Majors of Matriculating Medical Students

US students matriculating to medical school, 2016. (AAMC Table A-17, 2016)

  • Biological Sciences: 54%
  • Physical Sciences: 10%
  • Social Sciences: 11%
  • Humanities: 4%
  • Other: 20%

Grinnell students accepted to medical school in the last 5 years

  • Biological Sciences: 59%
  • Physical Sciences: 12%
  • Psychology: 8%
  • Social Studies: 1%
  • Humanities: 8%
  • Computational Sciences: 1%

Average MCAT Score and Average GPA 

Typically, the average GPA for Grinnell's applicants to health professional schools is very similar to the national mean; the national mean GPA for US applicants in 2016 was 3.55. The national mean GPA of matriculants in 2016 was 3.70 (AAMC Table A-16 2016).
From January, 2015, to August, 2017, the average MCAT score for Grinnell College examinees was 506.3. During the same time period, the national average for examinees was 500.6. 

Acceptance Rates

The following list highlights percentages of 2008-2017 Grinnell graduates who were accepted into MD or DO programs within 5 years of graduation. It shows that Grinnell students do well overall and that a good GPA is an important factor.

  • 64% of all Grinnell graduates who applied were accepted into a medical school program. (Compare this to the national matriculation rate of around 40%.)
  • 78% of Grinnell graduates who applied with an MCAT score at 80th percentile or higher were accepted. 
  • 79% of Grinnell graduates who applied with a GPA of 3.6 or higher were accepted.
  • 85% of Grinnell graduates who applied with a GPA of 3.6 or higher AND an MCAT score at 80th percentile or higher were accepted. 

Matriculation Rates

Typically the US matriculation rate to MD and DO programs is around 40%. That means 40% of the total applicants get accepted and enroll in a program. (By the way, there were over 830,000 applications to medical schools in 2016.) (AAMC Table A-1)

In-State Acceptance and Matriculation Rates

Consider applying to at least one school in your legal state of residence. 

Not only is tuition less expensive for in-state residents, but the acceptance rate is several-fold higher for students applying to a medical school in their state of residence, compared to private schools or to public schools as an out-of-state resident. For example, at the University of Iowa in the 2014 application cycle, 29% of in-state applicants were accepted, but only 1.6% of out-of-state applicants were accepted. (AAMC Table A-1 2015).
Our students typically apply to 6-14 schools. Of the 73 Grinnell students who matriculated to medical school in 2008-2014, a little more than half (42) entered a public medical school in their state of residence. This ratio is similar to the national observation that 60% of applicants matriculate to an in-state school (AAMC Table A-1 2015). 

Schools Where Grinnell Students Have Applied 

Top 20 schools in 2015

  • University of Iowa -- Carver
  • Loyola-University Chicago -- Stritch
  • University of Illinois
  • Northwestern University -- Feinberg
  • Rush University
  • University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
  • George Washington University
  • Emory University
  • Rosalind Franklin University -- Chicago Medical School
  • Tulane University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor
  • St. Louis University 
  • University of Wisconsin -- Madison
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University -- Indianapolis
  • Oakland University -- William Beaumont
  • Brown University -- Alpert
  • University of Washington - Seattle
  • Medical College of Wisconsin

Schools Where Grinnell Students Have Matriculated (2008-2014)

Top four schools, based on number of Grinnell students matriculating to each

  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota - Minneapolis
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Others (alphabetical)

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University 
  • University of Louisville
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • New York Medical College
  • Northwestern University -- Feinberg
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • University of California - Davis
  • University of Chicago - Pritzker
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Washington - Seattle
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest
  • Yale University School of Medicine