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Boston University School of Medicine

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

We draw upon a large and highly qualified applicant pool, with more than 100 applicants for every seat in the entering class. Our students represent the full range of geographic, cultural, ethnic, and educational diversity of our pluralistic society. We believe that diversity contributes to the strength of the experience for all of us.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions  Dr. Robert A. Witzburg
Application fee  $110
AMCAS application accepted  Yes
AACOMAS application accepted  No
Applications accepted  June 1 (Begins)
November 1 (Ends)
Secondary application required  Yes
Personal interview required  Yes
Regular application acceptance notification  January 9 (Begins)
August 7 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks)  2
Deferred entrance available  No
Deposit to hold place in class due  by May 15
Early decision plan offered  Yes
Early decision application period  June 1 (Begins)
August 1 (Ends)
Early decision plan notification date  October 1
Starting month (class of 2015-2016)  August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA  3.74
Oldest MCAT considered  2011
Median MCAT Scores  34 MCAT total score
11 verbal reasoning
12 physical sciences
12 biological sciences
Q writing
Required undergraduate course work
biology physics
English humanities
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered  M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H.
Combined college/M.D. program offered  Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program  7
Combined college/M.D. program URL

* Medical School Admissions details based on 2013 data

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women's health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum?  Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)?  Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice?  Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.9:1
Full-time faculty  1,353
Part-time faculty  1,030
Full-time faculty in basic sciences  125
Part-time faculty in basic sciences  52
Full-time faculty in clinical program  1,228
Part-time faculty in clinical program  978

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $171.8
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals  583
Principal investigators (PIs)  311
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants  510

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Beverly Hospital Framingham Metrowest Medical Center
Boston Medical Center Jordan Hospital
Boston VA Healthcare System Mt. Auburn Hospital
Cape Cod Hospital Roger Williams Medical Center

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum

A foundation in basic & clinical sciences is enriched by patient contact, 10 required clerkships, a Subinternship & 20 wks of 4th yr electives. Yrs 1 & 2 utilize lecture, cases, audience response, labs & discussion. Yr 2 is an integrated year-long course. Clinical training occurs at Boston Medical Center and community settings w/high patient diversity. >130 electives are available in yr 4.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined  169
Step 1: Percent passing  97%
Step 1: Average score  231
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined  194
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing  97%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score  238

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA)

Level 1: Number examined  N/A
Level 1: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 1: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Number examined  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 2-CE: Mean 2-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Number examined  N/A
Level 3: Mean 3-digit score  N/A
Level 3: Mean 2-digit score  N/A

* Medical School Academics details based on 2013 data

Medical School Ranking

Research Ranking Scores

Score  55
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  3.3
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.5
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions)  $171.8
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands)  $126.99

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score  58
Peer assessment score (out of 5)  2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5)  3.5
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average)  42.4%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA  3.74
MCAT total score  34
Acceptance rate  4.6%
Full-time faculty-student ratio  1.9:1
Total medical school enrollment  713

* Medical School Ranking details based on 2013 data

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director  Elayne M. Peloquin
Financial aid phone  (617) 638-5130



Full-time: $52,426

Required fees  $760
Room and board  $10,500
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt  $201,319

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid  79%
Students receiving loans  64%
Students receiving grants/scholarships  53%
Students receiving work study  1%



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