OHSU

Academic and Selection Factors

The following is a listing of the estimated averages for the entering class:

  • Average total GPA of 3.63
  • Average science GPA of 3.56
  • Average MCAT scores of:
    • 9.9 in Verbal Reasoning
    • 10.1 in Physical Sciences
    • 10.7 in Biological Sciences
    • Median of Q in Writing Sample


Candidates for admission are considered comparatively on the basis of:

  • Assessment of motivation, ability to communicate, problem-solving ability and maturity
  • Review of overall scholastic record
  • Review of MCAT scores
  • Review of letters of recommendation
  • Understanding and appreciation of health care issues and/ or biomedical research
  • Interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care
  • With respect to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research


Mission-Based Groups

The committee adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. The School of Medicine gives preference to the following applicants:

  • Residents of Oregon.
  • Non-resident applicants with Oregon Heritage. The School of Medicine uses the Oregon Heritage Policy for student selection, but it is not used as a basis for determining residency, and therefore the tuition a student pays. Oregon Heritage is defined as 1) A student with one or both parents residing in Oregon at the time of application, 2) A student who graduated from high school in Oregon with at least two years at a high school in Oregon, or 3) A student who graduated from an Oregon institution of higher education with a bachelor’s or advanced degree with at least two years of attendance at an institution of higher education in Oregon.
  • WICHE-Certified residents of Montana and Wyoming.
  • Applicants applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program.
  • Applicants applying to the M.D./M.P.H. Combined Degree Program.
  • Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related experiences. For the 2015 cycle, superior academics is defined as a cumulative Total GPA, as reported by AMCAS, of 3.70 or higher and a cumulative score of 32 or higher on the most-recent eligible MCAT.
  • The School of Medicine Admissions Committee fully recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body and in the physician workforce in providing for effective delivery of health care. Accordingly, the OHSU School of Medicine strongly encourages applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and from persons from groups underrepresented in medicine.


Citizenship Status

All applicants must have United States citizenship or resident alien status with a current green card indicating they are a permanent resident of the United States. Resident aliens are encouraged to have at least one year of full-time college work at a university or college in the United States. Resident aliens are more competitive if they can speak English fluently.