When it’s time to decide which medical schools to apply to, most students would like to attend the best medical school that money can buy. While it’s true that most aspiring physicians are intellectuals who want to be educated at the best schools, we know too that the almighty MCAT stands as a gatekeeper between those top choices and us. Therefore, if preparation is the key to success, then knowing the average MCAT scores for students at these top schools can help us to know where we stand among thousands of other amazing applicants.
Before knowing the scores of the elite, we must first consider what “top medical school” means. Typically, medical schools are ranked by category. As such, there are two main categories that a school can fall into depending on its focus: research or primary care. As an applicant, you probably already have an idea as to whether you’re more inclined to conduct medical research or practice primary care. If you don’t that’s totally fine too, because a person’s preference can shift throughout their career. Whether you’re committed or still deciding, below you will find average MCAT scores for all of the top schools.
MCAT Scores for Top Research Medical Schools
- Harvard – 36.2 (97th percentile)
- Stanford– 35 (96th percentile)*
- Tied for #3 Johns Hopkins– 36 (97th percentile)
- Tied for #3 University of California-San Francisco – 35 (96th percentile)
MCAT Scores for Top Primary Care Medical Schools
- University of Washington– 27 (61st percentile)**
- University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill– 31.94 (88th percentile)
- UCSF- 35 (96th percentile)
You may be wondering why the average scores are listed using the old scoring scale. This is because the entering class of 2016 will be the first students who took the new 2015 MCAT. Therefore, all current matriculants were required to take the previous version of the test. To gauge how these MCAT averages would convert to scores on the new test, it’s easier to think of the percentile ranges. For instance, a score of 36 is the 97th percentile, which is approximately equivalent to a score of 520-522 on the new exam. While a stellar score is vital to be accepted to a top institution, these schools want students who can support their missions and add to their rich legacies.
*Stanford does not publish this data online
**The University of Washington School of Medicine lists an average sub-score of 9 for matriculants