Health Professions Data

Data on Acceptance and Matriculation Rates

US students matriculating to medical school, 2018. (AAMC Table A-17, 2018)

  • Biological Sciences: 54%
  • Physical Sciences: 10%
  • Social Sciences: 10%
  • Humanities: 4%
  • Other: 21%

Grinnell students accepted to medical school in the last 5 years

  • Biological Sciences: 76%
  • Physical Sciences: 12%
  • Social Sciences: 7%
  • Humanities: 5%

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 2018 was 3.57. The national mean GPA of matriculants in 2017 was 3.72(AAMC Table A-16 2018).

From January, 2015, to August, 2019, the average MCAT score for Grinnell College examinees was 508.5. During the same time period, the national average for examinees was 505.5.

To read more about the MCAT and see more statistics, check out the Using MCAT DATA in 2020 Medical School Selection (PDF) put together by AAMC. 

The following list highlights percentages of 2014–19 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.
  • 66% of all Grinnell graduates who applied were accepted into a medical school program. (Compare this to the national matriculation rate of around 40%.)
  • 70% of Grinnell graduates who applied with an MCAT score at 85th percentile or higher were accepted.
  • 82% of Grinnell graduates who applied with a GPA of 3.7 or higher were accepted.
  • 87% of Grinnell graduates who applied with a GPA of 3.7 or higher AND an MCAT score at 85th percentile or higher were accepted.

Table of national acceptance (from AMCAS) rates based upon MCAT Scores and GPA (PDF).

Typically the US matriculation rate to MD and DO programs is around 41%. That means 41% of the total applicants get accepted and enroll in a program. (By the way, there were just under 850,000 applications to medical schools from over 52,000 applicants in 2018.) (AAMC Table A-1)

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 2017 application cycle, 27% of in-state applicants were accepted, but only 1.5% of out-of-state applicants were accepted. (AAMC Table A-1 2018).
Our students typically apply to 10-25 schools. Of the 78 Grinnell students who matriculated to medical school in 2014–18, 51% of those students entered a medical school in their state of residence. 90% of those schools were public medical schools. The national observation is that 61% of applicants matriculate to an in-state school (AAMC Table A-1 2018).

Top 20 schools in 2018

  • Rosalind Franklin University – Chicago Medical School
  • University of Iowa – Carver
  • Loyola-University Chicago – Stritch
  • Rush University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Minnesota – Minneapolis
  • University of Arizona - Tucson
  • George Washington University
  • Temple University
  • University of Illinois
  • St. Louis University
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Dartmouth
  • Tufts University
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Albert Einstein
  • University of Colorado
  • New York Medical College
  • Oakland University – William Beaumont
  • Creighton University

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

  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Illinois

Others (alphabetical)

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Eastern Virginia
  • Florida International University
  • Florida University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Penn State
  • Rush
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • SUNY-Syracuse
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Uniformed Services
  • University of California - Davis
  • University of California-San Fransico
  • University of Cinncinnati
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington-Seattle
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wake Forest
  • Washington University-St. Louis
  • Western Michigan University
  • Yale University

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