What are some common GPA requirements at major medical schools?


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Common GPA requirements at major medical schools range from 3.4 to 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. Some schools, such as Duke University School of Medicine, give equal weight to a GPA range, the MCAT score and other factors during the admissions process.

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Many major medical schools, such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins, do not publish specific GPA minimum requirements for prospective medical school applicants. Rather, each school shares the average GPA of all accepted, incoming applicants. The information potentially allows a candidate to realistically assess his chances of admission.

Duke University School of Medicine considers applicants whose cumulative GPA falls between 3.4 and 3.8, with a GPA range in the natural sciences of 3.3 to 3.8. These numbers are not requirements, per se, but simply reflect the academic qualifications of the middle 50 percent of applicants accepted to the Duke Physician Assistant Program.

Even so, Duke University School of Medicine evaluates each application on its individual merits, paying equal attention to potential, personal maturity, knowledge of the health care system where applicable, motivation and good interpersonal skills.

The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has no minimum GPA requirement; however, 3.7 on a 4.0 scale is the mean GPA of students who entered the program during the 2013 to 2014 admissions cycle. Similarly, Johns Hopkins has no minimum GPA requirement for applicants to its MD-PhD program, but 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and an MCAT score above 30 are average.

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