As COVID persists, more students than ever have considered a career in medicine. This change has led to an increased number of applicants and generally higher standards in what medical schools look for in their students. One central element that has been affected by the trend is the average MCAT score for matriculants. The average MCAT for matriculants for each school has generally been increasing over the years, but this is not the case for all programs as schools attempt to evaluate students more holistically.
To effectively provide the dynamics of matriculated MCAT scores for each school, we created a map summarizing the trend for students. This new map created by Savvy Pre-Med analyzes the change in average matriculated MCAT scores for each school over the past five years (2017-2022) and presents the data in a single index, from -9 to +9. If a school is on an upward trend, students may require a higher MCAT score than the previous year's MCAT score. If a school is in a downward trend, it may be the opposite.
Although the admission process is not solely dependent on MCAT scores, it's essential to understand what medical schools are looking for in their applicants. This map will be helpful for you to understand how each medical school has been selecting its students, along with their school mission statements and unique strengths, which can be found in our other blog posts.
We hope this new map can provide a better resolution of the big picture of each medical school and help you understand your schools a little more. We are always here to support you in the long journey to become a physician!