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Facts and Figures
Fewer than 50% of all applicants to medical/dental school are accepted, nationwide, each year. In 2011 the national averages were: 44.02% (Allopathic), 35.61% (Osteopathic), and 41% (Dental). It is a highly competitive process and one that is as much about timing, understanding what medical schools seek in their candidates and prospective physicians and persistence, as it is about academic credentials. Our number was significantly higher than the national average - 66.78% for 2011 matriculation. That number might be higher if we only worked with students who we think have the best chance at getting admitted as some schools do. However, we decided a long time ago that our mission is to serve all of our students, give them support and good advice and encourage them to make a good decision about the application process and the timing of their application. Of the competitive candidates in 2011, 88.79% of UMD applicants gained admission. This is a number we are very proud of and one that really represents the hard work and excellence of our Maryland students.
The graph below summarizes the acceptance data for University of Maryland students between the 2009 and 2011 application cycles.
*HPAO considers applicants to be competitive if they have the following credentials (based on national trends):
Allopathic: ≥3.5 GPA and ≥30 MCAT
Osteopathic: ≥3.43 GPA and ≥24 MCAT
Dental: ≥3.5 GPA and ≥18 DAT
Optometry: ≥3.3 GPA and ≥320 OAT
The Health Professions Advising Office is here to be a resource and to connect students with opportunities to grow, understand the professional school application process and foster their personal and humanistic development.