American Medical News reports that applications to medical school soared in 07-08 to 31,946 first-time applicants, an 8% increase over 06-07. Other interesting data from the article:
- Applicants to osteopathic schools also broke a record, reaching 11,500 applicants for the 2007-08 academic year.
- "Allopathic applicants posted the highest mean Medical College Admission Test score to date: 28 out of 45 points," up from 27.6 a year earlier.
- GPA’s were up too: Allopathic applicants had a mean GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, up from 3.4 last year.
- Average stats climbed at osteopathic schools too: 25.3 MCAT and 3.5 GPA, compared with a 24.5 MCAT score and 3.4 GPA last year.
- Certain schools are seeing amazing surges in application numbers. For example the University of Kentucky Medical School reports that applications were up a whopping 56% last year over 06-07 and that applications this year are on track to exceed last year’s numbers.
- The article also lists the five schools that showed the largest increase in first year allopathic enrollment: Michigan State University at Lansing; A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station; University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson; Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.