Facts & Figures
Interpreting acceptance data is tricky because so many factors go into an application. While successful applicants to medical school have a broad range of experiences and backgrounds, one thing these students have in common is strong performance in science courses (about a 3.5+ GPA), a high MCAT score (typically 509 and over to be competitive), clinical medical experience, public speaking ability, active involvement in leadership and community service, and participation in things that set them apart, such as study abroad, research, and other forms of contributing to campus and the community.
Fewer than 50% of all applicants to medical/dental school matriculate, nationwide, each year. In 2016 the national averages were: 42% (Allopathic/MD), 36% (Osteopathic/DO), and 50.4% (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 - 63% for 2017 medical school 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 2016, 75.6 % of UMD applicants gained admission to medical schools. 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 2015 and 2017 application cycles.