Stephen F. Austin State University

Acceptance Rates

What percentage of your students gets accepted into medical schools?

Before I answer the most commonly asked question, please let me share a bit about what I have learned in the past 6 years as director of our pre health program.

First, this is the most common question asked to any pre health advisor at any institution; and, while the answers may vary, the determining factor about the success of a student getting into a professional school has very little to do with the school or the program and EVERYTHING to do with the student (i.e., their academic ability, motivation, self-discipline, etc). NO program will take a good student and turn them into a bad one; likewise, NO program can take a poor student and miraculously transform them into a successful applicant just because they attend a specific school.

Secondly, many advisors have a "calculation" that they do to best represent their admission rate. Most report those students who were considered "qualified applicants" when that percentage is given. Looking back on our applicants, I break down the numbers as follows:

Since the last part of the 1990's, our "Qualified applicants" (those who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and earn a MCAT score of 30 or higher) are accepted into Medical schools at practically a 100% rate. Those students who I categorize as "Marginal applicants" (GPA of 3.0- 3.5 and/or a MCAT of between 25-30) are accepted into Medical Schools at a 70% rate.

The best advice I could give, and has been echoed by many Medical School Admissions Deans, is to find a school, where you will be happy, comfortable and enjoy your time. Those factors will weigh heavily on your performance and likely reflect that in your grades, which are important, but not the only factor for a successful application to Medical Schools.