UM is a 3.6 with MCAT scores averaging around 504.
The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine is located in Caguas, Puerto Rico is somewhat unique in their admissions requirements. Their site states that candidates seeking a M.D. degree must be capable of demonstrating skills in six areas:
- Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative
- Behavioral and Social
Additionally, the typical science and mathematics coursework is required, including biology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and physics. The minimum accepted GPA at this school is lower than average, 2.75
Tuition rates for residents start at $11,750/semester ($23,500/year) and $15,500/semester ($31,000/year) for non-residents. Including all additional fees, materials, medical insurance, housing, meals, and transportation, costs total around $58,000 and $66,000 per year for residents and non-residents respectively.
The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, requires a higher than average GPA for acceptance at 3.81, with MCAT scores being lower around 29, using the old scoring system. Students can expect to pay $16,151/year if they live in ND, while out-of-state students are expected to pay $26,694/year.
According to the Princeton Review, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences currently accepts 28% of applicants on average and has an enrollment of 252 students.
The LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA offers students a very low tuition rate of $20,146/year for in-state and $46,881/year for out-of-state candidates. The average GPA for matriculating students is about a 3.74, with MCAT scores for accepted applicants being lower than average at 29 out of 45 on the old scoring system.
Currently, the school has a student body of 391 and accepts roughly 11% of applicants each year.
Additional requirements for entry into the MD program include:
- English – 6 hours
- Chemistry -12 hours
- Biological Science – 12 hours
- Humanities – 12 hours
At the University of Puerto Rico School of medicine, the average GPA of matriculating students is roughly a 3.75, higher than average, but MCAT scores are a little below average, at 25 out of 45 on the old scoring system. In-state total cost of attendance is about $37,500 an $47,924 for out-of-state students.
Requirements for admission into the program include:
- Undergraduate degree with at least a 3.0 GPA
- Working knowledge of English & Spanish
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
Students at the Mercer University School of Medicine, located in Macon, GA, average a GPA of 3.61 and MCAT scores around 29 on the old scoring system. Tuition rates for students seeking a Doctor of Medicine are $41,457, as of 2014.
Requirements for admission into the M.D. program include 1 year in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. As of fall 2016, 121 students have matriculated into the M.D. program. According to the Princeton Review, the Mercer University School of Medicine currently boasts a student body of 241 with an 10% acceptance rate.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine, located in Tuscon, AZ, comes in at #8 on our list of easiest medical schools to get into. With the average GPA of entering students a 3.77 and MCAT scores around 31, with a minimum of 24 (old scoring format), this school is somewhat above average when it comes to admissions requirements. However, they do take a holistic approach to acceptance, so be sure to include as many experiences and/or other weighty elements in your application, such as internships and work experiences.
Tuition rates for Arizona residents starts at $29,689 and $48,864 for out-of-state students. According to the Princeton Review, the University of Arizona College of Medicine currently has 406 students enrolled and accepts only 8% of applicants.
According to the Princeton Review, the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans currently has a student body of 712 and accepts 20% of applicants. The median GPA for incoming students is around 3.7, which is higher-than-average for this group of schools, with MCAT scores coming in around 507. Tuition for Louisiana state residents starts at $31,472/year and $60,239 for non-residents.
Coursework required for admission includes:
- Inorganic/General Chemistry – 8 hours
- Organic Chemistry – 8 hours
- Physics – 8 hours
- Biochemistry – 3 hours
- Biology – 8 hours
- English – 6 hours
- Statistics – 3 hours
According to the Princeton Review, in 2011, the Central University of the Caribbean had a student body of 494 and accepts 64% of applicants. Tuition for residents starts at $34,250/year and $42,255/year for residents of the San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The minimum GPA required for admission is a 2.5 and they require only 9 credits in behavioral science, 3 in biology, and 3 in mathematics for consideration. A 200 word essay is also included with the application, along with a copy of the applicant’s resume and a photo.