Medical School Admission Criteria

If you are planning on applying to an osteopathic medical school (D.O. granting) you will need to consult the AACOM website. Currently, there are 33 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine with 48 locations in 31 different states, including two D.O. schools in Arkansas.

AACOM logoAmerican Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine



If you plan to apply to an allopathic medical school (M.D. granting) you will need to consult the AAMC website. The Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) guide by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) serves as an official guide for premedical advisors to all 144 accredited allopathic medical schools in the U.S. and the 17 accredited Canadian allopathic medical schools. The AAMC is also the organization responsible for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

AAMC logo  Association of American Medical Colleges

For the 2014 entering year 49,480 students applied to allopathic medical schools nationwide and there were 20,343 students who matriculated, 48% of which were female. This corresponded to a national acceptance rate of approximately 41%. (Source: AAMC Data:

TMDAS logoTexas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service

If you are planning on applying to Texas allopathic medical schools, all the schools with the exception of Baylor College of Medicine use the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS).

Medical Schools in Texas using TMDSAS:

  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech
  • UT Galveston
  • UT Houston
  • UT San Antonio
  • UW Southwestern

Although specific course requirements may differ, the basic selection criteria considered by all medical schools are similar. It is important to demonstrate academic excellence, acquire health profession experience, exhibit a strong record of community service, and show a commitment involvement on campus and/or leadership. The average GPA for students accepted to medical schools (allopathic) for 2014 was 3.69. ((Source: AAMC Data:

UAMS logoUAMS College of Medicine website

For the 2014 entering class, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences accepted 150 Arkansas residents and 24 non-residents from a pool of 2,329 applicants (of which approximately 350 were residents and 2,000 were non-residents). The average GPA for successful applicants was 3.7.