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Harvard University Medical School

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.

Academic excellence is expected. Committee members consider the entire application, including the essay, extracurricular activities, life experiences, research, community work and letters of recommendation. HMS looks for evidence of integrity, maturity, humanitarian concerns, leadership potential and an aptitude for working with people.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Joanne M. McEvoy
Application fee $100
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted October 15 (Ends)
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification N/A
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 3
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2015-2016) August

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Course Work Requirements

Median undergraduate GPA 3.93
Oldest MCAT considered N/A
Median MCAT Scores 36 MCAT total score
Required undergraduate course work
English mathematics
organic chemistry demonstration of writing skills
inorganic (general) chemistry calculus
physics general chemistry
molecular and cell biology

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 No
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program N/A
Combined college/M.D. program URL N/A

* M.D.:

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? 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)? No
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? No

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 13.3:1
Full-time faculty 9,399
Part-time faculty 2,968
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 336
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 43
Full-time faculty in clinical program 9,063
Part-time faculty in clinical program 2,925

2013 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1,370.7
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 2,912
Principal investigators (PIs) 1,855
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 1,959

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Cambridge Health Alliance
Children's Hospital Boston
Massachusetts General Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)
Four-year program curriculum
Harvard Medical School's MD curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in medicine distinguished by lifelong commitment to service, integrity, excellence and scholarship. The program integrates the biological, social, behavioral and clinical sciences throughout a four-year period.

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)

Step 1: Number of students examined 171
Step 1: Percent passing 98%
Step 1: Average score 240
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Number of students examined 165
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Percent passing 99%
Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge): Average score 248

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 100
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.8
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.7
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $1,370.7
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $145.83

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 72
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.1
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2011-2013 average) 44.3%

Ranking Admission Statistics

Median undergraduate GPA 3.93
MCAT total score 36
Acceptance rate 3.8%
Full-time faculty-student ratio 13.3:1
Total medical school enrollment 708

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Robert Coughlin
Financial aid phone (617) 432-0449


Full-time: $52,100
Required fees $1,481
Room and board $14,030
Average indebtedness of 2012 graduates who incurred medical school debt $100,075

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 84%
Students receiving loans 67%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 71%
Students receiving work study 1%

* Medical School Cost details based on 2013 data

Schools of the Year

1. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
2. Duke University School of Medicine
3. Harvard Medical School
4. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
5. Stanford School of Medicine
6. University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
7. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
8. University of Michigan Ann Arbor Medical School
9. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
10. University of Washington School of Medicine

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